As training camp is now in full gear, it will once again be time for fantasy football drafts. AKA: the most wonderful time of the year.
You can never be too early in preparation for your draft.
In this column, I will look into three key, impactful wide receivers to keep your eyes on this year. Mind you, this is not the three best wide receivers options; hence you wonâ€™t see Calvin Johnson and Larry Fitzgerald listed here. No, the following three receivers are ones poised to break out and make a significant impact in 2012.
A.J. Green: Cincinnati Bengals
While, of course, Green had a stellar rookie campaign last season, the prospects for even bigger and better things this year make Green all the more compelling.
Right from the get-go, Green developed a rapport with quarterback-and fellow rookie-Andy Dalton. To say that Dalton likes throwing to Green would be an understatement of epic proportions. Expect Dalton to throw to Green even more with the Bengals evolving into more of a passing team.
Green is as gifted athletically as any receiver in the NFL and the only thing holding him back is experience. But after accumulating 1,057 yards receiving last year to go with seven touchdowns, and just showing a glimpse of his jaw-dropping potential, this will be the year that Green puts it all together and makes the leap as a bona fide No. 1 receiver.
Denarius Moore: Oakland Raiders
Between injuries and a lack of chemistry between a revolving set of quarterbacks, Moore did not have the season many had hoped for when he got off to a fantastic start.
However, once Moore and Carson Palmer got on the same page late in the season, things started to turn around for Moore. In his last two games last year, Moore had seven receptions for 195 yards and one touchdown.
With a whole offseason and preseason to get acclimated to each other, expect Palmer to connect with the speedy Moore on many occasions.
Moore will make for an excellent backup receiver, who could eventually play his way into a starter.
Titus Young: Detroit Lions
Undoubtedly, all of the attention in the Lionsâ€™ passing game will be centered on the exploits of â€œMegatronâ€ himself, Calvin Johnson, but Lionsâ€™ quarterback Matt Stafford has other weapons he likes to play with. And one emerging weapon who is ready to blossom this season is one Titus Young.
Young also made strides towards the end of the 2011 season, as he scored four touchdowns in the last four games while hauling in 17 receptions for 171 yards receiving.
With teams all but certain to double and triple-team Johnson, it will leave lanes open for Young to take advantage of.
With the Lionsâ€™ run game a question mark, Stafford will throw and then throw some more while keeping all of the Lionsâ€™ receivers happy.
Young has a great chance to ascend up the wide receiver ranks and he could conceivably be a No. 2 WR when itâ€™s all said and done.
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