The 2-Minute Drill I Garrett Wilson, Drake London and other rookie WRs are thriving in 2022

In this week's edition of the 2-minute drill, Yahoo Sports’ Andy Behrens talks about how we haven’t seen a first-year receiving group like this since 2014.

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ANDY BEHRENS: All right, start the clock.


It was only eight short years ago that a group of rookie receivers rewrote a whole bunch of fantasy rules.


ANDY BEHRENS: Back in the day, we didn't expect a thing from first-year wideouts we used to devote an entire column to third-year receivers because that's when we expected them to do anything. But then Odell happened and Mike Evans happened and Sammy Watkins had almost 1,000 yards right out of the gate and Jarvis Landry caught 84 balls in his first year and Kelvin Benjamin would not stop scoring.

- What happened to him?

- Eh.

ANDY BEHRENS: The 2014 receiver class was so good, in fact, that we all had jokes about Davante Adams, who turned out to be the very best of the bunch.

- In your face!

ANDY BEHRENS: Right now, it feels like just maybe something similar is happening with this rookie class. The year to date list of top-10 fantasy receivers is, of course, full of the usual suspects. It's Stefon Diggs, Cooper Kupp, Jefferson, Adams, et cetera.

- [SHOUTS] Kelly Clarkson!

ANDY BEHRENS: But number 11 on the list, it's Garrett Wilson. He's coming off a 14-target, two-touchdown game. He was unrecoverable on Sunday, almost single-handedly beating the Browns.

- Can't touch this.

ANDY BEHRENS: Number 12 on the list? Yeah, that's rookie Jahan Dotson, who cannot be kept out of the end zone so far. He scored twice in the opener, then he gave us a touchdown and a 2-point conversion in week two. He's winning contested catches, and he's putting himself in plenty of uncontested situations too.

- I am invincible!

ANDY BEHRENS: Dotson has been unbelievable. And then there's the wide receiver 16 through two weeks, Drake London. He's produced 160 receiving yards on 13 catches and created an absolute crisis for everyone who expected Kyle Pitts to reinvent the tight end position.

- What an athlete. A tremendous competitor.

ANDY BEHRENS: And there's more good news on rookie wideouts. We haven't even yet seen the Chris Olave blowup, but it's coming. Let's not give up on George Pickens, on Skyy Moore, on Treylon Burks, on the Green Bay guys. There's a lot more talent out there.

- [? Whammy! ?]

ANDY BEHRENS: It's early in the season, obviously, but it feels pretty safe to say that this year's rookie class is, in fact, loaded. These kids are going to help us win some fantasy titles.