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Rookie wide receivers with upside their first NFL season

Ja’Marr Chase, DeVonta Smith and Jaylen Waddle headline a loaded rookie wide receiver class.

Cincinnati Bengals Training Camp
Ja’Marr Chase of the Cincinnati Bengals participates in a drill during training camp on July 30, 2021 in Cincinnati, Ohio.
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The wide receiver group in the 2021 NFL draft was highly regarded in the football community, with some saying it rivals the vaunted 2014 class featuring Mike Evans, Odell Beckham Jr. and Davante Adams. Here are the rookie wide receivers with the most fantasy upside this coming season.

Ja’Marr Chase, Cincinnati Bengals

Not only is Chase reuniting with his college teammate Joe Burrow, but he’s likely going to be a starting receiver and potentially the No. 1 target. Burrow and Chase put up massive numbers at LSU and if both stay healthy, this could be a very productive campaign. Tee Higgins will take away some targets, but Chase is in a great situation in Cincinnati.

Elijah Moore, New York Jets

The Jets have Corey Davis and Jamison Crowder, but Moore is talented enough to break through and get targets. He’s dealing with an quad injury right now, but appears to have dodged a serious setback. Having a rookie quarterback will hurt, but Moore could eventually get into the top two receiver spots with New York.

Rondale Moore, Arizona Cardinals

Moore is going to be used in a variety of ways with Arizona, based on how the first preseason game went. He’s a gadget player at the moment, but Kliff Kingsbury seems determined to get him touches in space. Arizona has DeAndre Hopkins and A.J. Green in the top two spots right now, but Christian Kirk and Moore are next in line. Given Green’s injury history, it would not be surprising to see Moore on the field more as the season moves along.