Welcome to the first week of NFL football for 2014! The following ppr rankings are for standard 1 point per reception 12 team leagues. No bye weeks in week one so make sure you have your studs playing. These rankings also take into account the opponent as well so account for that when making your choices. These are a tool to help make case for who to start and sit. If you disagree let me hear about it! Leave a comment or tweet me @dsamarin11. Now lets take a look at week one. Good luck!
1. Calvin Johnson (DET)- Johnson is a once in a decade player and has constantly put up big numbers. Three straight 1,400+ yard and 80+ reception seasons makes Johnson our top PPR player for week one and most likely for the rest of the season. Don’t doubt Megatron.
2. Demaryius Thomas (DEN)- Thomas is Peyton Mannings go to man and in an offense that puts up points weekly. 94 & 92 two consective season of 90+ catches. As long as Manning is slinging the rock Thomas is a top 5 WR every week.
3. Dez Bryant (DAL)- Tony Romo has back problems, we aren’t concerned. Dez Bryant makes plays and even if Romo is on the sidelines. Dallas is going to throw the ball a lot and Bryant is going to catch the majority of them.
4. Julio Jones (ATL)- Love Jones this year as long as he’s healthy. Atlanta struggled last year without Jones, but through five games he recorded 41 catches and 580 yards. Thats 8.2 rec per game and 116 yards per game. Jones couls be the biggest hit this year.
5. Antonio Brown (PIT)- Brown had a big breakout last year and is slated to continue his ball catching ways in Pittsburg. It’s hard to predict his production because most of his points were scored at the end of the season.
6. Jordy Nelson (GBP)- Aaron Rodgers is going to throw the ball everywhere even with the rise of Eddie Lacy. Nelson has a lot of talent and as long as he is healthy will be a number one target in Green Bay.
7. Brandon Marshall (CHI)- Marshall is on a team that is stacked with weapons but he has been a red zone monster. Alshon Jeffery will steal some targets, but when Cutler needs a sure thing Marshall is the man. He will be the top touchdown scoring player in Chicago.
8. Randall Cobb (GBP)- See above. Green Bay is going to move the ball. Cobb is healthy and he should see a lot of slot work. He’ll probably see the same amount of targets Nelson see’s except the catches he’s expected to make are a lot harder.
9. A.J. Green (CIN)- Green is a great talent. Unfortunately, under new offensive coordinator Hue Jackson. The ball is going to be thrown a lot less in Cincinnati this year but AJ will still get his, don’t worry.
10. Michael Crabtree (SF)- San Francisco is a defensive minded team, but Crabtree is the ball mover in San Francisco. Keapernick loves Crabtree and wants to get the ball in his hands as much as possible. He’s a great look for PPR and will get plenty of targets in an offense on the rise.
11. Marques Colston (NOS)- Colston was never really healthy at any point last year. He still managed to put up 75 rec for 943 yards but only 5 touchdowns. Mr. Reliable may be in the later years of his career but don’t doubt him in an offense that scores all the time. He is a great option for PPR and still a number one even with Jimmy Graham.
12. Vincent Jackson (TBB) – Jackson’s disipointing 2013 was the result of inconsistantcy at pivot. Tampa has committed this year to make the pass a priotity by adding talent at the offensive line and some experience at quarterback. Jackson will have a bounce back and he is low WR1 and a top WR2.
13. Torrey Smith (BAL)- Smith has increased his rec/yds/td stats every year since entering the league. Smith appears to be the top target in Baltimore this year and after a down year for the Ravens Smith may play a bigger role. We like Smith to be the top target for Baltimore this year.
14. Victor Cruz (NYG)- Cruz had a great year last year in New York despite the team’s lack of success. Cruz should see a lot of balls thrown his way this year in a new offense that plans to make the low risk play calling that the Giants are implementing.
16. Pierre Garcon (WAS)- Garcon had 113 catches for 1,346 yards last year. That alone would make Garcon a WR1. Unfortunately, with the addition of Desean Jackson to the roster Garcon probably will not have another 100 catch season, but he may have 90. Garcon is still a good PPR start this year.
17. Keenan Allen (SDC)- Allen broke on the scene last year with 71 catches and 1,046 yards for his rookie campaign. Who’s to say he can’t do better his second year?
18. Mike Wallace (MIA)- Wallace’s move to Miami last year didn’t really start to take hold until late in the season. With the improvement of Tannehill and Wallace’s timing we should see Wallace regain his Touchdown scoring ways.
19. Alshon Jeffery (CHI)- Jeffrey may be the number 2 in Chicago, but don’t think for a minute he isn’t going to produce. Jeffery is slated to be the next go to in Chicago after Marshall has moved on. He should continue to build upon last year.
20. Cordarelle Patterson (MIN)- Patterson flashed late last year and has a massive following this year. If he can continue to develope his route running ability patterson can be a top 10 PPR candidate this year. He should be viewed as a high risk high reward.
21-25. These next 5 players are all in roughly the same department. Golden Tate, Emanual Sanders, Reggie Wayne, and Roddy White are all low risk number twos that are all on offenses that will move the ball and have excellent quarterbacks. Andre Johnson is the only exception in that he is the better player with an uncertainty surrounding his teams new Pivot. Johnson should still produce but he has never really been PPR scorer he is considered a mid Tier WR2 at best in this format.
26-30. Terrance WIlliams, Reuben Randall, Larry Fitzgerald, and Justin Hunter have all secured WR rolls on their respective teams. Each still possesses lots of talent but are not top prospects on their squads which limits their upside. Eric Decker’s move to the Jets makes him a number one target, but we aren’t excited about Geno Smith and you shouldn’t be also. If Geno makes good on his goal to be a top 5 quarterback Decker will be the man to get him there, not likely.
31-40. From Here on all we see are guys that can be big or do next to nothing. Kendall Wright is the listed number one in Tennessee but he is primarily a big play guy that limits his ability to be effective in PPR. Desean Jackson, Riley Cooper, Cecil Shorts, Brian Quick, Kelvin Benjamin, Brandin Cooks, T.Y. Hilton, Mike Evans, and Brian Hartline have potential to have big games. Don’t expect them to get most of their points from catches as these guys will toy with you heart strings. If you don’t need to start any of these guys don’t they should be viewed as flex options for week one.
41-60. This tier all has limited upside and each last year posted at least one game without a single reception. Note that Dwayne Bowe is suspended for week one, but will be back in the lineup by week two.
61+. After this point it’s a crap shoot. Many of these players are game time decisions and should be monitored as gametime approaches. If you must play one of these guys, I like Denarius Moore and Marqise Lee. Moore had good rapport with newly named starter Derek Carr in the last preseason game and may should see continued improvement heading into his contract season. Marqise Lee is just the most talented receiver in Jacksonville even though he is behind Shorts, he has the most upside of anyone in this range for week one.
Notable Injuries and Suspensions:
Dwayne Bowe (KCC)-Out for week 1 (Suspended)
Josh Gordon (CLE)- Out for season (Suspended)
Marvin Jones (CIN)- Out 4-6 weeks (Injured)
Odell Beckham Jr (NYG)- Out 2-3 weeks (Injured)
Wes Welker (DEN)- Out for 4 weeks (Suspended)
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