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It’s wide receiver ranking time folks, and perhaps more than running backs, I find this position the hardest to work with. Not because it has a boner (though I have no idea how to verify this), but because of the sheer amount of names. There is no dearthness here my friends. And the process involves a lot of research and time, I mean, did you know there’s something called a Boykins in the NFL? I thought Boykins was what the Three Stooges did to each other all those years. Also, I was quite surprised that Carolina did, in fact, have wide receivers on their depth chart. I had just assumed they were going to line-up 10 blockers and have Cam Newton throw to himself. Boy was I off. That’s actually going to be Cleveland’s strategy with Johnny Manziel. Oh, and I also found out that Riley Cooper has been doing a great job since being sent to rehab for racism. To be honest, I found nothing wrong with what he said there, except for the part where he speaks with words. But that’s not all I learned. Yes, you might be surprised by this… completely astounded I tell ya, but I also have some fantasy knowledge to drop. CRAZY, I know. So let’s get fantasy relevant… (That’s what she said. Uh, wait, that doesn’t really work here.)

Julio, Julio, wherefore art thou Julio?: I know it’s hard to remember, but Julio Jones was well on his way to becoming a top-5 receiver last season until his foot exploded. In fact, in just five games last year, Matt Ryan targeted him 60 times. For context, he was targeted 128 times in 16 games the year before. And, just so you know, whenever someone describes a player as ‘injury-prone’ in football, this is my exact reaction:

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Maybe a little less of the horse-mouth thing at the end there (sorry John Elway), but yeah, I do that. Why? Because unless it’s a continual knee or shoulder issue, broken things happen in the NFL all the time. Everyone is injury-prone, trust me. The fact that Jones’ foot committed suicide last year does not automatically mean that it will happen again. I mean, it could happen again, just like how I could also net a date this Friday, crazier things have happened… But at that point, we wouldn’t be talking about chronic foot conflagration, no, at that point, we’re just describing bad luck. So what I’m saying is that I believe. Not so much in the date part though. That seems like a stretch.

Alshon you something unique…: Let’s admit that Alshon Jeffrey flew a bit under-the-radar last season, well, to everyone except for me (proof). I say that in the most humble-brag way possible, (see Fig. 1).

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I also told you to avoid Kyle Rudolph, but hey, that’s neither here nor there. Actually, scratch that, it is there and now it’s here. Ahem, anyways, just as a refresher at how EXtreeeeme Jeffery’s season was, in 2012, he netted 24 receptions, 367 yards and 3 touchdowns. In 2013? 89 receptions, 1,421 yards, and 7 touchdowns. Not a huge difference, but hey, let’s go with it. And while I won’t go as far to say that he can reach top-5 levels (he might though), I am willing to say he can produce just as much or very near the other elite receiver on his team, Brandon Marshall.

I’m totally fine with redskin potatoes…: Some might point out that Pierre Garçon and DeSean Jackson could vulture targets from each other, but I’m not so sure. There are certainly examples of two good wide receivers getting plenty of production opportunity between them. The just mentioned Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery tandem is the perfect example. Heck, even Denver found a way to have 18 Pro Bowl receivers, so I’m just saying, the idea of a target cap may be overrated. Even when you enter Andre Roberts into the mix, I’m sure Jay Grudan’s affinity for a ‘throw or die’ strategy will only stimulate the passing game, especially when you have three guys that can all find separation from coverage with their game-changing speed. I like all three, especially with Robert Griffin III coming back with what looks like legs that can function with movement.

Michael Floyd and Roddy White: I grouped these two guys together, because one guy (Floyd) represents what we business experts call “rising value”, and the other guy (White) is who we, um, nap experts call a “sleeper”. It should be noted that my acumen of naps far outweighs my expertise in business. Unless it’s a nap company. In Michael Floyd, I actually think his stock might get too inflated, him with his primary receiver label and all. I’ve liked what I’ve seen out of him, and think he has the potential to get into the top-15, but I’d like to see more touchdowns, and he could be game-planned against quite often. Also, his quarterback is Carson Palmer… So that being said, be careful, there’s a danger of him getting overrated as the off-season progresses. As for Roddy White, let’s just give him a mulligan. The Atlanta team was terrible, and I might be spoiling things a bit, but I have Matt Ryan ranked quite high. If I believe in his resurgence, I’m definitely buying into White’s resurgence. Which sounds slightly raycess.

