Sammy Watkins lit college football up his freshman year but can he set the NFL ablaze in his rookie season?
Analysis: It appears that Watkins has put considerable weight on his frame since his freshman season at Clemson. He is still fast but the weight does make a difference… he is not the same burner he was a few years ago. Regardless, it is always hard to predict rookie wide outs but Watkins is especially difficult. EJ Manuel is not a consistent quarterback and Watkins is in a tough defensive division.
Currently, Watkins is the 30th to 33rd wide out being taken in the 78-81 pick range. You can get Marques Colston, Mike Wallace or Kendall Wright at this point in the draft or later. Colston has Brees and a pass happy offense. Wallace put up 930 yards last year on 142 targets without an offensive line. Kendall Wright caught 94 balls on 140 targets for over 1,000 yards in 2013. Watkins may turn out to be a fine player but his ceiling this year is what those other three wide outs are expected to produce.
Brian Hartline is flying under the fantasy radar after a 2012 campaign which saw him put up 74 receptions and 1,083 receiving yards.
Analysis: Hartline was targeted a team high 15 times Sunday, five more targets than anyone else on the Dolphins. Hartline caught 9 balls for 114 yards and a score. Considering he is one year removed from 74 receptions and 128 targets(both top 20 for wide outs) he is in high demand right now.
The acquisition of Mike Wallace may deter some fantasy owners from Hartline but he does seem to have good chemistry with second year starter Ryan Tannehill. Currently, Hartline is available in 40-75% of fantasy leagues. His targets and receptions are reliable but the drawback here is the touchdowns. The 6’2″ Hartline only had one touchdown last year, he suffers from what is called “Jason Witten Syndrome.” We must keep in mind that Tannehill only threw for 12 touchdown passes last year and that number is expected to increase in 2013.
The former Ohio State Buckeye can be a bit of a question mark in standard formats but he holds tons of value in PPR leagues.