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What you’re still here?  You want more rankings?  You’re not satisfied with Top 20’s?  Well then let’s make this go to 11…given the context, maybe a Spinal Tap reference doesn’t make sense there but whatevs, we’re still ranking and you’re still reading.  Yesterday I gave you my Top 40 Running Backs and on Monday I gave you my Top 50 for 2013 Fantasy Football.  And before all that, I gave you all the rankings you’d ever want to rankle with up above in the menu bar…where it says Rankings.  If you can’t tell, I’m going for the record amount of times I can type ‘rankings’ in one paragraph and I think I’m gonna get there.  Rankings.  But enough about my pursuit for the Guinness, let’s get on with the Top 40 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.

21. Pierre Garcon - When last we left off from our Wide Receiver rankings I said Hakeem Nicks was the start of the ‘Stained Relationship’ tier and that it stretched into the Top 40.  You think I’d lie to you about that, bro?  We still in it!  I said last year I’d work on putting that weird French thingie on the ‘c’ in Pierre’s last name if he became relevant.  Well, I’m looking at his name in bold and that means one of two things: either he isn’t relevant or I’m lazy and still won’t do it.  Considering I ranked him as the 21st best wide out, I’m gonna roll with the latter.  Now pardon me while I go take my 3rd nap of the day.  2013 Projections: 78/1147/10/10/0

22. Danario Alexander – In only 9 games last year, DX put up 37/658/7 despite not having a large history with Rivers.  Well, I think these two get a chance to become a bit more familiar this year.  It’s too bad about the health history of Danario or we might talk about him differently at this stage in the game.  But of course, that’s why he rounds out our ‘Strained Relationship’ tier.  You’re gonna find this tier pretty dispersed in drafts this year.  I’d take a shot on any three, just not all three and Danario is looking like the cheapest of the bunch and you know how cheap I am. *Takes wife’s chewed gum from ashtray and puts in mouth* That’s a disgusting way of me telling you I’ll take DX.  2013 Projections: 67/1146/8/0/0 DX gets D-Axe due to a torn ACL.  He’s out for the year which will ruin the value play that Vincent Brown once was much to my chagrin.  Well and the value play that DX was to my chagrin part deux.

23. Mike Wallace – Mike is the start of the next tier and it stretches to Brown.  I call this tier ‘More Than Words’ as when I see this group, I whip my bic out (don’t read that out loud) and sing a power ballad for them.  It may take some time for Wallace and Tannehill to get on the same page but when they do, there’ll be a bit of magic in the air in Miami.  2013 Projections: 68/1163/7/0/0

24. T.Y. Hilton – Alright, here’s some math for you.  This wide receiver had 6 touchdowns and 4 100 yard receiving games in his final 9.  During this same stretch, the other WR for comparison point had 3 touchdowns and only 1 100 yard game.  BTW, these two play on the same team and BTW2, the first one in this comparison basically missed one week during that stretch.  Give up?  I’m comparing Hilton to Wayne.  Only Wayne’s going much higher than Hilton in drafts.  See?  I just gave you perspective.  You’re welcome.  2013 Projections: 72/1138/7/32/0 (and one miscellaneous touchdown)

25. Cecil Shorts – Even when Gabbert was throwing to him, Cecil was showing signs of a breakout season.  Then Blaine went away and the world rejoiced.  Not sure if Henne or Gabby (I can call him that; we’re frenemies) will be the starter but I know Cecil has enough talent to make up for it either way.  2013 Projections: 80/1280/8/0/0

26. DeSean Jackson – I know we don’t want to see an Eagles receiver up here and even if you did, you’d maybe hope it wasn’t DeSean.  I’ve said many times this off-season that I want a piece of the Eagles offensive pie this year and it looks like DeSean has a good chance of being that.  Let’s just hope the flavor isn’t ‘humble’. 2013 Projections: 65/1085/6/90/0 (and 1 miscellaneous touchdown)

27. Antonio Brown – Antonio is not sexy like these other plays I’ve noted.  He hasn’t ever had 10 touchdowns in a season and I’d stand pat this won’t be the year for him to do it either.  But what I will say is another guy in this tier moved on to better weather down south and left a huge role to fill.  There’s a good chance that Brown delivers.  2013 Projections: 83/1004/6/0/0