Rookie Watch, 2014: For every Keenan Allen, there are 50 Cordarrelle Patterson‘s. And what I mean by that is there is an evil genius making clones of Patterson. Also what I’m saying is that the wide receiver position has the biggest learning curve for first year players not counting quarterbacks. (Quick Note: Cordarrelle Patterson only had one 100+ yard game last season, and outside of that, did not have a game with 50+ yards… so draft wisely.) I like Mike Evans and Sammy Watkins. I also like Odell Beckham Jr.. And I like Jordan Matthews and Brandin Cooks a little more than I should, mostly due to their quarterbacks and the system’s they play in. But when it comes down to it, they are still strictly in teir 4 for me. And it’s okay if I’m wrong, because whichever player emerges from that group, mathematics dictates that I’ll be right with the other guys. Then again, I have no idea what mathematics is or what it does.

 


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  1. SMLV1 says:
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    According to your rankings jay you must decently like my team so far…10 Team Y! standard League –

    K- Crosby
    DEF – St. Louis
    TE – Rudolph
    WR – Nelson, Cruz, A. Johnson, Wright, Wayne
    * Unranked – Lacy, Stacy, Tate, P. Thomas, D. Williams, L. Miller
    * Unranked – M. Ryan

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @SMLV1: I do. The only player there I’m not really high on is Lamar Miller… but his value is sure to rise. Just can’t trust him. Everything else, pretty sexy. I think Cruz is primed for a big year, and will be talking about him next month.

  2. One Man Crusade says:
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    Nice write up. Agree on rookie WR. I tend to avoid them in the draft. As it was I ended up landing Allen on waivers last year. Look forward to the RB analysis as I have significant work to do in that area for my keeper league. WR I’ll take a bunch of high upside flyers with maybe one high target vet as I have Calvin, Julio and Cobb as my 3 starters

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @One Man Crusade: Thanks! Yeah, picked up Allen AND Alshon in week 2 last season… I was ecstatic. And yeah, WR is a place where I feel comfortable taking some risk, but that’s quite a core you have.

  3. Zar says:
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    Hey Jay, nice job with the rankings. Still like the T.Y. Hilton placement. Each year he moves up in the razzball rankings, but lags in other rankings. Each year, he ends up closer to razzball than to yahoo. Good job with that one :D

    So, in a crazy fit, I drafted a team already. Hows it look?

    QB: Tom Brady (54)
    WR: Calvin Johnson (7), Larry Fitzgerald (34), Roddy White (47), Brandin Cooks (107), Marvin Jones (134), Danny Amendola (Free Agency)
    RB: Le’Veon Bell (14), Giovanni Bernard (27), Stevan Ridley (67), Bishop Sankey (74), Lamar Miller (Free Agency)
    TE: Charles Clay (Free Agency)
    K: Phil Dawson (94)
    DST: Cincinatti (127)

    I originally had Moreno (87), Ertz (114) and Devonta Freeman (147) but dropped them for Miller and Amendola. Also, someone dropped Patterson day 1, but I lost a waiver claim (Angry face)

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Zar: Thanks! Yeah, I’m high on Hilton and Wayne, just because I have Luck (teaser!) somewhere in the top-5.

      I love Brady, and I think he’s the one guy who could provide the most value returned at QB, and I’m very high on Clay. The RB and WR situation is a bit risky, but I think Megatron and Bell will provide you with enough. I like Ertz more than Miller this season, but I like this team in general.

  4. Anustart says:
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    I got some really difficult keeper choices. Mind giving me your opinion? 10 team h2h 4 keepers per team half ppr. Heres my choices
    Kaepernick 10th Rd
    Zac Stacy 11th rd
    Keenan Allen. 11th rd
    Julius Thomas 11th rd
    Michael Crabtree 11th rd
    Alfred Morris 9th rd
    Victor Cruz 8th rd
    Jordyn nelson 3rd rd
    If 2 are picked from the same rd theu move to the higher rd. So if I kept 3 11 rders they would be 11, 10, 9th. 11th season with the same 10 people. Wanna kick some ass! Haha. Thanks!

