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The Composite Wide Receiver Rankings (August Edition)

demaryius_thomasThis post reflects the update to our wide receiver rankings. If you’d like to skip straight to the rankings, they’re located at the bottom of this page. However, all of the rankers have offered some comments and context is always key, so we recommend reading the comments as well.

There are two WR rankings that I can think of immediately that I would call fluid. One is Cordarrelle Patterson, who I have ranked fairly low. I’m open to being wrong on that and will be paying attention in the preseason as to Patterson’s usage. My ranking right now is actually a wild improvement for Patterson over his 2013 season. The only place where I diverge with ADP is as to how big of a jump Patterson makes. Remember that fantasy points are based on yards and touchdowns (rather than missed tackles generated) when you draft C-Patt. The other ranking is Dez Bryant. I essentially left him where I’ve always had him despite my apprehension about Romo’s back. I think if Romo is looking questionable to start the season I would move Dez down, although not nearly as much as I would move DeMarco Murray. – Fantasy Douche

I have a few thoughts about WR this year.

Desean Jackson is the Redskins WR you want to own. He outscored Pierre Garcon last year on 56 fewer targets. Now he goes to a quarterback that throws a better deep ball and Garcon’s targets will take a massive hit.

Based on price, Deandre Hopkins and Justin Hunter will be the most valuable second-year WRs. They’re available in the later rounds and Patterson and Keenan Allen already have all upside priced in. It’s not likely that any of these guys wins you your league, but Hopkins and Hunter are much more likely to outperform ADP.

I seem to be one of a few RotoVizers that believes Vincent Jackson has a throwback year. He’s great at catching the ball over defenders and now he gets a jump-ball quarterback. Don’t over-think it. – Whiskey Tango Foxtrot

Ah, lots of disagreement between my rankings and ADP with the WRs. I’m much higher on Lance Moore (my WR60, ADP undrafted), Andrew Hawkins (my WR46, ADP WR72), Jerrel Jernigan (my WR61, ADP undrafted) and Jeremy Gallon (my WR94, ADP undrafted) than the rest of the rankers. Moore has had a great training camp, which isn’t saying much, but now that he’s Big Ben’s third or fourth option on most plays, he should see a tremendous uptick in usage from his days with the Saints. Hawkins benefits tremendously from Josh Gordon’s absence, regardless of who is throwing to him: both Brian Hoyer and Johnny Manziel can throw short drags and slants with accuracy. Jernigan hasn’t generated the same level of hype as Rueben Randle in New York, despite averaging more than six catches and 79 yards per game over the last three games of 2013 (to go along with two receiving TDs). And Gallon is an interesting project. He can run the same route tree as Julian Edelman and Danny Amendola, but can play a deep threat. Gallon’s value depends on injuries to either Edelman, Amendola, or Aaron Dobson, but if he gets on the field, he’ll probably stay there (plus, Tom Brady loves throwing to Wolverines).

Notice something about all of those WRs? None of them are more than 5’9” tall. Given a choice to draft a monster like Calvin Johnson or a mini-might like Baby Hawk, I’d take Megatron any day of the week, but I think there’s real value to be had with the small receivers this year. – Jim Kloet

Alright. I promise you I am not being a contrarian for contrarian’s sake with the Tron rank. I truly believe that is the appropriate slot for him. Demaryius Thomas could fall out of bed and catch 120 passes for 18 TDs with Eric Decker gone, Wes Welker aging, and Emmanuel Sanders expected to fill in production. He has probably the most efficient QB in NFL history throwing him the ball, while Johnson has Stafford. This is not to disparage him, but I find it likely that Thomas ends up being the No. 1 player in all of fantasy football. Bryant will be slotted into the Johnson role in Scott Linehan’s offense and is truly the only TD scorer on the entire team, so an insane volume season with TDs is coming his way as well. A smattering of other guys that I am higher on include Hunter (size, lack of other RZ options), Mike Floyd (although this is becoming much less so), Patterson (realistically the best candidate for a massive WR1 season due to size, speed, and expected volume) and Randle (another physical specimen who will have volume on his side). – Davis Mattek

For what it’s worth, here are the receivers I’m higher and lower on than the rest of the RotoViz rankers.

