2013 fantasy football Wide Receiver rankings:
by The Football Brainiacs
1. Dez Bryant - Yea you read that right Dez Bryant is listed ahead of Calvin Johnson. I know what you think, this guy is crazy!! Well you know what yea maybe I am a little crazy because I think that if Bryant stays out of trouble he could have a Huge season. Dallas’s SOS is very week and I got to say Dez Bryant really intrigues me, I honestly believe that he may be the No.1 WR in fantasy football in 2013.
2. Calvin “Megatron” Johnson - Johnson is a freak specimen. He is the best WR in the NFL hands down but this ranking is based on fantasy football. Johnson is going to get his catches especially with the addition of Reggie Bush. Matt Stafford loves to sling the ball to Johnson in quadruple coverage and somehow he still comes down with it. Detroit’s SOS is much tougher than Dallas’s so that’s also a reason for the drop to No. 2. Expect big things from Megatron again this season.
3. Demaryius Thomas - Like Calvin Johnson, Thomas is a physical freak. Thomas had a break out year last year and he was consistently double covered. The addition of Wes Welker should allow him to get some Single coverage here and there allowing some big plays. I have extremely high hopes for this guy.
4. A.J. Green - I know this is another controversial selection to have Green listed lower than Thomas but I think this year he will not be as productive as Thomas. The Cincinnati Bengals go up against some of the best pass D’s every week next year and that is going to make it really difficult for A.J. Green to have another breakout year back to back. Even with my concerns I have Green ranked in my top 4.
5. Julio Jones - Another WR that I am extremely high on, Julio Jones. I think that this is the year that Jones puts it all together and takes over for Roddy White as the No. 1 WR for Matt Ryan. Jones is going to be an absolute STUD this year mark my words. STUD!
6. Brandon Marshall - BMarsh may have a tough year this season. HC Marc Treastman is going to want to spread the ball around more to his other weapons which may actually help Marshall but I just don’t know if this offense is going to translate well to this level of play in the NFL. If you draft BMarsh draft another top flight WR to cover yourself.
7. Larry Fitzgerald - Larry Fitzgerald is another WR that has the potential to be the No. 1 Fantasy WR but has been hindered by his QB play. This year his HC Bruce Arians wants to throw the football which boosts Fitz’s stock big time. Carson Palmer is his QB instead of John Skelton. Watchout this could be the comeback player of the year.
8. Randall Cobb - I have to say I am not a huge fan of Randall Cobb but with Jennings out of the mix, Cobb’s stock went through the roof. He gets a consistent amount of looks every week and hey he is without a doubt productive. Cobb’s potential to be a top 5 fantasy WR is legit.
9. Roddy White - Although I believe Jones is going to get the bulk of the targets in ATL. I believe White is going to remain very consistent, hear me out. Jones is going to pull the majority of Double teams which leaves White for one on one, He is going to take advantage of that on a weekly basis. White should reel in 8-10 TD’s with about 1300 yards.
10. Victor Cruz - Cruz is so good at what he does, He exploits everybody he gets matched up against. I usually don’t like ranking slot receivers in the WR-1 category but man you can’t argue with Cruz’s production. For the past two seasons he has averaged 9.5 TD’s and 1320 yards, I’ll take that from my No. 1 WR all day.
11. Andre Johnson - It pains me to rank Johnson so low because he is such a good receiver, but the facts are the facts. Johnson has not scored more than 4 TD’s in the past two seasons. Watching him last year you couldn’t help but notice that he has definitely lost a step. Hopkins whom the team drafted in the first round should alleviate some of the coverage so look for a bit of a bounce back year from Johnson.
12. Vincent Jackson - I’m not going to lie I was extremely skeptical of Jackson prior to last season because I didn’t know what the Bucs offense was going to look like. Jackson had immediate chemistry with Josh Freeman and was unstoppable some weeks. Jackson will have another strong season in Tampa Bay and should be a solid WR-1 in most leagues.
13. Marques Colston - Colston is the No.1 WR in New Orleans. He is guaranteed to get you 1100 yards and at least 8 TD’s. The only problem I have with Colston is that he always seems to come down with an injury, last year he miraculously played in all 16 games a feat he has accomplished only twice before in 7 years. Colston is also having a bout with plantar fasciitis and was just activated off the pup list on August 5th. If you draft Colston draft another WR immediately.
14. Hakeem Nicks - When this Dude is healthy he is a Top 5 fantasy WR. The only problem is that he hasn’t been healthy for 2 seasons. Nicks is heading into his contract year and is already getting of Tom Coughlin’s bad side because he is holding himself out because of a possible injury. Nicks need to step up big this year or else he is going to get that contract he wants and the Giants will turn to Reuben Randle who impressed last year.
