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First I gave you my Top 20 Quarterbacks.  Then I gave you the Top 20 Running Backs.  Now I’m here to give you the Top 20 Nickelbacks.  There’s only one Nickelback and they’re horrible!  Oh right, sorry, got caught up with ending words in ‘back’.  Blame it on my OCD, baby.  I agree ‘top 20′ and ‘Nickelback’ in the same sentence should never be typed unless we’re talking ‘top 20 sellouts’ or ‘top 20 Nirvana milkers’.  I try to not hate them because they’re Canadian but they still haven’t apologized for Bryan Adams so we’re not on solid ground.  But where was I?  Oh yeah, were’ here to discuss the top 20 Wide Receivers as we continue or trip into the land of 2013 Fantasy Football Rankings.  You’ll notice I’ve got a little more like for some and a little less like for others but in the end there’s, like, a lot to like here, m’kay?  As always, the tiers tell the tale.  As if you were David Byrne, you may ask yourself ‘why doesn’t he just put those guys he doesn’t like lower?’.   Well, I realize my like/dislike is merely how I squint my eye at these guys.  I realize there’s value in the ones I don’t like but I also realize there’s guys I’d rather target that feel safer or have higher upside.  Now you understand the inner conflict of a fantasy ‘expert’.  It’s tough, y’all!  But enough about my ulcers, let’s take a look at the top 20 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.

1. Calvin Johnson – See Top 10 For 2013 Fantasy Football for Calvin Johnson projections.

2. Brandon Marshall – See Top 20 For 2013 Fantasy Football for Brandon Marshall projections.

3. Demaryius Thomas – See Top 20 For 2013 Fantasy Football for Demaryius Thomas projections.

4. Dez Bryant – See Top 20 For 2013 Fantasy Football for Dez Bryant projections.

5. A.J. Green – See Top 20 For 2013 Fantasy Football for A.J. Green projections.

6. Andre Johnson - Finally!  Words!  Andre is the start of the third wide receiver tier which I call ‘Let’s just stay friends’ and stretches to Jones.  I think these two have many good arguments to be a part of the ‘Superfluous’ tier but they just don’t feel as safe.  Andre got off to a very slow start last year and it makes me worry about drafting him.  I worry, ok?!?  Couple that with low touchdown production – he’s never had a 10 touchdown season in his career – and him turning 32 in July, there are good reasons to be cautious or at least aware.  Draft him I shant unless he falls to me.  2013 Projections: 103/1452/6/0/0

7. Julio Jones – I really had a hard time ranking Jones this year.  I went through my wife’s entire garden of oxeye daisies saying ‘I love him, I love him not’.  I’m pretty sure I finished on ‘I love him not’ but it’s hard to remember around all the screaming that came with that bad decision on my part.  I think I do really love him but I don’t trust him, his health or the return of Tony Gonzalez.  I think I’m gonna like him more in 2014 but for now, he lands here.  2013 Projections: 92/1435/11/30/0

8. Randall Cobb – Cobb is the start of the next tier and it stretches down to Amendola.  I call this tier ‘XOXO’ because I really want one of them on my team and for them to go to prom with me.  I’ve sent each one a prom vid and am still waiting for a response.  I look positively radiant in my midnight blue dress…and I’ve already said too much.  You know Randall is good and I already talked about him a bit in the off-season with off-season stats with my Randall Cobb Fantasy.  Well you’ll noticed I bumped his numbers up either because Greg Jennings is gone or to justify him being in the top 10.  I honestly can’t remember at this point but I don’t have to.  I just have to remember I want him on draft day and that’s easy enough.  2013 Projections: 98/1205/9/84 (and one miscellaneous touchdown)

9. Victor Cruz – I know it’s scary to put him in this tier.  He’s having contract negotiation issues with the G-men and he had a down year in 2012.  But the key thing to note: his down year had him finish as the 13th best wideout according to our End Of Season Rankings and still managed 10 touchdowns in a very, very bad Manning season.  There’s value where he’s currently being ranked and I aim to take advantage.  2013 Projections: 84/1218/10/0/0

10. Roddy White – Is he as sexy as the two other guys I have in this tier so far?  Nope.  Has he been mister consistent for pretty much his entire career?  Yup.  See, I don’t always go for the flash in my like tiers.  There’s not much else to say about Mr. White other than I really want someone to give me this bird in the draft.  2013 Projections: 90/1242/8/0/0

