3. Rising: Kenbrell Thompkins
Two months ago, most people would be saying “who?!” (and I’m sure some still are). Two months later, the undrafted rookie out of Cincinnati has a very good chance at being one of Tom Brady’s starting wide receivers. Thompkins isn’t a player who excels at anything specifically, but he’s put up a solid all-around effort in camp this and has positioned himself to start ahead of the Patriots second and fourth round draft picks, Aaron Dobson and Josh Boyce.
I’ve seen Thompkins start creeping ahead of a lot more proven players like Sidney Rice and Denarius Moore, and he might actually be worth it. There will likely be weeks where Thompkins gives you a goose egg, but Tom Brady has made guys like Reche Caldwell and David Patten into productive receivers before, so it’s worth a shot. This could very well be a case where opportunity might trump pure talent, and those are situations I always look for as a fantasy owner.