2014 Early Fantasy Football Wide Receiver Rankings

Ryan LesterSenior Writer IApril 23, 2014

Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson (81) is greeted by teammates before the first quarter of an NFL football game against the Baltimore Ravens in Detroit, Monday, Dec. 16, 2013. (AP Photo/Rick Osentoski)
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With the 2014 NFL draft finally approaching, here’s an early look at the 2014 Lester’s Legends’ fantasy football tight end rankings.


1. Calvin Johnson, Detroit Lions

Megatron has averaged 1,712.3 yards and 11 touchdowns over the past three seasons. With his size, speed, hands and route-running ability, Johnson simply is the best receiver out there.


2. Demaryius Thomas, Denver Broncos

Thomas has averaged 1,432 yards and 12 touchdowns over the past two seasons shagging balls from Peyton Manning. With Eric Decker moving on to the New York Jets, Thomas should be an even more vital option in the passing game.


3. Josh Gordon, Cleveland Browns

Gordon exploded on the scene to lead the NFL with 1,646 yards and nine touchdowns. He was the first receiver ever to record consecutive 200-yard games. A.J. Green may be a safer pick because he has a more stable quarterback situation, but Gordon has more upside.


4. Dez Bryant, Dallas Cowboys

Dez has averaged 1,307.5 yards and 12.5 touchdowns over the past two seasons. He has the talent to be as good as any receiver in the league. In fact, the top five choices are pretty interchangeable.


5. A.J. Green, Cincinnati Bengals

Green has averaged 1,277.7 yards and 9.7 touchdowns the past two years and 1,388 yards and 11 scores over the past two seasons. Green has bulked up a bit to improve his physicality. Entering his fourth season, look for Green to continue to be one of the elite fantasy options at wide receiver.


6. Julio Jones, Atlanta Falcons

Jones was averaging 116 yards per game before a foot injury derailed his 2013 season. He averaged 1,078.5 yards and nine touchdowns in his first two seasons. Be sure to monitor his recovery. If there aren’t any setbacks, Jones should be a solid WR1 option once again.


7. Brandon Marshall, Chicago Bears

Marshall finished with 100 receptions for 1,295 yards and 12 touchdowns. He took a step back from the 118 catches for 1,508 yards and 11 touchdowns thanks to the emergence of Alshon Jeffrey. Nine of his touchdowns were thrown by Jay Cutler as they continue to have a great rapport. That trend should continue.


8. Alshon Jeffery, Chicago Bears

Jeffery had 1,421 yards and seven touchdowns last year. He did a lot of his damage with Josh McCown, but Cutler is more than capable of getting him the ball.


9. Jordy Nelson, Green Bay Packers

Nelson rebounded with 1,314 yards and eight touchdowns despite Aaron Rodgers playing in just nine games. Look for Jordy to light it up with a healthy Rodgers.


10. Vincent Jackson, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

V-Jax has averaged 1,304 yards and 7.5 touchdowns the past two seasons with the Bucs. Josh McCown made good use of big receivers Marshall and Jeffery last year. V-Jax should be a force once again.


11.  Pierre Garcon, Washington Redskins

Garcon was banged up in 2012. Robert Griffin III wasn’t himself last year, but Garcon finished with 113 catches for 1,346 yards. With both of them healthy and DeSean Jackson on board to take away some of the defensive attention, Garcon should have another strong season.


12. Keenan Allen, San Diego Chargers

Allen had an impressive rookie season with 1,046 yards and eight touchdowns. In his final 13 games, he averaged 78.2 yards and 0.6 touchdowns. Year two should be even more impressive.


13. Andre Johnson, Houston Texans

Johnson has averaged 1,502.5 yards the past two seasons despite questionable quarterback play. He did manage just nine touchdowns combined over the two years. Will quarterback play be an issue again? If it is, will it catch up with Johnson? Those are the questions that keeps him just outside of WR1 territory.


14. Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh Steelers

Brown had an impressive 2013 showing with 1,499 yards and eight touchdowns. He should continue to see a heavy volume of looks from Ben Roethlisberger.


15. Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona Cardinals

Fitz had another down year in respect to his 954 receiving yards. He did manage to score 10 touchdowns. Fitz still has plenty left in the tank. He’s probably a little riskier than the other top 15, but he has a track record of greatness.


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