2015 Outlook: If not for constant off-field issues, Blackmon would probably be an annual top-20 fantasy WR. Instead, he's appeared in just 20 games since being selected fifth overall in 2012. Blackmon, who's been suspended indefinitely since November 2013 after violating the NFL's substance abuse policy, is in line for reinstatement this year. He still has plenty of upside -- he averaged nearly nine targets per game when he played -- but he faces competition for snaps from Allen Robinson, Marqise Lee and Allen Hurns. Assuming he gets reinstated and his talent hasn't dissipated in his time away from the league, Blackmon could be worth a look.
2015 Outlook: There's a long list of players who have been labeled as injury-prone only to shake the characterization within a year or two. Shorts isn't one of those players. In his four years with Jacksonville, he missed 14 games due to injury. He was a big part of the offense when healthy, averaging 6.8 targets per game, but the team's underwhelming offensive production held him to just 12 touchdowns. Now 27, Shorts heads to Houston, where his upside will be limited by a run-heavy scheme, QB concerns and his placement behind DeAndre Hopkins and rookie Jaelen Strong on the depth chart.
2015 Outlook: It's not every day that an undrafted 5-foot-8, 180-pound slot receiver carves out a significant role in one of the league's best offenses, but that's exactly what Beasley did in 2014. In the first 34 games of his career, Beasley averaged 2.9 targets. In Dallas' final seven contests last season (including playoffs), his target load increased to 5.4. With such a small frame, Beasley will always be limited in the touchdown department, but a bigger piece of the target pie would put him in the WR5 mix in PPR formats.
2015 Outlook: During his first season in Cleveland, Hawkins was on the field for just over 73 percent of the team's pass plays when active and averaged a healthy 6.7 targets per game. The consistent workload (primarily due to Josh Gordon's suspension) resulted in 63 receptions, 824 yards and a pair of TDs. Elite with the ball in his hands, Hawkins is averaging 6.7 yards after the catch per reception since entering the NFL (second overall). At 5-foot-7, 180 pounds, he's not a serious threat for TDs; only two of his 101 targets in 2014 came while he was within six yards of the end zone. Hawkins, now 29, is worth only a bench spot in PPR leagues.
2015 Outlook: In a 2014 season highlighted by rookie WRs, none kicked off his career better than the undrafted Hurns. Fantasy's No. 2 scoring WR in Week 1, Hurns hauled in four passes for 110 yards and two touchdowns. Injuries to fellow rookies Allen Robinson and Marqise Lee allowed him to play more than three quarters of the Jags' offensive snaps in 2014, but he managed only four additional touchdowns and eclipsed 70 yards on just one other occasion. Entering 2015 behind Robinson, Lee and possibly Justin Blackmon, Hurns will sneak in the occasional big play and/or touchdown, but he's barely worth a fantasy roster spot.