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Draft Kit: 2014 Wide Receiver Rankings

Today we take a look at our 2014 Wide Receiver rankings. Catch all 60 below (see what I did there?)

We will be focusing on standard scoring rankings and will be noting players that have significantly more value in PPR.  There is a trend towards focusing the core of building fantasy football teams around a strong WR base.  Gone are the years of automatically choosing RB/RB in the first two rounds.  With that, it is more important than ever to know which WR’s to target for your 2014 draft.  Let us help!

1) Calvin Johnson

No explanation needed – the top WR in any format.

2) Demaryius Thomas

Thomas has really flourished working with Peyton Manning.  Expect more great things to come in 2014.

3) Dez Bryant

He has cleared 1200 yards and 12 TD’s in each of the last two seasons.  I don’t see any reason to expect this to change this year.

4) Brandon Marshall

He’s 30 now, but should remain productive for the Bears.  He has been a monster since moving to Chicago from Miami.

5) A.J. Green

Yardage and reception totals have increased each year.  A 100+ catch season with 1,500 yards and double-digit TD’s is not out of the realm of possibility.

6) Jordy Nelson

I really like what Nelson brings to the table.  He is a great consolation prize if you happen to miss out on any of the top 5 WR’s.  He missed a couple of games in 2013, but I expect him to bounce back with a strong season.

7) Julio Jones

The Falcons really missed Jones after he went down for the year in 2014.  I think he is a great WR – and should be able to bounce back from his foot injury…but I do worry about the rumblings out of camp about his injury.  Odds are, given I have him ranked 7th on my WR list that I don’t end up owning him in any sort of redraft.

8) Alshon Jeffery

Alshon was one of the great breakout players from 2013 – and I expect more big things from him this year.  He is the complete package as a prototypical WR.

9) Antonio Brown

With 110 catches for 1,499 yards and 8 TD’s, 2013 was a great year for Brown owners.  You could make the case he is too low in PPR formats, and I expect another big year from him.

10) Vincent Jackson

A very steady low-end WR1/high-end WR2 option, Jackson has averaged 1238 yards and 8 TD’s per season over the last 3 years.  He still has some gas left in the tank to help your team.

11) Larry Fitzgerald

His yardage totals have really suffered the last two seasons – but he is a threat in all aspects of the passing game whenever he is on the field.

12) Randall Cobb

An electric player when he is healthy – Cobb is a lock for a great season if he stays on the field.  He is too dynamic of a playmaker to not post numbers.  A threat any time he gets his hands on the football.  Keep an eye on how he progresses through training camp.  Early reports are not too encouraging.

13) Keenan Allen

I like what Allen brings to the table.  He can run any route and is the security blanket for Phil Rivers.  He had a great rookie campaign and I expect him to build on it this season.

14) Michael Crabtree

I’m not as high on Crabtree as many are.  Sure he is the #1 option and it is clear-cut in San Fran, but I see his ceiling similar to what he did in 2012 where he posted 1,105 yards and 9 scores.

15) Pierre Garcon

Garcon is likely never going to be someone who gets into the end zone at an elite clip, but last year he sure showed us that he can move the chains, posting a season of 1,346 yards.

16) Wes Welker

Welker is a great PPR play, but he still has a lot of use in standard formats as well.  Concerns over concussions will linger and he is one big hit away from having to sit out – but when he is healthy, he is a consistent producer in the WR slot.

17) Roddy White

White had a very poor 2013 for his standards and his stock has sunk like a stone compared with 2013 pre-season rankings.  I expect him to be fully healthy to start this year, and he should be treated as a solid WR2 option.

18) Victor Cruz

Cruz had a down year in 2013 settling for 998 yards and 4 TD’s.  While he will likely never replicate his 2012 season where he totaled 1,536 and 9 TD’s – I do expect him to be able to post numbers around 1,200 yards and 7-8 majors.

19) Andre Johnson

Seems disgruntled, but you can’t argue with his stats – or his general demeanour towards the Texans organization.  One big concern for Johnson is the fact that he has only scored 11 TD’s total in the past three seasons.

