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Ray’s 2014 Fantasy Football Tiered WR Rankings


If you plan on putting any stock into these tiered rankings I’ll be releasing for 2014, I must warn you that they’re not for the faint of heart. There will be players that you’ll likely think I’ve ranked way too high. There will be players that you’ll likely think I’m way too low on.

Some of my reasoning for the way I’ve ranked my players for 2014 comes from statistics and information that I’ve picked up across various corners of the internet as I’ve put these rankings together. Some of it comes from my own personal musings.

Either way, I tried to remain as independent of groupthink as I could in order to give you the most authentic rankings possible.

For a primer on tiered rankings and how I use them, click these words.


 A Quick Aside

Let me start this off by saying that I don’t put much stock into PPR vs. Standard rankings. The differences between player point totals in PPR leagues vs. standard leagues are negligible except for when it comes to a few outliers. Usually those outliers are players who catch an exorbitant amount of passes in comparisons to TDs (think 2013 Kendall Wright). And since TDs are an inherently volatile and unpredictable stat to predict from year to year, even from game to game, we can determine that a player who’s going to see a lot of passes come his direction (which in turn could lead to all important receiving yards and TDs) is valuable regardless of league format.

Something else I didn’t touch on in my other tiered rankings pieces is how I’m looking to handle the Flex position in all applicable leagues, which is by doing my best to fill that slot with a WR who has the chance to be an elite player. The way I see it, teams are more likely to pass when they’re winning than they are to run if they’re losing. And since a team’s top target in the receiving game is a WR more often than not, it gives that position the Flexual edge over TEs & RBs (unless the match-up for a TE or RB on your roster is too juicy to pass up.


Tier #1 –Standing on Top of the World (For a Little While)

Calvin Johnson
Demaryius Thomas
Dez Bryant


THOUGHTS: In leagues that start three WRs with the potential to start a fourth in the flex, you can make the feasible argument that a WR is the way to go with your first round pick. Even if it’s the number one overall selection. And if that’s the route you’re going to go, you really can’t go wrong with any of these three even if you think it’s sacrilegious to draft any receiver before Megatron.

You don’t earn the nickname Megaton if you’re not an athletic marvel, which Calvin Johnson most certainly is, and I can’t wait to see what Joe Lombardi can do with a WR the caliber of Calvin. Demaryius is easily the most athletically gifted receiver Peyton Manning has ever had the privilege of throwing the ball to and if the defense can secure a few extra possessions for the offense this season, it could go a long way towards offsetting any regression the team’s mind-boggling 2013 offensive numbers may see. And despite concerns about his QB’s back and a run defense that may be pretty terrible, Dez is still primed to put up explosive numbers under the pass happy Scott Linehan.

Arguments have been made for all three of these guys as the top WR in all of fantasy land. If all of the Tier One RBs are off the board by the time it’s your turn to pick in Round One, I would be looking to start my draft with, and build my team around, any of these receivers.


Tier #2 – What’s a Cusp and Why Are You On It?

Brandon Marshall
Jordy Nelson
Julio Jones
A.J. Green
Antonio Brown
Alshon Jeffery


THOUGHTS: The most difficult fantasy decision I’ve had to make this entire offseason was the decision of who to value more between my Tier 2 RBs & my Tier 2 WRs. For the same reasons I prefer playing a WR in my flex spot when applicable, I’ve determined that WR is my answer when I’m applying the tiers to any league in which I can potentially start more receivers than runners. A big part of the reason for that is because RBs tend to get injured at a higher frequency than WRs. So stocking up on as many receivers with the potential to put up elite numbers as I can is a strategy that I would wholeheartedly endorse. You can rank these guys any way you want to within this tier, but they all have a top overall positional finish in their range of probable outcomes.

I’d be more inclined to feel that BMarsh or Alshon could finish as the top overall fantasy receiver if they didn’t play on the same team. But no matter which one of them ends up as the top option in the Chicago passing game, there’s no reason #TeamTrestman can’t support two Top 10 fantasy WRs again in 2014. Gordy isn’t that far removed from a 15 TD season and still managed to record career highs in receptions (85) & receiving yards (1,314) with Aaron Rodgers missing as much time as he did. The fact that he got re-signed before Randall Cobb tells me that the Pack view Gordy as their WR1 going forward, which makes him an extremely valuable fantasy commodity. If Julio can defy the odds as one of Sports Injury Predictor’s players most likely to get injured in 2014, he has enough freakishly athletic ability and plays in a good enough offense to be fantasy’s top receiver. The Bengals may be shifting to a run-heavier offense but the move to a higher tempo, combined with the injury to Marvin Jones as well as the nice seasons Hue Jackson has managed to get out of Roddy White and Darrius Heyward-Bey, makes AJ as safe a bet as any to at least return value as your WR1. Antonio is the top WR in Todd Haley’s no-huddle offense and while he may see some TD regression after scoring eight times in 2013, the regression he’s likely to see in his red zone play (only one TD on 23 targets and 12 receptions there) should help offset that a bit.

