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Sammy Watkins
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Now that the NFL draft is behind us it is time for fantasy football nuts to start breaking down the rookies. Here’s the LestersLegends’ look at the 2014 NFL rookie wide receiver class. It should come as no surprise given the evolution of the game, but this position has the deepest crop of fantasy newcomers.
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1.  Sammy Watkins, Buffalo Bills
Watkins gives Buffalo an explosive weapon the passing game. He’s 6’1″ and 205 pounds with 4.43 speed. Last year at Clemson he caught 101 passes for 1,464 yards and 12 touchdowns. With C.J. Spiller and Watkins on the field at the same time the Bills will have some firepower on offense.
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2. Mike Evans, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Evans at 6’5′ pairs with the 6’5″ Vincent Jackson to give the Bucs a pair of huge wide receivers. That recipe worked well for Josh McCown last year in Chicago (Brandon Marshall, Alshon Jeffery). Evans had 1,105 yards in 2012 and 1,394 yards and 12 touchdowns last year. Evans should be a nice red zone threat out of the gate.
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3. Jordan Matthews, Philadelphia Eagles
Matthews may have been the seventh receiver to come off the board, but Jerry Rice’s cousin landed in a good spot with Chip Kelly and the Philadelphia Eagles. He will work the slot and use his 4.46 speed to get separation. Matthews caught 206 passes over the past two seasons for 2,800 yards and 15 touchdowns. There will be plenty of targets up for grabs following the departure of DeSean Jackson and Jason Avant.
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4. Brandin Cooks, New Orleans Saints
Cooks gets a chance to catch passes from Drew Brees, which fuels the excitement. Marques Colston isn’t the same player he used to be. Cooks could step in and shine. He caught 128 passes for 1,730 yards and 16 touchdowns last year at Oregon State. He could see plenty of time in the slot and get some of the looks reserved for Darren Sproles the past few years.
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5. Odell Beckham Jr., New York Giants
Beckham Jr. was the 12 overall pick by the Giants as they looked to get Eli Manning more firepower after a down year. With 4.43 speed Beckham Jr. brings explosiveness to the table. He should be a nice complement to Victor Cruz. Beckham Jr. caught 59 passes last year for 1,152 yards and eight touchdowns.
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Megatron
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With the 2014 NFL Draft finally approaching, here’s an early look at the 2014 Lester’s Legends’ fantasy football tight end 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 the 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 yard 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, the top five 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. Be sure 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 Jeffrey. 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 dame 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. 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 the quarterback play be an issue again? If it is, will it catch up with Johnson. Those are the questions that keeps him just outside of WR1 territory.
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13. 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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14. 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 that the other top 15, but he has a track record of greatness.
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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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Demaryius Thomas stiff arm
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Here’s a look at the LestersLegends Super Bowl XLVIII fantasy football wide receiver rankings.
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1. Demaryius Thomas, Denver Broncos
Demaryius Thomas averaged 89.4 yards and 0.9 touchdowns during the regular season. He has 15 receptions for 188 yards and a pair of touchdowns in two playoff wins over the San Diego Chargers and the New England Patriots. He will have his work cut out for him against Richard Sherman and the Seattle Seahawks secondary. At 6’3″ and 229 pounds with speed and athleticism to burn, he should be able to hold his own against their physical secondary.
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2. Eric Decker, Denver Broncos
Eric Decker averaged 98.2 yards and 1.6 touchdowns in the last five games of the regular season, but has taken a little bit of back seat in the playoffs averaging 52.5 yards. Decker is 6’3″ and 214 pounds with deceptive speed. If Sherman is holding down Thomas, Peyton Manning won’t hesitate to go to Decker.
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3. Wes Welker, Denver Broncos
Wes Welker is averaging five catches for 38 yards. Like I said before the conference championship, if he doesn’t score a touchdown you are in for a mediocre performance. His role doesn’t afford big yardage days.
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4. Percy Harvin, Seattle Seahawks
Percy Harvin is closing out a lost season due to injuries. The talent is there. I wouldn’t be surprised to see him finally make his big splash in the biggest game of the year. Harvin is explosive after the catch. Look for Seattle to be creative in his usage.
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5. Doug Baldwin, Seattle Seahawks
Doug Baldwin had 106 yards against the San Francisco 49ers. He is inconsistent, but is still capable of making plays, particularly if Denver keys in on Harvin and Marshawn Lynch.
