Fantasy 2014: WIDE RECEIVERS

Aug. 04, 2014
Aug. 04, 2014

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Aug. 4, 2014


Fantasy 2014: WIDE RECEIVERS

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1Calvin JohnsonLions9$45841,49217.822712156
He's still the best at the position—but by an inch. The competition is as stiff as it has ever been for Megatron.
2Brandon MarshallBears9$391001,2951316612163
Numbers 2 through 7 could go almost any way; Marshall slots in here because of his consistency.
3Demaryius ThomasBroncos4$38921,43015.519614143
Being Peyton Manning's top target has come with a huge upside for Marvin Harrison, Reggie Wayne and now Thomas.
4A.J. GreenBengals4$38981,42614.618611180
The NFL's best leaper has two straight years with at least 97 catches, 1,350 yards and 11 touchdowns.
5Julio JonesFalcons9$384158014.193260
Jones averaged 14.1 fantasy points (fourth in the NFL) before suffering a season-ending right-foot injury in '13.
6Jordy NelsonPackers9$35851,31415.52258126
His totals in the eight games Aaron Rodgers started and finished last year: 49 receptions for 810 yards and seven TDs.
7Dez BryantCowboys11$35931,23313.314413160
His slotting here is less a reflection on Bryant than on the quality of the six guys ahead of him. He could play up.
8Alshon JefferyBears9$31891,42116.02057150
In Year 2 he broke out, nearly quadrupling his catches and receiving yards. Could be even better in Year 3.
9Antonio BrownSteelers12$301101,49913.62358165
His first season as the No. 1 option in Pittsburgh turned out to be a monster. Give him a boost in PPR leagues.
10Randall CobbPackers9$283143314.062446
Cobb is the 1A to Nelson's 1 in the Green Bay offense, and with A-Rod throwing, that's a great place to be.
11Vincent JacksonBuccaneers7$26781,22415.71947159
V-Jax topped 1,200 yards with Mike Glennon at QB. He'll get even more mileage out of Josh McCown.
12Pierre GarçonRedskins10$251131,34611.91655184
This year can only be better than last for the Washington offense, and Garçon will be a huge beneficiary.
13Andre JohnsonTexans10$241091,40712.92065181
Johnson is unhappy in Houston, but all the guy does is produce. That said, his days as a WR1 are over.
14Larry FitzgeraldCardinals4$248295411.611210136
The emergence of Michael Floyd helps Arizona but is a slight net negative for Fitz's fantasy production.
15DeSean JacksonRedskins10$23821,33216.22559126
He brings a blazing element to the Washington O that it severely lacked and will form a fierce duo with Garçon.
16Keenan AllenChargers10$23711,04614.71658105
Given the options at receiver, owners would be wise to take caution with Allen after his overachieving rookie year.
17Victor CruzGiants8$227399813.71044123
Nothing went right for the Big Blue offense last season; Cruz never really had a chance.
18Roddy WhiteFalcons9$226371111.382399
He was hampered in '13 by a high ankle sprain, but 502 yards and two TDs in the last five weeks provide hope.
19Wes WelkerBroncos4$217377810.712010110
His role is quite defined; he has a ceiling. But he could still be up for an increase in targets with Eric Decker leaving.
20Michael FloydCardinals4$20651,04116.01725112
Solid as a rookie, he nearly doubled all his stats last season. He'll climb further in '14.
21Michael Crabtree49ers8$201928414.931133
One year after missing 11 games, he could lift the Niners' offense (and your fantasy team) if he stays healthy.
22Kendall WrightTitans9$18941,07911.51722140
Wright had 10 games of at least eight targets last year, so bump him up on your cheat sheets in PPR leagues.
23Torrey SmithRavens11$17651,12817.42024139
Steve Smith and a healthy Dennis Pitta should relieve some pressure, giving Torrey more room than ever to roam.
24Jeremy Maclin*Eagles7$176985712.41237122
He lost last year to a torn right ACL, but he should be Nick Foles's No. 1 receiver with DeSean Jackson gone.
25Cordarrelle PattersonVikings10$164546910.471478
Patterson is undoubtedly an exciting playmaker. The problem: He will very likely be hampered by spotty QB play.
26Marques ColstonSaints6$167594312.61325110
His production is declining, but Colston remains a strong fantasy choice as long as Drew Brees is at the helm.
27T.Y. HiltonColts10$15821,08313.21355138
Deserving as he may be, it's hard to rank Hilton any higher until Andrew Luck progresses as a fantasy quarterback.
28Percy HarvinSeahawks4$1511717.00001
There's no doubt about what he can do if he's on the field. (See SB XLVIII.) But his health is always questionable.
29Reggie WayneColts10$153850313.281258
Make no mistake: Wayne will remain fantasy-relevant until he's behind a podium announcing his retirement.
30Julian EdelmanPatriots10$141051,05610.1946151
Even with a healthy Gronk, Edelman should approach 130 targets and 100 receptions. That value will go oft-overlooked.
31Eric DeckerJets11$14871,28814.819511137
Life won't be nearly as fun without Peyton Manning behind those passes, but Decker can still be a fantasy starter.
32Emmanuel SandersBroncos4$126774011.01206112
The new No. 3 in Denver—Decker's replacement—should find Manning and the Mile High environment to his liking.

*2012 NFL stats

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PHOTOJONATHAN DANIEL/GETTY IMAGES (MARSHALL)MARSHALL PLAN It's a brave new world in Chicago, where the suddenly air-oriented Bears boast not just one but two Top 10 receivers in Marshall (left) and Jeffery.