When I tier my rankings, I always try to account for what I feel is a player’s absolute ceiling. Would it surprise you to see any of these guys finish as the top fantasy WR if all broke right? Technically, you can say that about any player but the probability of it happening with these receivers, all things considered, is much greater than it is with anyone else outside of that top tier. If any of these players slip into Round Three and are on the board when you’re selecting, you know what to do.


Tier #3 – Juuuuust a Bit Outside

Randall Cobb
Keenan Allen
Pierre Garcon
Andre Johnson
Michael Floyd
Victor Cruz


THOUGHTS: If these rankings turn out to be at all accurate (or some of the players from the top two tiers get hurt), that means that at least one of these players will finish 2014 as a Top 10 fantasy WR. Time will determine which one(s) it’ll be, but gambling on any of these guys in the third round isn’t a bad idea. Though they each come with their own risk, albeit on the smallish side of the spectrum.

Randall can threaten 100 catches and has displayed a knack for finding the end zone over the course of his short career with 16 total TDs (including return TDs) in 36 career regular season games, but his upside could be capped by Gordy’s status as Green Bay’s de facto WR1. Keenan greatly exceeded expectations in his rookie year and is now in a great position as the likely top target for Philip Rivers, but how will production in San Diego be distributed with Frank Reich calling the plays for the first time in his coaching career? Under the guidance of Jay Gruden, will Garcon more closely resemble his hyper-efficient 2012 self or the player who relied on lots of volume to record his best career positional fantasy finish? Andre has traditionally been a target monster but will he be slowed down by  a new offense, his advancing age, and/or troubled hamstring (that’s already flared up on him in camp)? Cruz is a popular bounce-back candidate this year and can also threaten 100 catches in the Randall Cobb role in Ben McAdoo’s but with how bad the Giants first team offense has looked this preseason, how long will it be until running a new offense for the first time since Tom Coughlin became head coach begins to pay fantasy dividends? And Mikey Floyd has all the tools to be the next player to make the jump into that Tier Two area, but is this definitely the year we see a changing of the WR1 guard in Arizona?

If you’re of that old school RB-RB mentality as it relates to how you like to start your drafts, these are guys that make for great WR1 options for your team. However, they each have enough risk associated with them that I’d feel more comfortable with one of them as my WR2.


Tier #4 – It’s a Trap! (or is it?)

Roddy White
Larry Fitzgerald
Vincent Jackson


THOUGHTS: I’m sure you expected to see these names grouped in with the Tier Three receivers. The reason they aren’t up there is because I don’t think they have as much league-winning upside as the Tier Three players.

Roddy came on strong in the waning weeks of the 2013 season but his per game averages in targets, receptions, receiving yards, and receiving TDs have steadily declined over the years, which makes me think he isn’t as much of a lock for WR1 production when healthy as we may have thought. The Cardinals have shown us and told us that they’re transforming Fitz into a possession receiver, which caps his league-winning upside, but he should still be a good bet for decent production in most weeks. And there’s no logical reason why a player with the college production and athletic measurables that VJAX possesses should be entering his tenth year in the league having never scored double digit TDs in a season. The run-heavy history of Lovie Smith and Jeff Tedford doesn’t leave much room for optimism that VJAX can finally hit double digit TDs, but he should at least be able to return value if he and his army of tall, fast, heavy receiving types can consistently make plays when they need to.

In the past, I’ve written about the benefits of owning players with high ceilings as opposed to high floors. Basically, high floors win you games while high ceilings win you championships. What we’re looking at here are players with higher floors than ceilings, while the opposite can be said about the Tier Three receivers. But if you don’t feel comfortable hinging your WR2 hopes on one of the Tier Three guys, choosing one of these players is a good way to hedge your bets.


