This will be the first of a few breakdowns of the Rookie WR Class of 2013. We will start with who I believe are the three players in which will have the most impact this season and in the future. You should end up with one of these players on your team, keeper leagues even more so, but regardless, all three of these guys should be able to help your squads early and often.
WR, Cordarrelle Patterson, Minnesota Vikings
When you watch this guy play, he instantly stands out as an unbelievably explosive, agile, and dynamic talent. Patterson was selected 29th overall in the draft by the Vikings and will step in place of Percy Harvin. There is no doubt he will be doing a lot of the same things Harvin was doing in that offense. The question is, can Patterson be as effective as Harvin was?Â I believe eventually he will be even more effective. Yes, he is a raw route runner and his hands are still a question mark, but once this guy catches the ball he does amazing things. He will also have two lousy options at QB throwing him the ball in Christian Ponder and Matt Cassel, but he still has a very capable Greg Jennings on the other side to draw some attention and of course the beast that is Adrian Peterson.
Patterson is essentially Jamaal Charles at the WR position. He might not be the most consistent option his rookie year, but there is no doubt he is going to make some big plays and he will contribute nicely for your Fantasy teams. Look forÂ 60-75 catches around 1,000 total yards and about 6-8 TD's from the rookie, making him very worthy of a flex spot in your lineups.
DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Houston Texans
When the Texans selected Hopkins with the 27th overall pick, I think the happiest player on the team was Andre Johnson. After year of struggling through Jacoby Jones and Kevin Walter as his complement on the other side, Johnson finally has a legit WR to take some attention off of him. Hopkins isn't a dynamic talent or the fastest guy on the field, but he works hard, plays hard and is great at catching balls in traffic.
With Arian Foster, Andre Johnson and Owen Daniels distracting attention from him, Hopkins will have plenty of opportunity to make an impact. Hopkins fits the mold of an Anquan Boldin, Roddy White type and can easily be just as effective. I expect him to contribute right away and have a very strong rookie season. 900 yards receiving with around 8-10 TD's is highly likely. Make sure you grab Hopkins on draft day, you won't regret it.
Tavon Austin, WR, St. Louis Rams
Austin is an extremely rare talent and easily could be considered the best player selected in the 2013 draft. Austin will be used in a variety of ways and is just a big play waiting to happen. Sam Bradford really locked onto Danny Amendola last year and now with Amendola gone, Austin will be that guy. Because of his talent and hype, Austin will come with the high price on draft day, so be prepared. Pretty much the No.1 WR, I expect Austin to near 100 receptions, 1,000 total yards and finish with close to 10 TD's.
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