Rookie Stock Report: Receiving Stats from Week 1 Could Suggest Big Fantasy Football Upside in 2019

GLENDALE, ARIZONA - SEPTEMBER 08: Tight end T.J. Hockenson #88 of the Detroit Lions is tackled by Haason Reddick #43 of the Arizona Cardinals after a reception during the second half of the NFL football game at State Farm Stadium on September 08, 2019 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Ralph Freso/Getty Images)
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The first Sunday of the 2019 season treated us to some massive fantasy football performances, and there were eight players who eclipsed 30 fantasy points on the Week 1 Sunday slate alone.

It can sometimes take rookies a while to find their footing in the NFL, but there were plenty of first-year players that got in on the fantasy goodness with huge receiving numbers to open the NFL's 100th season.

Early success like this, with four rookie pass-catchers racking up at least 100 yards, is a great sign for this class, but taking a deeper look at their numbers can help us figure out who is most likely to continue offering solid fantasy upside and who might not.

Marquise Brown, for example, had one of the highest scoring fantasy outputs in Week 1, but did so while playing only 14 snaps. There were four Baltimore Ravens wideouts that saw more snaps than Brown (including Myles Boykin), making Hollywood more of a speculative add than a sure thing until we see him get more consistent playing time.

Terry McLaurin, on the other hand, was one of only 22 wide receivers to play more than 90 percent of his team's snaps. He led Washington Redskins WRs in targets, and he makes for a higher-floor waiver wire addition for Week 2.

DK Metcalf played 77.4 percent of the Seattle Seahawks' snaps, which tied him for second most among the team's WRs (behind Tyler Lockett). He seems to already established some strong chemistry with Russell Wilson, as he was one of only two Seahawks to see more than two targets in the game, accounting for 30 percent of the team's target share.

A.J. Brown's production for the Tennessee Titans doesn't look nearly as sustainable. He did his damage on four targets while seeing a snap rate of only 42.6 percent.

Playing a tight end position that rarely sees rookies find much success, T.J. Hockeson's Week 1 performance may have been the most notable of the 2019 rookie class.

He ranked 13th at the TE position in snap rate (72.7 percent) and, even with the Detroit Lions rolling out a crowded WR corps that includes Kenny Golladay, Marvin Jones and Danny Amendola, still managed to finish tied for second on the team with nine targets (22 percent market share).

With a pass-heavy NFL, it wouldn't be too surprising to see these numbers happen a few more times for these rookies during the 2019 NFL season.

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