Fantasy Football 2014: WR Rankings

It's a deep wide receiver class this season, which means you should be able to come out of your draft set at the spot.

There are 14 WRs that I consider worthy of being No. 1 WRs, which means if you play your cards right you can end up with two high-end starters.

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Positional Rankings:

Al King: QB, RB, WR, TE

Tom Downey: QB, RB, WR, TE

Updated: August 23

Player Notes
1. Calvin Johnson, WR, DET Megatron is easily the top WR this year. He's worth a first round pick for sure.
2. Dez Bryant, WR, DAL I'm expect a big season from Dez. And don't worry, he'll get his new contract soon enough.
3. Demaryius Thomas, WR, DEN Thomas won't put up the same stats as last season, but he's still a high-end WR1.
4. A.J. Green, WR, CIN If Green had a more consistent QB, he might be even higher on this list.
5. Brandon Marshall, WR, CHI Marshall and Jeffery make for the best WR combo in the NFL.
6. Julio Jones, WR, ATL Jones missed most of last year, but he'll return to his previous form this season.
7. Jordy Nelson, WR, GB Rodgers loves throwing to Nelson.
8. Alshon Jeffery, WR, CHI Jeffery might be the No. 2 WR in Chicago, but he's a No. 1 WR in fantasy.
9. Antonio Brown, WR, PIT Brown had a big year last season and I expect more of the same.
10. Randall Cobb, WR, GB Cobb and Nelson are a dangerous duo at WR.
11. Vincent Jackson, WR, TB Once Josh Freeman was benched, Jackson became much more productive. With Josh McCown as his QB, I expect him to remain that way.
12. Larry Fitzgerald, WR, ARI Fitzgerald is a borderline WR1 in a deep fantasy class.
13. Pierre Garcon, WR, WAS DeSean Jackson might be on the team, but Garcon is the No. 1 WR on the Redskins.
14. Keenan Allen, WR, SD Allen has nowhere to go but up. Don't be surprised if he's a WR1 by the end of the year.
15. Andre Johnson, WR, HOU Johnson's holdout is over, which means he rises up the rankings.
16. Torrey Smith, WR, BAL Smith had a nice year last season and he's easily the top target for Joe Flaccco.
17. Roddy White, WR, ATL White was hurt for much of last season, but I'm expecting a bounce-back season.
18. Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, MIN Patterson cost me two fantasy championships because of his Week 17 performance last year. If he gets steady QB play, he could have a huge year.
19. T.Y. Hilton, WR, IND It looks like Hilton will be the No. 1 WR for the Colts this season.
20. DeSean Jackson, WR, PHI I'm not Jackson's biggest fan, but he'll have some big games thanks to his big play ability.
21. Victor Cruz, WR, NYG The Giants offense has looked terrible all preseason, which means it is tough to trust Cruz.
22. Michael Crabtree, WR, SF Perhaps this is the year Crabtree puts it all together.
23. Percy Harvin, WR, SEA Harvin will be Wilson's number one target, assuming he can stay healthy.
24. Wes Welker, WR, DEN Welker is a possession receiver, which hurts his fantasy value in non-PPR leagues.
25. Jeremy Maclin, WR, PHI Maclin is coming off an injury, but he should bounce back. Plus, Jackson is no longer on the squad.
26. Reggie Wayne, WR, IND Wayne looks like he's given up the No. 1 WR role to Hilton.
27. Michael Floyd, WR, ARI I think this is the year Floyd breaks out.
28. Marques Colston, WR, NO Colston is not the player he once was and is declining.
29. Kendall Wright, WR, TEN Solid WR3, but hasn't proven he can become anything more. Perhaps this is the year he breaks out.
30. Julian Edleman, WR, NE See Welker, Wes.
31. Eric Decker, WR, NYJ Going from Peyton Manning to Geno Smith will kill Decker's fantasy production.
32. Cecil Shorts, WR, JAC It's nearly impossible to trust Jacksonville players, but Shorts is their best fantasy player.
33. DeAndre Hopkins, WR, HOU Johnson's holdout may be over, but Hopkins' stock is still rising.
34. Sammy Watkins, WR, BUF Watkins has potential, but he's not ready to be a fantasy starter.
35. Emmanuel Sanders, WR, DEN Sanders will be Peyton Manning's fourth option.
36. Terrance Williams, WR, DAL Williams has potential, but he's behind Witten and Bryant in the pecking order.
37. Golden Tate, WR, DET Tate will help prevent Megatron from being triple-teamed, but the Lions passing attack will still flow through Johnson.
