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Campfire Chat: Favorite Rookie WR for 2017

Footballugys staff members discuss the top rookie wide receivers

In a redraft league, which rookie wide receiver would you most want to have on your roster? And "none" can be an answer.

Chad Parsons: My market shares for rookie receivers in 2017 redraft leagues has been lower than previous seasons. I love Corey Davis long-term, but project Eric Decker to be the No.1 target in Tennessee this year. The WR30-35 ADP of Davis is cost prohibitive as I see it has his ceiling more than his floor.

The Bengals have a crowded passing game pecking order. I am fine with John Ross in the WR50s of ADP in a best ball format, but in head-to-head, he is a firm pass.

Zay Jones may have the most clear path (Sammy Watkins missing time) to churning a profit on his ADP (WR55-60). I see that scenerio more than betting on Cooper Kupp (WR72), Chris Godwin (WR73), Kenny Golladay (WR77), or Chad Williams (WR79) as the other rookie receivers in the top-80 of positional ADP. Of those Godwin stands out as the most quizzically-priced. With a drove of quality pass targets ahead of him, I project Godwin will be any early-season cut by every drafter of him in seasonal leagues.

The early-season waiver wire churn is the most impactful factor to consider when assess rookie wide receiver selections in redraft. How patient will you be in September when they are buried on a depth chart and players flash from the waiver wire? I side with taking running backs (or tight ends) from unsettled depth charts because there is more volatility to be on the right side of how things shake out in the preseason, or Weeks 1-2. If the story for a wide receiver to vault to up early season 'keeper' status is more than a single event, consider another position where their rise offers a more simple story.


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