2013 Fantasy Football Rankings: Top 80 Wide Receivers (Beazley)
Wide receiver is a pretty deep position especially in the third to sixth rounds. It wouldn't shock me to see Wes Welker go in the third round in some drafts, and it wouldn't shock me to see him sitting there in the sixth round either.
One thing is certain though when it comes to this position and that is Calvin Johnson. Sign me up for the Megatron fan bus. He is rated fourth overall on my big board, and obviously the first WR off the board.
1. Calvin Johnson, Detroit Lions
Hands down, the best WR in the game. Johnson only had five touchdowns last season, and he still was the No. 1 WR in the game. While I don't expect him to get near 2,000 yards receiving again this year, it wouldn't shock me to see him get it either.
I'm thinking 115 receptions, 1750 yards, 15 TDs this year out of Megatron. If you draft Megatron, you will need to load up on backs the rest of the draft, as the top 12 RBs will all likely be gone before you make your second pick.
Dez finally lived up to the hype last year. I expect Bryant to have a monster season in 2013. He should be a lock for double-digit touchdowns and a ton of receiving yards. He is no doubt, in my mind, the second-best WR in the game, and second-best fantasy option for sure.
Marshall rates just ahead of A.J. Green mainly because of the amount of targets Marshall gets. Marshall was tied for second in the league in targets and is pretty much the only reliable target in Chicago. Marshall should challenge for the league lead in receptions again this year.
4. A.J Green, Cincinnati Bengals
Green is one of the best young WRs in the game. He is arguably the best deep threat in the NFL. Adding Tyler Eifert could reduce the number of his redzone touchdowns this year. He still is a lock to be off the board in the mid-second round.
Johnson is always an injury risk, but when healthy he is one of the best WRs in the game. I think his TD totals should rise this year as well.
I rank Jones ahead of teammate Roddy White as I expect Jones to be more of the go-to guy in Atlanta this year. Jones is also the big-play wide receiver so he should catch many 20-yard TDs.
I'm not ready to call Larry Fitz done yet. He hasn't had a good QB throwing him the ball since Kurt Warner retired. He still manages to put up good numbers. Carson Palmer is no Kurt Warner, but he is an upgrade over Kolb/Skelton.
8. Roddy White, Atlanta Falcons
I really don't like taking a team's No. 2 WR as my WR1, but White is pretty much 1 or 1(a) to Julio Jones. One thing that is certain as well with White is consistency. Something that is overlooked on draft day.
Thomas should rank as the Broncos top fantasy WR when all things are done at the end of the year. The good thing about Peyton Manning is he doesn't care about his WRs getting theirs. The bad thing is sometimes it hurts fantasy owners. I still can't pass on Thomas here.
I'm a little higher on Wayne than most, but I think Wayne is in store for another great season. Andrew Luck has confidence throwing to Wayne, which showed last year when Wayne had one of his best seasons as a pro. I think he could improve upon last season. Don't wait for him too long.
Cruz is definitely Eli's No. 1 target. I love Hakeem Nicks, but he just can't stay on the field. Cruz should be in line for another double-digit touchdown season.
If Percy Harvin can put up numbers in Minnesota with Christian Ponder at QB, he should have no trouble in Seattle. Harvin has yet to record a 1,000-yard season receiving, and his high receiving touchdown total is six.
Drew Brees is a lock to throw for 4,500 yards this season. He should have 30-plus TDs as well. While I would draft TE Jimmy Graham ahead of Colston, I wouldn't be too upset to have him as my WR1/WR2 depending on league size.
Nelson was a disappointment last year if you compare his season to 2011. In his defense, he was injured for much of the year, and still managed to have a decent year. I rank him slightly ahead of Randall Cobb as the Packers No. 1.
Like Larry Fitzgerald, Bowe fell victim to poor QB play. With Alex Smith at QB, and a new coaching staff, I really like Bowe to have a big season this year.
16. Randall Cobb, Green Bay Packers
Cobb was a thorn in my side all last year. I drafted him late in one of my drafts, and then dropped him early. I won't be making that mistake again this year! Aaron Rodgers is going to get his, so Cobb should be a pretty safe bet here.
I'd rank V-Jack slightly higher if his QB Josh Freeman were a little more consistent. One week he is great, and then the next he is bouncing balls at receivers feet a la Donovan McNabb. One thing that is great about the Bucs is that they play in a division with some high-powered offenses (NO and ATL) so they may get into some shootouts.
18. Hakeem Nicks, New York Giants
At this point in the draft, I'd roll the dice on Nicks. He is good enough to be a top-five WR. Great value here.
19. Wes Welker, Denver Broncos
While I can't see Welker getting the same amount of receptions this year as he is accustomed to in New England, he should still be a weapon in the redzone and Manning should be among the league leaders in yards and TDs.
20. Danny Amendola, New England Patriots
If you want the new Wes Welker of New England, you are going to need to draft him here, if not sooner as many people are targeting Amendola on draft day. There is no doubt in my mind that Tom Brady can turn Amendola into a Pro Bowler this season. Amendola just has a big injury history, so it's a big risk/reward here.
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