Fantasy Football Draft 2014: Top 10 Wide Receiver (WR) Rankings
Taking a Look at the Top 10 Wide Receivers in the 2014 Fantasy Football Draft
August 6, 2014
It’s time once again for fantasy football drafts to get going, and this week we’ve been celebrating by taking a look at the top 10 players at each position. Today it’s time we examined the wide receivers.
WR is always a tricky proposition in fantasy; Aside from a few consistent performers, it’s hard telling what you’ll get from week to week with a lot of these guys. That said, there’s a lot of talent to be had here in the top 10, so let’s visit with each player to see why we’ve ranked them as we have.
1. Calvin Johnson, Detroit Lions: You won’t get much argument here; Johnson is pretty much the universal No. 1 fantasy pick at WR. In 14 starts last season, he managed to put up 84 grabs for 1,492 yards and a nice 12-touchdown total. Depending on your league, you’ll probably see him going in the second round, even with the premium on running backs.
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2. Demaryius Thomas, Denver Broncos: Down the ladder a little bit is Thomas, who is the consensus No. 2 WR pickup. His 2013 numbers don’t lie: 92 receptions; 1,430 yards; 14 touchdowns. The guy is a one-man wrecking crew. With Peyton and the Broncos flying high again this season, Thomas will make a fine No. 1 for your squad.
3. A.J. Green, Cincinnati Bengals: Here’s where the rankings start to differ. Case in point: We like Green a lot better than most people do. His 2013 stats are spectacular: 98 receptions; 1,426 yards and 11 touchdowns. Green has added some mass in his upper body in the off-season in order to get more physical off the line. We like that idea.
4. Dez Bryant, Dallas Cowboys: We wouldn’t fault you for taking Bryant at No. 3 among wide receivers, as his owners have a lot to be excited about this season. The Cowboys will be lining him up in different slots in an effort to get him free, and with the fact that Dallas will be playing from behind a lot this year, that’s great news for owners.
5. Julio Jones, Atlanta Falcons: Rounding out our top five WR pickups we have Jones, who had a forgotten year last season due to injury. Now that he’s back and 100 percent (with Roddy White by his side), he should be able to pick up where he left off in 2012. We see a big year for Jones.
6. Brandon Marshall, Chicago Bears: You’ll find Marshall in the top five in a lot of rankings, but we can’t put him that high due to the rest of the talent on the Chicago offense; There are only so many balls to go around. The Bears will be chucking it all over the place once again, though, so Marshall will get his share.
7. Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh Steelers: Brown was one of the only real bright spots for Pittsburgh last season, as they started out badly and weren’t able to do much throughout the year. He still managed 110 catches for 1,499 yards and eight scores, though. Things are looking up in 2014 and he’ll be a part of that.
8. Jordy Nelson, WR, Green Bay Packers: We’ve got Nelson ranked slightly lower than a lot of places, thanks mostly to the emergence of Randall Cobb and Eddie Lacy. Nelson will still snag his share of touches, though, and with Aaron Rodgers healthy again we see an offensive juggernaut in Green Bay.
9. Alshon Jeffery, Chicago Bears: Now let’s take a look at the other member of the Bears’ dynamic duo in Jeffery. He made is QBs look good last year on some circus catches and ended up with 89 grabs for 1,421 yards and seven scores. If you can snag him as your No. 1, you’re doing okay.
10. Randall Cobb, Green Bay Packers: Speaking of dynamic duos, let’s visit with Cobb, who is the other Green Bay WR to make our top 10. He’s coming off a lost season due to a broken leg, but before he got hurt he was crushing in the stat columns. If he can stay healthy, look out. The NFC North should be really fun to watch this year.
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