End of Fantasy Football RankingsCalvin Johnson proved once again he is the best of the best when it comes to WRs in the NFL. He only needed 84 catches for his league leading 12 TDs and finishes second best with 1492 yards. Only Josh Gordon gained more yards with 1564 (on just 80 receptions). We only ranked 5 of the top 10 in our preseason top 10, but Josh Gordon really exploded this season, while missing the first 4 games and catching passes from Brian Hoyer, Brandon Weeden and Jason Campbell.
Antonio Brown became Ben Roethlisberger's go to and really proved the Steelers right in letting Mike Wallace sign on with the Miami Dolphins. Alshon Jeffery became the Chicago Bears 1a WR and played better with Josh McCown than Jay Cutler. DeSean Jackson turned it on once Nick Foles took over for the Philadelphia Eagles. Jackon's teammate, Riley Cooper, was a spotlight in the offseason for a non football related issue, but had a breakout season in Chip Kelly's offense that proved to be NFL ready.
Keenan Allen took home the top rookie WR and even though he fell to the San Diego Chargers in the 3rd round of the NFL draft, everyone knew he had 1st round potential. The Cincinnati Bengals got two WRs in the top 21 thanks to A.J. Green being who he is and Marvin Jones making the most of his 49 catches, scoring 9 TDs.
Brian Hartline finished in the top 25, and we mentioned before the season began that he could be a huge PPR player, that can be drafted in the late rounds!
Injuries to Julio Jones, Reggie Wayne and Randall Cobb really hurt a lot of us fantasy owners this season. Hakeem Nicks might as well have been injured this season, he didn't score a single touchdown!
PreseasonThere was some major shuffling this offseason and fantasy favorites Wes Welker and Mike Wallace are strapping on new helmets. Welker goes to a crowded, yet SUPER talented, Broncos team and will either hurt his own value as well as Eric Decker and Demaryius Thomas or Peyton Manning is going to have the best season of his long career and each of these guys will finish in the top 7 again. My guess would be that each player loses a bit of value. But not enough to keep you away from them.
As far as Mike Wallace, it will be interesting to see how he and Ryan Tannehill develop. With an unknown run game in Miami, with Reggie Bush now a Lion, teams might focus on Wallace and hit him with double teams. I am not a fan of his this season, but talent always wins...draft with caution.
Randall Cobb should be able to reproduce his numbers from last season with the retirement of Donald Driver and the departure of Greg Jennings, now a member of the Minnesota Vikings. Another career move I disagree with, but the way the Vikings run the ball, if Jennings and Christian Ponder can get on the same page, there is a ton of potential there. James Jones and Jordy Nelson could switch roles again with Nelson catching all the TDs this year.
Other notable WRs wearing a new helmet this season:
Training Camp Updates:Malcom Floyd knee injury will keep him out all preseason, maybe longer!
Danario Alexander tears ACL, done for season!
Jordy Nelson had knee surgery, might not be ready for Week 1!
Percy Harvin will miss 3-4 months, needs hip surgery!
Eagles fear Jeremy Maclin has suffered a torn ACL & MCL - Possibly done for the year.
Josh Gordon will miss the 1st two games of the regular season for violating the NFL substance abuse policy.
Who would you rather have? Danny Amendola or Wes Welker?
* - New Team
** - Rookie
*** - Sleeper
1.) Calvin Johnson - Detroit Lions
- Can you actually do better than the single greatest season ever by a wide receiver? As it pertains to fantasy football, the answer is a resounding "YES!". Calvin Johnson is the best WR in football and yet only managed five touchdowns last season. With a ridiculous 204 targets resulting in 122 receptions, how is that number even possible. Expecting that paltry sum to double is definitely in the confines of reasonable thought. The idea of topping his record setting 1,964 yards is a bit far-fetched, however reaching his previous three season average of 1,588 is practically a given. There is only one route runner that should even be considered a 1st round option. Megatron is that man. Or is he? - @Miller_WeTalkFS
3.) Dez Bryant - Dallas Cowboys
4.) Brandon Marshall - Chicago Bears
5.) Julio Jones - Atlanta Falcons
6.) Demaryius Thomas - Denver Broncos
7.) Larry Fitzgerald - Arizona Cardinals
8.) Andre Johnson - Houston Texans
9.) Randall Cobb - Green Bay Packers
10.) Victor Cruz - New York Giants
11.) Roddy White - Atlanta Falcons
Vincent Jackson - Tampa Bay Buccaneers
13.) Wes Welker *- Denver Broncos
14.) Marques Colston - New Orleans Saints
Hakeem Nicks - New York Giants
