The 2014 wide receiver draft class was one for the ages. It yielded four high-end dynasty options and a few other solid options.
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.
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.
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″.
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.
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.
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.
The Next Batch
7. Martavis Bryant, Pittsburgh Steelers
8. Jarvis Landry, Miami Dolphins
9. Donte Moncrief, Indianapolis Colts
9. John Brown, Arizona Cardinals
Also check out:
- 2014-15 Conference Championship Fantasy Football QB Rankings
- 2014-15 Conference Championship Fantasy Football RB Rankings
- 2014-15 Conference Championship Fantasy Football WR Rankings
- 2014-15 Conference Championship Fantasy Football TE Rankings
- 2014-15 Conference Championship Fantasy Football DEF Rankings
- 2014-15 Conference Championship Fantasy Football K Rankings
- 2014-15 Conference Championship NFL Picks