Here are the Lester’s Legends wide receiver rankings for the Divisional Round of the NFL Playoffs.
1. Demaryius Thomas, Denver Broncos
Thomas finished with 1,434 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.
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 1,598 receiving yards. He had 95 yards in the team's first meeting with the Patriots.
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 No. 1 seed.
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.
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.
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.
7. Roddy White, Atlanta Falcons
White had another strong year, with 1,351 yards and seven touchdowns. Unlike Julio, White finished with consistent home and road splits.
8. Michael Crabtree, San Francisco 49ers
Crabtree quietly posted 1,105 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.
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.
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.
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, but I still like the other options better.
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.
13. Anquan Boldin, Baltimore Ravens
Boldin had a monster Wild Card game (145 yards, touchdown), but the Broncos will be a tougher challenge.
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.
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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