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:
- Calvin Johnson – Detroit Lions
- Alshon Jeffery – Chicago Bears
- Demaryius Thomas – Denver Broncos
- Julio Jones – Atlanta Falcons
- A.J. Green – Cincinnati Bengals
- Dez Bryant – Dallas Cowboys
- Victor Cruz – New York Giants
- Randall Cobb – Green Bay Packers
- T.Y. Hilton – Indianapolis Colts
- Keenan Allen – San Diego Chargers
- Antonio Brown – Pittsburgh Steelers
- Vincent Jackson – Tampa Bay Buccaneers
- Michael Crabtree – San Francisco 49ers
- Brandon Marshall – Chicago Bears
- Jordy Nelson – Green Bay Packers
- Mike Wallace – Miami Dolphins
- Julian Edelman – New England Patriots
- Torrey Smith – Baltimore Ravens
- Michael Floyd – Arizona Cardinals
- Emmanuel Sanders – Denver Broncos
- Percy Harvin – Seattle Seahawks
- Cordarrelle Patterson – Minnesota Vikings
- Desean Jackson – Washington Redskins
- Eric Decker – New York Jets
- Jeremy Maclin – Philadelphia Eagles
- Roddy White – Atlanta Falcons
- Pierre Garcon – Washington Redskins
- Andre Johnson – Houston Texans
- Denarius Moore – Oakland Raiders
- Tavon Austin – St. Louis Rams
- Larry Fitzgerald – Arizona Cardinals
- Terrance Williams – Dallas Cowboys
- DeAndre Hopkins – Houston Texans
- Kenny Stills – New Orleans
- Marvin Jones – Cincinnati Bengals
- Cecil Shorts – Jacksonville Jaguars
- Kendall Wright – Tennessee Titans
- Reggie Wayne – Indianapolis Colts
- Marques Colston – New Orleans Saints
- 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: