2014 Fantasy Football Wide Receiver Rankings

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2014 Fantasy Football Wide Receiver Rankings
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Here is a revised and expanded look at the 2014 Lester’s Legends wide receiver 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 while shagging balls from Peyton Manning over the past two seasons. With Eric Decker moving on to the New York Jets, Thomas should be an even more vital option in the passing game.


3. Dez Bryant, Dallas Cowboys


Bryant 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, after Megatron, the top seven choices are pretty interchangeable.


4. A.J. Green, Cincinnati Bengals


Green has averaged 1,277.7 yards and 9.7 touchdowns per season in his career 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 being one of the elite fantasy options at wide receiver.


5. 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. Continue to monitor his recovery. If there aren't any setbacks, Jones should be a solid WR1 option once again.


6. Brandon Marshall, Chicago Bears


Marshall finished with 100 receptions for 1,295 yards and 12 touchdowns in 2012. He took a step back from the 118 catches for 1,508 yards and 11 touchdowns in 2012, thanks to the emergence of Alshon Jeffery. Nine of his touchdowns were thrown by Jay Cutler, as the two have a great rapport. That trend should continue.


7. 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.


8. 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.


9. Vincent Jackson, Tampa Bay Buccaneers


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


10. 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.


11. 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 2 should be even more impressive.


12. Victor Cruz, New York Giants


Cruz's production dipped the past two seasons. He recorded 1,536 yards and nine touchdowns in 2011, 1,092 yards and 10 touchdowns in 2012, and 998 yards and four touchdowns last year. Moving to the slot should mean a heavy volume of targets. We know what Cruz can do when he gets the ball in his hands.


13. Andre Johnson, Houston Texan
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Johnson has averaged 1,502.5 yards the past two seasons despite questionable quarterback play. He managed just nine touchdowns combined over two years. Will quarterback play be an issue again? If it is, will it catch up with Johnson? Those are the questions that keep 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. Randall Cobb, Green Bay Packers


Cobb was limited to six games last year but managed 433 yards and four touchdowns. He added 78 rushing yards. He’s a dynamic playmaker if he can stay healthy.


16.  Michael Crabtree, San Francisco 49ers


Crabtree clicked with Colin Kaepernick in 2012 before basically losing a season with an Achilles injury. Now that he's recovered, look for big things from Crabtree. He could easily provide WR1 numbers.


17. Michael Floyd, Arizona Cardinals


Floyd had 1,054 yards and five touchdowns last year for the Cardinals. He had more yards than Larry Fitzgerald but half the touchdowns. In his third season, look for Floyd to take over as the top option in Arizona.


18. Wes Welker, Denver Broncos


Welker finished with just 778 yards last year but managed to score a career-high 10 touchdowns. I expect his yards to increase, but his number of scores could dip.


19. Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona Cardinals


Fitz had another down year with respect to his 954 receiving yards, but he did manage to score 10 touchdowns. Fitz still has plenty left in the tank. He’s probably a little riskier than the rest of the top 20, but he has a track record of greatness.


20. Cordarrelle Patterson, Minnesota Vikings


Patterson was treated with kid gloves last year but finished with 469 receiving yards, 158 rushing yards, and nine touchdowns (four receiving, three rushing, two returns). He's clearly the top choice in the passing game and should thrive in Norv Turner's system.


21.  Roddy White, Atlanta Falcons


White had a down year, like most Falcons, but you know his track record. White has been one of the most consistent receivers of the past seven years.


22. Percy Harvin, Seattle Seahawks


Harvin is a risky option given his recent injury history, his lack of a 1,000-yard receiving season and Seattle's run-heavy offense. That said, Harvin is a dynamic player who can produce in the passing, running and return games.


23.  Torrey Smith, Baltimore Ravens


Smith recorded 1,128 yards last year but only managed to score four touchdowns. He had 15 scores in his first two years, so that should be seen as a fluke. Smith is a solid WR2 but is a little inconsistent.


24.  T.Y. Hilton, Indianapolis Colts


Hilton finished with 1,083 yards and five touchdowns in his second season. Look for another step forward in Year 3.


25.  DeSean Jackson, Washington Redskins


Jackson blew up in Chip Kelly's system last year to the tune of 1,332 yards and nine touchdowns. He is a regression risk but should remain productive in Jay Gruden's offense. He's a solid WR3.


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