The smell of football is in the air. Here are the Lester’s Legends 2014 Week 1 fantasy football wide receiver rankings.
1. Calvin Johnson, Detroit Lions
Megatron has averaged 1,712.3 yards and 11 touchdowns over the past three seasons. He should have his way with the New York Giants' secondary.
2. Demaryius Thomas, Denver Broncos
Thomas has averaged 1,432 yards and 12 touchdowns over the past two seasons shagging balls from Peyton Manning. He starts his quest for a third straight monster season against the Indianapolis Colts. Thomas had 82 yards and a score against them last year.
3. 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. He had 76 yards and a touchdown in last year’s meeting with the New Orleans Saints.
4. 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. He faces the rival Baltimore Ravens.
5. Brandon Marshall, Chicago Bears
Marshall finished with 100 receptions for 1,295 yards and 12 touchdowns. Nine of his touchdowns were thrown by Jay Cutler as they continue to have a great rapport. That trend should continue against the Buffalo Bills.
6. Dez Bryant, Dallas Cowboys
Dez has averaged 1,307.5 yards and 12.5 touchdowns over the past two seasons. Dallas will be forced to throw often by the San Francisco 49ers, which should lead to a big day for Dez.
7. Alshon Jeffery, Chicago Bears
Jeffery had 1,421 yards and seven touchdowns last year. Cutler should have no problem getting Jeffery heavily involved as well.
8. Vincent Jackson, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
V-Jax has averaged 1,304 yards and 7.5 touchdowns the past two seasons with the Bucs. He seemingly gets an upgrade at the quarterback position with Josh McCown. V-Jax averaged 77 yards in two games against the Carolina Panthers last year.
9. Michael Crabtree, San Francisco 49ers
Crabtree clicked with Colin Kaepernick in 2012 before basically losing a season with an Achilles injury. He should get off to a fast start against the Cowboys. The Boys allowed 286.8 yards and 2.1 touchdowns through the air last year.
10. Randall Cobb, Green Bay Packers
Cobb was limited to six games last year but managed 433 yards and four touchdowns. I anticipate Jordy Nelson having to deal with Richard Sherman, which should make Cobb the more productive option.
11. Victor Cruz, New York Giants
Cruz had a down year like the rest of the Giants, but 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. Look for a nice start against the Lions.
12. Andre Johnson, Houston Texans
Johnson has averaged 1,502.5 yards the past two seasons despite questionable quarterback play. Unfortunately that trend should continue with Ryan Fitzpatrick, but Johnson remains a WR1 option against the Washington Redskins.
13. Pierre Garcon, Washington Redskins
Garcon was banged up in 2012. Robert Griffin III wasn’t himself last year, but Garcon still finished with 113 catches for 1,346 yards.
14. Jordy Nelson, Green Bay Packers
Nelson rebounded with 1,314 yards and eight touchdowns despite Aaron Rodgers playing in just nine games. Facing the Seahawks makes Nelson only a borderline WR1.
15. Michael Floyd, Arizona Cardinals
Floyd had 1,054 yards and five touchdowns last year for the Cardinals. Look for Floyd to establish himself as Arizona’s primary option against the San Diego Chargers.
16. Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh Steelers
Brown had an impressive 2013 showing with 1,499 yards and eight touchdowns. I’m a little skeptical this week because he’ll be locking horns with Joe Haden.
17. 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. He’ll have to contend with Patrick Peterson.
18. 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 should do well in Norv Turner’s offense. He faces the St. Louis Rams in the opener.
19. T.Y. Hilton, Indianapolis Colts
Hilton finished with 1,083 yards and five touchdowns in his second season. Look for plenty of action against the Broncos.
20. Reggie Wayne, Indianapolis Colts
Wayne is going to be heavily involved as well.
The Next Batch
21. Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona Cardinals vs. San Diego Chargers
22. Roddy White, Atlanta Falcons vs. New Orleans Saints
23. Percy Harvin, Seattle Seahawks vs. Green Bay Packers
24. Torrey Smith, Baltimore Ravens vs. Cincinnati Bengals
25. Kendall Wright, Tennessee Titans @ Kansas City Chiefs
26. DeSean Jackson, Washington Redskins @ Houston Texans
27. Eric Decker, New York Jets vs. Oakland Raiders
28. Jeremy Maclin, Philadelphia Eagles vs. Jacksonville Jaguars
29. Mike Wallace, Miami Dolphins vs. New England Patriots
30. Emmanuel Sanders, Denver Broncos vs. Indianapolis Colts
31. Julian Edelman, New England Patriots vs. Miami Dolphins
32. Marques Colston, New Orleans Saints @ Atlanta Falcons
33. Golden Tate, Detroit Lions vs. New York Giants
34. Terrance Williams, Dallas Cowboys vs. San Francisco 49ers
35. Brandin Cooks, New Orleans Saints @ Atlanta Falcons
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