Fantasy Football 2014: Wide Receiver Rankings

Possibly the deepest position in fantasy football has to be the wide receiver position. The NFL has become a very pass-oriented league, much to my despise, but it is the nature of the beast. There is so much value in this position with the elite 5 or 6 in a world all their own.

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Positional Rankings:

Al King: QB, RB

Tom Downey: QB, RB

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Last Update: August 20, 2014

Player Notes
1. Calvin Johnson, WR, DET Really no need to explain this, Megatron is and will be the top WR for a while.
2. Dez Bryant, WR, DAL Poor defense and a pass-heavy offensive scheme should mean plenty of opportunities for Bryant.
3. Demaryius Thomas, WR, DEN Losing Decker could mean more double teams for Thomas but is coming off of back to back amazing years and expect that again.
4. AJ Green, WR, CIN Coming off a season where he set career highs in receptions, yardage, touchdowns and 100+ yard games. Looks to do it again.
5. Brandon Marshall, WR, CHI When Jay Cutler is healthy, he is now, Brandon Marshall is a target monster and an elite receiver.
6. Julio Jones, WR, ATL Julio and the Falcons are both confident Jones will return to old form, there is still nothing to prove them wrong at this point.
7. Jordy Nelson, WR, GB No. 1 receiver with one of the best QB's in the league. Had career highs in both catches (85) and yards (1314), both number he could eclipse this season.
8. Antonio Brown, WR, PIT Finished second in receiving yardage (1499) and 110 receptions to go along with 8 TD. No problem if this guy is your WR1.
9. Pierre Garcon, WR, WSH Coming off a 113 reception season and still going to be RGIII's favorite target in the passing game.
10. Randall Cobb, WR, GB If healthy Cobb has chance to have a magnificent season. In PPR leagues he will be a monster and will finish around the top of the league in receptions.
11. Michael Crabtree, WR, SF I said it before, I'll say it again. This is the year you want to own Crabtree. Great value with his current ADP.
12. Alshon Jefferey, WR, CHI Has the size and skill to repeat what he did last season, but will have Cutler once again (who targets Marshall) instead of McCown forcing it to him.
13. Vincent Jackson, WR, TB Has had his two best seasons as a pro in Tampa Bay without anyone taking attention away. If Mike Evans demands attention V-Jax could have a career year.
14. Andre Johnson, WR, HOU Johnson ended his holdout but is already dealing with a hamstring issue. Also, poor QB options make Johnson a good WR2 but a risky WR1.
15. Larry Fitzgerald, WR, ARI Seems to be declining but the special talent is still there, missed the 1,000 yard mark the last two years but deserves one more chance.
16. Roddy White, WR, ATL Huge bounce-back candidate and seems to be healthy at this point.
17.Cordarelle Patterson, WR, MIN Incredibly athletic and "supposed to" be worked into the offense more this season.
18. Keenan Allen, WR, SD Don't see him repeating what he did last season but he is still a No. 1 wide receiver with a decent quarterback.
19. Victor Cruz, WR, NYG Cruz will play inside and see plenty of targets in the Giants new offensive scheme. Could be a high-end WR2.
20.Wes Welker, WR, DEN Of course Welker is a good shot for 100+ receptions if he can stay healthy. This is possibly his last season in Denver and will look to play well to get a contract next season, in which he will be 34.
21. Torrey Smith, WR, BAL Playing in a high-target position under new offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak.
22. Michael Floyd, WR, ARI Had more receiving yards than Larry Fitzgerald last season and looks to repeat that as defenses focus on Fitz once again.
23.Golden Tate, WR, DET Really intriguing option here. Lining up opposite of Calvin Johnson and finally in a passing offense, Tate finally has a chance to prove himself.
24.Emmanuel Sanders, WR, DEN (20) Leaves Rothlisberger, joins Peyton Manning and the leagues top passing offense. Could be his first 1,000 yard season but he does have Cody Latimer right behind him.
25. Desean Jackson, WR, WSH Going to do in Washington what he did in Philadelphia, be the deep threat with a QB who throws a good deep ball but his targets will be reduced.
26. Jeremy Maclin, WR, PHI Ultra fragile receiver who may be in the right situation but it won't matter if he can't stay on the field.
27. Marques Colston, WR, NO Still the No. 1 receiver but second option behind Jimmy Graham. Coming off a season where he dealt with foot issues but claims to be healthy. Colston presents good value with his current ADP.
28. Kendall Wright, WR, TEN PPR gold. Great at running the underneath routes and racked up 94 receptions. Wright is focusing on running a more expanded route tree in hopes of working more downfield.
