Top 26-50 Fantasy Producing Wide Receivers for 2014
In 2013, we had 23 wide receivers surpass the 1,000-plus yard receiving plateau. There could of numerous more in that category but players such as Victor Cruz 998 yards, Larry Fitzgerald 954 yards, Marques Colston 943 yards, Mike Wallace 930, Wes Welker 778 and Roddy White 711 yards who are normally in the field, failed to reach the mark. In 2013, we had 23 total wide receivers surpass the 1,000-plus yard mark, 4 more then 2012, (19) and 6 more then in 2011, (17). The league continues to transform into the big play, down the field game and we continue to have more and more skilled receivers emerge year after year.
Looking at a ton of potential for some No.2 and No.3 fantasy wide receivers. There could be a ton of unexpected production from the group of receivers listed below. Quite a few of them have the upside,skill-set and potential to push for a Top 10-20 overall spot which could be some fantastic value deeper in the drafts. We have quite a few rookies that are expected to make an impact that could be worth taking a gamble on in the late rounds as well.
Top 26-50 Fantasy Wide Receivers for 2014
26. Reggie Wayne (10) Indianapolis Colts : Wayne wasn’t exactly on fire before he got hurt, posting two games with over 10 Fantasy points in his first six outings. He’ll come back to an offense that should be much more diverse thanks to the return of tight end Dwayne Allen and the acquisition of free-agent receiver Hakeem Nicks. Part of the appeal of Wayne was the number of targets he’d get from week to week. That number might be compromised because of the depth of the Colts offense, not to mention his own recovery from a serious knee injury and turning 36 years old in November. He does have a 100-plus reception season under his belt with QB Andrew Luck, in 2012he produced 106 receptions for 1,355 yards and 5 touchdowns.
27. Mike Wallace (5) Miami Dolphins : Wallace’s first season with the Dolphins in 2013 was disappointing, but he closed the year playing at a high level, which will hopefully carry over to this season. Wallace finished the year with 73 catches for 930 yards and a career-low five touchdowns. But over the final 6 games of the season he had 29 catches for 396 yards and 4 touchdowns, scoring at least 14 standard Fantasy points in 3 of those outings. The hope is new offensive coordinator Bill Lazor will help Wallace maximize his skills, but Wallace also has to prove he’s more than just a deep threat. Wallace also showed last year that when he was involved he was productive. He had at least 9 targets in 9 games and he finished with at least 8 standard Fantasy points in 7 of those contests. Go into the season with Wallace as a high-end No. 3 Fantasy receiver in the majority of leagues, and he could end up being a must-start option if he continues to see a healthy amount of targets on a consistent basis from QB Ryan Tannehill.
28. Golden Tate (9) Detroit Lions : Tate was one of the free agents who improved his Fantasy value this off-season when he went from Seattle to Detroit. Not only did his bank account get bigger with a five-year, $31 million contract, but he gets an upgrade in quarterback from Russell Wilson to Matthew Stafford and is now in a pass-happy offense. Tate has posted modest stats the past two years, including 64 catches for 898 yards and five touchdowns in 2013, but this season he could go for 1,000 yards and at least seven touchdowns. Playing opposite Calvin Johnson should lead to plenty of single coverage, and Stafford won’t be inclined to hand off like Wilson did. We like Tate as a No. 2 Fantasy receiver in all leagues, and he’s worth drafting in Round 5. He has the chance for a breakout season, and we hope he will take advantage of this opportunity.
29. Emmanuel Sanders (4) Denver Broncos : It’s not that Sanders has played with a bad quarterback for the past four seasons, but when a guy with good speed and quickness gets a chance to catch passes from Peyton Manning in the league’s most prolific offense, you pay attention. Sanders is expected to replace Eric Decker on the Broncos, opening the door for him to rake in the 135 targets Decker averaged in two years with Manning. No one’s expecting Sanders to be as productive as Decker — the two guys are very different receivers — but he’s faster and could find ways to get open that Decker couldn’t do. That should lead to some nice yardage for Sanders and potentially a breakout season. If you want to own a piece of the Broncos offense without the high price tag, Sanders should be on your radar starting in Round 6 as a No. 3 Fantasy receiver. And in dynasty leagues, look for Sanders to potentially be the primary slot receiver for the Broncos in 2015 when Wes Welker, who will be a free agent, is likely gone.
30. DeSean Jackson (10) Washington Redskins : Jackson had a career season with the Eagles in 2013, and he was rewarded for it by being cut due to apparent differences with coach Chip Kelly and management. The Redskins signed Jackson, and he will immediately become their No. 2 receiver behind Pierre Garcon and deep threat for Robert Griffin III. Jackson had career highs in catches (82) and yards (1,332) in 2013, and he matched his career high for touchdowns. His value will take a hit going to the Redskins since 2013 was the first time he was the clear-cut No. 1 option (he previously shared that role with Jeremy Maclin). We’re expecting him to post stats similar to his production prior to 2013, which was around 55 catches, 950 yards and five touchdowns on average. He should be drafted as a low-end No. 2/high-end No. 3 Fantasy receiver worth a pick in Round 5 or 6. The touchdowns should be better than his average prior to 2013, but don’t be surprised if he falls below 1,000 yards and has fewer than 60 catches with this move to Washington.
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