- IF Hakeem Nicks can stay healthy, and that's a huge if, Nicks can easily be a top 10 WR this season. Lining up alongside Victor Cruz who no longer has any contract distractions, Nicks will rarely see double coverage, which means he will abuse opposing cornerbacks 1-on-1. Hicks has potential to have an 80 catch, 1,300 yard and 10 touchdown season. - @Mike_WeTalkFS
- Danny Amendola is used to being the ONLY option on offense, but is not used to a Hall of Fame QB getting the ball to him. If Amendola stays healthy this season, he could easily catch over 100 passes. It is unfortunate for him that he is Wes Welker's doppelganger, because the media and fans will be expecting him to duplicate his numbers. He deserves the benefit of the doubt here as it wasn't very often and definitely not 6 weeks in a row that Welker would lineup without Aaron Hernandez and/or Rob Gronkowski next to him. - @WeTlkFntsySprts
17.) Dwayne Bowe - Kansas City Chiefs
18.) Reggie Wayne - Indianapolis Colts
- Heading into his 14th NFL season, Wayne is showing no signs of slowing down, and was not effected by the departure of Peyton Manning. Andrew Luck now has a full season and playoff experience under his belt, and that can only mean good things for Wayne. Luck targeted Wayne 194 times last season and he's clearly his go to guy. Not sure if you can expect another 100+ reception season, but 85-90 catches, 1,200 yards and 6-8 touchdowns is definitely in reach. - @Mike_WeTalkFS
20.) Mike Wallace *- Miami Dolphins
21.) Eric Decker - Denver Broncos
22.) Pierre Garcon - Washington Redskins
23.) James Jones - Green Bay Packers
24.) Steve Smith - Carolina Panthers
25.) Torrey Smith - Baltimore Ravens
26.) Stevie Johnson - Buffalo Bills
27.) Greg Jennings - Minnesota Vikings
28.) Tavon Austin **- St. Louis Rams
29.) Cecil Shorts - Jacksonville Jaguars
30.) DeSean Jackson - Philadelphia Eagles
31.) Josh Gordon - Cleveland Browns
- Even though Gordon is suspended for the first two games he is still a viable fantasy option, maybe a steal if the suspension scares people off. Gordon, a big play threat, averaging an outstanding 16.1 yards per catch, will benefit from having Norv Turner as his OC just like Jordan Cameron. Gordon could also benefit from having a full off season after being drafted in the second round of last season's supplemental draft. Even though the threat of a full season suspension for another marijuana strike, he has immense upside with Rob Chudzinski as the head coach and one more Trent Richardson injury - Harrison
33.) Mike Williams - Tampa Bay Buccaneers
34.) T.Y. Hilton - Indianapolis Colts
35.) Anquan Boldin *- San Francisco 49ers
36.) Justin Blackmon - Jacksonville Jaguars
37.) Kenny Britt - Tennessee Titans
38.) Lance Moore - New Orleans Saints
Jordy Nelson - Green Bay Packers
40.) Denarius Moore - Oakland Raiders
41.) Emmanuel Sanders - Pittsburgh Steelers
42.) Vincent Brown - San Diego Chargers
43.) Michael Floyd - Arizona Cardinals
44.) Sidney Rice - Seattle Seahawks
45.) DeAndre Hopkins **- Houston Texans
46.) Aaron Dobson **- New England Patriots
47.) Alshon Jeffery - Chicago Bears
- Jeffrey, a second year wide receiver was and elite pass catcher out of South Carolina and the Bears hoped the same would happen for them when they took him in the second round of the draft. Last year's rookie season had it's ups and downs, including missing 6 games with a knee injury. On the other hand, Jeffrey showed flashes of greatness with 37% of the games he played he ended up with a touchdown. Still playing across elite wide receiver Brandon Marshall, Jeffrey should avoid double teams. Still, his success really depends on Jay Cutler. When Jeffrey was healthy, and Cutler had a multi-touchdown game, all but one time he had a touchdown. Hopefully for fantasy owners, Jeffrey (and Cutler) take a big step foward to playing 16 games and 8 touchdowns for Jeffrey. - Harrison
49.) Kendall Wright - Tennessee Titans
50.) Brian Hartline ***- Miami Dolphins
Patterson **- Minnesota Twins
52.) Ryan Broyles - Detroit Lions
53.) Malcom Floyd - San Diego Chargers
54.) Keenan Allen **- San Diego Chargers
55.) Greg Little - Cleveland Browns
56.) Robert Woods **- Buffalo Bills
57.) Golden Tate - Seattle Seahawks
58.) Brian Quick - St. Louis Rams
59.) Jeremy Kerley - New York Jets
60.) Andre Roberts - Arizona Cardinals
61.) Brandon LaFell - Carolina Panthers
62.) Justin Hunter **- Tennessee Titans
63.) Mohamed Sanu - Cincinnati Bengals
64.) Darrius Heyward-Bey- Indianapolis Colts
65.) Nate Burleson - Detroit Lions
66.) Jeremy Kerley - New York Jets
67.) Jon Baldwin - San Francisco 49ers
68.) Julian Edelman - New England Patriots
69.) Rod Streater - Oakland Raiders
70.) Stephen Hill - New York Jets
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