The wide receiver position continues to get deeper and deeper every year however, targeting and obtaining one of the top 10 at this position can certainly be a huge benefit for team during the 2014 fantasy football season. This article takes a look at our top 10 fantasy wide receivers for 2014.
1. Calvin Johnson
Calvin Johnson was the only wide receiver to average over 100 yards a game (minimum 6 games) that did not fail drug tests, get a DUI, and go to jail in the last 12 months. (side note, I actually feel bad for Josh Gordon, just a little bitter since I have him in all my keeper leagues). Naturally, Johnson is our top wideout but there is actually a chance he performs at a higher level this year. Getting Golden Tate on the opposite side, means he will play with the best complimentary receiver he has ever had. Draft Calvin confidently in all leagues and enjoy the highlights.
2. Demaryius Thomas
It is only natural that the top option for Peyton Manning is a top fantasy option for the wide receiver position. Thomas is a freak of nature and the fact he has the greatest quarterback in history throwing him the ball, only means he should yet again put up crazy fantasy numbers. I do not think he builds on the 1,430 yards and 14 touchdowns, but I do think he has a great chance to repeat those numbers.
3. Dez Bryant
I just love this guy and when he is actually getting the ball thrown his way he looks unstoppable. There is not a more physical receiver in the NFL and I think he gets close to a 100 catches this year. Tony Romo needs to start to trust him more and just throw it up and let Dez go up and get it.
4. A.J. Green
Anytime a new offensive coordinator comes into play for a team, we always worry if they will hurt the fantasy outlook of a player. Well, rest assured, there is no chance Green will not get the same amount of targets and balls in 2014. The offense will again be built around opening up things for this dynamic receiver and he will again have the chance to catch 100 balls, break 1,500 yards, and find the end zone double digit times.
5. Brandon Marshall
There was a little bit of an argument on who should be ranked higher out of the Bears receivers, but there is one easy thing to point at why we ranked Brandon Marshall higher; Jay Cutler is in love with him. Ever since they first joined up years ago in Denver, Cutler has been targeting Marshall. In fact, no combo (in the same amount of games) has more quarterback to wideout targets. A case can even be made for him as a top three wideout in point per reception leagues.
6. Antonio Brown
This is a new name to see inside the top ten at this position, but let me just throw out the stats from 2013 and let them do the talking. 110 catches, 1,499 yards, and 8 touchdowns is what Brown did last year. That is more catches and yards than Calvin Johnson, so clearly he deserves this ranking. I actually love the bargain you can get on Brown, in the mocks I have done he is falling to the end of the third round, which is crazy good value. We expect Big Ben to continue to look Brown’s way early and often, especially with Emmanuel Sanders now in Denver.
7. Julio Jones
At this point Jones is being ranked on potential as he got hurt last year. In just 5 games he accumulated 580 yards, and was on pace for 1,856 yards and 6 TDs before missing the final 11 games last season with a broken foot. Jones has a burst off the line that rivals anyone in the league and if he can stay on the field he could even fight Calvin Johnson for the top spot by the end of the year.
8. Randall Cobb
Before breaking his leg in Week 6, Cobb was off to a great start and put up three double-digit fantasy outputs in his first four games. It is important to remember that his injury was a broken bone not a MCL/ACL injury. That is extremely important because he should be just as explosive as he was before the injury. I fully expect Rodgers to target Cobb often and for him to put up huge yardage and touchdown totals.
9. Alshon Jeffery
Jeffery had a breakout season last year hauling in 89 receptions for 1,421 yards. While these numbers are impressive, keep in mind he did most of his damage when Jay Cutler was hurt and Josh McCown was under center. He should still have a great year, but don’t expect a repeat performance from 2013. Be cautious when drafting Jeffery and please do not reach for him.
10. Jordy Nelson
Nelson has been a solid option for Rodgers for years. He has the speed and hands of a great receiver and the fact he plays in that high-powered Green Bay offense only helps his case. As long as Rodgers is healthy, Nelson has a shot at being a top-five WR. In many early mock drafts, Nelson is slipping a little late, so he could return solid draft day value.
A lot can change during the NFL preseason, so be sure to check out our most up-to-date 2014 fantasy football wide receiver rankings.