by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)
Which wide receivers should receive a significant boost up your fantasy rankings when we move from a non-PPR to a PPR format? Let’s take a look at some of the most notable increases:
Julian Edelman – New England Patriots
Non-PPR Ranking – 18
PPR Ranking – 11
Is it really a surprise that Edelman enjoys a significant leap in PPR formats? We’ve talked about him before (click here for the article) and noted that there’s no reason to think he can’t continue to fill the “Wes Welker” role in New England’s offense (Welker averaged 112 receptions and 1,243 yards from 2007-2012). Edelman showed it last season (105 receptions for 1,056 yards), including 9+ targets in each of the team’s final eight games. There’s no reason to think that he’s not going to continue to thrive for PPR owners, especially how hard it is to find 100+ reception receivers.
Pierre Garcon – Washington Redskins
Non-PPR Ranking – 28
PPR Ranking – 19
Even with the expected regression from 2013 (113 receptions for 1,346 yards) thanks to the addition of Desean Jackson and the return to health from Jordan Reed, Garcon is a proven dynamic commodity who should rack up the receptions. While he may not be a touchdown machine, he and Robert Griffin III have a proven rapport and Jay Gruden’s offense is going to throw the football. With expectations of 85-90 receptions, with the potential for more, there’s still an awful lot to like in PPR formats.
Andre Johnson – Houston Texans
Non-PPR Ranking – 29
PPR Ranking – 21
This, of course, is contingent on him not holding out. There are overall concerns with Johnson given his age (32), quarterback (Ryan Fitzpatrick), and potential emergence of DeAndre Hopkins (as well as the holdout potential). That said, it’s impossible to think that he’s not going to get targets. He has 100+ receptions in five of the past seven seasons, including 109 catches on a career high 181 targets in 2013. He has 9 TD over the past two seasons, which is why he’s not ranked even higher, but as long as he gets his contract status worked out he should be a very good option for those in PPR formats once again.
Kendall Wright – Tennessee Titans
Non-PPR Ranking – 37
PPR Ranking – 29
We gave our 2014 projection for Wright recently, which you can view by clicking here. The bottom line with Wright is, thus far, he profiles more as a possession wide receiver as opposed to a big play/TD threat. Given his size, it seems likely for that to continue with Justin Hunter and Delanie Walker being the red zone targets.
Brian Hartline – Miami Marlins
Non-PPR Ranking – 61
PPR Ranking – 50
Ryan Tannehill is being viewed as a breakout quarterback candidate this season and, while a lot of that talk centers around a better rapport with Mike Wallace, his ability to connect with Hartline shouldn’t be ignored. The two connected for 76 catches on 134 targets a year ago and Hartline now has 150 receptions over the past two seasons. He’s not going to score many TD, which is what really limits his appeal, but as a bye week fill-in for those in deep formats there’s a lot to like.
Harry Douglas – Atlanta Falcons
Non-PPR Ranking – 66
PPR Ranking – 51
Douglas had a tremendous 2013 campaign, with 85 catches for 1,087 yards. However, before we get too excited, we have to remember that Julio Jones missed the bulk of the year while Roddy White was consistently plagued with injuries. That’s not to say that Douglas is suddenly going to become a forgotten man, especially with Tony Gonzalez now retired, but he’s going to see a bit of a regression. Still, there’s enough targets to go around and Douglas should get enough opportunities to be watched in PPR formats. If injuries start to hit Atlanta again, Douglas would once again become a Top 35 option in PPR leagues.
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