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

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Wide receiver Amari Rodgers (8) is shown during the second day of Green Bay Packers rookie minicamp Saturday, May 15, 2021 in Green Bay, Wis.

5. Amari Rodgers – Green Bay Packers

The Packers have been crying out for a slot receiver who can make things happen after the catch and have an impact on designed touches out of the backfield, and that is exactly what they got in the third round in the form of former Clemson wideout Rodgers.

Amari Rodgers’ long-term upside depends on what his namesake, Aaron Rodgers, decides about his future with the Packers. However, with his options seemingly very limited right now with the Packers seemingly dug in and understandably determined not to trade the league MVP, his potential return would set things up very nicely for a rookie receiver aiming to make an immediate impact in the NFL.

Should No. 12 play for the Packers in 2021, the man who was Trevor Lawrence’s favorite target last year could become a top weapon for a future Hall of Famer in an offense orchestrated by a play-caller in Matt LaFleur who excels at drawing up designed touches for his receivers.

That is an outstanding situation for Amari Rodgers to enter and, provided he develops chemistry with 2020’s top quarterback and a solution can be found whereby Aaron Rodgers remains in Green Bay beyond the coming season, the 13th receiver off the board in the 2021 draft would be an increasingly valuable asset in dynasty.

Given the current impasse between franchise and star quarterback, investing in Packers receivers other than Davante Adams carries inherent risk, but the fit with Green Bay and Amari Rodgers is strong enough that such a gamble could result in significant and early rewards.

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