Throughout the season, the Rookie Report Card has covered some of the biggest rookies and not only looked at their performance to date – but also their long-term upside. Now that the regular season has wrapped up and fantasy owners are looking towards the future, we have an opportunity to take one last look at the 2018 season and assess the rookies – A final report card if you will.
We covered 34 rookies throughout the season, including 12 wide receivers. Let’s take one more look at eight of those pass catchers’ first season, as well as a quick glimpse into their futures.
Marcell Ateman, WR OAK
Season Stats: 15 receptions, 154 yards, one touchdown
Ateman had a nice finish to his rookie campaign, recording all of his production in the Raiders’ final seven games. Although he didn’t look particularly fast or athletic, he showed a killer instinct to attack the ball in the air and good hands when he got opportunities down the stretch of the season. While he’s far from a guarantee to see any kind of playing time in 2019 and beyond, Ateman showed enough to be on dynasty owners’ radars throughout the off-season and is worthy of a roster spot in deep leagues because of his size (6’-4”, 216 pounds) and upside as a red zone target.
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