Tier #5 – Dancing On the (High) Ceiling

Michael Crabtree
Kendall Wright
Torrey Smith
Cordarrelle Patterson
Eric Decker
Golden Tate
T.Y. Hilton


THOUGHTS: As the title of this tier suggests, these players have the kind of ceilings that can win leagues. If you can get one or two of them as your second and/or third receiver, you should be in good shape. If you can nab one to put in your flex spot, especially as a fourth receiver, you should be in crazy good shape.

Before he tore his Achilles last year, it looked like Crabs had finally turned the proverbial corner. There are a lot of mouths to feed in San Fran but if the Niners open up the passing game this year as has been rumored, Crabs will benefit as Kaep’s number one WR. Wright doesn’t fit the physical profile of a prototypical WR1-type of player but we saw last season that he has a 90-plus catch season in his range of possible outcomes. And it should be noted that all six of his career TDs have come within 23 yards of the endzone, which tells me that he’s more adept at converting scores from close range than most 5’10’’, 196 pound players. Torrey profiles well as the “X” receiver in Gary Kubiak’s offense and remains one of this year’s potentially most underrated draft picks. CPatz is the enigma that people seem afraid to pull the trigger on this year, which I understand being that he’s still pretty raw. He still scored nine TDs last year on 100 total touches (rushes, receptions, and kick returns) and has room to grow into one of fantasy football’s most dangerous weapons, which could happen as soon as this year if Norval Eugene Turner has anything to say about it. I don’t know if Decker is getting the “I play for the Jets” discount, the “white guy” discount, or the “white guy that went from Peyton Manning and the Broncos to Geno Smith and the Jets” discount, but there’s no reason a player with the TD scoring track record of Decker (going back to his college days) should be drafted after 30 other receivers. Plus he’s now his teams WR1 which should lead to more match-ups against a team’s top CB, but also should help offset any regression he may see as it relates to his 137 targets last season. Goldy finally gets a chance to play on a pass-happy offense (with a game-breaking WR next to him to take some coverage away) and do his part to make the WR2 position in Detroit finally matter for fantasy purposes. And T.Y. has to be viewed as the WR1 in Indy by virtue of the fact that he was the first receiver drafted specifically for Andrew Luck and has been getting practice looks at all the receiver spots this offseason, which leads me to believe the team is going to be building the passing game around him.

I view these guys as underappreciated and undervalued in fantasy circles.


Tier #6 – So You’re Telling Me There’s a Chance

Julian Edelman
Percy Harvin
Mike Wallace
Marques Colston


THOUGHTS: It’s tough to see these guys finishing as worse than WR2s. I’m just not as comfortable drafting them over the Tier Five guys because I see them as having lower floors.

Edelman emerged as a top option for Tom Brady last year and remains the best option in the passing game if one of the other players were to get bitten by the injury bug, but I’m not ready to spend a fifth round pick on him yet because of the ambiguity in the Patriots receiving core. People have argued that Percy should have been the Super Bowl MVP and he can get you fantasy points through his work in the receiving, rushing, and return games, but his team may be too good for him to need to rely on him consistently for fantasy production and his extreme injury history is well documented. Bill Lazor has no experience as an offensive coordinator at the NFL level which is a big reason why I’m as worried as I am about how fast it will take the team to get his new offense down pat, but Wallace has drawn rave reviews for his offseason work and should finally get to show his stuff as more than just a deep threat. And while Colston holds value as the WR1 in NOLA, can he hold off emerging weapons in Brandin Cooks and Kenny Stills as well as his own plantar fascia issues (which he claims are behind him, which I’ll believe when I see)?


Tier #7 – (Let’s Try This Again) It’s a Trap! 

DeSean Jackson
Wes Welker
Reggie Wayne
Emmanuel Sanders
Terrance Williams
Jeremy Maclin


THOUGHTS: Each of these players raises a red flag that would cause me to think about drafting a Tier Eight receiver over them. But that would require you to reach, and somewhat egregiously in most cases, which is why these guys rank higher than those in the next tier. If these are the best receiver options available to you, I’d look to see if you could find value at other positions before taking one of these red flaggers. But whether the cause is name recognition or a situation that’s perceived to be favorable, these players should all be gone before I have the chance to worry about having to pick them (unless everyone is drafting strictly off of these specific rankings). I understand that all of these players are appealing in their own way, but if you’re going to draft any of them, please make sure you have enough WR depth to account for their downside.