I Like More I Like Less
Britt, Kenny STL WR Evans, Mike TBB WR
Boldin, Anquan SFO WR Nicks, Hakeem IND WR
Woods, Robert BUF WR Beckham, Odell NYG WR

I’ve gotten a bit enamored with Robert Woods this offseason, starting with this look at historical second-round WR trends. Chris Trapasso convinced me he’ll lead the Bills in receptions this year, and he performs well with E.J. Manuel at QB. Justin Winn convinced me that Anquan Boldin makes a good target this year, and he’s a great arbitrage play on some other receivers. As for Kenny Britt, he’s running as the Rams’ No. 1 wideout for now, and if healthy and motivated there’s no reason he won’t stay atop the Rams’ depth chart. He’s also cheap to acquire. – James Todd

In the staff-wide WR rankings, no one is higher on Jordy Nelson than I am. If Ted Thompson is indeed Football Sex Personified—and I think he is—then Nelson should maybe be considered his metaphorical son. And I’m also the ranker who’s highest on Randall Cobb. Probably not a surprise. What’s funny to me, though, is that I don’t really consider myself a Cobb fan. I guess I unwittingly have become one. And what’s really funny is that I’m generally thought of as the guy on staff who most likes the hybrid WR/RB type of players—and maybe I am, because almost no one is higher on Tavon Austin this year—but I’m also one of the lowest on Percy Harvin. In general, I don’t think that I like small WRs. It’s just that in some cases I think they’re undervalued, as DeSean Jackson was last year. Of course, I’m the guy on staff who’s highest on T.Y. Hilton, Wes Welker, Jeremy Maclin, Mike Wallace, Paul Richardson, and John Brown—not a surprise on Hilton, Welker, P-Rich, and J-Bro—so maybe I really do like small receivers. It’s something I might need to look into. Then again, no one is higher on Kelvin Benjamin—again, not a surprise—so maybe I just like WRs the way that lots of guys like women—either small and fast or incomparably corpulent. What else? No ranker is higher on Allen. What can I say? I like WRs who had top-30 production as rookies. It’s another of my flaws. Finally, C-Patz: Last year, I was the guy on staff who was highest on Patterson. I still consider myself a fan, especially in dynasty, but this year only two of the rankers are lower on him than I am. In other words, I’m the ultimate C-Patz truther. #SpeakTruthToPower. – Matthew Freedman

I think I had the most fun when it came to ranking the WRs. There are so many out here who are elite and any one of them has the potential to finish No. 1. Davis Mattek thinks this year it could be Thomas and I don’t blame him. I struggled with that ranking myself, but just couldn’t pull the trigger. If you could promise me a full season from Julio Jones, I may have put him ahead of Bryant. But Bryant should thrive in Scott Linehan’s offense and he is an absolute monster in the red zone. It appears everyone has different views on Patterson among the RotoViz rankers. I’ve got him 17th, which I feel pretty comfortable with. James Todd has Patterson at 32, but that could be because he’s a Lions fan? Davis Mattek is the highest on him at 11th. I think Patterson is going to be a fun player to watch this year. He definitely has the shock and awe factor in him. I’ve got him ranked 30th this year, but Hopkins is my favorite post-hype sleeper this year. The QB situation could be better, but Ryan Fitzpatrick isn’t terrible and the other thing he has going for him, is that he isn’t Matt Schaub. – Justin Bailey

I can not get on board with Patterson’s ADP . . . the risk just isn’t worth the reward for me. Victor Cruz is going in the same range and has put up more big games than anyone not named Calvin Johnson or Brandon Marshall. Woods offers great value at his ADP and could emerge in similar form as Kendall Wright did last year. Hopkins is my vote to breakout and make the jump to the next level. Eric Decker is criminally undervalued and should be targeted in every draft. – Scott Smith

If you want to compare the ranks to ADP, you can check out this message board thread.

The rankers are: FD = Fantasy Douche, DM = Davis Mattek, MF = Matthew Freedman, JK = Jim Kloet, AM = Aaron Messing, JB = Justin Bailey, SS = Scott Smith, JT = James Todd, WTF = Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, CR = Composite Ranking

