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Antonio Callaway is the Next…? The Exciting Rookie Comps for the Browns WR

Browns wide receiver Antonio Callaway is next up as we take a look at the most comparable players for the 11 best rookie WRs from the 2018 class. As a fourth-round draft pick playing on a poor team embroiled in coaching and QB turmoil, Callaway’s emergence into fantasy relevance may be the most intriguing narrative among all rookie WRs. He burst onto the scene in just his second game, posting 81 yards and a TD on four targets against the Saints. The wild thing about Callaway is that while his fourth-place finish in rookie WR points is impressive, it could have been so much more.
  • His 1,100 air yards were second among all rookies behind Courtland Sutton and ranked 30th among all WRs
  • His 20 percent market share of air yards was second among rookies
  • His 136.2 expected receiving points (reEP) were also second among rookie WRs, behind Calvin Ridley
The Browns looked to the rookie early, often, and deep. If it weren’t for his sub-par efficiency, he could have challenged Ridley for the top rookie in raw points.
PLAYER reRECS.Q1 reTRGS.Q1 reYDS.Q1 reTDS.Q1 reEP.Q1 reFPOE.Q1 PPR.Q1
Calvin Ridley 64 92 821 10 150.5 55.6 208.8
D.J. Moore 55 82 788 2 135.1 10.7 160.2
Courtland Sutton 42 84 704 4 136.1 0.3 136.3
Antonio Callaway 43 81 586 5 136.2 -4.6 132.3
Christian Kirk 43 68 590 3 102.7 17.3 123.5
Anthony Miller 33 54 423 7 93.2 24.1 120.3
Marquez Valdes-Scantling 38 72 581 2 113.2 -5.1 111
Dante Pettis 27 45 467 5 75.2 28.5 103.5
Tre’Quan Smith 28 44 427 5 74.2 26.5 100.7
Robert Foster 26 44 522 3 71.5 24.7 96.2
 

THE COMPARABLES

Using inputs of target volume, production, efficiency, age, weight, and draft position, I used the RotoViz Screener to come up with the most similar rookie seasons to Callaway’s since 2000.

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By Cort Smith | @@rotocort | Archive