Did 2013 represent DJAX’s absolute best-case scenario and can his fantasy production survive in a new Jay Gruden-led offense where he may not even be the top receiving option? Even if Welker doesn’t miss any time because of this latest concussion, his third in the last 10 months, his style of play will make him susceptible to more of them unless the Broncos can find ways to put him in more favorable situations after the catch. Reggie is a 35-year old receiver who’s coming off of an ACL tear and whose efficiency has been in decline for a little while. And Indy looks like they’re ready to pass the torch to T.Y. as their WR1. Manny may stand to benefit if Welker were to miss time due to his concussion issues, but there are those who have questioned how realistic it is to expect that a player that can’t take targets away from Mike Wallace and Antonio Brown is going to take enough targets away from Demaryius Thomas to live up to his soaring ADP (which is now approaching Round Four {!!!} on some servers). Lots of people are predicting a breakout season for Terrance now that Miles Austin is in Cleveland, but his ceiling is capped by a Dallas run defense that’s projected to be bad enough to keep the offense off the field for long stretches at a time. And while Maclin is in a seemingly great spot to take over DJAX’s role as the WR1 in Philly, he just had a second ACL reconstruction on the same knee (which can lead to a higher probability of re-injury) and the Eagles may have just drafted his replacement as the top receiver in Jordan Matthews.


Tier #8 –Darkwing Duck Horse WR1 Types

Rueben Randle
DeAndre Hopkins
-Brandin Cooks
-Kelvin Benjamin
Justin Hunter


THOUGHTS: One of the most popular questions asked in fantasy circles every summer is something along the lines of “Who’s going to be this year’s version of Insert Player Here?” If you’re looking for this year’s Alshon Jeffery or Josh Gordon, this may be the tier to target.

Roob stands to benefit greatly from playing the Jordy Nelson role in Ben McAdoo’s offense and may be the Giants’ best bet for red zone TD production at 6’3’’, 208 pounds (at least until one of the TEs separates themselves from the pack). And even if it takes the team a little while to adjust to Ben McAdoo’s new offense, Roob is going late enough in drafts to have a real shot at returning value is not exceeding it. There are those who think that Hopkins could still be a year away from breaking out, partly because of the presence of Andre Johnson. But the presence of a top tier receiver playing across from them didn’t stop Michael Floyd or Alshon Jeffery from putting up the stat lines that they did in 2013, and Houston projects to be a much better team than the dumpster fire squad they trotted out onto the field last year. Cooks’ soaring ADP almost ensures that I won’t be willing to draft him before someone else does and while we should always temper our expectations for rookie WRs, he’s helped by his status as a de facto starter in NOLA and by the fact that his college production and athletic measurables paint a picture of one of the best small WR prospects in recent memory. Benjy is hurt by a bad looking offensive line in Carolina and a QB who is going to need a lot of help to be fantasy relevant this season, but he’s helped by the fact that he’s likely to be bombarded with targets early and often as arguably the best WR on this team already. And consider for a moment that, in only 14 games and with only 36% of his team’s snaps, Hunter caught 18 passes for 354 yards and 4 TDs in 2013. Now consider that he’s 6’4’’ and added 15 pounds to his 196 pound frame in the offseason (I’ll wait for you to do the math). Are you listening yet? Finally, consider allthispositivenews regarding him. His ADP may now be in the single digit rounds, but these are all indicators that you should at least have Hunter on your radar.

Having one of these guys as your third WR may be a bit risky but if you can grab a few of them as possible flex starters in 3 WR leagues or as bench players, you stand to reap humongous benefits if you pick one that has a 2013 Gordon-esque season.


Tier #9–I Y Q, (But in More of a Friend-Zone Type of Way <For Now>)

Cecil Shorts
Dwayne Bowe
-Sammy Watkins
Greg Jennings
Markus Wheaton


THOUGHTS: I’m not as high on the fantasy prospects of these players as others, but they all represent either a first or second option in their team’s passing games which gives them relatively high floors. I still would be nervous about having to trust any of these players as my WR3 and they’re not likely to last long enough in drafts for you to take them as a flex player.

Cecil Shirts may be helped by the addition of two talented rookie WRs in Allen Robinson and Marqise Lee and is as good a bet as any for WR3-floor-type production, but he’s been plagued by injuries since he’s arrived at the NFL and already pulled his hamstring this offseason. Bowe could benefit from the Chiefs having a more difficult schedule (on paper) than last year, but reports of his finger being “shot” makes me wonder how much he’s going to struggle early on in the season. There’s virtually no chance that Sammy will be available after 40-plus WRs have already been taken, especially in keeper leagues, unless people are scared off enough by him re-injuring his bruised ribs. Even though he’s likely to see enough volume to be valuable, I still think he’s too risky to draft at this point over more established players. Jennings showed a great rapport with Matt Cassel last season and should provide a safe floor for early season production, but how long will it take for Minnesota to become the Cordarrelle Patterson show? And while Wheaton has been gaining some traction as a popular later-round WR sleeper, he’s almost a complete unknown at this stage of the game.


