Slow-starting rookies of 2013:
Tavon Austin- The West Virginia product produced moderate fantasy numbers last year while showing flashes of brilliance in a few games. The thing to look at is targets, while Bradford was on the field Austin averaged over 6.5 targets per game (not including one rushing attempt per game as well). Now, with Z.Stacy taking some of the pressure off of the passing game, we expect 80/800/6 receiving plus 200/2 rushing.
Markus Wheaton- The 2013 3rd round pick did not see much playing time last year for the Steelers, but with E. Sanders now in Denver, and J.Cotchery possibly moving on as well. There will be plenty of targets available for Wheaton to pick up. If he stays healthy, he could easily put up similar numbers to Sanders last year (70/750/6) and could even eclipse them if Pittsburgh gets off to a better start in 2014.
Chistine Michael– He’s 5’10”, 220 lbs. and has the inside track to be the #1 back in Seattle once Lynch is done. If you have room on your bench to stash away an RB, Michael has a chance to be a top 10 back in a few years. This year however, we don’t expect much more the 300/2 out of the former Aggie.
Tyler Eifert- The Notre Dame star started out slowly in his first season in the NFL, only catching 39 balls and scoring two TDs in his rookie campaign. However he is big, fast and can make plays, so as soon as Gresham moves on, Eifert will be a sold TE1 for years to come.
Justin Hunter– When this guy got the ball last year, he was electric. He averaged 19+ yards a catch and scored a touchdown every 4.5 receptions last year. With Tennessee moving on from Kenny Britt and Nate Washington hitting his 30s, expect Hunter to become a solid contributor in the next few years and expect a decent 50/800/7 in 2014.
Travis Kelce- One of the hottest TE targets in the 2013 rookie dynasty drafts, Kelce caught the injury bug last year and did not contribute in fantasy football. In 2014, has to pass Anthony Fasano and Sean McGrath on the depth chart, which shouldn’t take long. Expect Kelce to take over the top TE job in KC and produce 40/500/5.