2021 NFL Draft

2021 Fantasy Football Rookie WR/TE Analysis: Rounds 2-7


Now that the NFL Draft is behind us, it is time to dissect it and see who the real winners are. I already touched on the first-rounders, but below I give you my 2021 Fantasy Football Rookie WR/TE analysis for those drafted in rounds 2-7.

Wide receivers went off the board early and often, 36 in total. Tight ends were not nearly as deep with only 11 being selected.

In this article, I will break down some of the key wide receivers and tight ends based on talent and fit with the team that drafted them in the later rounds of the draft.

I will also get into their fantasy value for 2021 and/or beyond, for those in Dynasty leagues.

With so many WRs taken, I will key in on some that should be on your radar.

2021 Fantasy Football Rookie WR/TE Analysis: Rounds 2-7

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Elijah Moore, WR, New York Jets (Pick 34)

The Jets went out and signed Corey Davis in the offseason and already have Denzel Mims & Jamison Crowder, so Moore is more of a dynasty WR than redraft.

The good part is the Moore can develop within the Jets system and develop chemistry with fellow rookie Zach Wilson.

I have to imagine the Crowder will be gone after this season, if not sooner, and that is where Moore will slot in.

Rondale Moore, WR, Arizona Cardinals (Pick 49)

I actually really like this landing spot for Moore. He can learn from two stud wide receivers in DeAndre Hopkins and A.J. Green as well as he has an established QB already in place in Kyler Murray.

On paper, with Hopkins, Green and Christian Kirk, the WR room may seem a bit crowded but Green is on a one-year deal, and I personally feel that Moore suits this offense better than Kirk does.

Moore slots in as a round two rookie pick in dynasty leagues as well as a late-round flier in redraft leagues.

Pat Freiermuth, TE, Pittsburgh Steelers (Pick 55)

This pick was a bit surprising for the Steelers but we all know that they love their tight ends and with Vance McDonald retiring, they did have a bit of a need.

His fantasy value in year one is squarely tied to how well Ben Roethlisberger performs. It may take a few games for him to get in any sort of rhythm and pass Eric Ebron on the depth chart but he should be involved in two tight end sets to start the season.

Freiermuth is a later rounds dynasty draft pick, with the hopes that he can become a viable TE 2 down the road.

Dwayne Eskridge, WR, Seattle Seahawks (Pick 56)

Eskridge rose up the draft board with a solid senior season and a good senior bowl performance. Some scouts thought he went a little early in the draft, but the Seahawks are very thin at WR.

Playing alongside DK Metcalf and Tyler Lockett, Eskridge will be able to roam in the opponents secondary, drawing the weaker of the team’s DBs.

He is explosive and has the burst to make the play downfield. Russell Wilson likes to spread the ball around, so there should be targets for him. Taking him in the late 2nd, to early 3rd of rookie drafts is safe.

Tutu Atwell, WR, Los Angeles Rams (Pick 57)

Is Atwell on the smaller side of most WRs, sure. Are there questions if his frame will hold up in the NFL, yes. But one thing is for sure, he is a playmaker.

Atwell is a speedy home run threat that the Rams offense is lacking. Coach McVay is good at developing plays that suit the talents of his offensive players. I have no doubt that McVay already has a plan on exactly how to use him.

Draft him with caution, but the upside is there. Like Eskridge, late round two, early third round is safe.

Terrace Marshall Jr., WR, Carolina Panthers (Pick 59)

Marshall Jr reunites with his old college coach Joe Brady in Carolina. Marshall should have a leg up as he is familiar with the offense that Brady ran in LSU.

He fits in nicely with DJ Moore and Robby Anderson, giving Carolina a dynamic WR core.

Marshall is going mid to high second round in most rookie mocks, and I am comfortable taking him in the area. I think his familiarity with Brady will translate into some early season numbers.

The Best of the Rest

Amon-Ra St. Brown, WR, Detroit Lions (Pick 112)

I am trying to get all the St. Brown shares I can handle.

His situation reminds me a lot of when Terry McClaurin got drafted by the WFT.

There is not a lot of weapons in Detroit, and St. Brown should start in the slot Week 1. I am comfortable taking him in the early second round of rookie drafts as well as in the later rounds of re-draft PPR leagues.

Nico Collins WR (Pick 89) & Brevin Jordan TE (Pick 147) Houston Texans

The Texans are a mess on offense, leading me to think that Collins and Jordan can produce early. Jordan is a bit more of a raw project, but the talent is there.

Jordan is more of a later rounds stash, whereas Collins should go off the board in the early third round, if not sooner.

Josh Palmer, WR, Los Angeles Chargers (Pick 77)

Palmer was a victim of a very poor passing game at Tennessee. He is a tall athletic WR with sure hands.

He is a good fit with Josh Herbert, playing in a potent passing attack. He slides into the mid-third to early fourth round of dynasty drafts, but that will rise if something happens to Mike Williams.

Anthony Schwartz, WR, Cleveland Browns (Pick 91)
Dez Fitzpatrick, WR, Tennessee Titans (Pick 109)
Jaelon Darden, WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Pick 129)

All three above good dynasty stashed. They have the upside to be productive fantasy wide receivers once a path to playing time is clear for them. Schwartz’s timeline may be sooner than Dardens if Cleveland moves on from OBJ. Fitzpatrick is the most likely to produce year one, taking the spot of Corey Davis, and only really having to worry about Josh Reynolds.

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About Jon Witt

Buffalo Boy born and raised. He loves his Buffalo sports unconditionally, despite them driving him nuts more often than not. Bleeds Dodgers Blue during the summer and wishes he had an NBA team. Plays all sorts of fantasy sports, has been for a very long time. Hit him up @JPW2542 with any comments or questions.

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