28. Torrey Smith – Torrey is the start of the next tier and it goes to Welker.  I call this tier ‘Yours For The Taking’ because for various reasons, I see this group as overpriced and not worth the tag.  I already talked a bit about what I think of Smith this off-season with my Torrey Smith Third Year Wide Receiver post.  I have nothing against Torrey the man or what he brings to your team but I think there are players who can do exactly what he does for cheaper in the draft.  For that reason, I’ll side with the Whigs on Torrey.  2013 Projections: 55/935/8/20/0

29. Reggie Wayne – You think I’d talk ill of this man and then put him in a tier I’d want to draft from?  You’re cray-cray if you did.  He’s still going to be good but he’s going to be good for a team that’s not mine.  2013 Projections: 90/1035/4/0/0

30. Steve Smith – I’ve seen a lot of talk on twitter of how people think Steve is undervalued coming into 2013.  Really?  Is this the same guy everyone was asking if they should sell last season?  The one who scored 4 TDs?  The one who’s 34 this year?  Eh, I think he’ll be just alright but I won’t be chasing him on draft day.  2013 Projections: 71/1122/3/27/0

31. Wes Welker – With this tier, I have at least 3 guys to write overrated posts on.  Yes, Welker would be one of those.  I’d honestly be surprised if he hits the numbers I’m projecting.  If you really, really need a Welker type, don’t worry.  I shall guide you, young Fantasy Footballer!  But yeah, don’t go Wes young man.  2013 Projections: 85/1003/4/15/0

32. Kenny Britt – Britt is the start of the next tier and it stretches to Sanders.  I call this tier ‘Surprise Birthday Party’ as those types of surprise parties are sometimes great and other times not so much.  It’s never been a question of talent with Britt, it’s a question of ‘did he take life lessons from Vince Young?’.  It’s hard to believe with the rap sheet and the amount of time we’ve talked about this guy he’s only 24 years of age.  A healthy, locked in season from Kenny and we’re all in a good place.  2013 Projections: 68/1006/7/0/0

33. Brian Hartline – Remember when I said I could find you a cheaper Wes Welker replacement?  You don’t?  What’s wrong with you, I’m only two spots away from talking about Wes at 31!  Brian will be more Welker-y than Wes will be this year, cross my Hartline and hope to die.  2013 Projections: 85/1088/5/0/0

34. Greg Jennings – I covered my Greg Jennings Fantasy when he was traded to the Vikings.  I wrote it while twerking to Polka music.  2013 Projection: 83/1079/6/0/0

35. Mike Williams – Remember when I said there are guys that’ll do what Torrey does for cheaper?  It’s feels like only 30 seconds ago that I did…oh wait, that’s because that’s exactly when I did.  You want Torrey’s stats and I want Torrey’s stats but you want them for asking price and I want them cheaper.  So here’s mine and you can have yours.  What a giving world we live in.  2013 Projections: 65/975/6/0/0

36. Jeremy Maclin – Admittedly, I want DeSean more because he’s explosive but I wouldn’t hate getting Jeremy either to be a part of that Eagles offense.  Return of the Maclin!  2013 Projections: 78/998/6/0/0 Out for the year with an ACL tear which leads to many PHI tears.

36. Miles Austin – I’m pretty admittedly ‘meh’ on Austin for 2013.  Don’t hate him, don’t love him and I think there are better options out there but his worst 16 game season came last year and he finished as the 27th best wide out in this little PPR game we play sooooo…yeah, don’t hate just because 2009 won’t happen again.  2013 Projections: 71/1051/6/0/0

37. Golden Tate – With the hurt Percy, someone’s gotta step up in Seattle.  Methinks it’ll be Tate.  2013 Projections: 65/968/11/56/0

38. Tavon Austin – I swear I didn’t plan to put the Austin brothers – no relation – back to back.  It just happened that way.  It’s always hard projecting for a rookie.  Rookies are like a box of chocolates.  You never know if someone put ex-lax in them and if you’ll spend the next few days with your butt glued to the toilet.  Given where he went in the draft and the clear need on the team for an Amendola-type replacement, I’ll happily take my chocolate chances.  Just hope I don’t get the Hershey squirts.  2013 Projections: 68/734/3/62/1

