Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson and Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald. (AP photos)
There are tons of valuable wide receivers in the NFL, and the position is arguably the deepest in terms of value and skill in the fantasy world. If you want the best receiving corps in your league, then you will obviously pick Megatron with your first pick if you’re able to, if you don’t you’re either a die hard Bengals fan, or just plain foolish. With the wide rage of value for the position, this list will allow you to conduct your draft in the smartest manner possible and allow you to spend your high draft picks on top tier running backs or quarterbacks, without giving up tons of points not picking a wide out. This list is also a continuation of my previous one that I wrote earlier in the offseason, ranking the top ten receivers, and you can find that list here.
11) Larry Fitzgerald, Cardinals - The talent that this star possesses does not come into view with the fantasy numbers that he puts up, and these past few seasons have been below average compared to his standards. On the brighter side however, after a sub par 2012 season, he came back last year with a much better quarterback in Carson Palmer, and put up a much better season with 82 receptions for 954 yards and ten touchdowns. After an off-season to work on their chemistry together, I wouldn’t be surprised to see this stud put up another double digit touchdown season. The upside is just too damn high.
Larry Fitzgerald Diving (www.rotoviz.com)
12) Antonio Brown, Steelers - For someone whose name isn’t talked about much, Brown sure does put up some great numbers. He actually was second in the NFL with 1,499 receiving yards in 2013. Now that both Emmanuel Sanders and Jerricho Cotchery have left for their new respective teams, Brown will once again emerge as the lone bright spot for the Steelers’ offense not named Le’Veon Bell. Speaking of Le’Veon Bell, now that the Steelers’ are looking into a higher paced offense, Bell’s usage rate in the offense should increase, which would lessen that of Antonio Brown. Still, Brown has proved he can still put up big numbers night in and night out, and duplicating his success from the 2013 season shouldn’t be anything surprising.
13) DeSean Jackson, Eagles - After playing just 11 games in 2012, almost everyone was expecting the same thing in 2013. Well boy were we wrong. Jackson responded with the best season of his career, playing all 16 games of the season, and bringing in 82 receptions for 1,332 yards with nine touchdowns. This speedster definitely excels in Kelly’s up tempo offense, and it’s very possible that he duplicates his outstanding season last year, especially now that he’ll have Nick Foles throwing to him the entire season. Lets just hope that Foles doesn’t get injured for a long period of time, which would make Mark Sanchez the next quarterback. At that point, I’d advise trading Jackson as soon as possible.
14) Alshon Jeffery, Bears - Along with Josh Gordon, Jeffery was definitely the most deserving of the fantasy breakout player of the year last year. The dude put up a few MONSTER games, including one of 218 yards and a touchdown, and another one of 249 yards and two touchdowns! Teammate Brandon Marshall is only getting older, so don’t underestimate Jeffery in your upcoming fantasy draft. The upside is definitely here for this young stud.
15) Randall Cobb, Packers - Although he was injured for most of the season, it’s not unfair to deem Cobb’s 2013 season as a disappointing one. He is one of the most elusive players in the league, and if both he and superstar Aaron Rodgers can stay healthy throughout the season, don’t get surprised when Cobb is Rodgers’ top target at the end of the year.