Fantasy Football Draft 2014 Rankings: Power Ranking The Top Fantasy Wide Receivers
Here are your top 10 fantasy football wide receivers for 2014.
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1. Calvin Johnson, Detroit – Johnson is still head and shoulders the best receiver in the NFL and has surpassed 1,000 receiving yards in four straight seasons. Johnson has also caught double-digit touchdowns in four of his last six seasons. The concern in the past has been the lack of weapons around Johnson to help his fantasy stock, but the Lions drafted tight end Eric Ebron and signed wide receiver Golden Tate to help fix those concerns. Johnson is in for another monster season and should be selected in the first round of all fantasy drafts.
2. Demaryius Thomas, Denver – In two seasons with Peyton Manning as his quarterback, Thomas has racked up 186 receptions, more than 2,800 receiving yards and 24 touchdowns. With the amount of times Manning throws the football, Thomas will get plenty of chances to add to those impressive numbers. After all, Thomas received 143 targets just last season. Like Johnson, Thomas is a massive receiver who creates mismatches for just about every defensive back he faces each week. Thomas topped 100 receiving yards in five of his last eight regular season games, and you’re likely to see a lot more of that this season.
3. Brandon Marshall, Chicago – Marshall has caught 100 or more passes in his first two seasons in Chicago and has yet to have less than 1,000 receiving yards since his rookie season. Marshall looks a lot more comfortable with Jay Cutler as his quarterback, and he’s thriving having another elite receiver on the side of him in Alshon Jeffery. Marshall did set a career high last season with 12 touchdown receptions and has a remarkable 357 targets in his last two seasons. Even at 30 years old, Marshall is still an elite player and may be due to have his best season yet with all of the weapons around him.
4. Julio Jones, Atlanta – Jones is a bit of a risk considering he was injured much of last year and has had injury issues dating back to his college days. However, it’s impossible to pass up on Jones if you have the chance. Despite playing in just five games last season, Jones had 41 receptions for 580 yards and two touchdowns. If he didn’t get hurt, he was on pace to have a historic fantasy season. Assuming he’s 100 percent healthy, there’s no reason to think Jones can’t put up big boy fantasy numbers again. He’s nearly impossible to defend and still has help alongside of him in Roddy White.
5. Dez Bryant, Dallas – Bryant has caught 185 passes in his last two seasons and has 25 touchdown receptions during that span. Fantasy owners also don’t have to worry about teammates stealing his touchdowns, as Bryant is the first and second option on the Cowboys offense. He has more than 2,500 receiving yards in his last two seasons and seems to be getting even better at the young age of 25. There is a little bit of concern with the health of Tony Romo, but Bryant is talented enough to takeover games regardless of the quarterback.
6. A.J. Green, Cincinnati – Green has topped 1,000 receiving yards in his first three seasons and has a combined 22 touchdowns in his last two. He’s also caught at last 97 passes in his last two seasons and is doing this with an inconsistent quarterback in Andy Dalton. The main concern is that Green doesn’t have much help around him, but that didn’t stop him from having five straight games of more than 100 receiving yards in the middle of the season. Green is good enough to be your No. 1 receiver and could end up being a Top 10 fantasy player when it’s all said and done.
7. Jordy Nelson, Green Bay – The Packers don’t really have a star receiver, as Aaron Rodgers just throws to whoever is open. However, Nelson is his favorite receiver, as he has topped 1,000 receiving yards in two of his last three seasons and has 30 touchdowns in his last three years. One reason Nelson is a little higher than usual is the fact he’s coming off his best season of his career which included 85 receptions and 1,314 yards. Keep in mind that was with Rodgers missing time due to injury. With a healthy quarterback, Nelson should have his best season yet.
8. Alshon Jeffery, Chicago – Jeffery would be a top five receiver if he didn’t share the field with arguably the second best receiver in the game. But Marshall and Jeffery take advantage of the one-on-one coverage’s, as Jeffery had 89 receptions for 1,421 yards last season. Keep in mind that it was Jeffery’s second season in the league. Nobody makes the tough catches look easier than Jeffery and with 150 targets last season, he’ll have tons of chances to continue his solid reputation. Jeffery is capable of being your No. 1 receiver but if you could somehow pair him with Marshall, you’ll be hitting the jackpot.
9. Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh – Even with the Steelers poor play last season, Brown finished the year with 110 receptions, 1,499 yards and eight touchdowns. Another stat that should make fantasy owners happy is that Brown was one of the most targeted receivers last year with an eye-popping 165 looks. With a much better offensive line and a more consistent Ben Roethlisberger, Brown is another receiver who could have his best season of his young career. Draft Brown as early as the late second round.
10. Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona – Remember him? Fitzgerald hasn’t gone over 1,000 receiving yards in two seasons, but despite poor quarterback play, he hasn’t caught less than 71 passes in six straight seasons. Fitzgerald also continues to get about more looks than any receiver in the league, as he has been targeted 289 times in the last two seasons. Fitz also had 10 touchdowns last season and that was with Carson Palmer leading the team. Fitzgerald is still one of the best receivers in the league. If he can get even slightly decent QB play this year, he’ll make fantasy owners very happy. Don’t be afraid to pull the trigger.