20) Cordarrelle Patterson

Patterson is a real wild card, but you can’t argue with the skill set he brings to the table.  He is electric anytime he gets his hands on the football – but the question is how often will that be?

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21) Kendall Wright

Wright may be the exact opposite of Patterson. He will move the chains, and I would expect him to score more frequently than he did in 2013 when he scored only twice.  Bump him up a couple of slots in PPR – but I do expect him to increase both his yardage total and TD’s in 2014.

22) Michael Floyd

In his second season, Floyd topped the 1,000 yard mark and scored 5 TD’s, both numbers I expect him to improve in his third season.  He has a boatload of talent, and should be poised to make the next step this season.

23) Emmanuel Sanders

Sanders will benefit from a move to Denver.  While he brings a different set of skills to the table to that of Decker, Sanders should be a very useful option – as any Denver WR with consistent playing time would be.

24) Julian Edelman

Edelman became Tom Brady‘s safety blanket last season and was great down the stretch.  He is even better in PPR formats, but you can make a case for Edelmen as a low-end WR2 even in non PPR play.

25) DeSean Jackson

Jackson takes his game to Washington this year, giving RGIII another weapon in the passing game.  He is often a boom or bust player – and if you can pick the right weeks he can be a difference maker.

26) Torrey Smith

Playing in Baltimore’s system hurts Smith as I really do like what he brings to the table as an NFL WR.  Unfortunately, he will likely never put up numbers that are reflective of his talents as long as he is a Raven.

27) Golden Tate

Tate heads to Detroit this year where he should see plenty of single coverage in a pass heavy offence.  He is a prime candidate to break through the 1,000 yard mark, and could see his fair share of TD’s if he gels well with Matthew Stafford.

28) Mike Wallace

He looked lost at times with poor chemistry with Ryan Tannehill.  His speed is unquestioned and he gets open a lot – but can Tannehill hit him?

29) Jeremy Maclin

Coming off a major injury, we will see what Maclin can do this year as the main guy in Philly.

30) Reggie Wayne

Reports out of camp are that Wayne looks real good.  His age and health are detractors, but he has the potential to be a great backup option at WR for fantasy squads in 2014.

31) Terrance Williams

Williams should have an increased role in the Cowboys offence after posting a year with 736 yards and 5 TD’s in 2013.  He looked great some weeks, and struggled mightily in others.  There is some upside here relative to his ADP.

32) Marques Colston

He remains the safety valve for Brees, although he is starting to get up there in age.  There isn’t a whole lot that is left in the tank, but he is fine as a safe WR3 play.

33) Brandin Cooks

I like any WR with Drew Brees, and Cooks is no exception.  The Saints liked him enough to choose him early in the 2014 NFL Draft – and although he is no certainty to produce, if there is one rookie I am willing to roll the dice on – it is Cooks.

34) T.Y. Hilton

Targets will likely go way down now that Wayne and Dwayne Allen are back from injury and Nicks was brought in.  Three different weapons for Luck will bring down Hilton’s targets, and as such – I just can’t see him repeating his 2013 production.

35) Dwayne Bowe

2010 was a long time ago – and Bowe has struggled ever since then.  He was really bad last year – but he still does have the ability to get open at will and should be the lead target in KC.  I like his upside given his ADP….much more room for return on your investment compared with where he was going the last two years.

36) Rueben Randle

Randle scored six times in 2013, chipping in with 611 yards.  Look for his role to increase in the Giants passing game, and his numbers could surprise many.

37) Sammy Watkins

I love Watkins as a football player.  I hate him for 2014 because EJ Manuel is going to hinder his chances at production.  I think he is a great dynasty pick, but likely won’t pull the trigger on him early enough to land him in any redrafts.

38) Eric Decker

His fantasy stock takes a severe hit moving to New York.  He should be the #1 option for the Jets, but even as the #1 choice for Geno Smith – his ceiling isn’t all that high.


39) Tavon Austin

He had some great games as a rookie – but more consistency is needed in order to vault up the WR rankings league-wide.

40) Percy Harvin

Harvin is a real wildcard.  There could be a ton of value relative to his ADP – but he must stay on the field.  To be frank – I just don’t see it happening.

