Tavon Austin (Dallas)
If the Cowboys pivot from the Rams’ strategy in 2017 and employ Austin in multiple roles to get him the football, then the do-it-all offensive weapon will easily post career highs in multiple categories. Not only is he dangerous as a pass catcher for a Dallas team looking to dink-and-dunk more often in 2018, his ability to hit home runs as a tailback and return man will lead to him racking up the points in bunches. You’ll have plenty of time to select Austin, so be patient and wait until the later rounds.
Cooper Kupp (L.A. Rams)
In 2017, Kupp led the rookie class in receptions (62) and finished second in receiving yards (869) and touchdowns (five). He continued building his relationship with quarterback Jared Goff during the offseason, when the two worked out together. He plans to smash those numbers this time around. Kupp is one of the league’s better receivers when it comes to beating press coverage and finding openings in the zone. Don’t be surprised if he finishes in the top three in grabs; he’s a pure PPR stud.
Dede Westbrook (Jacksonville)
The Jaguars parted ways with receivers Allen Hurns and Allen Robinson, giving room for Westbrook to take his place at the top of the team’s depth chart and prove his value as a complete receiver. Makes sense following a rookie campaign in which the Oklahoma product displayed his sure hands and playmaking ability, tallying three outings with at least five receptions. He’ll compete with rookie DJ Chark Jr. for the lion’s share of targets, but he is a can’t-miss prospect in the later rounds.
Kelvin Benjamin (Buffalo)
After being shipped from Carolina to Buffalo in 2017, Benjamin is looking to eat the proverbial chip off his shoulder and show the world he’s still the same dominant red-zone threat he was during his first two seasons in the NFL. As the undisputed No. 1 target in the Bills’ passing attack, he should get a chance to prove himself. Look for Benjamin in Rounds 4-6. Though he’s not a prime WR1 target, he’s an excellent WR2 or WR3 option.
Robby Anderson (N.Y. Jets)
After a quiet rookie season, Anderson exploded onto the scene in 2017, setting career highs in receptions (63), receiving yards (941) and touchdown grabs (seven). With more confidence in his game and an offensive coordinator who should help maximize his skills in Jeremy Bates, the dreadlocked pass catcher is going to become a household name, and your fantasy league’s most valuable WR2.
John Brown (Baltimore)
Joe Flacco owns one of the strongest arms in the NFL. So what do you do when you have a quarterback who can chuck the ball 70 yards on the fly? Get a wideout who has the wheels to run under those deep heaves. Since joining Baltimore during the offseason, the speedy Brown has wowed onlookers by snagging a host of deep receptions from Flacco in training camp. He already proved his merit with a rocket-armed signal-caller in 2015, when he set career highs in receptions (65), receiving yards (1,003) and touchdown grabs (seven) with Carson Palmer at quarterback. Plan on him duplicating that success in Crab Country. He’ll be around in later rounds, a great option at WR3 and a prime play against teams lacking speed in the secondary.
Corey Davis (Tennessee)
During Tennessee’s final game of 2017, a playoff loss to New England, Davis left fans in awe, grabbing two touchdown receptions and routinely beating a highly touted Patriots secondary. Looking to pick up where he left off, the wideout enters the season as the Titans’ No. 1 pass catcher. He should be around in the middle rounds of the draft and serves as the perfect WR2 in PPR leagues. –