We broke down the elite quartet, the second wave, third tier and fourth tier of fantasy football wide receiver options. We are now on to the fifth level. These guys are borderline fantasy starters but more than likely will be used for depth.
Tavon Austin, St. Louis Rams
Austin has 4.34 speed, and the Rams will be creative in getting him the football. He will have the most value in leagues that offer points for return yards. He will also be valuable in PPR leagues.
Anquan Boldin, San Francisco 49ers
Boldin had 65 catches last year for 921 yards and four touchdowns. He averaged 95 yards and a touchdown in four playoff games to show he still has something left in the tank. He moved on to San Francisco and will get more looks with Michael Crabtree out.
Kenny Britt, Tennessee Titans
Britt is full of potential but needs to stay healthy. He also needs to get better quarterback play from Jake Locker. If both occur, he could top his 2010 numbers when he had 775 yards and nine touchdowns.
Michael Floyd, Arizona Cardinals
Floyd only caught 45 passes last year for 562 yards and a pair of touchdowns. He did have 15 receptions for 213 yards and a score in the final two games to end on a high note. The Cardinals brought in Carson Palmer, which is a serious upgrade. With Larry Fitzgerald commanding all of the attention, the 6’2″, 220-pound Floyd should make the leap in Year 2.
Josh Gordon, Cleveland Browns
Gordon caught 50 passes for 805 yards and five touchdowns as a rookie. He’ll miss the first two games of the year to serve a drug suspension. If he can stay focused on football, he has big-time potential, but be aware there is plenty of risk that comes with it.
T.Y. Hilton, Indianapolis Colts
Hilton had 50 receptions for 861 yards and seven touchdowns as a rookie. The Colts aren’t going to rely on the big play as frequently this season. Plus, they brought in Darrius Heyward-Bey. With his 4.34 speed, Hilton should still carve out a nice fantasy role.
Lance Moore, New Orleans Saints
Moore had 65 catches for 1,041 yards and six touchdowns last year. It was his first time topping 800 yards since 2008. I expect his yards to go down, but he should still be productive. He has a nose for the end zone.
Sidney Rice, Seattle Seahawks
With Percy Harvin missing a good chunk of the season, Rice gets a boost. He had 50 receptions last year with 748 yards and seven touchdowns. Look for the Seahawks to open things up in Russell Wilson’s second year.
Emmanuel Sanders, Pittsburgh Steelers
Sanders caught 44 passes for 626 yards and a touchdown. Mike Wallace went to the Miami Dolphins, which should allow Sanders to play a bigger role. If Ben Roethlisberger can stay healthy, Sanders should be a decent option.
Golden Tate, Seattle Seahawks
Tate stood to lose the most when the Seahawks signed Harvin. Now that he’s out, Tate stands to gain even more than Rice does. He had 45 catches for 688 yards and seven touchdowns last year. He’s electric when he gets the ball. Unfortunately, he doesn’t get enough touches to be a more reliable fantasy option.
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