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Monday, June 17, 2013

2013 FANTASY FOOTBALL WIDE RECEIVER RANKINGS: A FIRST LOOK

The wide receivers are up next in the latest go-round of the 2013 fantasy football rankings.  Let's see where things currently stand.

1.  Calvin Johnson:  Right there with Adrian Peterson as the top player in the game.
2.  Brandon Marshall:  Back to old 100-catch ways with Jay Cutler.
3.  A.J. Green:  Just a tad below the top two given lack of 100 catch seasons.
4.  Dez Bryant:  Finally utilized all his talent to be star he was predicted to be.
5.  Julio Jones:  Supplanted Roddy White as the top dog in explosive passing attack.
6.  Demaryuis Thomas:  Despite addition of Wes Welker, still primed for double-digits scored and 80-plus catches.
7.  Andre Johnson:  Still PPR dream but has never caught double-digit touchdowns which is shocking.
8.  Roddy White:  Still caught 90-plus passes despite explosion of Julio Jones.
9. Victor Cruz:  Signed one-year tender so back to being Eli's go-to-guy.
10. Wes Welker:  Likely won't catch 100 passes in Denver with Eric Decker and Demaryius Thomas around but 90 still tremendous.
11. Percy Harvin:  Some volatility here as Harvin has long injury history and Seattle likes to run football.
12. Randall Cobb:  Set to be top receiver in amazing Packers passing attack.  Can contribute on ground and in return game also.
13. Larry Fitzgerald:  Look for rebound back to superstar numbers with strong-armed Carson Palmer around.
14. Vincent Jackson:  Will never be a PPR guy as Jackson has never caught 80 passes but TD threat is big time.
15. Reggie Wayne:  Will yield some more numbers to improving T.Y. Hilton but still should be a star for another season.
16. Marques Colston:  As dependable as they get.  Mark down 80 catches for 1,100 yards and a game or two missed with injury.
17. Dwayne Bowe:  Could move back to the TD-heavy ways with veteran Alex Smith in town.
18. Jordy Nelson:  Lacks raw catch totals to move up the list but has knack for getting into end zone.
19. Mike Wallace:  Not a fan as Miami passing attack looks shaky unless Ryan Tannehill improves by a decent amount.
20. Danny Amendola:  On ability alone would be higher on list but has missed an astounding amount of games his first four years and doesn't score touchdowns.  Hold off on the Wes Welker II comparisons.
21. T.Y. Hilton:  I like him more than most as I think he is the best bet to become a top tier star in 2013 in explosive Colts offense. 
22. Eric Decker:  Welker's arrives figures to hurt Decker more than Thomas.  Still remains Peyton Manning's favorite red zone target.
23. Hakeem Nicks:  Another guy who would be higher on this list if he could ever stay healthy.
24. Antonio Brown:  Prime opportunity to be top dog in Pittsburgh passing game which has become more potent than running attack last two seasons.
25. Mike Williams:  Still managed to post very good touchdown totals despite Vincent Jackson taking up a great deal of Josh Freeman attention.
26. Steve Smith: Aging and numbers down from 2011 to 2012.  Beware.
27. Greg Jennings:  Takes about as big a drop in quality of passing offense as you can get from Aaron Rodgers to Christian Ponder.
28. Lance Moore:  Game to game volatility in numbers but overall bottom line very solid, especially in PPR.
29. Stevie Johnson:  Not a knock on the receiver but on the QB as can't imagine E.J. Manuel pulling a RGIII or Cam Newton out of the gate.
30. Tavon Austin:  I like Austin a lot and can see him instantly being a PPR weapon.  This is a very conservative ranking.
31. Torrey Smith:  Took a step back last season outside of the touchdowns.  With Anquan Boldin gone however Smith should be in line for more looks.
32. Cecil Shorts:  Can't ever recommend a Jaguars receiver too much but Shorts was actually a very good WR 3 the second half of 2012.  Seriously.
33. Miles Austin:  Has failed to build off his 2009 breakout due to hamstring injuries and development of Dez Bryant.
34. Danario Alexander:  Could shoot upwards in these rankings as Philip Rivers could turn him into a major weapon.  Great sleeper.
35. Chris Givens:  Rams need a big play receiver if Austin takes time to get going.
36. Josh Gordon:  Another case of liking the player but not the QB.
37. Pierre Garcon:  Nice WR 3 in standard formats who developed good bond with Griffin.
38. Denarius Moore:  Has to stay healthy which is big issue for the kid.
39. Anquan Boldin:  Still has a decent year in him in receiver-needy 49ers offense.
40. Sidney Rice:  Capable of more but always seems to disappoint.

There you have it.  Would enjoy hearing your thoughts.


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