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Anustart: Even with the penalty, I would still go Allen, Thomas and Stacy. Though, I think Cruz and Nelson are primed for big years.

  5. Steve says:
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    Would you please provide a ranking of return yardage guys who also play somewhat regularly? That makes C-Pat worth owning.

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Steve: Yeah, I think we had a request like this a month ago. I’m going to huddle with my IDP guy and see if he wants to rank em. Remind me if you don’t get a follow up to this.

      In the mean time, no doubt Patterson gets a bump in leagues that use return yardage. And I do like him, but in standard leagues, I’ve seen some put him in the third round. That’s… iffy.

  6. Jay, great write up man — my only contention is that I’d bump Brown and Garcon up and drop Julio a few spots.

    Just my opinion and fear of Atlanta’s offense for my fantasy team haha.

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Bobby Kittleberger: I hear ya. I would love to move Garcon and Brown up, I like them both… but I just couldn’t. Too much love for the guys ahead of them. But PPR… I’ll have no problem moving Brown up.

  7. Principal Blackman says:
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    While I agree with your assessment of rookie wide receivers, Jay, I will say that in my return yardage league Cordarrelle Patterson was a major asset in the second half and especially in the playoffs.

    • Principal Blackman says:
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      ….and I see that you just addressed this a few comments up….my apologies….nothing to see here….move along….

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Principal Blackman: Yeah, that’s definitely something I didn’t include in my rankings. But as you noticed, in those types of leagues, I think a lot of the lower tier receivers would get a boost. If anything, it allows me to know that there’s a number of leagues that use this metric, and we’ll provide some sort of content for that.

  8. Cole says:
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    If somehow Josh Gordon’s suspension is less than the full season, where would he go? He could still have an impact on the fantasy playoffs.

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Cole: It’s funny, because I was talking with Radio Host Nick, and I almost flirted putting him ahead of Megatron before all this news came out. Crazy… I know.

      If his suspension was, let’s say, six games, I would put him at the end of tier 3 maybe. Behind Steve Smith perhaps… If it were 8-10 games? Somewhere in tier 4. Maybe around Kenny Stills.

      The problem I have is not what he did. It’s that he shows zero self-control with it, and that to me is too dangerous to invest in, as a person and a player.

      • Cole says:
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        @Jay: totally agree, I have no problem with weed. And with the mounting evidence of its therapeutic application in pain management I think this will be a non issue in under 10 years. I’d much rather have my guys on that than on synthetic heroine (oxy).
        On Gordon, I am pulling for the guy and I hope he gets his shiz together because he is about as fun as anyone to watch (and own). I’m not even a browns fan. Watch this ban be far harsher on Gordon than the NFL punishment for Irsay. A guy that was driving around like that high as shiz. F*ck goodel and the owners.

        • Jay

          Jay says:
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          @Cole: Agreed on that. An elite talent, and I’m just saddened at the waste of it all. I hope he can get it together, but I’m not banking on it.

  9. MMCC1029 says:
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    Jay, New Razzball reader here but longtime fantasy player. I just got slapped with the dreaded 12th pick my most important/competitive league ugh….Who are you targeting there? I know everyone says to wait on QB but my league gives bonuses at 300, 350 and 400 yards. Peyton finished with 612 pts, brees 552 the next closest was charles at 440. What is everyone’s plan for picking 12th? No running back is a lock in that spot, seems smart to just take the guy who averaged 40 pts a week last year.

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @MMCC1029: Welcome to Razz!

      That’s interesting with the bonuses. At the moment (my overall rankings are still fluid), but that seems like a Zac Stacy, Arian Foster, Julio Jones type of area there. But with your format, I might go QB, and, this might be a spoiler, but Peyton is not my number one ranked QB this season…

      • MMCC1029 says:
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        @Jay: BREES ? See stacy and foster both scare me (mason and injuries) I’m from alabama so I love me some julio. I’m confident in my ability to make solid picks later in the draft, I just dont want to whiff on my back to backs at 12 and 13.

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