Well this will be my last ranking post with words on each player. I know you want to cry but hold back the tears, friends, we’ll still be with you all summer to cover any rankings updates that need updating and any Amanda Bynes news that needs ignoring. When we last left off on our rankings with the Top 80 Wide Receivers, I said we were in the ‘Veddy Interesting’ tier and that it stretched into the Top 100. Or else Puck a liar call, that still holds true. Oh and if you’re wondering where that link came from, you can click here where I’ve magically hyperlink typed Rankings or you can use all your finger strength and move up to the menu bar where it says ‘Rankings’ to find all your needs fulfilled. At this point of my rankings clearly I’m talking to deep leaguers or the completely insane (which, admittedly, can be one and the same person) so if you’re doing the regular 10 or 12 team thing with the usual roster set up, feel free to ignore. These remaining ain’t for you unless you enjoy the whimsy of my writing (and who doesn’t!). So without more delay, let’s get to the Top 100 Wide Receivers for 2013 Fantasy Football…
Stats based on receptions, receiving yards, receiving touchdowns, rushing yards and rushing touchdowns. Rankings based on a PPR setting.
81. Denard Robinson – I already went over this ‘Offensive Weapon’ in my Top 80 Running Backs. I did it while showing my peacock. 2013 Projections: 35/308/1/147/1 (and at least 3 miscellaneous touchdowns)
82. Robert Woods – So let’s discuss rookies who have a strong chance at making a 2013 impact due to situational security, shall we? Woods steps into Buffalo with a chance to be the #2 guy behind a well established vet in Stevie Johnson. It’s not set in stone Woods has that role cemented but for reasons I’ll discuss later, methinks he does without anyone really knowing it yet. 2013 Projections: 55/616/4/63/0
83. Aaron Dobson – The only thing it feels like we can count on in New England this year is Tom Brady’s beautiful butt-chin making the ladies of the world happy he’s on TV. Though I’m not one of ‘those guys’ who thinks Amendola is gonna get hurt – injury history fluky, not chronic y’all – if you’re concerned then Dobson has to hold some small interest for you. And by small, I mean I ranked him 82nd so we’re getting granular here. I don’t think he does much this season but he’s on a good team to find out. 2013 Projections: 43/520/3/0/0
84. Keenan Allen – Despite starting the summer trend of wearing another team’s hat, we haven’t heard too much on Keenan heading into the season. Though he has a long road to starter’s ville in some ways with Vincent Brown, DX and Floyd most likely ahead of him, the reality is there’s only one full 16 game slate played out over 12 seasons between those 3 to this point. That there is what the kids nowadays call ‘opportunity’. 2013 Projections: 47/710/5/0/0
85. Cordarrelle Patterson – Patterson is akin to sushi. That is to say, he’s raw and everyone finds him delicious…or something. It’s hard to tell if Patterson even gets a spot in the starting lineup in Minnesota at this point. It might be he’s just a special teams return guy to start his career as he works on his X’s and O’s. It might also be that he stays that special teams guy and never develops. And thus, that’s why he’s here. 2013 Projections: 32/346/2/72/0 (and two miscellaneous TDs)
86.A.J. Jenkins – Huh, not a rookie? What’s this tier coming to? Though technically not a rookie, Jenkins didn’t play much his first year so on some levels, there’s still some rookie nookie upside here. The situation in San Fran is murkier then swamp ass with what wide receiver is going to step up with Crabtree out. Though I ranked Boldin higher due to history, I think we’re going to need to keep at least one of our eyes on AJ during the pre-season and another on if they sign Collie. What, you can’t do that weird thing that chameleon’s do with their eyes? Sorry for you. 2013 Projections: 48/590/4/0/0
87. Quinton Patton – I did it on purpose. Yes, I put the two vying for PT in SF back to back and I’d do it again without hesitation. That’s why they’re way down here, people. Way too much needs to be determined in the preseason to make a call on either guy and as you’ll notice farther down, they might not be the call at all for this year. 2013 Projections: 38/426/2/0/0
88. Justin Hunter – What’s with Tennessee and drafting talented wide outs that have bad injury issues? Hunter sat out most of the OTAs with a hamstring issue which didn’t sit well with his new coaches. I’m sure they’d feel differently if it was the torn ACL he had in 2011. In either case, stuff like that lingers. We all know the Titans are ready to move on and away from Nate Washington and maybe they do this year. But I don’t think it’ll be at the start. Deep leagues, Hunter is a stash and hope and he’s also the end of the ‘Veddy Interesting’ tier. 2013 Projections: 33/389/2/0/0
89. Jacoby Jones – Jacoby is the start of the final tier of this way too long rankings list. If you don’t know what that means, it means we ain’t got no more tiers after this so I’m not gonna tell you who it ‘goes to’ cuz it goes into oblivion, much like what this list already felt like to this point. I call this tier ‘Something’s Gotta Give’ as it’s going to require something to happen in terms of filling a role on their respective team for them to be fantasy relevant. Jacoby is a kick/punt returner who is also a good stretch the field kinda guy. Thing is, Baltimore already has a better field stretcher in Torrey and that makes Jones a secondary long ball target on an offense that isn’t really built to chuck it all day. This is my way of saying your league needs to count return stats for you to even fathom dancing with this star. 2013 Projections: 37/566/3/0/0 (and two miscellaneous TDs)
90. Da’Rick Rogers – Not all guys in this tier are downside plays. Rogers was signed as an unrestricted free agent by the Bills and it clearly wasn’t for his gamesmanship. Rogers has hurt himself in terms of draft status with his behavior, something we know all too well can derail a career *cough, Titus Young, cough*. He’s down here because he may not even make the team but if he can get his head on straight he might be a nice deep league flyer. 2013 Projections: 33/436/2/0/0
91. Jon Baldwin – If you wanna circle one guy that could come out of nowhere in this pack, Baldwin would be that guy. But he was supposed to be that guy last year and the year before and, well, he’s still ‘the other guy’. There’s enough improvement around him this year in KC for him to succeed but I’m ranking him like he won’t cuz…yeah, he keeps being the other guy. 2013 Projections: 35/483/2/0/0
92. Austin Collie – My first foray into FA’dom here. There are hints and rumors he might go to San Fran which would significantly impact any value we could expect from the two I guys I list above. Austin is a WR3 if he’s healthy and playing for the right team. Problem is he hasn’t been healthy in a long while. Until he’s playing for someone I can’t project but I can pretend he has draft value.
