Fantasy Football 2013: Wide Receiver Rankings

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Fantasy football season is back!! There is no surprise as to who the number one wide receiver is in our rankings, or for any rankings for that matter. But, CJ will have to get into the end zone more this season or he could fall from the top spot. Let's take a look at our rankings.

Heading into your fantasy football drafts over the next few weeks, there is no real question as to who the number one wide receiver is in the NFL: Calvin Johnson. He led all receivers with 122 catches and 1,964 yards last season. Very impressive. Record breaking. But the five touchdowns makes one scratch his head and wonder what happened. Well, thanks to Patrick Daugherty from Rotoworld, the answer is that Johnson was tackled inside the two-yard line a total of six times last season.

I have a feeling the Lions will figure out how to get the ball to Johnson in the end zone just a few more times this season. I don't see him going for 2,000 receiving yards again, as many of those yards came in garbage time with the Lions down big in many games last season.

The rest of the top 10 is loaded with some very talented wide receivers, and you really can't go wrong with Cowboys WR Dez Bryant, who I am very high on, Bengals WR A.J. Green, Bears WR Brandon Marshall or Broncos WR Demaryius Thomas.

Packers WR Randall Cobb makes his first appearance in the top 10 this season, and he has plenty of upside with QB Aaron Rodgers throwing the ball around the yard plenty. Last season, Cobb was used as a WR and RB by coach Mike McCarthy, to increase his touches, and with the injury to Jordy Nelson and the departure of Greg Jennings, Cobb could see plenty more targets in 2013.

Let's take a look at the rest of our wide receiver rankings for 2013:

Standard Leagues

PPR Leagues

Rank

Player

Player

1

Calvin Johnson, DET

Calvin Johnson, DET

2

A.J. Green, CIN

Brandon Marshall, CHI

3

Dez Bryant, DAL

A.J. Green, CIN

4

Demaryius Thomas, DEN

Demaryius Thomas, DEN

5

Julio Jones, ATL

Dez Bryant, DAL

6

Brandon Marshall, CHI

Reggie Wayne, IND

7

Roddy White, ATL

Wes Welker, DEN

8

Randall Cobb, GB

Roddy White, ATL

9

Andre Johnson, HOU

Andre Johnson, HOU

10

Vincent Jackson, TB

Julio Jones, ATL

11

Reggie Wayne, IND

Randall Cobb, GB

12

Victor Cruz, NYG

Vincent Jackson, TB

13

Marques Colston, NO

Victor Cruz, NYG

14

Larry Fitzgerald, ARI

Marques Colston, NO

15

Mike Wallace, MIA

Steve Smith, CAR

16

Dwayne Bowe, KC

Larry Fitzgerald, ARI

17

James Jones, GB

Danny Amendola, NE

18

Wes Welker, DEN

Eric Decker, DEN

19

Hakeem Nicks, NYG

Dwayne Bowe, KC

20

Steve Smith, CAR

Hakeem Nicks, NYG

21

Pierre Garcon, WAS

James Jones, GB

22

Cecil Shorts, JAC

Pierre Garcon, WAS

23

Miles Austin, DAL

Cecil Shorts, JAC

24

Danny Amendola, NE

Steve Johnson, BUF

25

Eric Decker, DEN

Miles Austin, DAL

26

Antonio Brown, PIT

Mike Wallace, MIA

27

Steve Johnson, BUF

Antonio Brown, PIT

28

T.Y. Hilton, IND

Anquan Boldin, SF

29

Torrey Smith, BAL

Greg Jennings, MIN

30

DeSean Jackson, PHI

Torrey Smith, BAL

31

Anquan Boldin, SF

DeSean Jackson, PHI

32

Josh Gordon, CLE

Josh Gordon, CLE

33

Greg Jennings, MIN

Tavon Austin, STL

34

Tavon Austin, STL

Lance Moore, NO

35

Lance Moore, NO

Mike Williams, TB

36

Mike Williams, TB

T.Y. Hilton, IND

37

Andre Roberts, ARI

Kenny Britt, TEN

38

Brian Hartline, MIA

Denarius Moore, OAK

39

Denarius Moore, OAK

Emmanuel Sanders, PIT

40

Sidney Rice, SEA

Brandon Lloyd, FA

41

Emmanuel Sanders, PIT

Andre Roberts, ARI

42

Kenny Britt, TEN

Sidney Rice, SEA

43

Chris Givens, STL

Brian Hartline, MIA

44

Michael Floyd, ARI

Chris Givens, STL

45

Golden Tate, SEA

Michael Floyd, ARI

46

Brandon Lloyd, FA

Golden Tate, SEA

47

Kendall Wright, TEN

Kendall Wright, TEN

48

DeAndre Hopkins, HOU

DeAndre Hopkins, HOU

49

Alshon Jeffery, CHI

Alshon Jeffery, CHI

50

Vincent Brown, SD

Vincent Brown, SD

Dez Bryant, DAL

I mentioned earlier that I am high on Cowboys WR Dez Bryant, and I could see him vying for the top spot in our rankings by midseason if he could build on his strong second half last season, when he caught 50 balls for 879 yards and 10 touchdowns. He is big enough to go over the middle and fast enough to turn a short pass into a 55-yard touchdown.

Reggie Wayne, IND

Wayne is the elder statesman of wide receivers at 34 years old, but with Andrew Luck throwing to him, Wayne could easily see his touchdown totals increase from the five he caught last season. I see Luck building on his 23 passing touchdowns from last season, and Wayne could be the main beneficiary.

Chris Givens, STL

After reading the Mike Gallagher piece on Givens on Monday, I moved Givens up a few spots in my rankings here. Last season, Givens caught 42 balls for 698 yards and three scores, but that number should improve in 2013. Givens had a nice game in the Rams' first preseason game with two catches of more than 20 yards, including a 59-yarder. He has breakaway speed, and he can exploit that speed playing his home games on the turf in St. Louis.

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