39. Emmanuel Sanders – I wrote an Emmanuel Sanders sleeper post when it was rumored that Wallace wouldn’t be playing for Pittsburgh in 2012.  I might write another sleeper post on him for 2013 because we know for sure he’s not gonna have to deal with Wallace.  But that’s for later.  Here’s his stats for now.  2013 Projections: 65/988/6/10/0

40. Josh Gordon – Gordon is the start of the next tier which dips into the top 60 wide receivers.  This tier is called ‘Wearing Suspenders’ because the people in this tier are going to miss some time to start the year for violating rules.  Of course, we don’t draft for the start of the year, do we?  Nay is the answer unless of course you’re a horse which means the answer is ‘neigh’ which – if my Linguistics class serves me correctly – is like Hawaii’s ‘Aloha’ in that it could mean both hello and goodbye.  Yeah, I’ve never taken a Linguistics course but I had ya goin for a second!  Oh and Gordon would’ve been higher and is another suitable Torrey Smith replacement who should go at a reasonable price.  2013 Projections: 47/743/5/0/0

  1. BTD says:
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    I was going to say, “Pretty ballsy putting Shorts that high” as I’ve never had him and stay away from Jaguars not named MJD this high on draft boards. Then I looked at his stats. You essentially have him repeating his stats from last year if he would have stayed healthy. I can buy that and can see his numbers getting better. Hmm…

    I think Antonio Brown is primed for a breakout season.

    I hear what you’re saying with Torrey being overpriced, but think his floor is as good as 21-27. Plus more upside than some. But then again, there are some below him that have significant upside too.

    Miles Austin… If I can convince myself that Romo and the Dallas O can feed more mouths than Dez and Witten…

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      I think Gabbert puts a damper on things with Shorts plus Blackmon did become a threat last year. After his 4 game suspension, there’ll be competition for targets and Blaine is just not good enough to rely on for two good WRs.

      I can believe it with Brown but that’s also a story we’ve heard before at this point.

      Sure, Torrey’s floor is what gets him there but I think people tend to look more at the TDs and not what he does on a per game basis. Unless you play in a total points league, Smith is a frustrating player to own. I’m not as sold on Torrey as I mentioned in his third year wideout piece.

      I’m ranking him lower than where he finished even last year. I’m even ranking him as a WR4 in 12 teamers which might be pushing it. All this to say there should be some value in that ranking. He’s a bit overlooked this year.

  2. BringDaRuckus says:
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    Who do you think will step into the Aaron Hernandez role for the Patriots this year and see extra balls thrown their way?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      There won’t be just one guy as Hernandez is a unique talent. Ballard probably steps in at TE and gets some of those targets. Edelman might get a larger role in the offense and filling in on some of the targets. Haven’t heard much either way on the rookie WRs at this point. The deep deep call right now is Zach Sudfeld.

  3. One I'd Willy says:
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    Charged with murder. Knew he was in trouble, but didn’t see that coming. From Mass and everyone’s talking Tebow at TE. That’s ridiculous, right?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Well, everyone in Boston wants a Pats Parade at the end of the year. Instead, they’re getting a Tebow circus to start it. My Gawd Boston people! Yeah, Tebow’s not a TE.

  4. Jack Full of Hate says:
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    I love how your ranks differ from what the populous thinks, better be right or I’m going to look dumber than usual….

    I thought about that trade in you league some more and it made me want to do this with the guy that traded Albert

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2uaPZdhxnek

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Haha. Group think can be a killer. It’s only there to make you feel like you’re not dumb because everyone else is doing the same thing. 10 wrongs still ain’t right!

      Yeah, we had a nice long post conversation yesterday. The guy who got Pujols was trying to defend it and then started going with tangential badger pokes. Not smart on his part. I literally said ‘trade is BS but it’s done. I’m just making my voice be heard. Carry on’ but he felt the need to defend it over and over. Which is usually a sign you know it was wrong. Methinks he doth protest too much, Jack.

      • Jack Full of Hate says:
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        @Sky: If I was the commish there is no way that trade would go through, I could understand maybe a package of up and coming prospects with high ceilings that are not on the Tommy John path, but that one for one is up there for the all time worst trades….no it is the all time worst trade ever. There is no argument in the world to justify it, I have heard it all, and at the end of the day the hardest thing for people to admit about themselves or even claim about their trading partner is they are an idiot or they are a scumbag, there is no other way around it.

