Fantasy Football: Rookie receivers who can make instant and; long-term impact

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Fantasy players in season-long and dynasty formats will be formulating their plans for the new season, and these five receivers could make an impact in both.

With the NFL Draft firmly in the rearview mirror, attention has turned to offseason workouts and how the league’s newest crop of rookies will fare in their first professional seasons. It is also the time of year where fantasy football chatter heats up, with dynasty-league managers particularly interested in the fortunes of draftees as they prepare for their rookie drafts.

This year the receivers should be taken in fantasy drafts early and often as another potentially historic class of wideouts enters the NFL, five of which came off the board in the first round. Dynasty managers will be aiming to identify those players they believe can develop into long-term stars.

But such is the talent among this crop of receivers that there are several who have the skill sets to deliver value in season-long fantasy leagues as well as in dynasty formats.

Whether any of this group will reach the heights of Justin Jefferson in 2020 remains to be seen, but the 2021 season should be another partially defined by the success of rookie receivers.

The two biggest factors that go into draft picks thriving in the NFL are talent and situation. When the marriage between the two is perfect, it can deliver results like those Jefferson produced as he set the rookie record for receiving yards in an astonishing season.

It is debatable whether there are unions as well-matched as his pairing with the Minnesota Vikings this year, but there are five receivers who landed in spots that will likely allow them to excel immediately and in the long term and delight season-long and dynasty players alike.

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