Fantasy football drafts are here or rapidly approaching. Here is an expanded look at the Lester’s Legends 2015 wide receiver rankings.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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