Updated 2014 Fantasy Football Rankings: Top 40 Wide Receivers: PPR Formats

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

We took a look at some wide receiver PPR risers previously (click here to view), but let’s take a look at how our 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. Brandon Marshall – Chicago Bears
  8. T.Y. Hilton – Indianapolis Colts
  9. Victor Cruz – New York Giants
  10. Antonio Brown – Pittsburgh Steelers
  11. Randall Cobb – Green Bay Packers
  12. Kennan Allen – San Diego Chargers
  13. Michael Crabtree – San Francisco 49ers
  14. Vincent Jackson – Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  15. Pierre Garcon – Washington Redskins
  16. Julian Edelman – New England Patriots
  17. Jordy Nelson – Green Bay Packers
  18. Mike Wallace – Miami Dolphins
  19. Michael Floyd – Arizona Cardinals
  20. Emmanuel Sanders – Denver Broncos
  21. Andre Johnson – Houston Texans
  22. Cordarelle Patterson – Minnesota Vikings
  23. Roddy White – Atlanta Falcons
  24. Eric Decker – New York Jets
  25. Percy Harvin – Seattle Seahawks
  26. Larry Fitzgerald – Arizona Cardinals
  27. Tavon Austin – St. Louis Rams
  28. Kendall Wright – Tennessee Titans
  29. Desean Jackson – Washington Redskins
  30. Torrey Smith – Baltimore Ravens
  31. Terrance Williams – Dallas Cowboys
  32. Jeremy Maclin – Philadelphia Eagles
  33. Cecil Shorts – Jacksonville Jaguars
  34. Reggie Wayne – Indianapolis Colts
  35. DeAndre Hopkins – Houston Texans
  36. Wes Welker – Denver Broncos
  37. Kenny Stills – New Orleans Saints
  38. Marques Colston – New Orleans Saints
  39. Hakeem Nicks – Indianapolis Colts
  40. Ruben Randle – New York Giants

Thoughts:

  • I’m clearly anticipating big things from Alshon Jeffery this season, who closed 2013 with 56 receptions for 870 yards and 5 TD over the  final two months.  It’s not hard to imagine a changing of the guard in Chicago, though Brandon Marshall will also obviously play a major role.  The offense has proven that it can sustain two elite wide receivers and with Jeffery coming at a price significantly lower than this ranking he’s a player I’m targeting in every draft.
  • Reports on Cobb have not been glowing this preseason, but we wouldn’t go too crazy about that quite yet.  When healthy he’s proven that he can be electric out of the slot and is going to have Aaron Rodgers throwing him the football.  We compared Cobb to teammate Jordy Nelson, which you can read by clicking here.
  • Michael Floyd began his breakout in 2013 with 65 completions for 1,041 yards and 5 TD.  With Fitzgerald now 32-years old and having averaged just 10.5 yards per reception in the second half of ’13, is it really a stretch to think the full transition is on?  To read more about why we prefer Floyd over Fitzgerald in any format, click here.
  • Both Desean Jackson and Torrey Smith are in similar situations, as they have tremendous upside but they generally don’t catch balls in volume.  Instead they are a bit of boom or bust options, but worth owning in all formats.
  • The status of Cecil Shorts on these rankings is tenuous, at best, as he continues to try to working his way back from a hamstring injury.  He always seems to be banged up and could he ultimately be passed by both rookies (Allen Robinson & Marqise Lee).  Time will tell, but consider him a risky investment with the potential to plummet before long.
  • Andre Johnson is another receiver who has been battling a hamstring injury, and also will have DeAndre Hopkins to contend with.  Still, he’s long been one of the elite receivers in the league and it’s hard to imagine him falling too far.
  • Kendall Wright showed his ability to dominate in PPR formats last season with 94 receptions.  While his ability to score TD is a major concern, we still can’t ignore his potential contribution in this type of format.  For more on Wright, click here.

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Make sure to check out all of our 2014 rankings:

Updated 2014 Fantasy Football Rankings: Top 15 Tight Ends: PPR Formats
Updated 2014 Fantasy Football Rankings: Top 30 Running Backs: PPR Formats

2 comments

  1. war106 says:

    These rankings are all over the place. Yuck. Jeffrey ahead of Demaryius and Dez? TY Hilton ahead of Cobb and Antonio Brown? Jordy Nelson also way too low. PPR or not, these rankings are off.

    • Keep in mind the rankings are based on my projections and are not a draft order. I wouldn’t draft Jeffrey ahead of Demaryius or Dez, because I don’t need to, but I do believe he’ll outproduce them.

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