NFL 2014 Week Fantasy Rankings – Wide Receivers

by Michael Drahota | Posted on Friday, September 19th, 2014 | 0
1. Calvin Johnson:

The consensus No. 1 receiver for quite some time now, Johnson returns from a tough match-up with Carolina into a much better one when the Green Bay Packers come into Detroit for an NFC North battle.

Green Bay’s defense is certainly no match for the man they call ‘Megatron.’

2. Julio Jones:

Jones already put on a Herculean effort in the Falcons’ Week 3 blowout of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Thursday night, catching nine balls for 161 yards and two scores.

But even before that, he would have been a synch to occupy the No. 2 spot behind Johnson. Jones could possibly challenge him for the top spot soon.

3. Jordy Nelson:

Nelson had the biggest game of his career in the Packers’ Week 2 win over the New York Jets with 209 yards and a touchdown.

A favorite target of Aaron Rodgers, Nelson is in line for another big game when the Pack rolls into Detroit this weekend.

4. Brandon Marshall:

Marshall was supposed to be ‘doubtful’ for the bears’ Week 2 game at San Francisco; instead, he just came in and caught three touchdowns.

He’s been held out of practice this week as well, but he should be ready to play on Monday Night Football. If so, he’ll have a prime match-up against the burnable New York Jets’ secondary that Nelson torched a week ago.

5. Dez Bryant:

Bryant came alive in Week 2, recording 103 yards and a touchdown.

He’ll be matched up with one of St. Louis’ rookie cornerbacks in Week 3 and should blow up the stat sheet.

6. Randall Cobb:

Cobb has already caught three touchdown passes in 2014. HE could easily get one or two more against Detroit this Sunday, making him the second of two top-flight Green Bay wide receivers.

7. Demaryius Thomas:

Thomas has had a bit of an underwhelming start to 2014, but he would still be quite a bit higher on this list if not for his match-up this weekend.

He’ll travel into Seattle to take on the roughneck Super Bowl champion Seahawks, but he did torch them for 13 catches in the Super Bowl, a single game record.

8. Antonio Brown:

Brown is unquestionably Pittsburgh’s go-to man in the pass game.

In Week 3, he’ll face the tough Carolina Panthers defense, making his value decrease just slightly. Still, Brown is a nightmare match-up who could blow up at any time.

9. Cordarrelle Patterson:

With star running back Adrian Peterson suspended indefinitely, Patterson has been thrust into the role of Minnesota’s No. 1 weapon.

Playing the Saints in the dome in Week 3, Patterson should be targeted often, as the Vikings will likely be playing from behind. He is questionable with a chest injury, however.

10. Percy Harvin:

Harvin has looked electric in the Seahawks’ first two games, but he still has to prove he can stay healthy.

If he can, he should be able to score a ton of points on the Denver defense at home in Week 3.

11. Alshon Jeffery:

Jeffery has been dealing with a hamstring injury suffered in Week 1. He was limited in practice this week, so his situation obviously needs to be monitored.

If he comes back to near full strength, he should be able to exploit the Jets’ weak secondary on Monday Night.

12. Mike Wallace:

Wallace has quietly impressed this year, and he has a cakewalk match-up against the chiefs at home this week. Quarterback Ryan Tannehill is building timing with Wallace, and he could start t live up to the title of highest paid receiver in the NFL. Maybe.

13. Jeremy Maclin:

Maclin has been a threat in Philly, and he will probably continue that tend when Washington comes into town in Week 3.

Maclin’s problem has always been staying healthy, but if and when he manages too, he should supplant Desean Jackson as the Eagles’ lead man.

14. Julian Edelman:

Edelman is a reliable receiver who continues to rack up catches as Tom Brady continues to shy away from the long ball.

He has a very easy match-up against the lowly Oakland Raiders in Week 3.

15. Keenan Allen

Allen has yet to break out this year after two tough match-ups against Arizona and Seattle.

He’s questionable in Week 3, but if he does end up playing he should be able to light up the Buffalo Bills

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