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2014 Draft Prep: WR tiers, 2.0

Senior Fantasy Writer
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The best receivers tend to be consistent contributors to your Fantasy team's bottom line.

Subsequently, they're also the studs everyone chases on Draft Day.

We've identified seven of them that can be considered rock-solid No. 1 options, guys you'll never bench.

There's another nine that you'll probably never bench, though opinions vary on those guys.

There's more on those guys in our earlier edition of wide receiver tiers, along with beginning your draft on two wide receivers and making sure you're covered at receiver by a certain round on Draft Day.

There hasn't been much movement among the Top 24 receivers since training camp opened, but there has been an invasion of young receivers in the 30 to 45 rankings range. That's a good thing -- the more players being given a fresh opportunity to breakout, the better.

Note that Fantasy owners shouldn't count on said players (guys like Justin Harper, Kelvin Benjamin and Brandin Cooks) as starting options, but backups and potential studs are definitely worth having on the radar.

Wide receiver tiers for 2014

Elite Near-Elite Very Good No. 2 WR/Solid
Rounds 1, 2 Rounds 2, 3 Rounds 3, 4 Rounds 4, 5
Calvin Johnson Antonio Brown Michael Crabtree Andre Johnson
Demaryius Thomas Alshon Jeffery Larry Fitzgerald Pierre Garcon
Dez Bryant Randall Cobb Vincent Jackson Keenan Allen
Julio Jones      
Brandon Marshall      
A.J. Green      
Jordy Nelson      
No. 2 WR/High Upside No. 2 WR/Less Upside No. 3 WR/Flex Options Sleepers
Rounds 5, 6 Rounds 6, 7, 8    
Emmanuel Sanders Torrey Smith Rueben Randle Doug Baldwin
Michael Floyd Golden Tate Brandin Cooks Hakeem Nicks
Cordarrelle Patterson Mike Wallace T.Y. Hilton Jordan Matthews
Roddy White Jeremy Maclin Percy Harvin John Brown
Wes Welker Marques Colston Mike Evans DeAndre Hopkins
Victor Cruz Terrance Williams Kelvin Benjamin Dwayne Bowe
DeSean Jackson Eric Decker Reggie Wayne Marqise Lee
  Kendall Wright Justin Hunter  
  Sammy Watkins Harry Douglas  
  Julian Edelman    

PPR tiers for wide receivers

We know a lot of you play in full-point PPR leagues. These tiers are designed for you. If you happen to play in a half-point PPR, you can either eye-ball both tiers and come up with a happy medium or just stick to the standard tiers.

Elite Near-Elite Very Good No. 2 WR/Solid
Rounds 1, 2 Rounds 2, 3 Rounds 3, 4 Rounds 4, 5
Calvin Johnson Alshon Jeffery Larry Fitzgerald Michael Floyd
Demaryius Thomas Randall Cobb Pierre Garcon Wes Welker
Dez Bryant   Michael Crabtree Victor Cruz
Brandon Marshall   Andre Johnson Kendall Wright
Julio Jones   Vincent Jackson Keenan Allen
A.J. Green   Roddy White  
Jordy Nelson      
Antonio Brown      
No. 2 WR/High Upside No. 2 WR/Less Upside No. 3 WR/Flex Options Sleepers
Rounds 5, 6, 7 Rounds 8, 9    
Emmanuel Sanders Sammy Watkins Harry Douglas Rod Streater
Cordarrelle Patterson Terrance Williams Kelvin Benjamin Jordan Matthews
Julian Edelman Rueben Randle Brian Hartline Tavon Austin
Jeremy Maclin Reggie Wayne Riley Cooper Hakeem Nicks
Eric Decker Brandin Cooks Justin Hunter Robert Woods
Marques Colston T.Y. Hilton Doug Baldwin DeAndre Hopkins
Golden Tate Mike Evans Cecil Shorts John Brown
Torrey Smith Percy Harvin Anquan Boldin Jarrett Boykin
Mike Wallace   Dwayne Bowe  
DeSean Jackson      

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Chandler Catanzaro converts multiple FGs again Week 3
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(8:41 pm ET) Cardinals rookie kicker Chandler Catanzaro kicked multiple field goals for a third straight game during a 23-14 win Week 3 vs. San Francisco.

After totaling four field goals Week 2, Catanzaro came back Week 3 to convert three field goals (32, 35, 51). He added two extra points to total 11 points. He finished with 13 points last week.

Catanzaro is 9 for 9 on field goals through three games. The Cardinals are on a bye Week 4 before returning to action Week 5 at Denver.


