This article is part of our College Football Draft Kit series.
The 2019 season is fast approaching, so we're rolling out our position-by-position previews to get you acclimated with the game's top players and help you dominate your drafts. Next up is wide receiver, a position headlined by the likes of 2018 breakout players like Colorado's Laviska Shenault and Purdue's Rondale Moore. When targeting receiver in drafts, it's key to look at scheme context, role, and skill. A talented receiver who plays in a plodding, run-first offense may be a future NFL player, but he can be outdone from a fantasy perspective by a lesser receiver who has a high-volume role in a pass-happy, up-tempo system, for instance. The following list is comprised of players who rate highly in all of the aforementioned factors.
Editor's Note: The following article also appears in Rotowire's annual Fantasy Football Magazine, coming to newsstands in July of 2019.
1.Laviska Shenault/ Colorado / Junior
A turf toe injury derailed what was otherwise an outrageously productive breakout season for Shenault, who started his true sophomore season with 60 catches for 780 yards and six touchdowns through his first six games, adding a whopping five rushing touchdowns in that same span. The surgically-repaired toe limited Shenault in the spring, but it should be resolved by the fall, in which case Shenault has to be one of the most coveted assets in college fantasy football. The upside he displayed early in 2018 was league-winning stuff comparable to past wideouts like Michael Crabtree and Justin Blackmon.