2014 Fantasy Breakout No. 2 Wide Receivers
Randle had a chance last year to take over the WR2 spot for the Giants, but he couldn't quite get it done. This year, with Colts WR Hakeem Nicks gone from the team, Randle will get another shot. With Giants WR Victor Cruz able to stretch defensive coverage, Randle will see plenty of balls thrown his way in offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo's new West Coast offense.
This one's a bit of a cheat, since Sanders is technically the WR3 in the Broncos offense, behind WR Demaryius Thomas and WR Wes Welker. If you throw in TE Julius Thomas, Sanders might be the fourth option in this passing attack. But we saw last year that QB Peyton Manning gives everyone in this offense Fantasy value. Sanders is talented, and with Welker's injury history, he may end up as the WR2 at some point during the season. Snap him up at his current ADP of 35th receiver.
Tate has improved in catches and yardage in each of his four NFL seasons, peaking last year with 64 catches for 898 yards. After a move to the Detroit this offseason, Tate joins WR Calvin Johnson. The former Notre Dame pass-catcher will seek to capitalize on weak coverage as opposing defenses stack Johnson's side of the field. He'll try to become the first Lions WR to top 800 yards alongside Johnson since former WR Roy Williams did it in 2007.
Wheaton, 5-foot-8 with 4.4 speed, is built in the same mold as WR Antonio Brown. He was buried on the depth chart last season behind the aforementioned Sanders and former Steelers WR Jerricho Cotchery. But this year, it looks like Wheaton will be the Steelers WR2. Brown is an elite talent who draws primary coverage, and that will create opportunities for Wheaton to capitalize on his natural speed and quickness. He's not a slam-dunk pick, but Wheaton has plenty of potential in his new role.
For a short stretch last season, Williams looked ready to emerge as an elite deep-threat alongside Cowboys WR Dez Bryant. Williams faded down the stretch. But this year, he's ready to follow up on his promising rookie season in an offense lead by Scott Linehan, who has transformed passing attacks for the Vikings and Lions in previous seasons. The second year WR is currently being taken as the 33rd receiver in drafts, but he has upside to be far better than that.