Having elite level speed can be a game-changer. Subpar wide receivers can receive camp invites and even get drafted if they are fast enough to consistently keep opposing defenders on their heels. In the right situation, a wide receiver that can blow by defensive backs just might become a fantasy stud.
Tyreek Hill, Antonio Brown, and Julio Jones led the league in targets going for 20 yards or more in 2018. All three of those receivers finished in the top five in PPR scoring last year. Being able to stretch the field allows receivers to see more downfield targets, which converts to fantasy points when those receivers achieve a high enough catch rate.
Obviously, it takes more than just speed to win in the NFL. Great hands and the ability to run pristine routes are also very good qualities to have. Being able to slip away from the defense in the open field is a rare attribute that not all wide receivers possess. If a player is blessed with game-breaking speed, he has a chance to carve out a major role with an NFL team.
Rondale Moore, WR Purdue
Moore became a household name during his freshman season, catching 114 passes for 1,258 yards and 12 touchdowns. He also carried the ball for 213 yards and two touchdowns. His 31.47 percent market share of Purdue’s passing offense combined with his 37.16 percent dominator rating makes him one of the most productive wide receivers in college football.