Tier #10 –Don’t Get Sleepy 

Kenny Stills
Mike Evans
Hakeem Nicks
-Jordan Matthews
Kenny Britt
Aaron Dobson
Jarrett Boykin


THOUGHTS: Another intriguing group of players that it would be tough to see not returning value if you’re able to select them after the other nine tiers have been wiped clean. I would be most comfortable using one of these guys as a flex player in 3 WR leagues, but they make for good depth players (especially at the end of drafts).

If your opponents reach on Brandin Cooks before you can snag him, Stills represents a great consolation prize with his plummeting ADP as he should be featured on more than just go routes and is in line to see more than the 46 targets he mustered as a rookie last season. I’ve heard Evans referred to as a player whose ceiling would be an unholy hybrid of Brandon Marshall, Vincent Jackson, and Jimmy Graham. But we need to temper our expectations being that he’s a rookie who may be starting, but who’s also playing in a system that’s projected to be on the run-heavy side. The good thing about Nicks’ situation is that it doesn’t look like he’s going to have to be relied on as heavily as he was in New York, which caps his upside a bit but should keep him fresh enough to make it through the year as less of an injury risk. Indy better hope his previous injuries haven’t made him a shell of his former self on the field. Matthews has the ability and the situation to be this year’s top rookie WR if he can adapt to the NFL game quickly and stay consistent. For what it’s worth, Matt Freedman tweeted that JMatt is the only WR since 2004 to catch more than eight passes in a preseason game before the nearly useless Week 4. Britt may be on his third NFL team at only 26 years old but, for historical context, Randy Moss and Terrell Owens both managed 1,300-plus-yard, 15 TD seasons with their third teams. If he can keep his head on straight, he can be one of this year’s biggest steals. If he can stay healthy, Dobson projects as the closest thing Tom Brady has had to a WR1-type of player since Randy Moss and could be in line for a huge value spike considering how late he’s being drafted. And Boykin was able to hold off impressive rookie Davante Adams to retain his spot as the WR3 in Green Bay which, combined with the experience he gained while filling in for an injured Randall Cobb last year, should see him meet or exceed value as long as he stays consistent.


Tier #11 Don’t Get Sleepy , Part Deaux

Anquan Boldin
Riley Cooper
Brian Hartline
Tavon Austin
Doug Baldwin


THOUGHTS: I value these players almost as highly as the guys from the previous tiers, but separated them due to the fact that their ceilings don’t appear to be as high.

You can make the argument that Quan played better with Crabtree in the 49er lineup in 2013 and a rumored opening up of the passing game can only help matters, but he’s entering his age 34 season (his 12th in the NFL). Riley plays in an offense that should see him put up decent fantasy numbers and is a Jordy Nelson clone both physically and athletically, but he’s going to have to play just as well as he did last year (if not better) if he wants to hold off the charge of Jordan Matthews. Bill Lazor’s inexperience as a play caller and offensive coordinator at the professional level caps Hartline’s upside for me until I can see that the players grasp the offense enough to make me think he can finish as anything better than a WR3. If the Rams use Tavon the right way, he can be a source of points from many different directions, albeit an inconsistent one. And Baldwin has a lot of upside playing with a player who’s as much of an injury risk as Percy Harvin but, until we see otherwise, there isn’t much fantasy value to be had as Seattle’s WR2.


Tier #12–Can’t Touch Me

Danny Amendola
Steve Smith
Marvin Jones


THOUGHTS: I’m not expecting any of these WRs to be available before I finish taking players from previous tiers and they all have significant downside. A lot would have to go right for me to be comfortable relying on these guys as anything more than spot starts. Even then, it’ll be almost impossible to tell when their good weeks will be in comparison to their duds.

The ambiguity in the Patriots receiving core will keep me from ever being comfortable owning Amendola. Smiff may have some value with Gary Kubiak leading Baltimore’s offensive charge, but is he more than a one trick pony who may not even be able to rely on that one trick (speed) at age 35? And Marvin’s downside stems mainly from the fact that he’ll be out for most of the season, but the fact that his injury is a dreaded foot fracture makes me think he won’t be able to contribute as much to the Bengals this season as we may think.