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6. Golden Tate, Seattle Seahawks
Golden Tate, like the rest of Seattle’s options are inconsistent. He led all Seahawk receivers with 898 yards, but he’s a roll of the dice.
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7. Jermaine Kearse, Seattle Seahawks
Jermaine Kearse gives the Seahawks a little more size than his counterparts. Again, you are hoping for the best if you are using Kearse.
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8.Andre Caldwell, Denver Broncos
Andre Caldwell had one catch in each of Denver’s two playoff games. If Welker were to get banged up, he could see extra looks. It’s not a bet you should take though.
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Super Bowl XLVIII
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Demaryius Thomas stiff arm
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Here are the Lester’s Legends wide receiver rankings for the  the AFC & NFC Conference Championship Games of the 2013-14 NFL Playoffs.
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1. Demaryius Thomas, Denver Broncos
Demaryius Thomas averaged 89.4 yards and 0.9 touchdowns during the regular season, including 41 yards and a score in the first meeting with the New England Patriots. He had 54 yards and a score in the playoff win over the San Diego Chargers. Thomas has a touchdown in three of four playoff games. He’ll be a difficult cover, even for Aqib Talib.
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2. Eric Decker, Denver Broncos
Eric Decker had just 32 yards against the Chargers, but averaged 98.2 yards and 1.6 touchdowns in the last five games of the regular season. He only had five yards in the first meeting with the Pats, but I expect a much heavier workload in this one.
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3. Julian Edelman, New England Patriots
Julian Edelman averaged 92.7 yards and 0.7 touchdowns in the last six games of the regular season. He remained hot in the playoffs with 84 yards against the Indianapolis Colts. Edelman caught nine balls for 110 yards and a pair of scores against the Broncos. He’ll be a difficult cover once again.
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4. Anquan Boldin, San Francisco 49ers
Anquan Boldin and Michael Crabtree have alternated being Colin Kaepernick’s favorite target in the two playoff games. Boldin had eight catches for 136 yards against the Carolina Panthers. I expect Kaepernick to lean on Boldin again due to his physical style.
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5. Michael Crabtree, San Francisco 49ers
Michael Crabtree had 125 yards against the Green Bay Packers in the wild card round and 26 yards against the Panthers. I expect he’ll have closer to the latter against the Seahawks.
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6. Wes Welker, Denver Broncos
Wes Welker returned with 38 yards and a touchdown. He was held to 31 yards in the first meeting with New England. He’s a bit risky because he only topped 70 yards five times this year, with the last one coming on November 17th. If he doesn’t score you could be stuck with a mediocre day.
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7. Danny Amendola, New England Patriots
Danny Amendola wasn’t great during the regular season but he showed up big in the playoffs with 77 yards against the Colts. He had just 17 yards against the Broncos, but I expect he’ll have a bigger thumbprint on this one.
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Demaryius Thomas stiff arm
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Here are the Lester’s Legends wide receiver rankings for the divisional round of the NFL Playoffs.
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1. Demaryius Thomas, Denver Broncos
Demaryius Thomas averaged 89.4 yards and 0.9 touchdowns during the regular season, including 76.5 yards and 1.5 touchdowns in two games against the San Diego Chargers. Thomas’ physical tools will be a challenge.
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2. Eric Decker, Denver Broncos
Eric Decker averaged 98.2 yards and 1.6 touchdowns in the last five games. He should remain hot against a Chargers team that ranked 29th against the pass with 258.7 yards allowed per game.
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3. Julian Edelman, New England Patriots
Julian Edelman averaged 92.7 yards and 0.7 touchdowns in the last six games. Tom Brady’s new favorite target will be busy against the Indianapolis Colts
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4. T.Y. Hilton, Indianapolis Colts
T.Y. Hilton averaged 67.7 yard and 0.3 yards during the regular season, but he erupted for 155 yards in the season finale and 224 yards and a pair of scores in the dramatic playoff win over the Kansas City Chiefs. My only concern is Bill Belichick’s history of neutralizing the opposition’s primary weapon.
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5. Michael Crabtree, San Francisco 49ers
Michael Crabtree exploded last week with 125 yards in a playoff win over the Green Bay Packers. In the past four playoff games he’s averaging 102.5 yards and 0.8 touchdowns. Crabtree does have a tough matchup against the Carolina Panthers.
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6. Keenan Allen, San Diego Chargers
Keenan Allen averaged 69.7 yard and 0.5 touchdowns this year. He only managed 70 yards in two games against the Broncos, but he scored a pair of touchdowns.
