Below you will find our 2013 Fantasy Football Rookie Wide Receiver Analysis. Have an upcoming 2013 rookie-based fantasy football draft?
The below analysis and rankings are based on a standard PPR scoring format, and clearly the landing spots for these incoming rookie rushers will determine a lot, so you can bet that we will have some updates to this content following the 2013 NFL Draft!
Here we go!
1. DeAndre Hopkins – WR (Clemson)
Height: 6-1 | Weight: 214 | Forty: 4:57
2/27/13 Combine Update: DeAndre Hopkins weighted in 14 pounds heavier than expected, which is huge if you ask me. I’m not sure how this kid will be viewed on draft day, or if an NFL team will pull him into the ideal situation, but talent-wise, this is still my top 2013 rookie receiver. All of the below still applies, and some!
2/16/13: If you’re a regular here at DraftCalc, well, then you know that sleepers and breakouts are what we do best, and we proven that each and every season… Well, my gut tells me that DeAndre Hopkins is going to be something special. A fast forty time could really put him on the map, so much so that he may not be considered much of a fantasy sleeper come August. For now, though, he is rather underrated, ranging in that 3-7 range for rookie receivers coming out of this 2013 draft class. I think that when all is said and done, Hopkins could end up being the top wide receiver from this 2013 group. Crazy? Watch the youtube footage below and then call me crazy. Hopkins really only had time to shine this past season, but he sure did shine. He pulled in 82 balls for 1,405 yards and 18 scores in 2012, and he managed to have six 100-yard games, and had four multiple-touchdown performances (two of which were 3TD contests). While I’m not suggesting he will ever be as good as AJ Green or Julio Jones, nor am I suggesting that he won’t, Hopkins plays a lot like both of those stud receivers. The crazy part is, Hopkins is just starting to develop his game. He can jump up and get a ball much like Green can, and he knifes through defenses when running routes like Jones does. Speed, hands, unrealized potential and spacial awareness… all this kid has to do is learn how to use all of his skills… Once he matures, bulks up a touch, and if he is in fact drafted to start, elite upside is in the cards. I can’t predict what coaches will do, and I certainly can’t predict what teams will draft what players, but if Hopkins finds an ideal situation, this will be a fun write-up to reflect come this time next year.
2. Cordarrelle Patterson – WR (Tennessee)
Height: 6-2 | Weight: 216 | Forty: 4:42
2/27/13 Combine Update: Cordarrelle Patterson is a talent, and a physical freak, but