41) Riley Cooper

Cooper had a great season last year with 835 yards and 8 TD’s.  Expect more of the same from him moving forward, although I don’t believe his ceiling is much higher.

42) Hakeem Nicks

Could Nicks be in for a rebound now that he is in Indy?  Working with Andrew Luck day in and day out surely cannot hurt one’s chances for a renaissance season.

43) Anquan Boldin

Boldin posted 1,179 yards and 7 TD’s last year – but Michael Crabtree was absent for most of the year.  He is a very polished, veteran option for Colin Kaepernick – but I find it difficult to believe he will duplicate his numbers from a year ago.

44) DeAndre Hopkins

Everyone was pretty high on Hopkins a year ago and for good reason.  He is looking strong in camp yet again and looks ready to build on an 802 yard 2 TD rookie campaign.

45) Kelvin Benjamin

He could end up being the #1 target for Cam Newton, but time will tell.  A great athlete and a huge frame make him very, very intriguing in the red zone.

46) Marvin Jones

Jones came out of nowhere last year with a strong start to his season.  He has a big frame and has the potential to be a great compliment to A.J. Green.

47) Mike Evans

I just don’t see Evans posting big numbers right away.  He will have a chance to be the #2 option opposite of V-Jax though.

48) Justin Hunter

Hunter is an interesting case at WR, unfortunately I just don’t see him producing all that much in 2014 as long as Jake Locker is at the helm.

49) Jordan Matthews

The Eagles snapped up Matthews in the draft and he has been a lot of positive news coming out of Eagles camp on the rookie out of Vanderbilt.

50) Brian Hartline

A very unsexy option at WR – but he is a useful depth piece to have.  Move him up in PPR as he should be a lock to eclipse the 70 catch mark yet again.

51) Josh Gordon

Rumours have surfaced that he may only have to miss 8 games in 2014.  If so, he’ll be back for the second half of the year and could be at full stride come playoff time.  Given the fact many WR’s drafted in August at this stage will be punted to the wire throughout the season – tell me Gordon isn’t worth the roll of the dice….

52) Kenny Stills

There is some intrigue around the skill set that Stills has as a WR, but he has to be more consistent.  With Colston aging, someone has to step up and be the second option for Brees.

53) Jarrett Boykin

If there is an injury to Nelson or Cobb his value could rise.  Keep an eye on reports for Cobb throughout August.

54) Cecil Shorts

Many thought that the Mount Union product was poised for a breakout 2013 after posting strong numbers in 2012.  He took a step backwards unfortunately.  With Justin Blackmon not being able to behave – he should remain the #1 option for the Jags and could provide value relative to his ADP.

55) Harry Douglas

Douglas produced respectable numbers in 2013, but with Julio Jones and Roddy White back in the fold full time this year, I find it hard to believe Douglas will be able to repeat his numbers.

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56) Rod Streater

He posted 888 yards and 4 TD’s last year and should be Matt Schaub‘s #1 target.  Saying that, he’ll be hard pressed to do much more than he did a year ago.

57) Odell Beckham

Beckham has a lot of talent – but is likely a year or two away from being a significant fantasy contributor.

58) Steve Smith

Find me a WR rankings list that has Steve Smith in the top 40 for 2014.  Now, tell me again why everyone is making such a fuss about Cam Newton having no one to throw the ball to.  Smith is fine for depth – but gone are the days where you can pencil him in as a WR2.

59) Robert Woods

Woods should see a lot of action for the Bills – but his upside is limited.

60) Kenbrell Thompkins

Last year’s pre-season fantasy football darling started off pretty well but really cooled as the season progressed.  So much so that he wasn’t even active for all the games.

About Brad

Brad hates the term fantasy sports expert, so instead he is someone who specializes in NFL, NHL and MLB DFS notes and analysis. He had a 68.2% win rate in 2015 NFL cash games to go along with a 83.5% win rate for the 2014 season. For NHL he had a 58.7% win rate in the 2015-16 season for cash games and a 66.2% win rate for the 2014-15 season. You can follow him on Twitter @bradsgotmoxy.

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