It is already hard enough for a rookie to contribute as a force in fantasy football. Even if the talent is there, it usually boils down to the situation. With this draft class being regarded as the best receiver class in history, the chances are that at least one will ultimately end up becoming a substantial contributor in year one, and I have my eyes on a couple that could take no time to break out.
Jerry Jeudy, Denver Broncos
Jeudy has a chance to unseat the very talented Courtland Sutton as early as his rookie season. That is saying a lot considering he posted over 1,100 yards last season. However, there is no denying Jeudy is more talented, and it is just a matter of time. I think he is a WR2 as a rookie, which is a super bold prediction. I love what I saw from Drew Lock, and having that duo of wide receivers to go with Melvin Gordon and Phillip Lindsay should present them with a ton of scoring opportunities. The Broncos are a sleeper team in 2020, and they should have two fantasy-relevant receivers.
CeeDee Lamb, Dallas Cowboys
I’m a pretty big fan of Michael Gallup, so it will be interesting to see how these two compete for targets behind Amari Cooper. The question is going to be whether Dak Prescott can support three fantasy-relevant receivers. If not, passing Gallup on the depth chart will be crucial. I do think CeeDee Lamb will be a flex option as a rookie with room for more. He’s that damn good, and the Cowboys have the talent to be one of the top-scoring offenses in football.
Justin Jefferson, Minnesota Vikings
Jefferson has a ton of upside as a late-round flier with the departure of Stefon Diggs. I love him in PPR leagues as I could see him snagging a boatload of short passes and letting Adam Thielen do his thing. Jefferson possesses solid FLEX/WR3 potential, but keep in mind; the Vikings have shifted to more of a run attack. Jefferson has upside, but he could be feast or famine.
Michael Pittman Jr., Indianapolis Colts
Chances are Phillip Rivers will likely make one other pass catcher outside of T.Y. Hilton fantasy relevant, and my money is on Michael Pittman Jr., a terrific young receiver out of USC. Pittman has excellent hands and could rack up reception totals in PPR leagues, allowing T.Y. Hilton to go after some deeper targets. I think he can beat out Zach Pascal straight out of camp, and we all know Rivers is a gunslinger.