WR Rankings 2014 (PPR)

 

Wide Receiver Team Bye ADP
1. Calvin Johnson DET 9 1
2. Demaryius Thomas DEN 4 2
3. Dez Bryant DAL 11 3
4. Brandon Marshall CHI 9 5
5. AJ Green CIN 4 4
6. Antonio Brown PIT 12 7
7. Alshon Jeffery CHI 9 9
8. Julio Jones ATL 9 6
9. Jordy Nelson GB 9 8
10. Randall Cobb GB 9 10
11. Pierre Garcon WSH 10 11
12. Vincent Jackson TB 7 13
13. Victor Cruz NYG 8 14
14. Andre Johnson HOU 10 15
15. Keenan Allen SD 10 12
16. Roddy White ATL 9 17
17. Kendall Wright TEN 9 28
18. Wes Welker DEN 4 16
19. Larry Fitzgerald ARZ 4 18
20. Julian Edelman NE 10 24
21. Michael Crabtree SF 8 21
22. Michael Floyd ARZ 4 23
23. Cordarrelle Patterson MIN 10 19
24. Percy Harvin SEA 4 20
25. DeSean Jackson WSH 10 22
26. Torrey Smith BAL 11 29
27. T.Y. Hilton IND 10 25
28. Mike Wallace MIA 5 30
29. Marques Colston NO 6 31
30. Eric Decker NYJ 11 36
31. Reggie Wayne IND 10 33
32. Emmanuel Sanders DEN 4 27
33. Dwayne Bowe DAL 11 40
34. Reuben Randle JAX 11 39
35. Jeremy Maclin KC 6 26
36. Golden Tate NYG 8 32
37. Riley Cooper PHI 7 42
38. Cecil Shorts DET 9 41
39. DeAndre Hopkins PHI 7 45
40. Sammy Watkins HOU 10 35
41. Anquan Boldin BUF 9 47
42. Marvin Jones SF 8 49
43. Hakeem Nicks CIN 4 44
44. Justin Hunter IND 10 57
45. Brian Hartline MIA 5 59
46. Tavon Austin STL 4 43
47. James Jones MIN 10 55
48. Brandin Cooks OAK 5 37
49. Danny Amendola NO 6 38
50. Greg Jennings NE 10 58
51. Doug Baldwin SEA 4 69
52. Jarrett Boykin TEN 9 50
53. Kenny Stills GB 9 48
54. Steve Smith NO 6 54
55. Markus Wheaton BAL 11 56
56. Kelvin Benjamin STL 12 51
57. Robert Woods CAR 12 68
58. Andrew Hawkins BUF 9 60
59. Jordan Matthews CLE 4 52
60. Stevie Johnson PHI 7 70
61. Harry Douglas SF 8 72
62. Rod Streater ATL 9 66
63. Odell Beckham Jr. OAK 5 63
64. Jerricho Cotchery NYG 8 74
65. Mike Williams CAR 12 UR
66. Kenny Britt BUF 9 62
67. Lance Moore STL 4 73
68. Marqise Lee PIT 12 71
69. Miles Austin JAX 11 65
70. Jeremy Kerley CLE 4 UR
71. Jerrel Jernigan NYJ 11 UR
72. Malcolm Floyd NYG 8 75
73. Nate Washington SD 10 UR
74. Brandon LaFell TEN 9 76
75. Jarvis Landry NE 10 UR

Why I ranked above ADP:

Eric Decker: Decker moves from an all-world QB in Peyton Manning to a sophomore who struggled last year. The potential for regression exists, but he is now the undeniable #1 target in an offense that added a ton of talent over the winter. Decker is the Jets’ only above average pass-catcher and should see plenty of looks. Jeff Cumberland is a backup talent, Jeremy Kerley has been an utter failure, and Chris Johnson is not a great pass-catching tailback. Decker has the tools, talent and situation to be a PPR asset. Without hesitation, Decker could wind up being a high-end WR2 option by season’s end. Buy, buy, buy at current draft position.

Doug Baldwin: Golden Tate is gone, Sidney Rice retired and he is going to be starting opposite Percy Harvin. Baldwin is a prime breakout candidate. I wouldn’t mistake Baldwin for a stud option at wideout, but drastic improvements on his past numbers are likely. If Seattle uses Baldwin in the slot, his value rises even more given his ability to go get the ball in traffic. He could sneak into WR3 territory if he continues to impress in camp. Keep an eye on him.

Why I ranked below ADP:

Jeremy Maclin: DeSean Jackson is gone, hallelujah for Maclin. However, he has been consistently overvalued and overdrafted because of that. Keep in mind, this is a WR who relies on his legs and is coming back from a torn ACL. Consider that Maclin, although a solid talent, has never been a stud-type option. He does a lot of things well, but doesn’t do any one thing exceptionally. I think that Foles comes back down to earth some in 2014, thus limiting Maclin’s upside. With Shady McCoy gobbling up all kinds of touches and the already established connection between Foles and Riley Cooper, it seems as though Maclin is being overrated by some. Don’t get me wrong, Maclin should have a good season if he can stay healthy, but drafting the man as a WR2 is a bit premature. I’m passing on Maclin for the moment until his price comes down, and if it doesn’t then I won’t be owning many shares this year.

Emmanuel Sanders: Any WR who lines up on the same side of the ball as Peyton Manning has a chance to produce big time numbers. But even Manning can have trouble feeding so many mouths. Sanders was signed this year and expected to take the place of Eric Decker, but I don’t see him stepping in and immediately filling that void.Eric Decker is the more talented pass-catcher. The Broncos added wideout Cody Latimer in the draft and he has impressed, Montee Ball is ready to take over at RB and he is a much better pass-catcher than Moreno ever was. Plus, Julius Thomas is expected to get even more looks this year as well. Oh yeah, and those two other guys Demaryius Thomas and Wes Welker will be target monsters. If you can get Sanders as a WR3, great, but he shouldn’t be drafted as a WR2 option.

Statistical credit: Fantasyfootballcalculator.com

Doug Moore is a fantasy football contributor at The Sports Script. Follow him on Twitter @DMM0822!

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