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The 2018 RotoViz Scouting Index – Wide Receivers v.4.0

The RotoViz Scouting Index (RSI) tracks NFL draft prospect rankings from a variety of traditional scouting sites, giving you quick insight into how incoming rookies are currently being valued over in “real football” land. This week, we’re starting to see some movement in the wide receiver evaluations.

We’ll track the rise and fall of player values throughout the draft season and assess the impact on player fantasy valuations. Thanks to the data wizardry of Dave Caban, we’ll be aggregating rankings from a half-dozen popular and well-respected sites. This is the third update for the wide receiver position. For a longer look at how player values are moving, check out the initial index and the third iterations.

One note before we dive in: this week we’ve added a few more sources to the index. We’ve added Drafttek and TSX to our existing sources,1 giving us eight component ranking services.

NFL DRAFT WIDE RECEIVER PROSPECT RANKINGS

Make sure to read the introductory article to this series so you understand where the data comes from and how the scores are calculated.

TOP WIDE RECEIVER PROSPECTS

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Increasing the pool of contributing sites has generated some interesting movement in the Index.

New Faces

D.J. Chark – RSI Rank – 7

Anthony Amico pegs Chark as the No. 6 WR in the class, based on his WR forecasting model, and the scouts seem to agree, placing him at No. 7 in the RSI. In his draft profile of Chark, Matt Wispe noted his “questionable production but undeniable athleticism.” That athleticism was on full display at the combine, where Chark was one of the big winners.

Sweet 16: D.J. Chark vs. Dante Pettis

Deon Cain – RSI Rank – 11

Cain looks like a third-round NFL pick in Amico’s model, which fits with his somewhat spotty collegiate production.

Sweet 16: D.J. Moore vs. Deon Cain

DaeSean Hamilton – RSI Rank – 12

Hamilton’s age and lack of a true breakout season are a counterpoint to his noted route-running ability.

Sweet 16: DaeSean Hamilton vs. Calvin Ridley

Marcell Ateman – RSI Rank – 14

Ateman profiles as a fifth-round NFL pick, and we found him to be an underwhelming prospect in our initial analysis. There are reasons to be interested, however.

Athletically speaking, five of Ateman’s top-10 comparables were high-value NFL draft picks: Mike Williams, Corey Davis, Rueben Randle, Hunter Henry, and Laquon Treadwell. 

Allen Lazard – RSI Rank – 15

An early breakout age and solid production are in his favor, but he comes up short in Kevin Cole’s WR model.

Sweet 16: James Washington vs. Allen Lazard

Movers

D.J. Moore – Up Two Spots – RSI Rank – 4

Moore leads the pack in Amico’s WR model, after quietly dominating in college.

Sweet 16: Christian Kirk vs. D.J. Moore

Dante Pettis – 10 Point Score Increase – RSI Rank – 10

Pettis’ rank remains unchanged, but has RSI score has climbed significantly. His special teams ability sets him apart.

Sweet 16: D.J. Chark vs. Dante Pettis

Equanimeous St. Brown – Down Two Spots – RSI Rank – 9

The “entertaining enigma” had a fantastic 2016 season but still fared poorly in our initial analysis.

Sweet 16: Anthony Miller vs. Equanimeous St. Brown

Deontay Burnett – Down Two Spots – RSI Rank – 13

Burnett posted a 0.19 Dominator Rating playing in the shadow of JuJu Smith-Schuster in 2016. In 2017, sans Smith-Schuster, that jumped to 0.31. Combined with his youth, Burnett is an intriguing sleeper.

Sweet 16: Courtland Sutton vs. Deontay Burnett

  1. Rotoworld, Ourlads, Mike Mayock, Optimum Scouting, CBS, Draft Countdown.  (back)

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