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7. Wes Welker, Denver Broncos
Wes Welker is a bit of a wildcard as a pair of concussions cost him the final three games of the season. Not before he set a career-high with 10 touchdown receptions. As long as he can avoid a setback, he’s a decent option as he’s nearly an impossible cover out of the slot.
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8. Anquan Boldin, San Francisco 49ers
Anquan Boldin averaged 73.7 yards and 0.4 touchdowns during the year. In the final seven games he averaged 86.4 yards and 0.7 touchdowns. He was quiet last week against the Packers, but he is more than capable of turning in a big performance. His physical style is suited for the matchup with the Panthers.
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9. Danny Amendola, New England Patriots
Danny Amendola had a few big games in a disappointing season. He’s equally capable of a big day, getting hurt or being nearly invisible. He’s a roll of the dice, but there is some upside.
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10. Marques Colston, New Orleans Saints
Marques Colston had just two catches for 16 yards last week against the Philadelphia Eagles. He had four catches for 27 yards in the first meeting with the Seattle Seahawks. He’s capable of so much more, but his matchup is tough.
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Here are the Lester’s Legends fantasy football wide receiver rankings for the Wild Card Round.
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1. A.J. Green, Cincinnati Bengals
A.J. Green averaged 89.1 yard and 0.7 touchdowns per game. He scored five touchdowns in the past five games. Green faces the San Diego Chargers. The Bolts allowed 258.7 passing yards per game.
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2. Jordy Nelson, Green Bay Packers
Jordy Nelson (10 catches, 161 yards) welcomed Aaron Rodgers back in a big way. He had seven catches for 130 yards and a touchdown in the opener.
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3. Anquan Boldin, San Francisco 49ers
Anquan Boldin averaged 73.7 yards and 0.4 touchdowns this year, but averaged 86.4 yards and 0.7 touchdowns in his final seven games. Boldin caught 13 passes for 208 yards and a touchdown in the first meeting with the Green Bay Packers.
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4. DeSean Jackson, Philadelphia Eagles
DeSean Jackson averaged 83.3 yards and and 0.6 touchdowns. He was quiet the past two games, but is primed to break out against the New Orleans Saints.
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5. Keenan Allen, San Diego Chargers
Keenan Allen averaged 72.2 yards and 0.8 touchdowns in his final six games. He faces the Cincinnati Bengals. The Bengals allowed 1.4 touchdown passes per game.
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6. Randall Cobb, Green Bay Packers
Rodgers wasn’t the only Packer to make a triumphant return. Randall Cobb came back to catch a pair of touchdown passes last week against the Chicago Bears. He had seven catches for 108 yards and a touchdown in the first meeting with the Niners.
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7. Marques Colston, New Orleans Saints
Marques Colston closed out the season averaging 86.8 yards and 0.8 touchdowns in his final four games. He should have continued success against the Philadelphia Eagles. The Eagles allowed 289.8 yards and 1.6 touchdowns per game.
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8. T.Y. Hilton, Indianapolis Colts
T.Y. Hilton finished strong averaging 95 yards in his last three games. He only scored five touchdowns on the year and those came in two games. He has a tough matchup against the Kansas City Chiefs.
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9. Michael Crabtree, San Francisco 49ers
Michael Crabtree averaged 56.8 yards per game. He’s not all the way back, but he’s close. He should have a solid game against Green Bay.
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10. Marvin Jones, Cincinnati Bengals
Marvin Jones burst on the scene with a four-touchdown game, but he finished with 10 scores. He averaged 63.5 yards and 0.8 touchdowns in his last four games.
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Dez Bryant
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Most fantasy leagues have wrapped up already, but there are some that still play to the bitter end. For those leagues, I present the Lester’s Legends 2013 Week 17 fantasy football wide receiver rankings.
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1. Dez Bryant, Dallas Cowboys
Dez Bryant is averaging 75.6 yards and 0.8 touchdowns per game. He has scored a touchdown in four straight games. Dez should finish strong against the Philadelphia Eagles. The Eagles have allowed 285.2 passing yards and 1.5 touchdowns per game. Dez had 110 yards in the first meeting.
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2. Josh Gordon, Cleveland Browns
Josh Gordon is averaging 120.3 yards and 0.7 touchdowns. The last time he played the Pittsburgh Steelers he had 14 catches for 237 yards and a touchdown.
