2012 Fantasy Football Rookie Roundup: Wide Receivers & Tight Ends

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<p> 2012 Fantasy Football Rookie Roundup: Wide Receivers &amp; Tight Ends</p>

There's no shortage of draftable rookies from the offensive skill players who had their names called in April. With so many options available, Athlon Sports is here to help you break down this crop of talented rookies in terms of fantasy potential, both for 2012 and beyond.

KEY
Seasonal   Keeper/Dynasty    
A — Solid Draft Pick   1 — Blue Chipper   4 — Potential bye week fill-in
B — Late-round flier   2 — Potential stud   5 —Deep sleeper
C — Waiver wire   3 — Potential starter   UFA — Undrafted free agent

WIDE RECEIVERS

1. Justin Blackmon, 6-1, 207, Oklahoma State
Drafted by: Jacksonville in the 1st Round, No. 5 overall
Seasonal: A
Keeper/Dynasty: 1

Blackmon fills a huge void in Jacksonville’s offense. He is true a No. 1 receiver and go-to target for quarterback Blaine Gabbert. During his career at Oklahoma State, Blackmon averaged 14.1 yards per reception and caught 40 touchdown passes. His value is tied with Gabbert’s improvement, but Blackmon should be a WR3 in his rookie year.

2. Michael Floyd, 6-3, 220, Notre Dame
Drafted by: Arizona in the 1st Round, No. 13 overall
Seasonal: A
Keeper/Dynasty: 2

Since trading Anquan Boldin to Baltimore, the Cardinals haven’t found a solid No. 2 to pair with Larry Fitzgerald. Floyd should slide into the starting lineup this season, but his value will hinge on Arizona’s shaky quarterback play.

3. Kendall Wright, 5-10, 196, Baylor
Drafted by: Tennessee in the 1st Round, No. 20 overall
Seasonal: A
Keeper/Dynasty: 2

With Kenny Britt coming off knee surgery, Wright is expected to be a significant contributor this season. He was Robert Griffin’s go-to option at Baylor and should help the Titans stretch the field in 2012.

4. Rueben Randle, 6-4, 210, LSU
Drafted by: New York Giants in the 2nd Round, No. 63 overall
Seasonal: B
Keeper/Dynasty: 3

With Mario Manningham signing with the 49ers, Randle has an opportunity to become the Giants’ No. 3 option. However, his fantasy value could be limited with Hakeem Nicks and Victor Cruz locked into the top two spots.

5. Stephen Hill, 6-4, 215, Georgia Tech
Drafted by: New York Jets in the 2nd Round, No. 43 overall
Seasonal: B
Keeper/Dynasty: 3

Outside of Santonio Holmes, the Jets have no proven options at receiver. After playing in an option offense at Georgia Tech, Hill will need some time to adjust to NFL passing schemes and to become a better route-runner. He is a big-play threat, but considering the fact that his value will be limited this season, he looks to be a better pick in keeper formats.

6. DeVier Posey, 6-1, 211, Ohio State
Drafted by: Houston in the 3rd Round, No. 68 overall
Seasonal: B
Keeper/Dynasty: 3

Senior year at Ohio State was derailed by suspensions, but has the talent to be a future No. 2 receiver for the Texans.

7. Brian Quick, 6-3, 220, Appalachian State
Drafted by: St. Louis in the 2nd Round, No. 33 overall
Seasonal: B
Keeper/Dynasty: 3

Quick has good size and speed, but he is raw after playing on the FCS level in college.

8. Alshon Jeffery, 6-4, 230, South Carolina
Drafted by: Chicago in the 2nd Round, No. 45 overall
Seasonal: C
Keeper/Dynasty: 2

Was a disappointment in his final year at South Carolina but has the talent to be an eventual No. 1 receiver. Could be a good bargain in keeper formats.