38. Dwayne Bowe, WR, KC Bowe is the Chiefs' best WR, but has been inconsistent in the past. Maybe this is the season he puts it all together.
39. Riley Cooper, WR, PHI Cooper saw an uptick in production with Foles at the helm, but he needs to show consistency.
40. Marvin Jones, WR, CIN Maybe it was a fluke, but Jones was a top-25 fantasy WR last season.
41. Danny Amendola, WR, NE I've been a fan of Amendola since he was on the Cowboys, but he just can't stay healthy.
42. Mike Wallace, WR, Miami Wallace is overpaid and overrated. He'll also be overdrafted.
43. Hakeem Nicks, WR, IND Perhaps Nicks will have a revival of sorts with the Colts, but he's no longer worth relying on as a starter.
44. Stevie Johnson, WR, SF Johnson's always been a solid backup in fantasy.
45. Justin Hunter, WR, TEN Hunter might make the leap this season and become a borderline WR2.
46. Brandin Cooks, WR, NO Cooks is talented, but expect him to put up Tavon Austin-like numbers in his first season.
47. Anquan Boldin, WR, SF Boldin will likely have a few big games, but he's not worth starting.
48. Steve Smith, WR, BAL Smith is washed up. I don't expect too much from him this season.
49. Jarrett Boykin, WR, GB I like Boykin, but he's a victim of the talent of the Green Bay WR corps.
50. Greg Jennings, WR, MIN Jennings isn't the same player anymore and will be handing over the No. 1 WR role in Minnesota to Patterson.
51. Mike Evans, WR, TB Evans will be a productive fantasy WR in a year or two, but it's tough to trust rookies.
52. Rueben Randle, WR, NYG A boom-bust pick, Randle could have a nice season or ride the pine.
53. Tavon Austin, WR, STL Austin was wildly overdrafted last fantasy season, as he's just a slot receiver. He's a dynamic one though.
54. James Jones, WR, OAK Jones goes from Aaron Rodgers to Matt Schaub. Ouch.
55. Kenny Stills, WR, NO Stills can fly and make big plays, but he's too inconsistent to trust.
56. Aaron Dobson, WR, NE If Dobson can get over his case of the drops, he could be a WR3.
57. Markus Wheaton, WR, PIT With the loss of Sanders, Wheaton will likely be counted on.
58. Brandon LaFell, WR, NE I don't expect much from LaFell, especially if he struggles with drops again this season.
59. Andrew Hawkins, WR, CLE Hawkins will be useful in a PPR-league, but limited to a backup in a standard league.
60. Marqise Lee, WR, JAC It's tough to trust rookie WRs, especially those that play for the Jaguars.
61. Odell Beckham, WR, NYG Beckham's value will be determined by whether or not he can win a starting job. He could climb up these rankings.
62. Doug Baldwin, WR, SEA A reliable target for Russell Wilson, but the return of Percy Harvin means Baldwin won't see as many passes.
63. Andre Holmes, WR, OAK Holmes has potential, but inconsistency and poor QB play has held him back.
64. Robert Woods, WR, BUF Even with Watkins on board, I think Woods will see plenty of targets.
65. Jordan Matthews, WR, PHI Matthews has gotten rave reviews so far, but I want to see what he looks like in the preseason.
66. Kenny Britt, WR, STL Will Britt ever truly capitalize on the promise that made him a first round pick?
67. Kelvin Benjamin, WR, CAR Benjamin is raw and not ready to play, but with the Panthers' severe lack of weapons, he might be forced into action early.
68. Harry Douglas, WR, ATL Douglas was solid after the injuries to Roddy White and Julio Jones, but with White and Jones back, don't expect much from Douglas.
69. Andre Roberts, WR, WAS He'll be the Redskins No. 3 WR, but don't expect too much from Roberts.
70. Jerricho Cotchery, WR, CAR Cotchery isn't a great WR, but he might be the Panthers best one.
71. Brian Hartline, WR, MIA Hartline isn't anything more than a low-end backup in fantasy.
72. Kenbrell Thompkins, WR, NE Another Patriot WR that has potential, but hasn't made the most of it.
73. Lance Moore, WR, PIT Moore is a decent backup in a PPR-leauge, but not in a standard one.
74. Miles Austin, WR, CLE If Austin can stay healthy (a huge IF), perhaps he can be a serviceable player once again.
75. Josh Gordon, WR, CLE It's highly unlikely Gordon plays this season. Which is a shame because he is incredibly talented. But, until the decision regarding his appeal is finished, I'm holding out hope.

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