Dynasty Rookies: WRs

 
 
 
 
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Dynasty Rookies: WRs

We rank this year's rookie wide receivers for their long-term value Profiled players include Julio Jones, A.J. Green, Leonard Hankerson, Jon Baldwin, and Torrey Smith.

For now this is a two-man group, but there are plenty of intriguing options behind A.J. Green and Julio Jones. If you are unable to snag either of those receiving beasts in your dynasty league, have no fear because there will be a deep crop of wide outs to take a shot on, even beyond the top-five.

I won't quibble with those who say A.J. Green was the flat out best receiver in the draft, but he will have nowhere near the quarterback throwing to him as Jones will in Hot 'lanta. The Crimson Tide stud caught 78 passes for 1,133 yards and seven scores in '10, plus he rocked the combine on a broken foot. Now he has Matt Ryan slinging passes to him against what should often be single coverage, considering Roddy White is on the other side. The Falcons likely gave up too much to get their mitts on Jones, but fantasy owners will be wise to do what is necessary to add him as a dynasty play.

The former Georgia wide out is a baller, is a baller, is a baller. He lands on a Bengals team that will likely have parted ways with Chad and TO, meaning the door is immediately open for Green to be the man. Only issue for the 6-4 target is who will be getting him the ball. Carson Palmer may be gone and even if he's not, he may simply be done. Andy Dalton appears solid, but hardly a gunslinger. Don't shy away from Green because of this because, well, he's a baller.

Hmmm, say what now? A third round pick who plays on a team that potentially starts John Beck at quarterback, that's the guy you have listed at number three? Well yes it is, largely because the Redskins' receiving slots appear to be there for the taking, assuming veteran Santana Moss does not return to the rebuilding squad. Hankerson has great size, set all-time receiving records at the U and figures to be playing with a chip on his shoulder after sliding in the draft. Let's also not forget Mike Shanahan has done wonders with similar type receivers and sooner than later the Redskins will bring in a viable passer.

The former Pitt Panther star's draft range was anywhere from mid-to-late first to borderline second and the Chiefs sort of split the difference by snagging him with the 26th pick. Seemed logical that they would target a receiver considering the lack of production received opposite the explosive Dwayne Bowe. The 6-5 Baldwin will be a nightmare for corners in one-on-one situations and could be an early source for touchdowns. Would not be shocked if in five years he's the top fantasy play from this group.

The Ravens finally got Joe Flacco a burner, certainly the first one not pushing retirement age. Last season at Maryland, Smith sped his way for 67 catches, 1055 yards and 12 touchdowns. While his 2011 impact could be limited playing behind Anquan Boldin and other vets, Smith will get to learn from those crafty vets and that will only add to his up-tempo game. The Ravens may never implement a pass-first offense, but Smith could be their top deep threat regardless.

Others: Titus Young (Det), Greg Little (Cle), Randall Cobb (GB), Jerel Jernigan (NYG)