Aug 01

2014 Fantasy Football Wide Receiver Tiers

Usually alone at the top of his position, the gap is beginning to close on Megatron quicker than people want to acknowledge (Photo: USATSI).

Usually alone at the top of his position, the gap is beginning to close on Megatron quicker than people want to acknowledge (Photo: USATSI).

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[2014 Fantasy Football Draft Guide]

Yes, Calvin Johnson once again heads into a Fantasy Football season as the top player at his position. You know exactly what you’re getting with Megatron, and whatever he’s got you want really, really bad. No position has the separation from number one to the rest of the field as receiver, because he’s just that good, and so heavily relied on in the Lions offense. Going into 2014 however, the gap isn’t quite as large as it has been in the past. In fact, right after the 2013 season there was a lot of legitimate debate that Josh Gordon, not Calvin Johnson might be the best receiver in the NFL. Josh Gordon however, may not be in the NFL in 2014 and could go in cell tier 26 with the likes of Justin Blackmon and Titus Young. Yet, there are a few that deserve to be in the “Calvin Johnson Tier”, that have a chance to establish themselves as the best of the best in 2014, while others will try to move up the wide receivers tiers.

Tier 1

 Fantasy Pros: WR/ADP
Calvin Johnson, DET1/6
Demaryius Thomas, DEN2/10
Julio Jones, ATL5/20
Dez Bryant, DAL3/13
A.J. Green, CIN4/16

The main thing that’s always been going is his last lack of supporting cast. The additions of Golden Tate and Eric Ebron are set to change that, and Reggie Bush and Joique Bell emerged last year as a strong run game threat for Detroit. Demaryius Thomas, Julio Jones, Dez Bryant and A.J. Green are all big explosive receivers with good to great quarterbacks, that are ready to take the next step. Any drop off from Johnson, then either one of the aforementioned are more than capable of being crowned as the NFL’s best wide receiver.

Also: If not suspended for the entirety of the 2014 NFL season, this is the tier Josh Gordon would go in.

Tier 2

 Fantasy Pros: WR/ADP
Antonio Brown, PIT8/27
Jordy Nelson, GB7/24
Brandon Marshall, CHI6/19
Alshon Jeffery, CHI9/26
Vincent Jackson, TB11/33
Andre Johnson, HOU13/37
Pierre Garcon, WSH15/39
Victor Cruz, NYG17/42
Randall Cobb, GB10/28

This tier also includes all more than capable WR1s. While not quite qualifying for the top class due to a variety of reasons (in an offense that shares the ball too much, mediocre QB) they’re more than qualified to be your top wideout. All have been doing what they’ve been doing for a long time (Alshon Jeffery aside) are proven fantasy point producers.

Tier 3

 Fantasy Pros: WR/ADP
Michael Crabtree, SF18/44
Larry Fitzgerald, ARI12/35
Wes Welker, DEN16/41
Keenan Allen, SD14/38
Roddy White, ATL20/48
Torrey Smith, BAL25/67
Jeremy Maclin, PHI27/73

Tier three features the remainder of the Fantasy Football WR1s. It features a few players who are getting a little long in the tooth, are coming off fairly serious injuries or are number two on their respective real-life team. Michael Crabtree is looking like one of the top early value-buys, as is Roddy White. Both are coming off an injury and will be once again trying to get their teams to the Super Bowl. Keep an eye on Jeremy Maclin; there’s no doubt he has the talent to perform, it just needs to be seen whether he can establish the chemistry that Nick Foles already has with Riley Cooper.

Tier 4

 Fantasy Pros: WR/ADP
Marques Colston, NO30/80
Reggie Wayne, IND35/90
DeSean Jackson, WSH19/47
Michael Floyd, ARI23/64
Eric Decker, NYJ34/88
Julian Edelman, NE26/69
T.Y. Hilton, IND24/66
Terrance Williams, DAL36/94
Dwayne Bowe, KAN38/110
Mike Wallace, MIA29/81

Tier 4 is loaded with question marks. Can Marques Colston bounce back from a bad year (by his standards)? Can Reggie Wayne return to full health and full performance? Can DeSean Jackson put the offseason criticism behind him and be the same player in Washington that he was in Philadelphia? And, is Eric Decker truly ready to be a number one? All these players have tremendous, yet varying degrees of, upside and fairly sure-bets to take the field every week.

Tier 5

 Fantasy Pros: WR/ADP
Riley Cooper, PHI37/106
Tavon Austin, STL45/129
Anquan Boldin, SF39/114
Cordarrelle Patterson, MIN21/49
Kendall Wright, TEN31/82
Golden Tate, DET33/84
Emmanuel Sanders, DEN28/78
Hakeem Nicks, IND43/120
Aaron Dobson, NE59/175
James Jones, OAK51/154
Percy Harvin, SEA22/50

This is one of the most interesting wide receiver tiers going into 2014. It features a few sophomores, a few players who changed places and Percy Harvin who hopes to stay healthy (he won’t) and build on a strong Super Bowl performance. Everyone has been raving about him and Cordarrelle Patterson, putting both in the 2014 Busts piece. The performance could be there, it’s just not guaranteed enough to warrant their current ADPs. Ahead of both, is sophomore Tavon Austin. The highest drafted wide receiver from 2013 showed glimpses of what could be on the way, but failed to sustain it week in and week out. Is this the year that he, and QB Sam Bradford put it together?

Tier 6

 Fantasy Pros: WR/ADP
Cecil Shorts, JAX42/124
Marvin Jones, CIN49/146
Brandin Cooks, NO41/119
Mike Evans, TB40/113
Danny Amendola, NE48/139
Jarrett Boykin, GB56/171
Sammy Watkins, BUF32/89
DeAndre Hopkins, HOU46/133
Kelvin Benjamin, CAR50/148
Rueben Randle, NYG44/128
Greg Jennins, MIN55/165
Steve Smith, BAL53/156
Jordan Matthews, PHI60/177

Here we have some guys with limited upside and the start of the rookie appearances. You’re targeting this group for your WR4 or WR5 and hope to win the lottery. Watch out for Jarrett Boykin, he had a good year last year with Matt Flynn throwing the ball, and will have his full opportunity with Aaron Rodgers in 2014 as the Packers’ number three receiver.

Tier 7

 Fantasy Pros: WR/ADP
Markus Wheaton, PIT66/189
Doug Baldwin, SEA58/183
Justin Hunter, TEN54/164
Kenny Stills, NO52/155
Marqise Lee, JAX73/246
Robert Woods, BUF74/224
Brian Hartline, MIA61/192
Rod Streater, OAK71/237
Odell Beckham, Jr., NYG57/176
Andrew Hawkins, CLE70/240
Stevie Johnson, SF63/205
Jerricho Cotchery, CAR65/221
Andre Holmes, OAKNA/NA
Nate Washington, TENNA/NA
Mike Williams, BUFNA/NA

Now we’re pulling lottery tickers. While some like Justin Hunter have been talked about as sleepers, you’re trying to find the guy who’s flown under the radar. The second group of rookies fall in here, as do sophomores Markus Wheaton and Kenny Stills. Look out for Doug Baldwin. Following the retirement of Sidney Rice, he’s just one Percy Harvin injury away from becoming Russell Wilson‘s number one target.

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