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2020 wide receiver prospects and potential fantasy football impact

We break down what 2020 wide receiver prospects could have the most rookie year fantasy impact.

Alabama Crimson Tide wide receiver Jerry Jeudy carries the ball up the field against the Duke Blue Devils during the first quarter at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

Multiple wideouts in the 2020 NFL Draft class could be studs at the next level. Teams are looking for playmakers who can carry a receiving corps as rookies. We break down what pass catchers are most likely to have the most fantasy football value.

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The top wide receivers in this class are expected to be the top targets for their respective teams from day one. Prospects like Oklahoma’s CeeDee Lamb, Alabama’s Jerry Jeudy, and Clemson’s Tee Higgins have the best chance to do just that.

Lamb and Jeudy are neck and neck for best in the class. Lamb is the tougher of the two which could help him be more durable throughout the season. However, his straight-line speed might not be the best against more talented and athletic corners. Jeudy has the most dynamic route running, but could struggle with physicality at the next level. But both should get an opportunity to be the top dog from the get-go.

Higgins has a desirable 6’4” frame. While his precision route running could use some work, his physical gifts could make him a threat on anything vertical and near the end zone.

Another candidate to burst onto the NFL scene in an exciting fashion is Alabama’s Henry Ruggs III. He boasts a sub-4.3 40-yard dash time and is extremely explosive. Just get the ball in his hands and let him make plays. He could have Tyreek Hill level upside with the right players around him.

Sleepers

Laviska Shenault Jr. is one of the most versatile players available. He has great size, strength, and can line up anywhere. He caught 10 touchdown passes during his three years at Colorado and ran for an additional seven. He’s a Swiss army knife that plenty of teams will want to get their hands on.

Justin Jefferson had a strong year with LSU en route to a national championship. He ranked third in the country in receiving yards (1,540) and second in touchdowns (18) while playing alongside Ja’Marr Chase. He might not be a first option, but he could thrive in a supporting role.

Jalen Reagor is explosive and has a knack for getting chunk plays. Once he gets the ball, he can become a running back. Yards after the catch will work in his favor.

Dark horse

Gabriel Davis from UCF notched 1,241 yards with 12 touchdown catches with subpar quarterback play last season. He continued to improve throughout his collegiate career and could continue get better if paired with a more competent signal caller.