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Week 3 was a big one for rookie receiver breakouts, with Justin Jefferson, Brandon Aiyuk and Tee Higgins all ranking among the top 15 receivers in ESPN fantasy scoring. Which ones can you buy into as a sign of things to come?
Justin Jefferson, Minnesota Vikings
"I'm buying Jefferson's breakout performance because this offense needs a dynamic WR2 to function at a high level," Minnesota Vikings reporter Courtney Cronin said of the 22nd pick in the NFL draft. "That's why they drafted the LSU star in the first place, and [that] will be the type of role he's expected to fill from this point forward."
Jefferson had five catches for 70 yards and no touchdowns in the first two weeks before he busted loose for 175 yards and a TD on seven catches against the Tennessee Titans.
"Jefferson's acclimation period to the NFL was over after two weeks, and it's obvious the Vikings can give him the No. 2 job and never look back," Cronin said. "Kirk Cousins targeted Jefferson nine times Sunday, which is likely more than will be the norm. But it's clear the rookie has an ability to make his QB comfortable throwing contested catches. And he can handle a far bigger workload than he did while coaches decided to ease him into the first two games."