Dez Bryant
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Fantasy football drafts are here or rapidly approaching. Here is an expanded look at the Lester’s Legends 2015 wide receiver rankings.
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1. Dez Bryant, Dallas Cowboys
Dez Bryant finished 2014 with 1,320 yards and 16 touchdowns.  He had a touchdown and/or 100 yards in 12 of 16 games and had four multiple touchdown games.
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2. Odell Beckham, Jr., New York Giants
Odell Beckham, Jr. took the league by storm in 2014 finishing with 1,305 yards and 12 touchdowns. In the final 10 games of the season the rookie averaged 123.3 yards and 1.1 touchdowns per game.
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3. Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh Steelers
Antonio Brown caught 129 passes in 2014 for 1,698 yards and 13 touchdowns. He had 90 yards and/or a touchdown in 12 of 14 games. His worst performance in standard leagues was eight catches for 74 yards.
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4. Demaryius Thomas, Denver Broncos
Demaryius Thomas had 1,619 yards and 11 touchdowns in 2014 and has averaged 1,494.3 yards and 11.7 touchdown per game over the past three seasons. He remains Peyton Manning’s favorite target.
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5. Calvin Johnson, Detroit Lions
Calvin Johnson was limited to 13 games in 2014 and finished with 1,077 yards and eight touchdowns. Over the past five seasons he has averaged 1,466.8 yards and 10.6 touchdowns.
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6. Julio Jones, Atlanta Falcons
Julio Jones returned to form in 2014 with 1,593 yards and six touchdowns. He averaged 153.3 yards and 0.5 touchdowns in his last four games.
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7. A.J. Green, Cincinnati Bengals
A.J. Green was limited to 13 games in 2014, but still managed 1,041 yards and six touchdowns. Through four seasons he has averaged 1218.5 yards and 8.8 touchdowns per year.
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8. Randall Cobb, Green Bay Packers
Randall Cobb caught 91 passes in 2014 for 1,287 yards and 12 touchdowns. With Jordy Nelson out, look for Cobb to be heavily targeted.
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9. Alshon Jeffery, Chicago Bears
Alshon Jeffery posted 85 catches for 1,133 yards and 10 touchdowns in 2014. With Brandon Marshall playing for the New York Jets, look for a steady dose of targets for Jeffery.
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10. Mike Evans, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Mike Evans also had a fabulous rookie season finishing with 1,051 yards and 12 touchdowns in 2014.  He should continue to shine with Jameis Winston.
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11. DeAndre Hopkins, Houston Texans
With Andre Johnson going to the Indianapolis Colts, DeAndre Hopkins is now the primary option. He had 1,210 in 2014 and could be poised for an even more productive 2015.
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12. T.Y. Hilton, Indianapolis Colts
T.Y. Hilton finished 2014 with 82 catches for 1,345 yards and seven scores. He has averaged 1,096.3 yards and 6.3 touchdowns in three years.
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13. Brandin Cooks, New Orleans Saints
Cooks had 53 catches for 550 yards and three touchdowns in 10 games. With Jimmy Graham gone, look for more from Cooks.
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14. Jordan Matthews, Philadelphia Eagles
Jordan Matthews had 872 yards and eight touchdowns as a rookie. Jeremy Maclin had 1,318 yards and 10 touchdowns last year as the number one option and DeSean Jackson had 1,332 yards and nine touchdowns as the number one option in 2013.
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15. Emmanuel Sanders, Denver Broncos
It is no surprise that Emmanuel Sanders broke out in his first season with Peyton Manning. He finished with 1,404 yards and nine touchdowns.
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The Next Batch
16. Andre Johnson, Indianapolis Colts
17. Brandon Marshall, New York Jets
18. Sammy Watkins, Buffalo Bills
19. Keenan Allen, San Diego Chargers
20. Amari Cooper, Oakland Raiders
21. Golden Tate, Detroit Lions
22. Vincent Jackson, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
23. Julian Edelman, New England Patriots
24. DeSean Jackson, Washington Redskins
25. Martavis Bryant, Pittsburgh Steelers
26. Jeremy Maclin, Kansas City Chiefs
27. Nelson Agholor, Philadelphia Eagles
28. Allen Robinson, Jacksonville Jaguars
29. Mike Wallace, Minnesota Vikings
30. Davante Adams, Green Bay Packers
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Dez Bryant
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Football season is rapidly approaching. This is the first look at the Lester’s Legends 2015 wide receiver rankings.