PLAYERFDDMMFJKJBAMSS2JTWTFCR
Johnson, Calvin DET WR1311111111
Thomas, Demaryius DEN WR2122222232
Bryant, Dez DAL WR3244343523
Green, A.J. CIN WR4653554444
Jones, Julio ATL WR5439435655
Marshall, Brandon CHI WR6575776366
Nelson, Jordy GBP WR7867968777
Jeffery, Alshon CHI WR87886871198
Brown, Antonio PIT WR9161468139889
Jackson, Vincent TBB WR141312121691591210
Cobb, Randall GBP WR13121015101413191011
Allen, Keenan SDC WR119927111114201312
Cruz, Victor NYG WR12171920151210101513
Garcon, Pierre WAS WR15142411131011142014
Johnson, Andre HOU WR10191317251516122115
Crabtree, Michael SFO WR19152714141717131616
Floyd, Michael ARI WR17102034121612161817
Harvin, Percy SEA WR16182513182322331118
Patterson, Cordarrelle MIN WR24112216171827321419
Fitzgerald, Larry ARI WR21202110191918342420
Smith, Torrey BAL WR20212329222019151921
Decker, Eric NYJ WR22221530272121172222
Hilton, T.Y. IND WR26291125212425212323
Jackson, DeSean WAS WR23302622202220301724
Welker, Wes DEN WR28311618232524183025
Wallace, Mike MIA WR25241821312930243226
White, Roddy ATL WR18322819262630352927
Maclin, Jeremy PHI WR30331728342826283728
Edelman, Julian NEP WR29382923243329234229
Wright, Kendall TEN WR27373136282728223630
Hopkins, DeAndre HOU WR35233232303023462831
Williams, Terrance DAL WR33253537293436313832
Colston, Marques NOS WR31354031393234253333
Randle, Rueben NYG WR34264645363133292634
Tate, Golden DET WR36424533333538262735
Watkins, Sammy BUF WR42403043354831473136
Hunter, Justin TEN WR50274851343844413437
Sanders, Emmanuel DEN WR46363424433943495538
Shorts, Cecil JAC WR47393641373737534339
Wayne, Reggie IND WR49413726424642365340
Bowe, Dwayne KCC WR39435049453640373541
Evans, Mike TBB WR44343867324532612542
Benjamin, Kelvin CAR WR32504147404458484643
Jones, Marvin CIN WR51285948415447395044
Stills, Kenny NOS WR59445144474249434045
Cooks, Brandin NOS WR40454364554741584146
Boldin, Anquan SFO WR54645335535152274546
Boykin, Jarrett GBP WR53463340515355574948
Austin, Tavon STL WR52593939384946994749
Cooper, Riley PHI WR48614256615039633950
Lee, Marqise JAC WR37495450545554605451
Dobson, Aaron NEP WR60475287504350444452
Nicks, Hakeem IND WR56604772444135694853
Jennings, Greg MIN WR38525852575860455253
Matthews, Jordan PHI WR58485565524056525155
Hartline, Brian MIA WR55515654595753425856
Jones, James OAK WR45534442637063505957
Wheaton, Markus PIT WR57634959486048556058
Woods, Robert BUF WR63656653566759406259
Amendola, Danny NEP WR62996438495651995660
Baldwin, Doug SEA WR61686058656167516461
Britt, Kenny STL WR41699985846445389962
Robinson, Allen JAC WR71676791605961996163
Smith, Steve BAL WR66999955647266547064
Williams, Mike BUF WR43707199816569706565
Beckham, Odell NYG WR99996566588457805766
Adams, Davante GBP WR74665799627162997266
Floyd, Malcom SDC WR67717468687477656668
Rogers, Da'Rick IND WR78546876996864996369
Streater, Rod OAK WR65999973746670566870
Hawkins, Andrew CLE WR64756346789999727771
Latimer, Cody DEN WR69556992836275996972
Douglas, Harry ATL WR68729969699199596773
Holmes, Andre OAK WR72576278729972999974
Austin, Miles CLE WR80739957707873669975
Moore, Denarius OAK WR99999976677568649976
Johnson, Stevie SFO WR99999990666965997177
Landry, Jarvis MIA WR99997277799074627378
Brown, Marlon BAL WR99999979716371749979
Cotchery, Jerricho CAR WR73999970757979687980
Hill, Stephen NYJ WR76587682998980997881
Blackmon, Justin JAC WR99999999469999999982
Wilson, Marquess CHI WR99567999997778998082
LaFell, Brandon NEP WR70999974739999997484
Brown, John ARI WR99766199998699739984
Gordon, Josh CLE WR99998099875299799986
Jernigan, Jerrel NYG WR99999961827699999987
Burleson, Nate CLE WR99999963768399999988
Sanu, Mohamed CIN WR99999962999999779988
Roberts, Andre WAS WR75999980999999717690
Moore, Lance PIT WR99999960998799999991
Quick, Brian STL WR79797899999999679991
Moncrief, Donte IND WR99997093857399999993
Kearse, Jermaine SEA WR779975100998199769994
Kerley, Jeremy NYJ WR99749989998099759995
Richardson, Paul SEA WR99997399999976999996
Washington, Nate TEN WR99809971998599999997
Johnson, Charles CLE WR99787799998899999998
Thompkins, Kenbrell NEP WR99999988869999997599
Underwood, Tiquan CAR WR99999975999999999999
Givens, Chris STL WR999999997799999999101
Toon, Nick NOS WR997799979999999999101
Royal, Eddie SDC WR999999999999997899103
Bryant, Martavis PIT WR999999998099999999104

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