Position Rankings
Fantasy Extras
Fantasy Football Extras
Injury Reports
Sport Schedules

2014 Top-25 fantasy wide receiver ranking

By Steve Schwarz, Fantasy Sports Editor

Philadelphia, PA (SportsNetwork.com) - The Sports Network's 2014 NFL Fantasy Player Rankings by Position have been released and in Part 3 of the series we continue with the wide receiver position.

Nothing surprising at the top two positions with consensus picks Calvin Johnson and Demaryius Thomas standing on top of the mountain.

The addition of Golden Tate and Eric Ebron to the Detroit Lions' receiving corps shouldn't take many targets away from Johnson and, in fact, should help prevent defenses from ignoring the half of the field opposite the talented wideout.

In Denver, Eric Decker's 136 targets (he'll now be catching passes from Geno Smith) are up for grabs and Thomas will certainly get his fair share on top of the 142 targets he saw in 2013.

Julio Jones, Atlanta (fantasyfootballcalculator.com ADP 16.8) - Jones has been a top-five talent since coming into the league in 2011, it's a matter of keeping him on the field for 16 games. He's started only 33 of 48 games over three seasons. His No. 3 ranking is based on his playing all 16 games this season ... everyone hold hands and pray.

Pierre Garcon, Washington (37.6) - Garcon led the league in targets last season, but we're not nearly as excited about his situation in 2014. Washington brought in, at a very high cost, DeSean Jackson to be the team's deep threat. Add in a quickly-improving tight end in Jordan Reed, a solid third wideout in Andre Roberts and we expect Garcon's opportunities to drop significantly. So while fantasy owners are currently drafting him in the fourth round, as the 13th receiver off the board, we think that's too high. We're putting his numbers at 83-1,026-6 leaving him just outside the top-25 at No. 29.

Cordarrelle Patterson, Minnesota (42.6) - There are many theories thrown around about third-year wide receivers making giant strides forward, but in the case of Patterson we think it will happen in his sophomore campaign. Patterson scored three different ways in 2013 - receiving, rushing and returning kickoffs. We love his versatility. We also like that No. 2 wideout Greg Jennings thinks Patterson will be the focal point of the Vikings' passing offense. We agree. In leagues which also include return yardage he has a chance to break into the top-10.

Michael Floyd, Arizona (56) - In case you haven't noticed, Floyd has become the Cardinals' deep threat ahead of All-Pro Larry Fitzgerald. Floyd posted his first 1,000-yard season in 2013 and averaged 16.0 yards per catch. He'll only get better. The bottom line is you can draft Fitzgerald at the beginning of the fifth round or Floyd in the sixth round and get similar numbers.

Emmanuel Sanders, Denver (65.3) - Fantasy owners need to calm down here. Just because he's got Peyton Manning throwing him passes doesn't mean Sanders will become a star receiver. Sure he'll be good, but he'll still be the No. 4 option behind Demaryius Thomas, Wes Welker and Julius Thomas. Sanders could only haul in 67 balls for 740 yards last season in Pittsburgh as the No. 2 guy with Ben Roethlisberger under center. We think expectations are way too high. Fantasy owners are taking Sanders up to five rounds too soon and barring an injury to one of the Broncos' top receivers he can't possibly live up to this level of production. Let someone else be disappointed.

Top-25 Fantasy Wide Receivers

Players...............Rec......RecYds......RecTDs.....FP

Calvin Johnson........103.......1,659.......12.......264

Demaryius Thomas.......98.......1,447.......13.......243

Julio Jones............94.......1,345.......12.......227

Dez Bryant.............94.......1,306.......13.......226

A.J. Green.............91.......1,302.......11.......214

Brandon Marshall......101.......1,313.......10.......209

Antonio Brown.........101.......1,351........8.......205

Alshon Jeffery.........86.......1,281........8.......200

Jordy Nelson...........83.......1,278........9.......196

Vincent Jackson........75.......1,285........8.......191

Larry Fitzgerald.......85.......1,106.......10.......182

Michael Crabtree.......79.......1,157........9.......178

Roddy White............88.......1,067.......10.......175

Victor Cruz............84.......1,159........8.......175

Michael Floyd..........80.......1,080........9.......174

Andre Johnson..........87.......1,199........7.......173

Cordarrelle Patterson..78.........920........6.......173

Randall Cobb...........88.......1,056........8.......173

Percy Harvin...........70.........885........8.......170

DeSean Jackson.........69.......1,133........7.......167

Wes Welker.............89.........965.......10.......165

Golden Tate............70.........977........7.......157

T. Y. Hilton...........72.......1,052........6.......153

Keenan Allen...........76.......1,001........7.......151

Torrey Smith...........67.......1,042........6.......151

07/29 15:10:30 ET


NFL Fantasy News
· Things we learned on Sunday of Week 2

· Two Minute Warning - Week 2

· Patience is a Virtue

More News
MLB Fantasy News
· The Second Half Fantasy Cy Young Award

· The hot and cold Buster Posey

· The Wrong End of a Deal

More News
NBA Fantasy News
· The Paul George domino effect

· Summer league check-in

· Stock exchange

More News
NHL Fantasy News
· Fantasy impact of NHL moves

· All hail King Henrik

· Conn Smythe front-runners

More News