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1. Dez Bryant, Dallas Cowboys
Dez Bryant finished 2014 with 1,320 yards and 16 touchdowns.  He had a touchdown and/or 100 yards in 12 of 16 games and had four multiple touchdown games.
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2. Odell Beckham, Jr., New York Giants
Odell Beckham, Jr. took the league by storm in 2014 finishing with 1,305 yards and 12 touchdowns. In the final 10 games of the season the rookie averaged 123.3 yards and 1.1 touchdowns per game.
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3. Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh Steelers
Antonio Brown caught 129 passes in 2014 for 1,698 yards and 13 touchdowns. He had 90 yards and/or a touchdown in 12 of 14 games. His worst performance in standard leagues was eight catches for 74 yards.
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4. Demaryius Thomas, Denver Broncos
Demaryius Thomas had 1,619 yards and 11 touchdowns in 2014 and has averaged 1,494.3 yards and 11.7 touchdown per game over the past three seasons. He remains Peyton Manning’s favorite target.
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5. Calvin Johnson, Detroit Lions
Calvin Johnson was limited to 13 games in 2014 and finished with 1,077 yards and eight touchdowns. Over the past five seasons he has averaged 1,466.8 yards and 10.6 touchdowns.
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6. Julio Jones, Atlanta Falcons
Julio Jones returned to form in 2014 with 1,593 yards and six touchdowns. He averaged 153.3 yards and 0.5 touchdowns in his last four games.
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7. Jordy Nelson, Green Bay Packers
Jordy Nelson had 1,519 yards  and 13 touchdowns in 2014. He had 1,314 yards in 2013 and has topped 1,250 yard in three of the past four seasons.
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8. A.J. Green, Cincinnati Bengals
A.J. Green was limited to 13 games in 2014, but still managed 1,041 yards and six touchdowns. Through four seasons he has averaged 1218.5 yards and 8.8 touchdowns per year.
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9. Alshon Jeffery, Chicago Bears
Alshon Jeffery posted 85 catches for 1,133 yards and 10 touchdowns in 2014. With Brandon Marshall playing for the New York Jets, look for a steady dose of targets for Jeffery.
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10. Mike Evans, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Mike Evans also had a fabulous rookie season finishing with 1,051 yards and 12 touchdowns in 2014.  He should continue to shine with Jameis Winston.
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11. DeAndre Hopkins, Houston Texans
With Andre Johnson going to the Indianapolis Colts, DeAndre Hopkins is now the primary option. He had 1,210 in 2014 and could be poised for an even more productive 2015.
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12. Kelvin Benjamin, Carolina Panthers
Kelvin Benjamin had 1,008 yards and nine touchdowns in 2014 as a rookie. Look for a more productive second season with Cam Newton healthier.
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13. T.Y. Hilton, Indianapolis Colts
T.Y. Hilton finished 2014 with 82 catches for 1,345 yards and seven scores. He has averaged 1,096.3 yards and 6.3 touchdowns in three years.
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14. Emmanuel Sanders, Denver Broncos
It is no surprise that Emmanuel Sanders broke out in his first season with Peyton Manning. He finished with 1,404 yards and nine touchdowns.
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15. Randall Cobb, Green Bay Packers
Randall Cobb caught 91 passes in 2014 for 1,287 yards and 12 touchdowns. His touchdown total could dip, but he should remain heavily targeted.
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Amari Cooper camp
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Here’s the LestersLegends’ look at the 2015 NFL rookie wide receiver class.
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1. Amari Cooper, Oakland Raiders
Amari Cooper caught 124 passes last year for 1727 yard and 16 touchdowns for Alabama. He’ll be the number one option for the Raiders and should be targeted early and often by Derek Carr.
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2. Kevin White, Chicago Bears
Kevin White should start opposite of Alshon Jeffery. He caught 109 passes for 1447 yards and 10 touchdowns. Cutler won’t shy away from getting the ball from 6’3″ rookie out of West Virginia.