15. Dwayne Bowe - This is another WR that I am excited to see this year. Bowe will playing in Andy Reid’s west coast offense which favors the WR-1. Bowe should see plenty of targets this season. I hope they translate to TD’s, he probably won’t have 15 TD’s like in 2010 but I think 9-10 TD’s is a good projection.
16. Pierre Garcon - When Garcon was on the field with RG3 there was nobody else getting targets. They were lighting it up, but then Garcon came down with an injury and he didn’t come back til the end of the year. If Garcon comes back healthy, I project 11-12 TD’s and 1300 yards. He is not ranked higher because of injury concerns.
17. Reggie Wayne - Wayne will have over 1250 yards receiving but he has never been a real TD threat or at least he hasn’t for the past few years. If you want a WR thats going to get you guranteed point off of yards every week than Reggie Wayne is your guy, don’t expect alot of TD’s.
18. Wes Welker - I think Wes is going to have another solid season with Peyton Manning throwing him the ball. I do have to say that I was shocked when he chose Denver over New England, but hey he has another future HOFer throwing him the ball there so what the hell. I think 1050 yards and 7 TD’s is a good projection.
19. Danny Amendola - If Amendola stays healthy all year he has the goods to be a top-15 fantasy WR. Tom Brady loves to throw the ball to smart savvy WR’s which is exactly what Amendola is. He knows where to line up and how to read defenses, he is going to find the weaknesses and he will get there so Brady throws him the ball.
20. Mike Wallace - There is alot of risk in drafting Mike Wallace but if he produces there is alot of reward. This guy has speed to burn, if your league gives bonuses for long TD’s Wallace might be a hot commodity. There is some concern that Wallace and Tannehill don’t have great chemistry but come on they have only played preseason and the pass protection in Miami has been horrible. If Miami could give Tannehill time to throw Wallace will exploit the defense. I guarantee Miami will fix there pass pro problems.
21. James Jones - No Receiver had as many TD’s as James Jones did last year. Jones stormed on to the scene and kept it going all season long. I think he will build off of last season but I don’t think he will score 14 TD’s again. I am a little more conservative and would say 10 TD’s is a possibility for Jones.
22. Eric Decker - I think Decker is going to be one of the key pieces to the Broncos offense again. He is their second look in the red zone and gets one on one coverage for most of the game. Decker will have another solid season and will easily be a high end WR-2 in Fantasy Football.
23. Torrey Smith - I am not a fan of Torrey Smith. For some reason he always comes up short. I can’t pinpoint it but I just don’t see the IT factor when it comes to Torrey Smith. I have him ranked in my top 30 because of his potential, that’s it.
24. Jordy Nelson - Surprise! Surprise! another GB WR. Jordy Nelson does the dirty work in this offense. I think he is going to have a bounce back season coming up. He is coming off a surgery but should be good to go for week one. Keep a close eye on his recovery just in case there are complications.
25. Antonio Brown - Brown is consistently good but not great. The one problem I see with Antonio Brown is that he has never surpassed 5 TD’s in any of his seasons. Don’t expect him to blow up with 10 TD’s now because Wallace is gone. He will get you consistent points every week.
26. Steve Smith - It seems like every season Smith is a force to be reckoned with, but last year was a down year for him and I see that trend continuing. He is 33 years old and at the end of his career. He will get you 1000 yards and probably 6 TD’s but I wouldn’t expect much more than that.
27. Desean Jackson - Reports out of Eagles camp is that Jackson looks rejuvenated and he is tearing up the practices. He supposedly torched Aqib Talib every day when they had joint practices and then he did it again for a 47 yard TD in his first preseason game for 2013. Let me just remind you that Aqib Talib is one of the best cover corners in the NFL. I think Jackson is going to have a HUGE season in Chip Kelly’s new offense.
28. Steve Johnson - I am a little down on Johnson this year because I don’t know how effective the Bills passing attack is going to be. I expect a good season out of Johnson though so he is a very good lowwwww end WR-2 and high end WR-3.
29. Greg Jennings - Jennings’s stock took a huge hit when he elected to sign with Minnesota. Christian Ponder is one of the worst starting QB’s in the NFL. I hope I am wrong and Jennings has a big year because I know he has the ability to tear it up. I guess you can say I feel the same way about Jennings this year as I did Vincent Jackson last year and I was wrong. So Jennings could be a high end WR-2 but lets rank him at WR-3 territory just in case.
30. Golden Tate – *Sleeper* Reports out of Seattle are saying that Tate has been tearing up training camp and has been consistently out jumping DB’s for the catch. Supposedly he is the best healthy WR on their roster and he is their No.1. I have to say Golden Tate really intrigues me and I would draft him as my WR-3.
