This might be one of the most important years to bone up on your wide receiver knowledge for fantasy leagues. With running back rotations proliferating the NFL these days, more and more wideouts are emerging as candidates to be Round 1 picks.
We would still advise just one receiver get drafted in the first round—he is nicknamed after a Decepticon—but we are of the stubborn sort. As many as three receivers, four if you include a tight end, could go off the board in the first 12 picks this summer. As many as five can make a fairly good case to be among the fantasy first-rounders.
Heck, that number would have been greater, if not for the Cleveland Browns' Josh Gordon facing a season-long suspension.
This slideshow provides an early breakdown of the top 15 fantasy wide receivers to target in drafts. We give you the receiver's age, because that is very important piece of his potential, along with his analyst consensus ranking—because Bleacher Report is awesome, but not the be-all, end-all—and his rough projections for 2014.
We will admit, Vincent Jackson (quarterback), Keenan Allen (haven't seen enough of him yet), Andre Johnson (age, quarterback and potential holdout), Percy Harvin (injury) and Roddy White (age) didn't make the list for various reasons. We will tease you with the reasons we did pick the receivers who made our top 15: prime age, contract years, targets, physical skills and consistency.