        My old money league made the grand mistake of adding draft picks a part of trade and now everyone uses that as leverage and justification to rape other players in trades. I grew so tired of watching people get taken advantage of that I bailed out of the league. It got that bad, my buddy who i still talk to and runs the league justify’s all his decisions, but on this one I know better. Playing keeper leagues with people that haven’t figured it out after 5 years of playing it and adding the draft pick trades is the worst thing he ever did, he claims they have gotten better, but all I see is weak players taking advantage of weaker players.

        While I’m on a rant, I really think technology has hurt the skill levels in this game, between twitter and all the websites available, there is no leg work to be done anymore. You can get all the info on your phone and go add/drop guys with never actually knowing why. I miss the days of doing your homework, studying the minors, and crafting individual thoughts and strategy. I use to laugh when Yahoo would write an article on strategy that people had been doing for a long time.

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          Ha, Jack Full of Rant! Yeah, I said I don’t blame either guy and I really don’t but the reality is this just speaks volumes of the skill level of the league I’m in. The fact the guy traded away Pujols for not just a pitcher but a pitching prospect says enough for me. Seriously, pitching is the easiest thing to draft/aim for in a keeper league. Our rosters are 30 players and most teams that are successful keep 2 or less. Why waste that pick on a kid who doesn’t even have a major league start under their belts? It’s bad evaluation by the guy who traded Pujols. He jobbed himself. I don’t blame the commish letting it pass. No collusion involved. just idiocy.

          • Jack Full of Hate says:
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            @Sky: some people need to be saved from themselves.

            • Sky

              Sky says:
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              Well here’s to a Pujols DL stint. That’s all I can say.

              • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                @Sky: for you I will root against him every time he comes to bat from here on out…..I also don’t own him, so I got that going for me too.

                • Sky

                  Sky says:
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                  Jack Full of Voodoo Dolls!

  5. Big Magoo says:
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    Time to cross Aaron Hernandez off of your cheatsheets. This guy sounds like the dumbest criminal in history. Might want to shut off the surveillance video before you start waving a gun around making threats.

      • Big Magoo says:
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        @Sky: He’s dumb for a lot of reasons. Apparently, they found a shell casing that was left behind in a rental car too. This sounds like basic field exercises at a police academy.

        On a fantasy note, you don’t seem to be too high on Ridley, but I think his value gets a boost. The Pats are likely to run more now methinks.

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          Well, character issues were a huge reason for his slip in the draft originally. Guess it finally came to roost. Schmucks gonna schmuck.

          He might gain a boost but you could argue that there’s less of a passing threat, thus reducing efficiency for him. He’ll stay where he’s at for me.

          • Big Magoo says:
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            @Sky: Yeah, definitely on Hernandez. Although if teams knew that he was this immature/dumb, he would’ve slipped even further.

            I’m not trying to change your ranking of Ridley. Just throwing my two cents in. As someone who watches every Patriots game (as a resident of the “greater” Boston area), he’s very explosive and has a knack for gaining yards after contact. Vereen is more of the third down guy and shouldn’t eat into the early down work too much. Bolden was effective in limited action, but isn’t the talent that the other two guys are.

            The Pats O-line is very good too – Solder, Vollmer, and Mankins are all above average linemen, and Wendell was Pro Football Focus’s #1 run blocking center last year. Connolly is mediocre at right guard, but could potentially be upgraded by Cannon at some point.

            Even if opponents squeeze the box a little bit more this year, the line should be able to create holes and Ridley will be able to move the pile on his own as well. Less options on offense also equals more work in the passing game in the form of dumpoffs and screens. Top-15 RB with top-5 upside.

            • Sky

              Sky says:
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              Sure, I understood where you were coming from. Think Ridley has a good year, just think there are more enticing plays in my mind. I’d be really surprised if he’s all that much more involved in the passing game with Vereen there but it’s possible.

  6. Jay says:
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    You think Travon Austin will only get 73 yards off of 68 receptions….that’s some bad YAC.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Ha, wow definitely missed a number there. Fixed. Thanks!

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