31. Emmanuel Sanders - Supposedly the Pittsburgh Steelers are expecting Sanders to take on Mike Wallace’s role and have over 1000 yards and 8+ TD’s. I think Sanders is a solid pick in this point in the rankings. I expect a breakout year from Sanders but I don’t think he falls under the sleeper category because everybody knows about him, too easy.
32. Anquan Boldin - It’s interesting to see if Boldin has the same affect on the game as Crabtree did during the playoffs. I think his game translates well to San Francisco and he should have a solid year, probably better than he did in Baltimore.
33. Miles Austin - He can run for Miles! and Miles! When Miles Austin is healthy he is one of the top WR’s in the league. He does everything exceptionally well but he is ranked this low because he is not Dez Bryant. I expect Austin to have a bounce back year and hey he averages 7 TD’s and 850 yards, who wouldn’t take that as there No. 3 Fantasy wideout. Hell I know I would.
34. Vincent Brown - Another WR that needs to stay healthy this season. The Chargers organization have been excited by Vincent Brown for about 2 years but he hasn’t been able to stay healthy. With the recent injury to Malcolm Floyd (sprained knee), Brown is the favorite to be the No. 1. Brown is looking like a solid No. 3 WR.
35. Mike Williams - Last year Williams came one extremely strong with 996 yards and 9 TD’s. There is alot of reasons to be excited about Mike Williams especially since he gets alot of one on one coverage due to Vincent Jackson stretching the field.
36. Lance Moore - Who’s throwing Lance Moore the ball? Oh yea that’s right its Drew Brees. Expect Moore to continue to consistently produce, average of 7 TD’s and 850 yards. Last year he broke out with over 1000 yards but he probably will not repeat that.
37. T.Y. Hilton - Where there many rookie WR’s more exciting than T.Y. Hilton? No no there wasn’t. Hilton sort of reminds me of a younger Mike Wallace, stretches the field every week. At one point it seemed like he was getting a 40 yard TD every week.
38. Kenny Britt - If your looking for a HIGH RISK/HIGH REWARD player at this point in the rankings then look no further than Kenny Britt. When Kenny Britt is healthy he is unstoppable. The problem is he is never healthy, If you draft Britt take another WR-3 soon. If he stays healthy he will make you look like a genius.
39. Chris Givens - *Sleeper* Everybody I have spoke to thinks Tavon Austin is going to be the shiny toy in St. Louis but I think it’s Givens. Givens is supposedly shining in Camp and has looked like the best WR hands down. Expect good WR-3 production if your smart enough to pick him up.
40. Santonio Holmes - Depending on how he comes back from injury Holmes could be a solid WR-2 in most leagues. Although his QB play might be really sloppy. Keep an eye on newbreaks for Holmes.
41. Tavon Austin - The St. Louis Rams are going to line this guy up all over the field. They are hoping that he is the next Percy Harvin which is a possibility. Austin should be a playmaker from the get so if you draft him make sure he is in your lineup. One thing I will say is don’t get too excited and draft him in the 4th round! There are people that do that, Don’t be that guy.
42. Kendall Wright - I like Kendall Wright but the fact that his QB is Jake Locker scares me. Don’t get me wrong Locker is a good QB he just gets injured alot. Wright should have a good season something similar to T.Y. Hilton last year, 700 plus yards and 7 TD’s.
43. Cecil Shorts III - If Shorts was on another team he would be in my top 30 but sadly he is not and he falls into the 40s. I don’t know who is going to be throwing him the ball. Sad because this guy has loads of potential in Fantasy Football.
44. Sidney Rice - A solid WR that’s going to get his catches every week. Wasn’t overly spectacular last year but still got the job done with 748 yards and 7 TD’s. He should be a good pick up as a WR-4 or WR-5.
45. Justin Blackmon - Blackmon has issues on top of that he is suspended for the first four games of the season. Blackmon was starting to put it all together last year but now he has taken a step back. I hope he plays well this year because he has loads of potential.
46. Brian Hartline - Hartline has the ability to be another Eric Decker. He may be another Eric Decker this season. With most of the attention on Mike Wallace and Dustin Keller, Hartline should be a very good WR-3 in Fantasy Football. Look for a big year out of Brian Harltine.
47. Michael Floyd – *Sleeper* Floyd may be a BIG TIME sleeper this year. Like I said when I wrote about Fitzgerald, HC Bruce Arians loves to throw the football Vertically. That plays to the strengths of Floyd. This should be a big year for Michael Floyd.
48. Kenbrell Thompkins – *Sleeper* This guy may be the star alot of people are looking for to stash on their roster. Reports out of New England suggests that he has be earning the trust of Tom Brady and he is even playing ahead of second rounder Aaron Dobson. If Thompkins loses his starting spot to Dobson then Dobson will be the sleeper but I don’t see that happening the way this guy has been practicing.
