Fantasy Football: First Round Locks You Want

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Dec 28, 2014; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown (84) scores a touchdown past Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick (27) in the second half at Heinz Field. The Steelers won the game, 27-17. Mandatory Credit: Jason Bridge-USA TODAY Sports

Antonio Brown WR – Pittsburgh Steelers

Who says you have to be 6’4 220 lbs to be an elite wide out. At 5’10 187 lbs Brown is just that, elite and he has proven it the last two years accounting for over 3200 yards and 21 touchdowns.  Brown is the number one option in the Pittsburgh passing offense and will continue to be this year. Brown also has an added bonus in the return game where he has scored a touchdown in the last two seasons.

Dez Bryant WR – Dallas Cowboys

The recently paid Bryant now has the long term deal he was seeking and can turn his attention back to being the centerpiece of the Cowboys passing attack. Dallas will continue to try and run a balanced attack, but without DeMarco Murray the run game isn’t going to be the same, keeping Bryant busy catching passes. It will be tough for him to repeat his 16 touchdowns from a year ago but Dez has scored 12 or more touchdowns three straight years.

Mike Evans WR – Tampa Bay Buccaneers

The one shock of the list and I get it if you don’t agree, but Evans is in line for a big year in my opinion.  In his rookie year with Josh McCown and Mike Glennon throwing him the ball, Evans earned a +9.6 in Pro Football Focus’ ratings. In comparison A.J. Green was rated a +4.5. He also was ranked as the 13th best pass catcher in the league by the site.

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