11. Marques Colston - Again, what we have here is a failure to appreciate the fine consistency.  I ranked him 10th last year and got the eye roll from the crowd.  Then he finished the year as the 11th best wide out.  Much like Roddy, Colston is ignored in many drafts because no one sees upside.  Save your upside for later or shove it up your backside, I say!  Colston is Roddy without the recognition.  Enjoy.  2013 Projections: 82/1156/9/0/0

12. Danny Amendola – Riddle me this, Batman.  I’m not Batman.  It’s a figure of speech, imaginary reader.  I don’t care, don’t call me fictitious comic book heroes.  But you’re already imaginary, why not be an awesome type of imaginary?  I’ll show you imaginary awesome!  Wait’ll they get a load of me…Officially creepy, I.R…well, riddle me this imaginary reader: what has replaced Welker, has a better downfield game than Wes and has the same great quarterback?  Tim Tebow?  You’re funny.  Of course it’s Amendola.  I’m not saying they’re the same player.  Far from it.  In fact, I’m saying Amendola is a bit better because he should see more scoring opportunities with the Pats than Wes did.  Factor in Gronk and A-Hern’s health/law issues and ‘dola could be in for a career year.  And  before you quip about it, I know he himself is a health risk.  Yes, this could come back to bite you or me but if there’s someone out there besides Marv Albert I’d rather have doing that, it’s Danny-boy.  2013 Projections: 105/1291/6/0/0

13. Percy Harvin – Harvin is the start of the next tier and it stretches to Fitzgerald.  I call this tier the ‘not my type’ tier as I think there’s too much baked into the ADP cake with them and I don’t see upside where they’re being drafted.  Harvin had an amazing year last year before getting hurt but ya see, that was a big fish, small pond thing.  Ponder had no one else besides Harvin to really throw it to outside of Rudolph.  RW3 doesn’t have that problem and Seattle doesn’t need to chuck it at Percy all day to win games, something I alluded to in my Percy Harvin Fantasy write up in the off-season.  It’s a good offense up there in the PNW and he’s not gonna run the table every day like he would’ve with the Vikings.  2013 Projections: 85/1003/6/160/1 (and one miscellaneous touchdown) Out 3-4 months with a torn labrum in his hip.  Could return week 9 but I’d guess week 13.  Not draftable but definitely a decent bench flier once the bye week dust settles and you want some upside on your bench.

14. Vincent Jackson – Don’t get me wrong, I do truly like V-Jax.  He proved he was WR1 material last year and I do think he’s got a shot to do it again.  But in ranking him as a top 10 wideout, you’d be asking me to trust Josh Freeman to repeat a solid but inconsistent 2012 campaign.  We’ve been down that trail before and I’d like to not revisit it if I can manage it.  And look at that, I’m doing so by probably not getting V-Jax where I ranked him.  2013 Projections: 70/1246/7/0/0

15. Larry Fitzgerald – It was a rough 2012 for Fitzgerald.  With the QB carousel in Cards country, it would figure that Larry never really got on track.  I know with Carson Palmer in town there’ll be some improvement but I don’t see a reason to overspend to find out.  2013 Projections: 83/1054/7/0/0

16. Jordy Nelson – Jordy is the start of the next tier and it goes to Bowe.  I call this tier the ‘That’s My Jam, Son’ tier as I do like all 4 of these guys to varying degrees.  Jordy I will say is the last wide out I 100% trust from this tier but I see value in all four of them.  Jordy had a bit of an up and down year in 2012 in part due to injuries.  Not much you can do about that other than move on and tackle the next year.  Keep in mind Jordy is a year removed from a 15 touchdown season.  I’d say that was probably a career year never to be seen again but I still think he’s closer to a top 10 wide out than he is a WR2.  And that’s the story of why he’s in this tier.  2013 Projections: 66/1102/11/0/0

17. Eric Decker – Yeah, it’s not safe to put him here.  But is it all that safe to put Nicks ahead of him like many sites are doing?  Yeah, not really.  You can clearly circle me as one of those ‘experts’ who doesn’t see a disruption in the force in Denver with Welker around.  2013 Projections: 80/1080/11/0/0

