Updated 2014 Fantasy Football Rankings: Top 40 Wide Receivers

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Injuries haven’t played a major role, yet, but training camps are just getting started.  Unfortunately we know it’s only a matter of time, but that doesn’t mean that changes haven’t been made to our rankings.  Let’s take a look at how our wide receiver rankings currently shake out:

  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. Brandon Marshall – Chicago Bears
  11. Keenan Allen – San Diego Chargers
  12. Antonio Brown – Pittsburgh Steelers
  13. Vincent Jackson – Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  14. Jordy Nelson – Green Bay Packers
  15. Mike Wallace – Miami Dolphins
  16. Cordarelle Patterson – Minnesota Vikings
  17. Michael Crabtree – San Francisco 49ers
  18. Michael Floyd – Arizona Cardinals
  19. Emmanuel Sanders – Denver Broncos
  20. Percy Harvin – Seattle Seahawks
  21. Desean Jackson – Washington Redskins
  22. Eric Decker – New York Jets
  23. Pierre Garcon – Washington Redskins
  24. Tavon Austin – St. Louis Rams
  25. Jeremy Maclin – Philadelphia Eagles
  26. Roddy White – Atlanta Falcons
  27. Torrey Smith – Baltimore Ravens
  28. Andre Johnson – Houston Texans
  29. Julian Edelman – New England Patriots
  30. Larry Fitzgerald – Arizona Cardinals
  31. Terrance Williams – Dallas Cowboys
  32. DeAndre Hopkins – Houston Texans
  33. Kenny Stills – New Orleans Saints
  34. Marvin Jones – Cincinnati Bengals
  35. Cecil Shorts – Jacksonville Jaguars
  36. Kendall Wright – Tennessee Titans
  37. Reggie Wayne – Indianapolis Colts
  38. Marques Colston – New Orleans Saints
  39. Wes Welker – Denver Broncos
  40. Mike Evans – Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Thoughts:

  • There have been reports that Andre Johnson will ultimately not hold out, though that remains to be seen.  For now we will stay conservative with his ranking as we await his situation to play out, but even if he does report would it surprise anyone if he fails to match his previous types of numbers?  With DeAndre Hopkins primed to make a huge leap forward and Ryan Fitzpatrick under center, as well as his own issues finding the end zone in recent seasons, it wouldn’t be surprising if he ultimately performed more like a low-end WR2/high-end WR3 as opposed to an elite option.
  • No one is going to question both Randall Cobb and Jordy Nelson being included in the Top 15, however why is Cobb our preferred choice?  You can find our detailed look of the two by clicking here.
  • Since Kendall Wright emerged as a receptions monster last season (94 catches on 140 targets), wouldn’t we expect him to be much higher on these rankings?  Unfortunately he didn’t show the ability to make big plays (11.5 yards per catch) and also struggled to find the end zone (2 TD).  Was it the way he was utilized or is this simply the player he is?  We’ll find out, but we need to remain conservative, especially with the potential for Justin Hunter to really emerge.  For a detailed look at Wright, click here.
  • Was Eric Decker simply a product of Peyton Manning?  While he’s not going to come close to last season’s line (87 receptions, 1,288 yards, 11 TD) now that he’s in New York, where else are the Jets going to go with the football?  The rest of the receiving corps is questionable, at best, and while rookie tight end Jace Amaro has potential there is going to be a learning curve.  Decker should continue to be a viable option in all formats.
  • Terrance Williams was solid in his rookie season and, with Miles Austin now out of the picture, could he truly breakout?  Find out our thoughts by clicking here.
  • Does anyone doubt that Pierre Garcon is going to be a good receiver?  That said, does anyone truly believe that he can match last season’s gaudy numbers?  Don’t be surprised to see him take a step back across the board, especially with the addition of Desean Jackson (and to an extent Andre Roberts) to the receiving corps.
  • We’ve all heard a lot about the potential for Emmanuel Sanders, now he’s going to get the opportunity to show it.  While he may not get the same opportunities that Decker did in the offense, he should be an integral part of it.  Any time you have Peyton Manning throwing you the football, your potential goes up significantly.
  • The return to health of Rob Gronkowski is going to have an impact on all of the Patriots’ skill players, especially Julian Edelman.  We have to drop him down the rankings, especially in non-PPR formats.

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Make sure to check out all of our 2014 rankings:

2014 Fantasy Football Rankings: Top 15 Kickers
Updated 2014 Fantasy Football Rankings: Top 15 Tight Ends

15 comments

  1. Charles Leroy says:

    Thanks for the update! For those of us that purchased your Draft Guide (great purchase for those of you who are on the fence), when will we receive our next update? Thanks for all of your good work!

    • Thanks Charles! And I’m just updating for the Ray Rice news, so should be out this weekend!

    • Erik says:

      No idea how you could put TY Hilton at #9. Ahead of guys like Antonio Brown and Brandon Marshall. Luck is good, but not so good he’ll make Hilton a Top End receiver. Very interested to know how Eric Decker got above Pierre Garcon as well.

      • Erik says:

        Sorry…meant for this to be a standalone reply, not in response to above postings.

      • I am expecting a regression from Garçon, given the other weapons that they have. Malus, who else do the Jets have? Have to throw the ball somewhere so figure a good year from Decker (even though he’s not going to come close to last season).

        As for. Hilton, his problem last season was that he didn’t have a TD over the final 8 games. I wouldn’t expect that type of drought once again.

  2. James A. says:

    I’m back again!

    Let’s get to it: why such a disparity between Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffrey, never mind that you have him rated as the #2 WR overall.

    – James

    • Welcome back!

      Obviously I wouldn’t draft a Jeffery as the #2 receiver because I wouldn’t need to, but I do think that’s where he will perform this season. Marshall is still a Top 10 option, but it’s easy to imagine Chicago transitioning to the younger, more dynamic weapon. Just look at the December numbers:

      Jeffery – 31/561/4
      Marshall – 26/350/3

  3. Dale H says:

    Can not decide between harvin,crabtree,cruz,or patterson. Got thomas for first wide reciever. Help prof

  4. Dale H says:

    Need the best round 4 pick in your opinion. Joique Bell or Harvin or crabtree or patterson. Should be able to get D. Thomas first and M.Ball Second and Ellington with my first three picks. I go #9.

  5. Dale H says:

    Thinking about A Ellington #3 instead of Cruz just because I think I need a running back more than a WR.

  6. Dale H says:

    First..Glad to see you are back. Big question I have on my 6th pick. Mike Wallace or TY Hilton?? I like both a lot.will have to be my WR2 behind D.Thomas. Thanks Prof

    • I’d go Hilton over Wallace, though both have risk involved (we’ll be talking about Hilton, in detail, next week).

      As for the best Round 4 pick in your other comment, what’s the scoring? I’d lean Crabtree over the other WR, it’s just a matter if the scoring justifies Bell or not

  7. Dale H says:

    Standard scoring 12 team. Thinking about QB in round 5. Luck,RG3, Foles,or open. Just want best for that pick.

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