Updated 2014 Fantasy Football Rankings: Top 40 Wide Receivers

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

There haven’t been significant injuries to wide receivers around the league, though a few at the tail end of the rankings have been nicked up (like Wes Welker and Marvin Jones).  That’s helped lead to a few of the changes on our rankings.  Also, keep in mind that just because Alshon Jeffery is ranked second, it doesn’t mean that you should draft him that highly (because you simply don’t need to).  It’s where I think he’s going to produce these season.

With that in mind, let’s take a look at how things currently look:

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

Dropped from Rankings – Cecil Shorts (Jac), Marvin Jones (Cin), Wes Welker (Den),

 

Thoughts:

  • There was already risk regarding Wes Welker, but news that he suffered another concussion over the weekend puts his outlook completely in doubt.  We have no word as to how long he could miss, but given his history there’s a significant risk involved at this point.  Suddenly Cody Latimore could play a significantly bigger role and has become an intriguing flier.
  • Surprised to see Michael Floyd ranked ahead of Larry Fitzgerald?  You shouldn’t be, as we discussed the situation a few months ago (click here to view).  Floyd actually had a 1,000+ yard season in 2013 and could easily start to become the top option in Arizona.  Fitzgerald is 30-years old and the transition is coming.
  • Could Jarrett Boykins’ struggles this preseason help lead to an immediate role for Davante Adams?  It’s extremely possible, though he needs to step up and claim it.  It’s something to watch, and something we’ll discuss in detail in the near future.
  • We have not wavered in our support of Mike Wallace for the upcoming season, and he helped to show us why in the team’s third preseason game (6 receptions for 67 yards on 8 targets).  There is no doubt that the rapport between him and Ryan Tannehill was not there in their first season together, but if they have develop it they could quickly impress.
  • It’s no secret that there’s risk involved in selecting T.Y. Hilton, given the other weapons that the team has.  As we’ve said, however (click here for the article), there’s too much upside to ignore.  As long as he can find the end zone (which is why he did fall down the rankings), he can easily produce like a Top 10 option.
  • Many are recommending that we avoid Eric Decker, given the move from Denver to New York.  It makes sense, but the Jets have to throw the ball somewhere don’t they?  People are likely over-correcting for the move (as we discussed here), making him a now valuable draft day target.

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Make sure to check out all of our 2014 rankings:

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

12 comments

  1. Randy says:

    What is your overall assessment w/ what to do w/ Josh Gordon at this point? I’m in a 12-team standard league and a 10-team standard league, and drafted him as my last WR in each in the event that his suspension is reduced. Having said that, in the 10-team league in particular, there are still some intriguing options that went undrafted; Randle, Hunter, Kelvin Benjamin, etc. Are any of those guys worth getting now vs. waiting to see what the final word on Gordon will be? Thanks!

    • It really depends on the rest of your WR corps. In deeper leagues he’s worth stashing to see what happens. Even in shallower leagues, Gordon has more upside than any of the ones you mentioned.

      That said, it seems like he’s going to miss some time so his upside is limited

  2. Dale H says:

    Do you think josh gordon is done for sure before I drop him. And would you take Andrew Hawkins, Mohamed Sanu, or Cody Latimer for his replacement. All are still on waivers. Thanks prof

  3. Ross says:

    1st week lineup question-
    Im considering starting shorts against phi over cobb against sea and micheal floyd over keenen allen due favorable matchups. Am I crazy

    • A little bit….lol

      I haven’t looked at the WR rankings yet, but I’d have a hard time not going with two of Floyd/Allen/Cobb, especially with Shorts hardly a guarantee. If you are worried about Cobb, then I’d roll Floyd/Allen out there.

  4. Josh says:

    Biggest Sleeper threat….N. Washington, S. Smith, or J. Jones?

  5. Dale H says:

    Prof…could you rate my recievers. Brandon Cooks, Hakeem Nicks, Aaron Dobson, Dwayne Bowe Cody Latier. I wil Need to drop one of these. Whoo shouuld I let go and please put in order from top to botttom.

    • I would definitely keep Nicks, Latimer & Cooks

      Since Bowe is the top WR on his team, I’d hold him also (but begrudgingly).

      That leaves Dobson as the one I’d cut at this point

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