Ryan Tannehill has another disappointing outing in Week 3
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8:38 pm ET) Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill had another disappointing performance in Week 3 at home against the Chiefs.

The offensive line struggled to protect Tannehill, as he was taken for five sacks on the afternoon. Tannehill failed to complete half of his passes, compiling only 205 yards through the air while completing 21 of 43 attempts. Tannehill found an open Brian Hartline on a playaction for a 1-yard score early in the third quarter -- his only touchdown of the game. He finished without an interception and rushed for nine yards in a 31-15 defeat.

Tannehill has yet to crack the 250-yard mark through three weeks. He will look to bounce back in London against the Raiders in Week 4.


Phil Dawson has two-point outing Week 3
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(8:37 pm ET) 49ers kicker Phil Dawson finished with two points during a 23-14 loss Week 3 at Arizona. Dawson had a 45-yard field goal blocked in the fourth quarter, but he made both of his extra-point attempts in the first half.

The 49ers are back in action Week 4 vs. Philadelphia.


Sebastian Janikowski hits first field goals
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(8:36 pm ET) Raiders kicker Sebastian Janikowski, who went without a field goal in his first two games, kicked three Week 3 at New England. He hit a 49-yarder in the first quarter, a 37-yarder in the third and a 47-yarder in the third. He did not have an extra point.

The Raiders host the Dolphins in Week 4.


Larry Fitzgerald has another disappointing outing
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(8:34 pm ET) Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald turned in another disappointing performance during a 23-14 win Week 3 vs. San Francisco. Fitzgerald, who was targeted seven times, finished with three catches for 34 yards.

Fitzgerald was targeted twice in the first half, but he finished with no catches by halftime. His first catch didn't come until a 24-yard reception with less than 9 minutes remaining in the fourth quarter. Unfortunately, later on that same drive, Fitzgerald lost a fumble inside the 49ers' 5-yard line following a 5-yard gain.

Fitzgerald has 10 catches for 107 yards through three games. He has gone six games without a touchdown. The Cardinals are on a bye Week 4 before returning to action Week 5 at Denver.


Another big game for Stephen Gostkowski
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(8:34 pm ET) Patriots kicker Stephen Gostkowski was 3 for 3 on field goals for the second straight game Week 3 against Oakland. He hit a 21-yarder in the second quarter, a 20-yarder in the fourth and a 36-yarder in the fourth. He also had an extra point. He has made at least two field goals in each of his three games this season.

The Patriots visit the Chiefs in Week 4.


Kenbrell Thompkins, Danny Amendola hardly factor
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(8:32 pm ET) Patriots wide receivers Kenbrell Thompkins and Danny Amendola each got just one target Week 3 against Oakland, and the only one to do anything with his was Thompkins, who caught a 16-yard pass.

Thompkins had five catches in Week 1, and Amendola had three. The two have combined for just one since then. 


Alex Smith throws three touchdowns in comfortable win over Miami
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8:31 pm ET) Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith found the end zone three times in a Week 3 win over the Dolphins in Miami on Sunday.

Smith hooked up with Travis Kelce for a 20-yards score in the second quarter. In the second half, he found Joe McKnight for scored of 11 and 4 yards. Smith did just enough to manage the game for the Chiefs, completing 19 of 25 passes for 186 yards, with three touchdowns and no interceptions in a 34-15 victory.

Through three weeks, Smith has compiled 643 passing yards to go along with a 4-to-3 touchdown-to-interception ratio. He will look to build off this performance heading into a Week 5 Monday night matchup at home against New England.


Brandon Bolden, Timothy Wright contribute little
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(8:29 pm ET) Patriots running back Brandon Bolden ran twice for 4 yards Week 3 against Oakland. Tight end Timothy Wright caught the only pass thrown his way for 20 yards.

The two will continue to play just a supporting role Week 4 at Kansas City.


Michael Floyd bounces back from one-catch game
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(8:26 pm ET) A week after being held to one catch, Cardinals wide receiver Michael Floyd had much better rapport with backup quarterback Drew Stanton during a 23-14 win Week 3 vs. San Francisco. Floyd totaled a team-high 114 receiving yards on five catches.

Floyd's longest reception went for 45 yards. He also had a 36-yard reception on the team's opening drive and all his receptions went for at least 10 yards.

Floyd, who was targeted nine times, had a chance for two touchdowns, but both times the play was broken up by the defense. The second time would have resulted in a 38-yard touchdown in the third quarter, but the pass from Stanton was slightly underthrown and it made for an easy pass defense.

He has surpassed 100 yards in two of three games. The Cardinals are on a bye Week 4 before returning to action Week 5 at Denver.


 
 
 
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