2016 Outlook: Funchess failed to emerge as an every-down player as a rookie, but he impressed--for the most part--when called upon. He hauled in 31 of 64 targets for 473 yards and five TDs despite inconsistent playing time. Funchess is one of the league's biggest WRs (6-foot-4, 225 pounds), which would normally make him a lock for goal-line work. But he is actually playing alongside an even bigger target in the 6-5, 245-pound Kelvin Benjamin, who led the NFL in end zone targets as a rookie before tearing his ACL last year. Funchess will push Ted Ginn and Corey Brown for the starting spot opposite Benjamin.
2016 Outlook: One of the fastest WRs in the rookie class, Coleman provides the Browns with an explosive playmaker. He averaged 18.4 yards per reception and caught an FBS-high 20 TDs (the next closest had 17) at Baylor in 2015. He is on the small side (5-11, 194 pounds), which might cost him scoring chances, and he will need to cut down on drops and improve his route-running, but his big-play ability and contributions as a rusher and returner will guarantee him a hefty role right away. The Browns, after all, badly need weapons, and Coleman could catch 70 passes and reach WR3 status.
2016 Outlook: Benjamin's move to San Diego could be a blessing for his fantasy stock. The Chargers use plenty of three-WR sets, so he shouldn't have any trouble getting playing time alongside Keenan Allen and Stevie Johnson. That wasn't always a given in Cleveland. Benjamin was rarely used during his first three seasons there but found a niche in the offense last season and ranked 28th among WRs in fantasy points. The 5-foot-10, 175-pound speedster has the look of a boom-or-bust performer, but Allen and Johnson both have durability issues, making Benjamin worth a late-round pick.
2016 Outlook: When it comes to fantasy-friendly landing spots, they don't get much better than New Orleans. After cutting Marques Colston, the Saints drafted thomas in the second round. The former Buckeye has good ball skills, and at 6-3, 212 pounds, he should see plenty of targets near the goal line. Thomas is not quite speedy enough to take the top off defenses (4.5 in the 40), so a majority of his impact figures to come in the intermediate area. Thomas has a good shot to step right into Colston's old big-slot role, which allowed Colston to produce fringe WR2 stats for most of his tenure as a Saint.
2016 Outlook: After selecting him 21st in April's draft, the Texans hope Fuller will become the NFL's next premier deep threat. Fuller's 4.3 40-yard dash was fastest among wide receivers who attended the combine, but his poor performance in other categories supported concerns that he is a one-trick pony. Fuller's hands need work (he led the FBS with 21 drops the past two seasons, per Pro Football Focus), and his lean frame makes him a liability as a blocker and against press coverage. Fuller must overcome these issues, but he is still likely to settle in as Houston's No. 2 receiver. Expect high-variance performances from the rookie.
2016 Outlook: Wallace was a major disappointment in his only season in Minnesota and now joins his third team in as many years. After finishing no worse than 28th among WRs in fantasy points during his first six seasons, Wallace finished tied for 74th in 2015 with career lows in receptions (39), yards (473) and TDs (two). Now in Baltimore, Wallace will benefit from strong-armed Joe Flacco, but playing time could limit his fantasy upside. Wallace will compete with Steve Smith Sr., Breshad Perriman and Kamar Aiken for reps in a tight-end-friendly offense. There's WR3 upside here, but Wallace will be a risky choice from week to week.
2016 Outlook: The Falcons were desperate for offensive weapons last season, so they dished out $32.5 million over five years to bring Sanu to town. The problem is that his r'sum' doesn't suggest that he can live up to the contract. In 2014, injuries to Cincinnati's receivers forced him onto the field for 93 percent of the team's snaps, but he underwhelmed with a 56-790-5 line and dropped seven passes. The Falcons' pass-first system and lack of receiver depth should ensure that Sanu sees lots of targets, but don't use anything other than a late-round pick on him.
2016 Outlook: Dorsett was the Colts' first-round pick last season but entered the year buried on the depth chart, then struggled along with the rest of the offense because of Andrew Luck's absence. If that wasn't bad enough, he also missed five games with an ankle injury. Things should get better in 2016. With the release of Andre Johnson, Dorsett is the heavy favorite to be the Colts' No. 3 WR behind T.Y. Hilton and Donte Moncrief. His 5-foot-10, 185-pound frame might limit his scoring chances, but Dorsett's 4.33 speed gives him the potential to make big plays. With Luck back under center, Dorsett is a fine late-round target.
2016 Outlook: The Patriots badly needed to upgrade their talent at wide receiver, so they snatched Hogan away from the Bills with a three-year, $12 million contract. Although Reggie Bush nicknamed him 7-11 because he's always open, Hogan's hands don't always cooperate. He dropped 8.5 percent of his targets last season, which was the worst rate among the 85 wide receivers who saw at least 50 passes. Still, if Hogan earns an every-down role in the Patriots' offense, he'll be a lock for fantasy relevance. He is well worth the cost of a late-round pick.
2016 Outlook: Smith turned back the clock early last season, posting 41 catches for 588 yards and three TDs in his first six games, which placed him 10th among WRs in fantasy points per game. But in his seventh game, he tore his Achilles, costing him the rest of the season. It also caused him to rethink his decision to retire: Smith will now try to return from that brutal injury at age 37, making him a risky pick. If he returns to full health and assumes an every-down role, he is talented enough to flirt with WR2 stats. The more likely scenario, though, is that he finishes his career playing in sub packages for Baltimore's suddenly deep offense.
2016 Outlook: Boyd, the Bengals' second-round pick out of Pittsburgh, is a natural fit to replace Mohamed Sanu. He is not particularly big (6-1, 197 pounds) nor fast (4.58 40-yard dash), but he can line up all over the formation and contribute as a receiver, rusher, returner and even as a passer. Given that versatility, Boyd might be better off in an offensive-weapon role as a rookie, especially because he ranked near the bottom of draft prospects in both average depth of target (9.4) and yards per reception (10.2). But the Bengals lack depth at WR, so Boyd will see plenty of action right away, making him a fine late-round option.
2016 Outlook: Wheaton has yet to emerge as a starting-caliber receiver, but he'll get one more shot to prove his worth with Martavis Bryant suspended for the entire 2016 season. Wheaton has shown some flashes (see his nine-catch, 201-yard performance against Seattle last year), but he also failed to emerge during stints as the No. 2 WR in 2014 and during Bryant's 2015 suspension. If Wheaton beats out Sammie Coates for an every-down role opposite Antonio Brown, the volume alone in Pittsburgh's pass-heavy, high-scoring offense will allow him to produce flexworthy stats.
2016 Outlook: Greg Jennings and Rishard Matthews are gone, but Stills' push for playing time won't be any easier with rookie Leonte Carroo joining the Dolphins. Stills is primarily a situational deep threat. His 16.5-yard average depth of target ranked fourth in the league last season, but his 44 percent catch rate was fourth worst. The Dolphins had a third wide receiver on the field on 82 percent of their pass plays last year, which ranked fifth in the league. New head coach Adam Gase has a history of using his personnel similarly, so Stills could see plenty of snaps if he can hold off Carroo.
2016 Outlook: Aiken hardly looked like a relevant fantasy player heading into last season, but he ended up tied for 21st in the league with 126 targets. That total included 84 after Week 9, which ranked fourth among WRs. Aiken finished the season with 75 receptions for 944 yards and five TDs and posted five top-30 fantasy weeks after Week 9, taking advantage of injuries to much of Baltimore's receiving corps. But he'll struggle to match that production now that the Ravens are flush with WR depth. Most likely, he will compete for snaps as Baltimore's No. 3 or No. 4 WR.