18. Stevie Johnson – I’m 100% ready to move him down if this vertebrae thing is serious.  I mean, it’s a frickin fracture in his L-5 so it SHOULD be taken serious but he’s practicing so what should I do?  He’s proven himself capable with Fitzpatrick slinging to him, here’s me showing faith he can stay consistent without him.  2013 Projections: 88/1064/6/0/0

19. Dwayne Bowe – I’m not overly confident that Alex Smith is ‘the answer’ in KC but I am confident he’s a better QB than Matt Cassel.  That in and of itself justifies Bowe having a better year than he did last year.  Add in a positive coaching change with Andy Reid and you get why he’s here.  2013 Projections: 81/1150/5/0/0

20. Hakeem Nicks – Nicks is the start of the next tier which goes into the top 40 for wide receivers.  I call this tier the ‘Strained Relationship’ tier as all of the receivers from this bunch have had injury issues in the past and have made them either draft day values or draft day death.  Nicks has not played a full season yet in his career but each year he’s put as a top 15 or better wide out.  I don’t get it and I probably won’t get him this year because of where he’s ranked and truthfully, I’m absolutely F-I-N-E with that.  2013 Projections: 73/1088/8/0/0

  1. BTD says:
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    Who’s in the next 5? Wayne? Torrey Smith?

    What do you see out of Danario Alexander? I know you’re thinking Rivers has a bit of a bounce back, so I imagine you’re higher on him than industry averages?

    What do you think about Boldin’s set up in SF? I think his physical game will fit really well with a scrambling QB. He’ll probably be a little too buzzy, but I pretty confident his per game numbers will be more like his 2012 playoff numbers than the regular season numbers.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Ha, ya gotta come back and read to find out, my man!

      Boldin will be good but I’m not huge on him. Think one of the young guys steps up at some point this season and that Vernon grabs the reigns as the top target there. The numbers will be good but I wouldn’t go crazy over him.

  2. Fignuts says:
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    Hey Sky. First time, long time etc.

    12 team keeper league (1 keeper drafted 5th rd or later) and I have the 7th pick. Matt Ryan is my keeper. Should I trade my 2nd round pick , #19 overall, for Dez Bryant (keeper eligible)?

    I guess the question is, is it ridiculous to give up a high pick for a guaranteed elite keeper player?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Hey Fig!

      Assuming it’s a 1 QB league and also assuming there’ll be an abundance of QBs in the draft, I don’t mind that trade. In a regular league, that’s about the going rate for Dez anyway (i.e. that draft round is not overpriced). What round do you keep Dez at?

  3. Tehol Beddict says:
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    Torrey above Stevie this year. like way ahead.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Go for it, it’s your funeral.

  4. Japers says:
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    Stumbled upon your treasure trove of a website. Loving the analysis and info.

    I’m putting in a lot of thought on my team construction for next year in my keeper league (non-ppr) and am stuck deciding between keeping Antonio Brown or Cecil Shorts as my WR4. I am targeting Roddy as my WR1 and Jordy as my WR2. I am keeping Amendola as my WR3 (and hopefully he will perform as the #12 WR this year!). This leaves me with Antonio and Cecil — or would you rather use that spot for a player like Garcon, Desean, Miles, or Greg Jennings?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Thanks!

      This is an upside vs high floor argument but I want upside from my WR4. Think Cecil has that the most over those guys and I’d lean his way for that reason and target other ‘safer’ WRs to counterbalance that in the draft.

  5. Jack Full of Hate says:
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    Yo wallpaper patterson you still down for my league?

    • Wallpaper Paterson says:
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      @Jack Full of Hate: Yeah. When are you going to start filling it? Do you need my email address?

  6. Jack Full of Hate says:
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    PPR FOR LIFE!

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      I just flashed the gangster PPR sign with my hands. I’m gonna have arthritis when I get older…

      • Jack Full of Hate says:
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        @Sky: I’m getting it tattooed across my knuckles with IDP. It will read PPR! IDP!

        Lets all the regular boring people know where I stand….for life

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          Ha! I’m picturing you escaping a dangerous bar situation showing your two knuckle-tats off. ‘Back away, this guy’s clearly dangerous’.

          • Jack Full of Hate says:
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            @Sky: he plays fantasy football that has balls….no offense rcl football

            • Sky

              Sky says:
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              Ha, same could be said of the RCL baseball side. I haven’t played a 5×5 in forever, let alone one so thin. I love my keeper league (12 team, 30 player, 2 at every IF/UTIL, 5 OF). Just wish it was roto and not H2H.

