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2014 Draft Prep: WR tiers, 2.0

Senior Fantasy Writer
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QB tiers | RB tiers | TE tiers | Draft Averages | Rankings | Draft Index

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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Probables dominate Vikings injury report issued Friday
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(3:17 pm ET) The Vikings have placed 11 players on their Friday injury report, but only two have been deemed worse than questionable. They are ruled-out tight end Kyle Rudolph (abdomen/groin) and doubtful linebacker Gerald Hodges (hamstring).

Guard Vladimir Ducasse (knee), safety Antone Exum (ankle) and cornerback Josh Robinson (ankle) are questionable. The probables are tight end Chase Ford (foot), defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd (ankle), cornerback Jabari Price (hamstring), safety Harrison Smith (ankle), center John Sullivan (concussion) and defensive end Corey Wootton (back).


Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph ruled out for Sunday
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(3:09 pm ET) Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph is set to miss his fifth consecutive game Sunday against Tampa Bay with abdomen and groin injuries.

Rudolph, who entered the season as a promising talent, caught just 10 passes for 96 yards and one score in three games before going down.


Buccaneers mostly healthy heading into Week 8 game
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(3:06 pm ET) Linebacker Brandon McGee (knee) is the lone Buccaneers player ruled out for the Sunday game against Minnesota. Cornerback Johnthan Banks (neck) is the only teammate on the Friday injury report not deemed questionable.

That group includes linebacker Jonathan Casillas (hamstring), tackle Anthony Collins (knee), safety Dashon Goldson (ankle), wide receiver Vincent Jackson (rib), quarterback Josh McCown (thumb) and defensive back Keith Tandy (hamstring.

Goldson and McCown both went from limited in practice to full participation Friday. Jackson has been limited throughout.


Sammy Watkins among Bills players green-lighted for Sunday
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(2:30 pm ET) As expected, the Bills have officially ruled Fred Jackson (groin) and Ty Powell (ankle) out for Week 8 against the Jets, the team announced.

Marquise Goodwin (hamstring) was the only player listed as doubtful on the final injury report on Friday. Marcus Easley (knee) and Aaron Williams (neck) were labeled as questionable for Sunday.

Meanwhile, Ron Brooks (groin), Brandon Spikes (ribs), Sammy Watkins (groin) and Mario Williams (thumb) were all deemed probable.


Ravens unveil final injury report for Week 8
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(2:25 pm ET) The Ravens have officially ruled Chris Canty (wrist) and Owen Daniels (knee) out for Sunday's game against the Bengals. Meanwhile, Eugene Monroe (knee), Kelechi Osemele (knee), Daryl Smith (rest) and Steve Smith Sr. (rest) were all labeled probable for Week 8.

Impact of Owen Daniels' injury?
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(2:25 pm ET) Just as he seemed to be finding his way in the offense, Ravens tight end Owen Daniels has been sidelined surprisingly in Week 8 after undergoing an undisclosed knee procedure.

We loved Daniels' chances to find success Week 8 against the Bengals after hauling in six passes for 58 yards and a touchdown last week. Now he will miss at least one game, with his status moving forward unknown at this point. Fantasy owners in desperate need of a tight end for Week 8 might want to see if Charles Clay of the Dolphins or Jared Cook of the Rams is available right now.

Long-term, it is impossible to say just how this will impact Daniels. Coach John Harbaugh has not ruled him out for Week 9, but he might be limited even if he is able to return that quickly. Daniels isn't a must-drop Fantasy option, but he also isn't someone you absolutely have to have on your roster.

Still, Daniels was third on the team in targets, and that was with Dennis Pitta playing a huge role before his injury. If you have room on your roster, it might be worth hanging on to Daniels for one week to get a clearer picture.


Three Steelers ruled out Week 8
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(2:20 pm ET) The Steelers have officially ruled out Steve McLendon (shoulder), Shamarko Thomas (hamstring) and Ike Taylor (forearm) for Week 8 at home against Indianapolis. Marcus Gilbert has yet to pass the league's concussion protocol and was labeled doubtful for Sunday.

Meanwhile, Ryan Shazier (knee), Brett Keisel (rest), Mike Mitchell (rest) and Troy Polamalu (rest) were all deemed probable.


Jets relatively healthy entering Week 8 against Bills
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(2:15 pm ET) The Jets enter Week 8 at home against Buffalo relatively healthy despite having 12 players on the final injury report for Sunday's game. Trevor Reilly (knee) and Greg Salas (wrist, ankle) were the only players deemed questionable for the game.

The following players were labeled probable: Oday Aboushi (shoulder), Phillip Adams (groin), Antwan Barnes (knee), Willie Colon (knee), Eric Decker (hamstring), David Harris (shoulder), Chris Johnson (ankle), Nick Mangold (shoulder), Bilal Powell (foot) and Darrin Walls (knee).

DeAngelo Williams among Panthers ruled out for Sunday
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(2:12 pm ET) The seven players who have not practiced all week have been ruled out by the Panthers for their Sunday home game against Seattle.

That group consists of cornerback Bene Benwikere (ankle), linebacker Chase Blackburn (knee), wideout Philly Brown (concussion), guards Amini Silatolu (calf) and Trai Turner (knee) and running backs Fozzy Whittaker (thigh) and DeAngelo Williams (ankle).

Fellow running back Chris Ogbonnaya (groin) and linebacker Jason Williams (hip) are questionable while offensive linemen Nate Chandler (thigh) and Byron Bell (elbow) are probable.


Colts list seven players on final injury report
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(2:09 pm ET) The Colts listed seven players on the final injury report for Week 8 against the Steelers. Reggie Wayne (elbow) was the only player on the list ruled out for Sunday's game. Trent Richardson (hamstring) and Jack Doyle (knee) were deemed questionable.

Meanwhile, Darius Butler (ankle), Arthur Jones (ankle), Gosder Cherilus (rest) and Erik Walden (rest) were all labeled probable for Sunday.


 
 
 
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