Fantasy Football Outlook Series: Wide receivers

      August 5, 2013 @ 17:01:15 PDT

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Kenny Britt, Tennessee Titans: Britt is healthy, has stayed out of legal trouble, and is ready to produce as Tennessee's No. 1 receiver. Oh, and he's in a contract year. The often-troubled receiver has all the incentive in the world to finally break out as his skill set suggests he is able to. I'm valuing him as a third receiver sleeper.

Tennessee Titans WR Kenny Britt
A little Britt intriguing

T.Y. Hilton, Indianapolis Colts: My thought process is as follows: Reggie Wayne, 34, cannot separate as well as he used to, and that won't improve. He is a great route runner, but even that takes you only so far. Darrius Heyward-Bey (hamstring) has hands of stone and is an injury liability. Hilton will be more involved this year and should expand on his 50-861-7 rookie season. Expect a lower yards-per-reception average (17.2 last year) and more receptions in his sophomore season.

Josh Gordon, Cleveland Browns: Despite a two-game suspension, Gordon could emerge as a weekly starter in Norv Turner's long-ball offense. The athletic, second-year receiver is a big play in the making at all times and has more value in standard scoring formats than PPR, relative to his positional counterparts.

Denarius Moore, Oakland Raiders: The most gifted receiver on their roster, Moore should post stronger numbers with Matt Flynn under center. The dynamic pass catcher has playmaking ability from end zone to end zone and makes for a great fourth receiver sleeper candidate.

Golden Tate, Seattle Seahawks: A lot of owners are pointing to Sidney Rice having an uptick in production, and some reports even suggested Doug Baldwin, with Percy Harvin (hip) on the mend. While both may, Tate is the guy you want to own. He is coming on the cheap and could produce starter-worthy stats even through a potential return by the hobbled Harvin.

Rueben Randle, New York Giants: Looking for a late-round wideout gamble? Randle has all of the physical tools to shine in the pros, and he plays behind the extremely fragile Hakeem Nicks. The LSU product should lock down the WR3 job in New York, making him a matchup play during the regular season.

Jonathan Baldwin, Kansas City Chiefs: Watch his training camp and preseason closely. Baldwin likes Andy Reid's up-tempo offense and has shown flashes of dominance in the past, but he never could put it all together once the pads and lights went on. Skeptically observe, for now.

Cordarrelle Patterson, Minnesota Vikings: I am starting to favor the mindset that Patterson's only notable contributions this year will come on special teams. Minnesota's run-first O has a suspect quarterback situation to hamper him, and Patterson isn't known to be the fastest learner, so I'd save the pick on draft day.

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About Cory J. Bonini

Cory is KFFL's General Manager. In late 2002, he joined the KFFL staff as a research analyst and has been involved in fantasy sports since 1996. A member of the Fantasy Sports Trade Association, as well as Fantasy Sports Writers Association, Bonini has been featured in print, on radio and on scores of websites. Bonini co-hosted Big Lead Sports on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio from 2011 to 2012.

Bonini was recognized with the 2010 Best Article in Print Award from the FSWA and was a finalist for the same award in 2011. In '11, he finished first overall in the FSWA NFL experts challenge that featured 60 of the industry's best competitors.

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