29. Percy Harvin, WR, SEA The Seahawks are one of the best coached teams and undoubtedly will find ways to get Harvin the ball.
30. Terrance Williams, WR, DAL Miles Austin is gone making Williams the No. 2 receiver lining up opposite of Dez Bryant in a pass-heavy offense. Great sleeper pick.
31. T.Y. Hilton, WR, IND The Colts brought in Hakeem Nicks but Hilton is going to be hard to keep off the field with his explosive ability.
32. Eric Decker, WR, NYJ Goes from Peyton Manning to Geno Smith/Mike Vick. Eesh, you get it.
33. Mike Wallace, WR, MIA Dolphins brass are talking up Mike Wallace claiming he is putting in the extra work this offseason and hoping for the type of season they've been expecting. We've heard that before.
34. Brandin Cooks, WR, NO My early candidate for offensive ROTY and should be one of many weapons in the dynamic Saint's offense.
35. Rueben Randle, WR, NYG Has the makings of a breakout season if that offense can figure things out. Don't look now but this is a third-year wideout. (When WR tend to breakout.)
36. Reggie Wayne, WR, IND Coming off an ACL surgery but is expected to be ready week 1. If he is even 75% of what he usually is, he will be a very solid round 8-9 pick.
37. Sammy Watkins, WR, BUF Supposedly has looked the part of an "elite" No. 1 wide receiver so far for the Bills, but his QB is EJ Manuel.
38. Mike Evans, WR, TB Plenty of hype around the very large Evans who will benefit from the presence of V-Jax on the other side. Has the opportunity to make a first-year splash.
39. Julian Edelman, WR, NE I'm expecting a big production falloff for Edelman unless Amendola goes down again, which is likely but until then he's not going to produce much. May be moving down sooner than later on this list.
40. Dwayne Bowe, WR, KC Bowe is at the mercy of Alex Smith who is a check down machine to Jamaal Charles. Could have WR3 value if Smith decides to take more chances.
41. Hakeem Nicks, WR, IND Wow, what a horrible season in New York last year. Still only 26 with plenty of talent, you got to be a fan to draft him or have him fall in your lap really late to take the risk.
42. Kenny Stills, WR, NO Currently slotted in as the No. 2 WR but could very well be the 4th or 5th option behind Graham, Colston, Thomas, and possibly Cooks.
43. Riley Cooper, WR, PHI Showed chemistry with Nick Foles and is a No. 2 receiver on a dangerous offense but has Jordan Matthews right behind him. Should also see more attention from opposing defenses as well.
44. Anquan Boldin, WR, SF This may sound weird for the WR position but you almost need to play the match ups with Boldin this season and hope for a big game.
45. Rod Streater, WR, OAK May be the most talented receiver in the Oakland receiving corps. If Schaub returns to form, Streater could be a good WR4/5.
46.  Brian Hartline, WR, MIA The presence of Jarvis Landry hurts him but he has been the leading receiver for Miami the last two seasons. If he plays well his playing time should be there.
47. James Jones, WR, OAK Has a knack for the end zone and brings that to a TD-hungry franchise in Oakland.
48. Harry Douglas, WR, ATL Tony Gonzalez is gone, his targets have to go somewhere. Why not Douglas?
49. Doug Baldwin, WR, SEA Another decent option for WR 4/5 as he is taking over the position left vacant by Golden Tate.
50. Deandre Hopkins, WR, HOU Lot of people think Hopkins could break out this year. To that I say...okay, I'm in, why not?
51. Tavon Austin, WR, STL The Rams seem to be a barren wasteland of receivers and never seemed to figure out how to use the elusive Tavon Austin.
52. Kelvin Benjamin, WR, CAR Besides Greg Olsen, who else is there in the passing game? Could see double-digit touchdowns with his size, but don't expect the yardage.
53. Markus Wheaton, WR, PIT Takes over the Emmanuel Sanders role and is in for a huge uptick for playing time.
54. Cecil Shorts, WR, JAC Drafted two rookie WR in the draft and has questionable QB situation.
55. Marqise Lee, WR, JAC Currently the starter opposite of Shorts but has same questionable QB situation in Jacksonville.
56. Kenny Britt, WR, STL Supposedly going to win the No. 1 receiving job in St. Louis. But it is still Kenny Britt. Worth your last round pick.
57. Greg Jennings, WR, MIN Has came out and said Patterson is to be featured, maybe to get more single coverage on himself? Shaky QB situation will hold him down however.
58. Steve Smith, WR, BAL Again another guy, is it even a risk in the 14th/15th round?
59. Robert Woods, WR, BUF Looks like the slot receiver with Watkins and Williams operating outside.
60. Jordan Matthews, WR, PHI Set to open season in the slot but if he can overcome Cooper for No. 2 duties, certainly worth a roster spot.

Just Missed: Brian Quick, STL; Andre Holmes, OAK; Mike Williams, BUF; John Brown, ARI; Malcom Floyd, SD.

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