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3. Brandon Marshall, Chicago Bears
Brandon Marshall has scored in both games since Jay Cutler’s return. He should have another strong game against the Green Bay Packers. He had 107 yards and a score in the first meeting. The Pack have allowed 248.8 yards and 1.9 touchdowns per game.
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4. Demaryius Thomas, Denver Broncos
Demaryius Thomas is averaging 87.8 yards and 0.8 touchdowns per game. He should see plenty of looks as Peyton Manning attempts to set the single-season passing yards record against the Oakland Raiders. The Raiders have yielded 250.5 yards and 1.9 touchdowns per game. Thomas caught 10 balls for 94 yards in the first meeting.
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5. Eric Decker, Denver Broncos
Eric Decker is averaging 116 yards and 1.8 touchdowns in his past four games. He’s thriving with Wes Welker (concussion) out of the mix. Decker caught eight passes for 133 yards and a score in the first game against the Raiders.
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6. DeSean Jackson, Philadelphia Eagles
DeSean Jackson is averaging 86.9 yards and 0.6 touchdowns per game. He should light up the Dallas Cowboys. The Boys have allowed 290.7 yards and 2.1 touchdowns per game.
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7. Pierre Garcon, Washington Redskins
Pierre Garcon is averaging nine catches for 136.5 yards and a touchdown with Kirk Cousins under center. He should finish strong against the New York Giants.
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8. A.J. Green, Cincinnati Bengals
A.J. Green is averaging 91 yards and 0.7 touchdowns. He had 151 yards and a score in his first meeting with the Baltimore Ravens.
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9. Alshon Jeffery, Chicago Bears
Alshon Jeffrey is averaging 96.4 total yards and 0.5 touchdowns per game. He had 60 yards and a touchdown in the first meeting with the Packers.
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10. Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh Steelers
Antonio Brown is averaging 94.1 yards and 0.5 yards per game with an additional score in the return game. He had 92 yards and a touchdown in the first meeting against the Cleveland Browns.
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11. Keenan Allen, San Diego Chargers
Keenan Allen has five touchdown catches in the past three games. He’s averaging 68.8 yards and a score in his past five games. Allen had nine catches for 124 yards in the first meeting with the Kansas City Chiefs.
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12. Julian Edelman, New England Patriots
Julian Edelman is averaging 98.2 yards and 0.8 touchdowns in the past five games. He should have a strong finale against the Buffalo Bills. The Bills have allowed 1.8 touchdowns per game. Edelman had 79 yards and two touchdowns in the first meeting.
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13. Andre Johnson, Houston Texans
Andre Johnson is averaging 90.5 yards and 0.3 touchdowns per game. He had eight catches for 76 yards in the first meeting with the Tennessee Titans. If he can manage 142 yards Johnson will have his fourth season with 1,500 yards.
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14. Calvin Johnson, Detroit Lions
Calvin Johnson is dealing with knee and ankle injuries that have held him to a 64.3 yard average in his past three games without a score. He’d occupy the top spot against the Minnesota Vikings if he were healthy. The Vikes have allowed 294.4 yards and 2.4 touchdowns per game. Megatron is as likely to get 40 yards as he is to get 140 yards. He’s very unpredictable this week.
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15. Vincent Jackson, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Vincent Jackson is averaging 79.3 yards and 0.5 touchdowns per game. He had 77 yards in the first meeting against the New Orleans Saints.
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16. Marques Colston, New Orleans Saints
Marques Colston is averaging 93.3 yards and a touchdown in his past three games. He finishes against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Bucs have allowed 1.7 touchdown passes per game.
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17. Jordy Nelson, Green Bay Packers
Jordy Nelson is averaging 76.9 yards and 0.5 touchdowns. He wraps the season up against the Chicago Bears. The Bears have allowed 1.5 touchdowns per game.
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18. Torrey Smith, Baltimore Ravens
Torrey Smith is averaging 73.4 yards and 0.3 touchdowns per game. He faces the Cincinnati Bengals. Smith had 46 yards and a score in the first meeting.
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19. Mike Wallace, Miami Dolphins
Mike Wallace is averaging 74.2 yards and 0.6 touchdowns in his past five games. He closes out against the New York Jets. The Jets have allowed 249.5 yards and 1.7 touchdowns per game. Wallace had 82 yards and a score in the first meeting.
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20. Danny Amendola, New England Patriots
Danny Amendola caught 10 passes for 104 yards in the first meeting with the Bills. He should close the season on a high note.
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