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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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Bills likely to insert Kraig Urbik into starting lineup at guard
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(6:36 pm ET) Bills coach Doug Marrone is exploring the option of making a change to the starting offensive line in an effort to improve the struggling unit, and inserting Kraig Urbik into the lineup ahead of rookie Cyril Richardson is the most likely move, BuffaloBills.com reports.

"He’s got to be ready to step up and go," Marrone said of Urbik. "If he gets the call on Sunday I’m sure he’ll be ready to go."

The Bills have surrendered 13 sacks in their last three games, and the line faces a tough test against the Jets in Week 8.


Rams S T.J. McDonald (concussion) misses practice Wednesday
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(6:08 pm ET) Rams safety T.J. McDonald missed practice Wednesday due to a concussion. He'll have to pass the concussion protocol before being allowed back on the field.

Jets LB Quinton Coples expects bigger role in Week 8
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5:55 pm ET) Jets linebacker Quinton Coples didn't start for the first time last week and played just 19 snaps, but he expects to return to a bigger role Sunday against the Bills, ESPN.com reports.

"It's back to what it was before Thursday," Coples said after practice Wednesday. "I'll be getting a lot more reps, and back out there a lot more than I was this past Thursday."

When asked if Coples would return to a starting role, coach Rex Ryan said, "Sure, why not?" before adding, "We play our players. We play all our guys."

Coples has recorded just five tackles and one sack in seven games this season.


Bills WR Marcus Easley returns to practice Wednesday
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5:46 pm ET) Bills wide receiver Marcus Easley returned to practice in a limited capacity Wednesday.

Easley has missed the last four weeks while recovering from a sprained MCL. If he's healthy enough to play Sunday, his presence on special teams could help counter the loss of Anthony Dixon on the unit, as he's expected to fill a much bigger offensive role in the wake of multiple injuries to the team's running backs.


Cordarrelle Patterson no longer on injury report
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(5:43 pm ET) Vikings second-year wideout Cordarrelle Patterson, who had dealt with a hip flexor strain since Week 5, is not listed on the team's injury report, according to 1500ESPN.com. Patterson has been a big disappointment, catching 19 passes for 213 yards and a touchdown in seven games.

Minnesota visits Tampa Bay on Sunday.


49ers WR Steve Johnson making most of limited snaps
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(5:30 pm ET) 49ers wideout Steve Johnson has played 31 percent of the team's offensive snaps, yet he ranks third on the team in catches (25) and receiving yards (315) and is tied for the team lead with three touchdown grabs, notes the San Francisco Chronicle. Colin Kaepernick has a sterling 127.8 passer rating when targeting Johnson, completing 25 of 31 throws, the report said.

Despite his success, Johnson might have a hard time earning more time because Michael Crabtree and Anquan Boldin are locked in as starters and Brandon Lloyd is a deep threat coaches want to get on the field, the paper said.

For now, the paper envisions Johnson continuing to split No. 3 receiver duties with Lloyd, who has played 38 percent of the snaps.


Rams WR Kenny Britt a non-participant Wednesday
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(5:14 pm ET) Rams wideout Kenny Britt did not practice Wednesday due to an ankle injury, reports the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. St. Louis visits Kansas City on Sunday.

Bears CB Kyle Fuller up in the air for Sunday
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(5:01 pm ET) Bears rookie corner Kyle Fuller sat out Wednesday's practice with a hip pointer and a broken right hand, and his status for Sunday's game at New England is uncertain, reports the Chicago Tribune. It would be a big blow to the Bears if they don't have Fuller, who's made 33 tackles and three interceptions in seven games.

Coach Marc Trestman has said Fuller does not need surgery and could play with a broken hand.


Saints RB Khiry Robinson held out Wednesday
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(4:34 pm ET) Saints running back Khiry Robinson was held out of Wednesday's practice due to a forearm injury. Robinson left after playing five snaps Week 7 at Detroit, but said he'll be fine for Sunday night's game against the Packers.

"I have a little boo-boo, but I'm straight," he said, per The New Orleans Advocate.


Colts have confidence in Hakeem Nicks if Reggie Wayne is sidelined
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4:33 pm ET) If Reggie Wayne is unable to play Week 8 against the Steelers due to an elbow injury, Colts coach Chuck Pagano expressed complete confidence in veteran receiver Hakeem Nicks helping pick up the slack in Wayne's absence.

"He comes here every day with his hat on, lunch pail, ready to work," Pagano said about Nicks, per ESPN. "He’s a competitive guy. We have a ton of competitive guys in that locker room. They all want to contribute and they all want to make plays. He understands that. He’ll be ready no matter when his number is called. He knows his stuff; he practices hard, prepares hard."

Nicks has posted modest numbers in his first season with the Colts, totaling 17 catches for 141 yards and two touchdowns in seven games.


 
 
 
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