2014 Fantasy Football Rankings: Top 40 Wide Receivers

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

There are certainly some impressive wide receivers in the NFL, the question is how exactly do they stack up?  Who should we expect to take a significant step forward in their development?  Who appears destined to disappoint in 2014?

Let’s take a look at how our wide receiver rankings currently look:

  1. Calvin Johnson – Detroit Lions
  2. Alshon Jeffery – Chicago Bears
  3. Demaryius Thomas – Denver Broncos
  4. Julio Jones – Atlanta Falcons
  5. A.J. Green – Cincinnati Bengals
  6. Dez Bryant – Dallas Cowboys
  7. Victor Cruz – New York Giants
  8. Randall Cobb – Green Bay Packers
  9. T.Y. Hilton – Indianapolis Colts
  10. Keenan Allen – San Diego Chargers
  11. Antonio Brown – Pittsburgh Steelers
  12. Vincent Jackson – Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  13. Michael Crabtree – San Francisco 49ers
  14. Brandon Marshall – Chicago Bears
  15. Jordy Nelson – Green Bay Packers
  16. Mike Wallace – Miami Dolphins
  17. Julian Edelman – New England Patriots
  18. Torrey Smith – Baltimore Ravens
  19. Michael Floyd – Arizona Cardinals
  20. Emmanuel Sanders – Denver Broncos
  21. Percy Harvin – Seattle Seahawks
  22. Cordarrelle Patterson – Minnesota Vikings
  23. Desean Jackson – Washington Redskins
  24. Eric Decker – New York Jets
  25. Jeremy Maclin – Philadelphia Eagles
  26. Roddy White – Atlanta Falcons
  27. Pierre Garcon – Washington Redskins
  28. Andre Johnson – Houston Texans
  29. Denarius Moore – Oakland Raiders
  30. Tavon Austin – St. Louis Rams
  31. Larry Fitzgerald – Arizona Cardinals
  32. Terrance Williams – Dallas Cowboys
  33. DeAndre Hopkins – Houston Texans
  34. Kenny Stills – New Orleans
  35. Marvin Jones – Cincinnati Bengals
  36. Cecil Shorts – Jacksonville Jaguars
  37. Kendall Wright – Tennessee Titans
  38. Reggie Wayne – Indianapolis Colts
  39. Marques Colston – New Orleans Saints
  40. Wes Welker – Denver Broncos


  • It is probably a surprise to see Jeffery in the #2 spot of the rankings, especially with Brandon Marshall still in Chicago.  However the transition is clearly in place for the torch to be passed and, in this offense, the top receiver is going to produce major numbers.  Remember, in the final 8 games Jeffery had 51 receptions for 800 yards and 4 TD while Marshall posted 47 catches for 648 yards and 6 TD.  All you have to do is extrapolate Jeffery’s numbers over an entire season, then take into account the potential for growth in the TD department, and it all comes together.
  • We’ve seen it time and time again with Michael Crabtree, when he is healthy and on the field with Colin Kaepernick the duo is dynamic.  You aren’t going to have to draft him as a WR1, but he certainly could be one at year’s end.
  • Can Keenan Allen maintain last season’s impressive rookie campaign?  Could he take another step in his development?  We tried to answer those questions, which you can check out by clicking here.
  • Are we showing too much faith in Mike Wallace?  He and Ryan Tannehill certainly had a rapport issue last season, completing just 73 passes on 143 targets, but with a full offseason and an improved offensive line/running back corps we expect things to improve dramatically.  You may even be able to get him as a WR3 on draft day, which just makes him all the more attractive.
  • We discussed Michael Floyd and Larry Fitzgerald, which you can view here, reaching the conclusion that while Fitzgerald will be the more expensive option on draft day Floyd should actually be the better fantasy option.
  • How much of Eric Decker’s success came courtesy of Peyton Manning?  We’re quickly going to find out.
  • Will Kenny Stills be an ideal breakout candidate in 2014?  Check out why we believe he will by clicking here.

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Make sure to check out all of our 2014 rankings:

2014 Fantasy Football Rankings: Top 15 Tight Ends
Top 10 Rookie Running Backs For 2014


  1. Husky8585 says:

    It’s strange to see Denarious Moore’s name listed next to Roddy White, Pierre Garcon, and Andre Johnson on a fantasy football rankings list. Moore should not be on the list at all. Moore will likely open the season as the third wide receiver (behind James Jones and Rod Streater) on a bad offensive team that will be trying to run the football. This will not translate to fantasy success for Moore. Moore is better left undrafted.

  2. Arti09 says:

    Welker about 10 too low, Hopkins about 10 too high, Desean Jackson 10 too high, Wallace 5 too high if he meets the offseason expectations, more if he doesnt. Denarius Moore and Tavon Austin should not be on the list, TY is also 10 too high.

    Also, you didnt read far enough into the Jeffrey/Marshall situation. Cutler loves Marshall, McCown loved Jeffery.. one of them is the QB for the bears.

    10 Games with Cutler: Marshall 63/809/10 Jeffrey 52/798/3

    6 Games with Mccown: Marshall 37/486/2 Jeffrey 37/623/4

    Cutler games over a full season: Marshall 100/1,294/16 Jeffery 83/1,276/5

    Cutler loves marshall in the redzone and while jeffery is a great WR, he will be the #2 in chicago for a few more years

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