Poll: Which 2nd-year WR is a better fantasy option - Benjamin, Cooks or Matthews?

There are many talented second-year NFC wide receivers as five of them rank inside my top-16 fantasy wide receivers for 2015.

Clearly, the top option among the group is New York's Odell Beckham, who currently has a (late) first-round ADP at Fantasy Football Calculator. ODB may not lead the league with 108.8 yards per game again, but he enters 2015 with a streak of four consecutive 8/130/1 (or better) games. And no receiver finished as a top-12 fantasy receiver in a higher percentage (58.3 percent) of his games than Beckham.

While ODB is the consensus top option within the group, Tampa's Mike Evans is widely-viewed as the second-best option within the group. Not only was he one of three rookie receivers to haul in 1,000-plus yards, but he was one of only five receivers to rack up 12-plus scores last season. Playing with a rookie quarterback may lead to some early-season inconsistency, but Jameis Winston is clearly a long-term upgrade over the team's 2014 quarterback play.

That leads us to the other three within the group.

Not only are these three receivers next to each other in my rankings, but their ADPs are bunched together as well -- Kelvin Benjamin (3.12, WR15), Brandin Cooks (4.01, WR16) and Jordan Matthews (4.05, WR17).

Like Evans and Beckham, Benjamin exceeded the 1,000-yard mark last year. Like Evans, he's also a big-bodied receiver that can use his size as an advantage over all cornerbacks in the red zone. One area that he needs to improve considerably is the drops. Per PFF, only Cincinnati's Mohamed Sanu had more drops than Benjamin last season.

Through Week 11 when Cooks sustained a season-ending injury, he was leading all rookies in receptions (53) and had the 25th-most fantasy points among receivers. Once again, Cooks is generated plenty of offseason buzz and he has a tremendous opportunity to take a big step forward if he can stay healthy as the team traded Jimmy Graham and Kenny Stills this spring.

Last but not necessarily least, Matthews finished as a top-25 fantasy wide receiver over the course of the full season despite ranking third among the team's receivers in snaps. With Jeremy Maclin signing with the Chiefs in free agency and Riley Cooper, well, being Riley Cooper, Matthews should lead the group in snaps in 2015. Rookie Nelson Agholor profiles similarly to Maclin, but Matthews could see his production spike to 2014 Maclin levels (85/1,318/10, WR9).

So, out of Benjamin, Cooks and Matthews, which second-year receiver will score the most fantasy points in 2015?



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