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2013 NFL Draft Fantasy WR Sleepers

Matthew J. Stein April 5, 2013 10:47AM EDT
The 2012 NFL draft wasn’t overly impressive for wide receivers in Fantasy Football.  Top picks like Justin Blackmon, Michael Floyd and Kendall Wright all failed to consistently produce. In fact, the best rookie receiver last year was T.Y. Hilton of the Indianapolis Colts.  Hilton wasn’t drafted until the third round, but still managed 50 receptions, 861 yards and seven touchdowns. When trying to find the next Hilton in the 2013 NFL draft class for your Fantasy Football roster, the following names will be the best places to start.  Here are the top sleepers at the wide receiver position for the upcoming draft.

Da’Rick Rogers, Tennessee Tech

Had Rogers not been dismissed from the University of Tennessee, we’d likely be talking about a potential first-round draft pick this year.  However, off-field issues forced Rogers to Tennessee Tech where he easily dominated lesser competition. Rogers has a complete set of tools when looking at a wide receiver prospect.  He’s got fantastic hands, the ability to win jump balls and make plays after the catch.  At 6’3” and 208 pounds, Rogers also has fantastic explosiveness for a player his size. As long as Rogers can keep focused on football, he’s got the tools to become a very good weapon for an NFL franchise from day one.

Denard Robinson, Michigan

In terms of playmaking ability, Robinson tests off the charts.  Unfortunately, he is still an extremely raw prospect as a wide receiver. He’s making the switch from quarterback to receiver, so there will be a learning curve.  However, Robinson is one of the most dangerous players with the ball in his hands, and whomever drafts him will need to figure out how to get him involved in the offense. It may take some time for Robinson to really make a huge impact.  With that said, if you’re looking for a rookie receiver in a dynasty league, Robinson may be your man.

Marquess Wilson, Washington State

Wilson possesses elite size for the wide receiver position.  Even though he’s 6’4”, Wilson has incredible body control for a player of his size. He consistently wins jump balls and does a fantastic job with his timing to reach the ball at its highest point.  Wilson routinely makes difficult receptions look easy as he has no trouble tracking the ball through the air. The only area of real concern regarding Wilson is his lack of speed.  He struggles to separate from cornerbacks at times and isn’t a real deep-threat receiver. However, Wilson’s size alone should make him a fantastic target for a team in the red zone.  While he may not record many yards or receptions as a rookie, look for him to record plenty of touchdowns for your Fantasy Football team in year one.

Tyrone Goard, Eastern Kentucky

Goard is likely the least-known sleeper on our list, but he still provides a ton of upside for a Fantasy Football roster. Goard is a bigger receiver at 6’4”, but he also possesses the speed and athleticism to be a weapon in a number of areas of the game. Teams are going to be concerned about his inconsistent hands and lack of experience against top talent.  However, Goard’s problems are fixable with proper coaching and his upside outweighs any concerns teams may have. It’s likely that it will take Goard some time to make a real impact in the league, but his upside is well worth a spot on your Fantasy Football roster, especially in keeper leagues or leagues with deeper rosters.

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