              • Wallpaper Paterson says:
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                @Sky: What do you play? 6×6? 7×7?

                Going back to our convo from the other day… I think another big reason why I have lost interest in fantasy baseball (mind you, I am setting my lineups everyday and still doing add/drops, but I am mainly just going through the motions) is that I am in six leagues and they are all lifeless. Last year I was in one league and it had a tremendous amount of action everyday (probably 20 messages one average per day between message board posts and smack talk entries; Yahoo! league). It was a free league but people hated one another so very much that bragging rights were a huge deal.

                In 2014, I plan to play in two leagues tops. I suppose one RCL to support the site and be a part of the scene and then hopefully one a-hole league with a lot of cursing and shizz like my 2012 league.

                • Sky

                  Sky says:
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                  8×8, though admittedly I wish it was 7×7: R/H/HR/RBI/SB/K/OBP/SLG x SV/ER/K/TB/ERA/WHIP/K:BB/QS

                  I hear ya. Three is my max and even then, I’d prefer even two. I do think my keeper league keeps me more involved with my other leagues; I’d say it buoys my interest by a large amount. Moves there mean a lot, you’re always thinking forward and my moves there usually bleed over into my RCLs. It’s my research lab, if you will. But for me, the smack talk stuff doesn’t really do much for me; probably because I’m always typing stuff here, ha! I just want it to be competitive.

                  • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                    @Wallpaper Paterson: @Sky: coming from a 6×6 to RCL I do find it a little refreshing to make it more bare bones, it works in a roto setting, actually makes it a little harder. In roto K’s are lame for hitters.

                    In my old league we had XBH and QS, which was fun, and if everyone had wrapped their head around it then it might of worked, but we had moron after moron who never got it. I really liked the QS and I like K/BB for pitching, but for offensive stats I don’t see anything I’m super in love with, XBH was alot of fun because it made doubles and triples hitters more relevant.

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      SLG% is just the same as XBH in that regard. Obviously it includes singles but it does reflect the extra base power just fine.

                      Yeah I said I wanted 7×7 and Ks on the hitters side would go and so would ER in that set up. ER was meant as punishment for people who streamed like mad for the week to win. With TB, it’s double punishment and unneeded.

                      I like hits for hitters. Makes you fill your roster. With it as an extra counting stat, you cant just aim for the percentage stats and say SB/HR. forces you to play it right and fill your roster

                  • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                    @Sky: I get the XBH/SLG sameness, I like XBH cause it’sa counting stat and I’m better with whole numbers than percentages….I can do it on my fingers!

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      If you can count all of your XBHs on your hands you’ve got problems!

                  • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                    @Sky: I can count to 60 in my head, a magic number for XBH’s and players relevance

                    I sent the e-mail to you

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      Received, I’ll sign up here soon. I’ll be there!

                  • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                    @Sky: I’m putting my bells on

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      I never took mine off

                  • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                    @Sky: I was thinking about carries and what about .125 per carry?

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      I look at it as trying to represent PPR but my league calibrations were for 4 points per touchdown. 20 carries would yield 2.5 points or 5 receptions with that. Not bad, sounds reasonable.

                  • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                    @Sky: it’s one point per reception, think I should drop that down?

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      Think that’s too much, personally. I don’t like someone who catches 6 passes for 40 yards basically scoring a TD. I go 0.5, personally

                  • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                    @Sky: I went to .8

                    I male changes then go to players screen then sort by fan points and see how the rankings go. with my other numbers the .8 actually work. I’ll wait for you to join the league look at settings and then we’ll talk

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      Cool, we’ll see how it goes.

  7. dillbert says:
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    It seems like every one is hip to the wait on QBs strat this year. I even get Drew Brees in the late 2nd- early 3rd in mocks.

    Maybe a stupid question, but do you plan on actually taking Brees at 12th overall if he’s there or did you put him there kind of like how Grey put Posey at 30 not expecting him to be there.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      I’m looking at it from a consistency perspective. We all know QBs are going to outscore nearly every player we rank for football. Brees pretty much = 40 TDs now. The guys below I don’t think have the history to assume they’ll repeat/improve is all.

      I have no problem with getting Brees at that point where youre saying. I’ll be going over draft strategy in July.

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