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3. Nelson Agholor, Philadelphia Eagles
The Eagles have plenty of production up for grabs after Jeremy Maclin and LeSean McCoy moved on. Nelson Agholor should take some of it. He caught 104 passes for 1313 yards and 12 touchdowns for USC last year.
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4. Breshad Perriman, Baltimore Ravens
Breshad Perriman should gobble up some of the targets that were directed at Torrey Smith. He had 1044 yards and nine touchdowns on 50 catches at Central Florida. The big play receiver should be a good fit for Joe Flacco.
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5. DeVante Parker, Miami Dolphins
DeVante Parker could be slow to start the year because of a foot injury, but could finish strong. He had 855 yards and five touchdowns in six games last year for Louisville.
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Julian Edelman
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Here are the Lester’s Legends wide receiver rankings for Super Bowl XLIX.
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1. Julian Edelman, New England Patriots
2. Doug Baldwin, Seattle Seahawks
3. Brandon LaFell, New England Patriots
4. Jermaine Kearse, Seattle Seahawks
5. Danny Amendola, New England Patriots
6. Ricardo Lockette, Seattle Seahawks
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NFL: Dallas Cowboys at New York Giants.
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The 2014 wide receiver draft class was one for the ages. It yielded four high-end dynasty options and a few other solid options.
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1. Odell Beckham, Jr., New York Giants
Odell Beckham, Jr.  had 1,305 yards and 12 touchdowns in 12 games. His jaw-dropping catches made him a human highlight reel. Not only is he the top in his class, he’s already among the top in the league. ODB averaged 123.3 yards with 11 touchdowns in the final 10 games of the year. He’s locked in with Eli Manning, which should make a sophomore slump unlikely.
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2. Mike Evans, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Mike Evans had 1,051 yards and 12 touchdowns despite alternating between Mike Glennon and Josh McCown. Evans is likely to get a quarterback upgrade in the 2015 NFL Draft. He averaged 76.1 yards per game with 12 touchdowns in the final 12 games of the season. At 6’5″ he will continue to be a nightmare to cover, particularly in the red zone.
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3. Kelvin Benjamin, Carolina Panthers 
Kelvin Benjamin quickly built a strong rapport with Cam Newton. He had 1,008 yards and nine touchdowns, which ordinarily would have him ranked number one on this list. That just speaks to how deep this draft class is. Benjamin had 75 yards and a pair of touchdowns in the playoff loss to the Seattle Seahawks. Benjamin also stands 6’5″.
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4. Sammy Watkins, Buffalo Bills
Sammy Watkins was my preseason favorite from this class, but quarterback play hurt him. He still finished with 982 yards and six touchdowns. Assuming he gets better QB play Watkins should take a step forward. He’s further proof of the depth of this class.
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5. Jordan Matthews, Philadelphia Eagles
Jordan Matthews finished with 872 yards and eight touchdowns. He averaged 66.6 yards and 0.7 touchdowns in the final nine games of the season. He’s in a great spot in one of the most explosive offenses.
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6. Brandin Cooks, New Orleans Saints
Brandin Cooks finished with 550 yards and three touchdowns in 10 games. He averaged 68 yards and 0.5 touchdowns in the final four games of the year. He should take a step forward next year with Drew Brees.
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7. Martavis Bryant, Pittsburgh Steelers
8. Jarvis Landry, Miami Dolphins
9. Donte Moncrief, Indianapolis Colts
9. John Brown, Arizona Cardinals
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T.Y. Hilton
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Here are the Lester’s Legends wide receiver rankings for the AFC and NFC Conference Championship Games of the 2014-15 NFL Playoffs.
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1. T.Y. Hilton, Indianapolis Colts
T.Y. Hilton averaged 96.1 yards in the first 14 games of the regular season. He is averaging 87.5 yards in two playoff wins over the Cincinnati Bengals and the Denver Broncos. Hilton was limited to 24 yards in the first meeting with the New England Patriots.
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2. Jordy Nelson, Green Bay Packers
Jordy Nelson averaged 94.9 yards and 0.8 touchdowns during the regular season. He was held to 22 yards in the playoff win over the Dallas Cowboys. He did have nine catches for 83 yards in the first meeting with the Seattle Seahawks, but they are playing a tough brand of football right now.
