Top 51-70 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.
51-58 Fantasy Wide Receivers for 2014
51. Hakeem Nicks (10) Indianapolis Colts : Nicks joined the Colts on a one-year deal, and we hope the change will help revive his career. Nicks was a colossal bust in 2013. He played 15 games, his most since 2011, but finished with just 56 catches for 896 yards and no touchdowns. He now heads to Indianapolis, where he is expected to start opposite Reggie Wayne and be part of a solid trio of receivers with T.Y. Hilton. Fantasy owners should consider Nicks a No. 4 receiver on Draft Day, and he’s only worth drafting with a late-round pick. If he can play like it’s 2011 all over again then you’ll be rewarded with standout production, but don’t reach for him on Draft Day just because of his name recognition.
52. Harry Douglas (9) Atlanta Falcons : This might be the most important season of Harry Douglas’ career. After posting career highs across the board in 2013, Falcons coach Mike Smith admitted the team will go in a new direction offensively following the retirement of tight end Tony Gonzalez. One of those directions could mean a jump in playing time for Douglas, who saw 71 percent of the snaps in games Julio Jones was healthy for and 93 percent of the snaps once Jones went down for the season. Stunningly, Douglas totaled 1,067 yards last season on 85 catches but had just three games with at least 10 Fantasy points.
53. Odell Beckham Jr. (8) New York Giants : The Giants drafted rookie receiver Odell Beckham in the first round of the NFL Draft from LSU. He is expected to start right away as the No. 2 receiver behind Victor Cruz. Beckham will add life to the Giants passing game, which has to replace the departed Hakeem Nicks, and he had 143 catches for 2,340 yards and 12 touchdowns in college. We consider Beckham a No. 4 Fantasy receiver with upside, and he’s worth drafting with a mid- to late-round pick in all seasonal leagues. In rookie-only formats Beckham is a Top 10 overall selection, and he’s a mid-round pick in all dynasty and keeper leagues.
54. Jordan Matthews (7) Philadelphia Eagles : The Eagles drafted receiver Jordan Matthews in the second round of the NFL Draft from Vanderbilt. He is expected to be the No. 3 receiver and play in the slot behind Jeremy Maclin and Riley Cooper. Matthews played well in college with career totals of 262 catches, 3,759 yards and 24 touchdowns. He’s a nice addition for the Eagles, who need to replace the departed DeSean Jackson. Matthews isn’t that type of receiver, but he should help Nick Foles in 2014.
55. DeAndre Hopkins (10) Houston Texans : The high hopes we had for DeAndre Hopkins last season faded pretty quickly. Now the hope is that the second-year receiver with the great accolades can adjust to the Texans new offense and improve on the two touchdowns and two games he had with eight-plus Fantasy points he had in 2013. In reality the 802 yards and 52 catches he had last season weren’t bad – they just weren’t enough to keep him hot in Fantasy circles. Though we’re not as excited about him as we were a season ago, we still think he can turn the corner and be a better contributor in 2014. Keep his name in mind when you’re looking for quality receiver depth in the middle-to-late rounds.
56. Allen Robinson (11) Jacksonville Jaguars : The Jags moved up in Round 2 in May’s draft to take receiver Allen Robinson with a late second-round pick, a move that gave them a stable, big target for their quarterbacks. A behemoth at 6-foot-3 and 220 pounds, Robinson is best known for his strong frame, sharp cuts and physical play. He’s not afraid to mix it up and has good hands. He’s a good run blocker, too. He set several single-season school and conference records last year thanks to a 97-catch, 1,432-yard campaign. Even though the Jags took Marqise Lee with a pick earlier in Round 2, we think Robinson has as good of a chance, if not a better chance, to be the best receiver on the roster in 2014, effectively replacing Justin Blackmon as the big outside receiver in the offense. He’ll have to cement his status with a good camp and preseason — if that happens then he’ll get picked late in seasonal drafts as well as with a mid- to late-round choice in dynasty/keeper formats and a Top 20 pick in rookie-only drafts.
57. Doug Baldwin (4) Seattle Seahawks : Baldwin has the chance to start for the Seahawks this season playing opposite Percy Harvin. Baldwin did well in 2013 with 50 catches for 778 yards and five touchdowns, and he’s had at least 50 catches, 775 yards and five touchdowns in two of the past three years. But keep Harvin is injury prone, should he miss time and with Sidney Rice retiring, Baldwin’s value has rose.
58. Jarrett Boykin (9) Green Bay Packers : Given an opportunity last season Jarrett Boykin posted 49 catches for 681 yards and three scores. Thought it should have provided enough to prove to the coaches that he could work as the team’s third receiver, the Packers drafted not one, not two, but three wideouts who will compete for playing time including one who might be a better fit for the outside receiver role than Boykin. Expect a battle for playing time in training camp, one that Boykin is not promised to win. He still has a ton of upside in the Packers potent offense catching passes from Aaron Rodgers as well as with James Jones gone. Figure him worth a late pick in drafts until it’s clear he’ll play regularly, in which case he’d vault to a mid- to late-round pick as a quality reserve.