2014 Fantasy Football Wide Receiver Rankings

Aug 19, 2014

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Here is a revised and expanded look at the 2014 Lester’s Legends wide receiver rankings.
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1. Calvin Johnson, Detroit Lions
Megatron has averaged 1,712.3 yards and 11 touchdowns over the past three seasons. With his size, speed, hands and route-running ability, Johnson simply is the best receiver out there.
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2. Demaryius Thomas, Denver Broncos
Thomas has averaged 1,432 yards and 12 touchdowns over the past two seasons shagging balls from Peyton Manning. With Eric Decker moving on to the New York Jets, Thomas should be an even more vital option in the passing game.
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3. Dez Bryant, Dallas Cowboys
Dez has averaged 1,307.5 yards and 12.5 touchdowns over the past two seasons. He has the talent to be as good as any receiver in the league. In fact, after Megatron the top seven choices are pretty interchangeable.
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4. A.J. Green, Cincinnati Bengals
Green has averaged 1,277.7 yards and 9.7 touchdowns the past two years and 1,388 yards and 11 scores over the past two seasons. Green has bulked up a bit to improve his physicality. Entering his fourth season, look for Green to continue to be one of the elite fantasy options at wide receiver.
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5. Julio Jones, Atlanta Falcons
Jones was averaging 116 yards per game before a foot injury derailed his 2013 season. He averaged 1,078.5 yards and nine touchdowns in his first two seasons. Continue to monitor his recovery. If there aren’t any setbacks, Jones should be a solid WR1 option once again.
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6. Brandon Marshall, Chicago Bears
Marshall finished with 100 receptions for 1,295 yards and 12 touchdowns. He took a step back from the 118 catches for 1,508 yards and 11 touchdowns thanks to the emergence of Alshon Jeffery. Nine of his touchdowns were thrown by Jay Cutler as they continue to have a great rapport. That trend should continue.
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7. Alshon Jeffery, Chicago Bears
Jeffery had 1,421 yards and seven touchdowns last year. He did a lot of his damage with Josh McCown, but Cutler is more than capable of getting him the ball.
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8. Jordy Nelson, Green Bay Packers
Nelson rebounded with 1,314 yards and eight touchdowns despite Aaron Rodgers playing in just nine games. Look for Jordy to light it up with a healthy Rodgers.
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9. Vincent Jackson, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
V-Jax has averaged 1,304 yards and 7.5 touchdowns the past two seasons with the Bucs. Josh McCown made good use of big receivers Marshall and Jeffery last year. V-Jax should be a force once again.
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10. Pierre Garcon, Washington Redskins
Garcon was banged up in 2012. Robert Griffin III wasn’t himself last year, but Garcon finished with 113 catches for 1,346 yards. With both of them healthy and DeSean Jackson on board to take away some of the defensive attention, Garcon should have another strong season.
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11. Keenan Allen, San Diego Chargers
Allen had an impressive rookie season with 1,046 yards and eight touchdowns. In his final 13 games, he averaged 78.2 yards and 0.6 touchdowns. Year two should be even more impressive.
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12. Victor Cruz, New York Giants
Cruz has had his production dip the past two seasons after recording 1,536 yards and nine touchdowns in 2011, 1,092 yards and 10 touchdowns in 2012 and 998 yards and  four touchdowns last year. Moving to the slot should mean a heavy volume of targets. We know what Cruz can do when he gets the ball in his hands.
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13. Andre Johnson, Houston Texans
Johnson has averaged 1,502.5 yards the past two seasons despite questionable quarterback play. He did manage just nine touchdowns combined over the two years. Will quarterback play be an issue again? If it is, will it catch up with Johnson? Those are the questions that keep him just outside of WR1 territory.
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14. Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh Steelers
Brown had an impressive 2013 showing with 1,499 yards and eight touchdowns. He should continue to see a heavy volume of looks from Ben Roethlisberger.
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15. Randall Cobb, Green Bay Packers
Cobb was limited to six games last year, but managed 433 yards and four touchdowns. He added 78 rushing yards. He’s a dynamic playmaker if he can stay healthy.
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16.  Michael Crabtree, San Francisco 49ers
Crabtree clicked with Colin Kaepernick in 2012 before basically losing a season with an Achilles injury. Now recovered, look for big things from Crabtree. He could easily provide WR1 numbers.
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17. Michael Floyd, Arizona Cardinals
Floyd had 1,054 yards and five touchdowns last year for the Cardinals. He had more yards than Larry Fitzgerald, but had half the touchdowns. In his third season look for Floyd to take over as the top option in Arizona.
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18. Wes Welker, Denver Broncos
Welker finished with just 778 yards last year, but managed to score a career-high 10 touchdowns. I expect his yards to increase, but could see his number of scores dip.
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19. Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona Cardinals
Fitz had another down year in respect to his 954 receiving yards. He did manage to score 10 touchdowns. Fitz still has plenty left in the tank. He’s probably a little riskier than the other top 20, but he has a track record of greatness.
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20. Cordarrelle Patterson, Minnesota Vikings
Patterson was treated with kid gloves last year, but finished with 469 receiving yards, 158 rushing yards, and nine touchdowns (four receiving, three rushing, two returns). He’s clearly the top choice in the passing game and should thrive in Norv Turner’s system.
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21.  Roddy White, Atlanta Falcons
White had a down year like most Falcons, but you know his track record. White has been one of the most consistent receivers of the past seven years.
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22. Percy Harvin, Seattle Seahawks
Harvin is a risky option given his recent injury history, lack of a 1,000-yard receiving season and Seattle’s run-heavy offense. That said, Harvin is a dynamic player that can produce in the passing, running and return game.
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23.  Torrey Smith, Baltimore Ravens
Smith recorded 1,128 yards last year, but only managed to score four touchdowns. He had 15 scores in his first two years, so that should be seen as a fluke. Smith is a solid WR2, but is a little inconsistent.
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24.  T.Y. Hilton, Indianapolis Colts
Hilton finished with 1,083 yards and five touchdowns in his second season. Look for another step forward in year three.
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25.  DeSean Jackson, Washington Redskins
Jackson blew up in Chip Kelly’s system last year to the tune of 1,332 yards and nine touchdowns.He is a regression risk, but should remain productive in Jay Gruden’s offense. He’s a solid WR3.
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