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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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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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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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1. Anquan Boldin, Baltimore Ravens
Boldin has been targeted 26 times in the Ravens three playoff wins. He hauled in 16 of the passes for for 276 yards and three touchdowns. The San Francisco 49ers have a physical defense, but that is the name of the game for Boldin. He is as strong as any receiver in the league and has great body control. Joe Flacco should continue to look for him in the red zone.
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2. Michael Crabtree, San Francisco 49ers
Crabtree continues to emerge as Colin Kaepernick’s top choice. He has been targeted 18 times in two playoff games, catching 15 passes for 176 yards and a pair of touchdowns. The Ravens have to be concerned with Kaepernick and Frank Gore running the ball, which could open things up for Crabtree.
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3. Torrey Smith, Baltimore Ravens
Smith is more inconsistent than Boldin and Crabtree, but his upside is just as good. Smith has great speed and Flacco has the arm strength to deliver the deep ball.
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4. Randy Moss, San Francisco 49ers
Moss saw more work down the stretch, averaging 4.4 targets per game during the last five games of the regular season and the two playoff games. In his first 11 games, Moss was targeted just 2.5 times per game. He only topped 50 yards one game and finished with just three touchdowns on the year. Moss doesn’t play a ton of snaps, which keeps him fresh. He still has the ability to go up and get a jump ball.
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5. Jacoby Jones, Baltimore Ravens
Jones is your feast or famine play. In the first and third playoff game he combined for 14 yards. In his second playoff game, he had 77 yards, including the dramatic 70-yard bomb to tie the game.
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Here are the Lester’s Legends wide receiver rankings for the  the AFC & NFC Conference Championship Games of the 2012-13 NFL Playoffs.
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1. Wes Welker, New England Patriots
With Rob Gronkowski out, Welker should remain Tom Brady’s go-to-guy. Welker had eight catches for 142 yards in the first meeting with the Baltimore Ravens.
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2. Michael Crabtree, San Francisco 49ers
Crabtree continues to emerge with Colin Kaepernick at the helm. Crabtree closed out the regular season with a pair of touchdowns and matched that in the win over the Green Bay Packers. Crabtree has six touchdowns in his past four games. He has had 93 or more yards in five of the past six games. The Atlanta Falcons allowed a league-low 14 touchdown passes.
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3. Torrey Smith, Baltimore Ravens
Smith lit up Champ Bailey last week and destroyed the Patriots for 127 yards and two touchdowns in Week 3.
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4. Julio Jones, Atlanta Falcons
Roddy scored last week so it should be Julio’s turn this week. Julio has four touchdowns in his last five games and five in his past seven. Julio’s size and speed will challenge the 49ers’ secondary.
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5. Roddy White, Atlanta Falcons
White also has four touchdowns in his past five games and has double-digit targets in seven of the past ten games. He has scored in three of his four playoff games.
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6. Anquan Boldin, Baltimore Ravens
Boldin continues to get the tough yards for Baltimore. He took a back seat to Smith in the first meeting. I expect that trend to continue.
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7. Brandon Lloyd, New England Patriots
The Ravens allowed just 15 touchdown passes this year (18 if you count the two playoff games). Lloyd scored last week, but he’s very inconsistent. He did have 108 yards in the first meeting with Baltimore though.
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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
Thomas finished with 1434 yards and 10 touchdowns. The way Peyton Manning is playing, coupled with Thomas’ athleticism, will make him tough for the Baltimore Ravens to contain. Thomas finished the year with back-to-back 100-yard, one touchdown games.
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2. Andre Johnson, Houston Texans
The Patriots have the worst pass defense of all the remaining playoff teams. In fact, they ranked 29th against the pass this year. Johnson finished second in the league with 1598 receiving yards. He had 95 yards in the first meeting with the Patriots.
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3. Julio Jones, Atlanta Falcons
For whatever reason Julio Jones has been a much better road play. The Seattle Seahawks have a strong pass defense. Still, Julio is such a talent. He scored four touchdowns during Weeks 14-16 as Atlanta was locking up the number one seed.
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4. Eric Decker, Denver Broncos
Decker scored 13 touchdowns this year, including five in the final three games of the year. He’s also locked in with Peyton Manning.
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5. Wes Welker, New England Patriots
Welker scored in the final two games of the year. With Rob Gronkowski back, teams can’t key in on Welker. He doesn’t score a lot of touchdowns so his ceiling isn’t high, but with the targets he receives, his floor isn’t low.
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6. Greg Jennings, Green Bay Packers
The Packers are as tough on defenses as they are on fantasy owners. They have so many good options at wide receiver that it’s hard to zero in on one for your fantasy playoff challenge. Jennings has been Aaron Rodgers favorite target of late.
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7. Roddy White, Atlanta Falcons
White had another strong year with 1351 yards and seven touchdowns. Unlike Julio, White finished with consistent home and road splits.
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8. Michael Crabtree, San Francisco 49ers
Crabtree quietly posted 1105 yards and nine touchdowns. He had four touchdowns in his last three games and dropped a ridiculous 172 yards against the Arizona Cardinals in the season finale. Crabtree had 76 yards against the Packers. Colin Kaepernick leans heavily on Crabtree.
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9. Jordy Nelson, Green Bay Packers
Jordy is another one of Rodgers’ favorites. He is sneaky quick and can take it to the house from anywhere.
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10. James Jones, Green Bay Packers
Jones led the NFL with 14 touchdown catches. Rodgers spreads the ball around a ton, but Jones is definitely on his radar.
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11. Randall Cobb, Green Bay Packers
Cobb is as dynamic a player as there is in the league. He had 77 yards in the first meeting with the San Francisco 49ers. He should be closer to full strength (ankle) and a bigger part of the game plan. I still like the other options better.
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12. Brandon Lloyd, New England Patriots
Lloyd had 89 yards and a touchdown in the first meeting with Houston. He could lose out with Gronk, Welker, and Aaron Hernandez getting a heavy dose of targets.
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13. Anquan Boldin, Baltimore Ravens
Boldin had a monster Wild Card game (145 yards, touchdown), but the Broncos will be a tougher challenge.
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14. Torrey Smith, Baltimore Ravens
Smith is so hit or miss. He could put up a monster game, but he’s equally likely to lay an egg against the Broncos.
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15. Golden Tate, Seattle Seahawks
Tate is also hit or miss, but if a Seattle receiver is going to have a nice game against Atlanta, it’s likely Tate.
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