49. Rod Streater - *Sleeper* Streater has supposedly been the most consistent WR in training camp for the Oakland Raiders and has developed some chemistry with QB Matt Flynn. Streater may be in line for a solid season, 900+ yards and 8 TD’s.
50. Denarius Moore - Moore may not be as effective as he was the past few seasons because Matt Flynn cannot sling the rock like Carson Palmer did which is how Moore got most of his production. Expect an OK season but not what your used to from Moore.
51. Riley Cooper - Even after everything was said and done in Philadelphia Riley Cooper is one of the starting WR’s in a very potent offense. Cooper should be a threat in the redzone and on third downs. He will definitely get some TD’s when you need them.
52. Deandre Hopkins - This rookie should have a solid season. Houston runs a run first offense so he won’t get as many looks as he would elsewhere but they will put him in the position to cash in. I think 5-6 TD’s with about 700 yards is a fair projection.
53. Ryan Broyles – *Sleeper* Here he is folks, between him and Michael Floyd they are my biggest fantasy sleepers at ALL positions. I am so high on this guy that I think he will have Anquan Boldin like numbers when he was in Arizona. Expect BIG things from Ryan Broyles, I know the Lions are.
54. Josh Gordon - I am really torn on where to rank this guy. His potential is sky high but he acts like a child. His conditioning is a concern to the new coaching staff and he is suspended for the first 2 games of the season. If you draft he better be a player your just stashing on your roster and hoping he produces.
55. Malcom Floyd - Floyd is always consistent and he is contributes every week. He will put up points when you need him on a bye week.
56. Alshon Jeffrey - When asked what excited him more about Chicago’s offense HC Marc Treastman said he was excited about working with Alson Jeffrey. Jeffrey may be a huge part of the offense but that is yet to be seen. With Brandon Marshall commanding quadruple teams Jeffrey should get open on several occasions.
57. Markus Wheaton – *Sleeper* I think this guy is going to be a STUD! If Emmanuel Sanders does not produce Wheaton will be there waiting to pick up the slack. Do not sleep on this guy I am sure someone is going to try and stash him on their roster.
58. Cordarelle Patterson - If Ponder wasn’t his quarterback I would have him ranked higher. Patterson has alot of ability but like Jennings he is hampered by the production of Christian Ponder.
59. Greg Little - Little has alot of potential and I think he is going to have a very good season. In fact I like him more than Josh Gordon. I think Little could be a very very good WR-4 / WR-5. Keep your eye on him.
60. Percy Harvin - Percy Harvin got injured but he may still comeback around Thanksgiving. If you draft Harvin it’s to stash him until he comes back.
61. Aaron Dobson - If he can beat out Thompkins, Dobson could be a huge fantasy factor but until then take a wait and see approach.
62. Mohamed Sanu - Sanu played extremely well until he got injured. Sanu has loads of potential and is probably going to produce some solid numbers. He has the potential to be a WR-3 but at this point in time WR-5 category is where he should be ranked.
63. Kenny Stills – *Sleeper* Stills has huge upside in the New Orleans offense. He could be a huge factor in fantasy football this year. Watch him and if you can stash him on your roster because it will pay dividends.
64. Brandon Lafell - Lafell is a starting a WR in the NFL. I don’t think he is going to be very productive but the is some upside here.
65. Jacoby Jones - Jones didn’t produce as a starter in Houston but maybe he will in Baltimore. He could have a good season but I wouldn’t expect anything spectacular.
66. Reuben Randle - He may have a repeat statistical year but if Hakeem Nicks gets injured then Randle could be a force to reckon with. Randle is definitely someone you should keep your eye on.
67. Andre Roberts - Slot receiver for the Cardinals should get some TD’s this season and some yardage.
68. Harry Douglas - Harry Douglas should stay consistent and get similar stats this year. He will be a good fill in when you need him in a bye week.
69. Robert Woods - This guy should have a good season. He has the potential to be the No.1 WR for Buffalo but he will have some difficulty beating out Steve Johnson. Look for Robert Woods to have a good year depending on EJ Manuel.
70. Stephen Hill - This guy has the potential to be a freaking beast! I don’t know how his QB situation is shaping out though. Depending on his QB play Hill could breakout and have a very good season.
71. Jon Baldwin - I don’t know why but the Chiefs seem to like Baldwin. They have him ranked as a starter next to Bowe. If Andy Reid can figure out a way to use this guys talent then he may be a good WR, I don’t see it. Baldwin could be a good WR if they use him to his potential.
72. Keenan Allen - If Allen can somehow leapfrog Vincent Brown then his value will got shot threw the roof. Right now at this point it does not look like the case so just keep an eye on him.
73. Nate Washington - Nasty Nate Washington. Every year this guy scores TD’s so if you need someone in a pinch take a look at Washington.