93. Donald Jones
– He’s probably just wide receiver depth, I know. But of the two FAs the Pats signed at wide out – the other being Michael Jenkins – Jones strikes me as the one who could have value as the season wears on. Again, we’re in the ‘why are you still here’ part of the rankings so you look for any hope you can find. 2013 Projections: 37/437/3/0/0 – Cut by the Pats and has no team as of right now. Could end up anywhere but he’s not here, man.
93. Brandon Lloyd – He might just well be done. The numbers from last year don’t tell you he was terrible. So let me tell you myself: he was terrible. His out of nowhere 2010 campaign is looking more and more like it’ll never happen again but then again…yeah, opportunity can happen at any moment. And like Collie, no projections for those who ain’t playin, sucka.
94. Donnie Avery – Kansas City sure has a lot of wide outs on this list of mine. Considering how meh I am about Alex Smith, I’m kinda surprised at myself. That being said, some guys like Baldwin get the top 100 love because they could break out. Meanwhile, other guys get the top 100 love because they could catch a few of those 5 yard passes from Smith and become fairly valuable along the way. What, really, it could happen I swear! 2013 Projections: 44/475/2/0/0
95. Jerome Simpson – He might go down as having one of the sweetest TD catches in NFL history and be out of the league in a year. He’s not really that young at 27 and with all the new blood in town, he might get pushed out of Minny by the end of the season. But we’ll still always remember that catch and wish we could see more like that from him. 2013 Projections: 33/419/2/0/0
96. Mario Manningham – Mario used to be good, right? I’m not just imagining he had back to back 800+ yard seasons with the Giants just two years ago, am I? Injuries have been a big part of why Mario hasn’t been so super over the last two years but if he doesn’t show something this year, there’ll be no reason to talk about him in 2014 in a rankings list, most likely. 42/500/3/0/0
97. Dexter McCluster – I swear I’m not a huge Chiefs passing game fan. You don’t have to tell us that, you’re in the top 100 wide receivers. We haven’t read a word you’ve said in these rankings for like 3 weeks now. Thanks for putting things in perspective, I.R. Dexter has had flashes of usefulness in the past. He’s also been as misused as a Lindsay Lohan hotel bed due to inept coaching. Deep, deep league guy to circle here. Dex knows. 2013 Projections: 48/485/2/175/1 (and two miscellaneous TDs)
98. Damaris Johnson – Huh? Who? Yeah, that’s a reasonable question. Right now, he’s buried pretty deep on any depth chart you can find. You all hate blah guys, so I figured I’d throw you a bone and give you an upside guy. DJ is heading into his second year in the league and there’s always a chance his versatility could turn into something bigger in that Eagles offense. 2013 Projections: 33/465/2/79/0 (and one miscellaneous TD)
99. Markus Wheaton – I keep feeding the upside to you because you’re a glutton for it, we know. If Wheaton becomes something for the Steelers, it’ll probably happen in the second half after he’s learned the ways of the rookie behind Sanders and Brown. But if you see a Blackmon-like emergence begin, don’t hesitate to nab him. 2013 Projections: 38/528/3/0/0
100. Josh Boyce – And we end with a rookie on a team known for it’s passing prowess. I think that’s reasonable. I could’ve went with Michael Jenkins here but let’s face facts: you don’t want to draft Jenkins, let alone pick him up off the FA pool. You want the ability to dream with your 100th wide out. To take long walks in the park where Unicorns fart multi-colored bubbles and where you can hear the sound of laughing children off in the distance…woah, where’d we go? You see, upside can be so magical you forget what you’re even talking about. 2013 Projections: 32/397/2/0/0