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3. Randall Cobb, Green Bay Packers
Randall Cobb averaged 80.4 yards and 0.8 touchdowns per game during the regular season. He had 116 yards against the Cowboys. Cobb had 58 yards and a touchdown against the Seahawks in Week 1. Facing Seattle limits his value.
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4. Julian Edelman, New England Patriots
Julian Edelman averaged 69.4 yards and 0.3 touchdowns per game on the  year. He caught eight passes for 74 yards in the playoff win over the Baltimore Ravens. He also threw a long touchdown pass. Edelman had 81 total yards in the first meeting with the Indianapolis Colts.
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5. Doug Baldwin, Seattle Seahawks
Doug Baldwin averaged 51.6 yards per game during the regular season. He had 38 yards and a touchdown in the playoff win against the Carolina Panthers. He had just 14 yards in the first meeting with the Packers.
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6. Brandon LaFell, New England Patriots
7. Jermaine Kearse, Seattle Seahawks
8. Danny Amendola, New England Patriots
9. Hakeem Nicks, Indianapolis Colts
10. Davante Adams, Green Bay Packers
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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 101.2 yards and 0.7 touchdowns per game in the regular season. Thomas had 48 yards in the first meeting with the Indianapolis Colts. The Colts allowed 1.7 passing touchdowns per game.
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2. Dez Bryant, Dallas Cowboys
Dez Bryant averaged 82.5 yards per game and led the league with 16 touchdowns, including 12 in the final nine games of the regular season. Dez had 48 yards in the playoff win over the Detroit Lions. He faces the Green Bay Packers. The Packers have allowed 1.6 passing touchdowns per game.
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3. Jordy Nelson, Green Bay Packers
Jordy Nelson averaged 94.9 yards and 0.8 touchdowns during the regular season. He faces the Dallas Cowboys. The Boys allowed 251.9 passing yards per game.
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4. Emmanuel Sanders, Denver Broncos
Emmanuel Sanders averaged 87.8 yards and 0.6 touchdowns per game. Sanders had 77 yards in the first game against the Colts.
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5. Randall Cobb, Green Bay Packers
Randall Cobb averaged 80.4 yards and 0.8 touchdowns per game. He’s also a solid play against the Cowboys.
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6. T.Y. Hilton, Indianapolis Colts
T.Y. Hilton averaged 96.1 yards in the first 14 games of the regular season. He had 103 yards in the playoff win over the Cincinnati Bengals. Hilton had 41 yards in the regular season meeting with the Denver Broncos.
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7. Julian Edelman, New England Patriots

Julian Edelman averaged 69.4 yards and 0.3 touchdowns per game, but I suspect Tom Brady will lean heavily on Edelman against the Baltimore Ravens. He averaged 114.5 yards and a touchdown in the final two games of the regular season.
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8. Brandon LaFell, New England Patriots
Brandon LaFell averaged 69.8 yards and 0.5 touchdowns in the final 13 games of the regular season.
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9. Torrey Smith, Baltimore Ravens
Torrey Smith averaged just 47.9 yards per game, but scored 11 touchdowns on the year. He continued his scoring spree in the playoff win over the Pittsburgh Steelers with 28 yards and a touchdown. He faces the New England Patriots. The Pats allowed 1.5 passing touchdowns per game.
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10. Kelvin Benjamin, Carolina Panthers
Kelvin Benjamin averaged 63 yards and 0.6 yards per game during the regular season. He had 33 yards in the playoff win over the Arizona Cardinals. Benjamin has a tough matchup against the Seattle Seahawks and the Legion of Boom.
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11. Steve Smith, Baltimore Ravens
Steve Smith averaged 66.6 yards and 0.4 touchdowns per game. He stepped it up in the win over the Steelers with 101 yards. He try to stay hot against New England, but he could be seeing plenty of Darrelle Revis.
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12. Terrance Williams , Dallas Cowboys
Terrance Williams had 92 yards and a pair of touchdowns against the Lions. I’m expecting a quieter day against the Packers.
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13. Doug Baldwin, Seattle Seahawks
Doug Baldwin averaged 51.6 yards per game during the regular season. He’s not a strong play against the Carolina Panthers.
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