9. Ryan Broyles, 5-10, 192, Oklahoma
Drafted by: Detroit in the 2nd Round, No. 54 overall
Seasonal: C
Keeper/Dynasty: 3

Broyles suffered a torn ACL late in the 2011 season, but his recovery has him on track to play in 2012. Should fit into the slot receiver role for the Lions.

10. T.J. Graham, 5-11, 188, NC State
Drafted by: Buffalo in the 3rd Round, No. 69 overall
Seasonal: C
Keeper/Dynasty: 4

Speedster should help stretch the field while contributing right away on special teams.

11. Joe Adams, 5-11, 179, Arkansas
Drafted by: Carolina in the 4th Round, No. 104 overall
Seasonal: C
Keeper/Dynasty: 3

12. Mohamed Sanu, 6-2, 211, Rutgers
Drafted by: Cincinnati in the 3rd Round, No. 83 overall
Seasonal: C
Keeper/Dynasty: 3

13. Jarius Wright, 5-10, 182, Arkansas
Drafted by: Minnesota in the 4th Round, No. 118 overall
Seasonal: C
Keeper/Dynasty: 3

14. A.J. Jenkins, 6-0, 192, Illinois
Drafted by: San Francisco in the 1st Round, No. 30 overall
Seasonal: C
Keeper/Dynasty: 3

15. Greg Childs, 6-3, 219, Arkansas
Drafted by: Minnesota in the 4th Round, No. 134 overall
Seasonal: C
Keeper/Dynasty: 3

UPDATE: Childs tore the patellar tendon in both knees attempting to catch a pass during an Aug. 4 intra-team scrimmage in training camp. He has been placed on injured reserved and is out for the season.

16. Juron Criner, 6-3, 224, Arizona
Drafted by: Oakland in the 5th Round, No. 168 overall
Seasonal: C
Keeper/Dynasty: 3

17. Nick Toon, 6-2, 215, Wisconsin
Drafted by: New Orleans in the 4th Round, No. 122 overall
Seasonal: C
Keeper/Dynasty: 3

18. T.Y Hilton, 5-10, 183, FIU
Drafted by: Indianapolis in the 3rd Round, No. 92 overall
Seasonal: C
Keeper/Dynasty: 4

19. Marvin Jones, 6-1, 199, California
Drafted by: Cincinnati in the 5th Round, No. 166 overall
Seasonal: C
Keeper/Dynasty: 3

20. Chris Givens, 5-11, 198, Wake Forest
Drafted by: St. Louis in the 4th Round, No. 96 overall
Seasonal: C
Keeper/Dynasty: 3

TIGHT ENDS

1. Coby Fleener, 6-6, 247, Stanford
Drafted by: Indianapolis in the 2nd Round, No. 34 overall
Seasonal: B
Keeper/Dynasty: 2

A young quarterback’s best friend is a playmaker at tight end, and that’s exactly what Fleener brings to the Colts. He played with Andrew Luck at Stanford, and at 6'6", he’s a nightmare matchup for defenses. Fleener should be the top rookie at his position but is likely a TE2 in fantasy drafts.

2. Dwayne Allen, 6-3, 255, Clemson
Drafted by: Indianapolis in the 3rd Round, No. 64 overall
Seasonal: B
Keeper/Dynasty: 3

Allen will struggle as a blocker, but he should help to stretch the middle of the field for Andrew Luck.

3. Orson Charles, 6-2, 251, Georgia
Drafted by: Cincinnati in the 4th Round, No. 116 overall
Seasonal: C
Keeper/Dynasty: 3

Needs another year or two to develop and is behind Jermaine Gresham on the depth chart.

4. Michael Egnew, 6-5, 252, Missouri
Drafted by: Miami in the 3rd Round, No. 78 overall
Seasonal: C
Keeper/Dynasty: 4

Egnew isn’t a strong blocker, but his receiving ability will be a safety net for Miami quarterbacks.

— Originally published in the 2012 Athlon Sports NFL Fantasy Football preview magazine

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