Tier #13–Except For You, You Can Touch Me

-Marqise Lee
Mike Williams
Robert Woods
Rod Streater
Jerricho Cotchery
Steve Johnson
-Odell Beckham
Andre Holmes
Miles Austin
-Cody Latimer


THOUGHTS: You may not need to draft any of these players if your league is deep enough, but they each represent great options for a shot-in-the-dark final draft pick.

Marqise looks to be a starter in Jacksonville but his upside is capped until Chad Henne gets replaced by the impressive looking Blake Bortles. Williams has leapfrogged Woods as Buffalo’s WR2 and profiles as the best bet for TD production from the receiver position due to his red zone prowess. But Woods remains an interesting option in his own right as the likely slot receiver. Either player would see a tremendous value boost in the event that Sammy’s ribs act up and cause him to miss some games. Beats By Streats has a chance to be one of this season’s early surprises, but with all the roster turnover in Oakland, how much will playing there cap his upside? You can ask the same thing of Holmes who has been extremely impressive in his limited NFL action and fits the prototype of a WR1 at 6’4’’ and 223 pounds. Mr. Crotchity looks to be starting in Carolina which could be lucrative if the Panthers can work through their glaring offensive line issues. Stevie may benefit from the rumored opening up of the San Fran passing game, but he’s one of the many 49er mouths to feed this year and looks like he’ll be on the lower side of the pecking order for targets. If OBJ could get and stay on the practice field long enough to escape Tom Coughlin’s doghouse, I’d feel more comfortable about his fantasy prospects for this season. As the number one receiver on a Cleveland team that may closer resemble his uber-run-heavy Monmouth University squads, Miles Austin could become the next Miles Austin. And keep Cody Latimer’s name in the back of your mind if Welker has to miss time because of his concussions. This kid is 6’2,” 215 pounds, and has more of a chance to be that league-winning lottery ticket than Andre Caldwell.


Tier #14– The Watch List

Harry Douglas
James Jones
Lance Moore
Mohamed Sanu
Andrew Hawkins
Kenbrell Thompkins
John Brown
Brian Quick
Malcom Floyd


THOUGHTS: While I’m not looking to draft any of these players for one reason or another, they’ll be among the first ones on my waiver-wire speed dial.


Tier #15– Pay No Attention to That Man behind the Curtain/A Final Tier for Insanely Deep Leagues

Chris Givens
Marquess Wilson
Cole Beasley
Brandon LaFell
Stephen Hill
-Donte Moncrief
-Allen Robinson
Marlon Brown
-Davante Adams
Nate Washington
Jermaine Kearse
-Da’Rick Rogers
Eddie Royal
Andre Roberts
Donnie Avery
Jeremy Kerley
Brandon Gibson
Charles Johnson
Ryan Broyles
Stedman Bailey
-Jerel Jernigan
Paul Richardson
-Jarvis Landry
Quinton Patton
-Martavis Bryant
-Josh Huff
Austin Pettis
Jason Avant
Aldrick Robinson
Jarius Wright
Santonio Holmes
Leonard Hankerson
A.J. Jenkins
-Devin Street
-Robert Herron
-Allen Hurns
Josh Boyce
-Jeff Janis
Josh Morgan
Chris Hogan
Rishard Matthews
Chris Owusu
Junior Hemingway
-Devier Posey
Marcus Easley
Nate Burleson


THOUGHTS: I’ve got nothing. However, these guys should not be forgotten about in case a situation arises where they can have some sort of fantasy relevance.



THOUGHTS: The players that I feel offer the best combination of price (ADP) and league-winning upside. These are the guys I’ve either targeted already or will continue to target through the remainder of the drafting season.


-Jordy Nelson
Julio Jones
Keenan Allen
-Michael Floyd
Torrey Smith
-Cordarrelle Patterson
Eric Decker
Golden Tate
Rueben Randle
DeAndre Hopkins
-Kelvin Benjamin
Justin Hunter
-Kenny Stills
Kenny Britt
Aaron Dobson
Mike Williams
Andre Holmes
-Miles Austin
-Cody Latimer
John Brown
Brian Quick


Any omissions from this set of rankings was, in fact, intentional.


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Ray Marzarella
Fantasy football writer for Rotowriters and Fantasy Team Advice. Lifelong NY Giants fan and season ticket holder. Suffering from fantasy football addiction since 2004. I also dabble in professional wrestling, being a struggling musician, photobombing, and being an overall swell dude.