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2014 Draft Prep: WR tiers, 2.0

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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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by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(11:41 am ET) The Vikings announced Monday they have picked up the fifth-year options on left tackle Matt Kalil and safety Harrison Smith, ensuring them one more year of control over a pair of potential difference makers, per ProFootballTalk.com. 

Picking up Smith's option was a simple one for the Vikings, as he picked up 92 tackles and grabbed five interceptions for Minnesota last season. He's scheduled to make $5.278 million next year. 

Kalil was a more difficult decision, as the former No. 4 pick has struggled after a strong start. His salary would be over $11 million in 2016. 


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(11:38 am ET) Free-agent defensive tackle Alex Carrington is visiting the Bills on Monday, the team announced.

Carrington played his first four seasons with the Bills. In 2014, he played for the Rams and registered one tackle in eight games.


Colts' Irsay would like to win two champions during Andrew Luck era
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(11:29 am ET) Colts owner Jim Irsay said the franchise's goal is to win at least two Super Bowls while quarterback Andrew Luck is in Indianapolis, reports the team's official website.

Irsay added that the team is trying to achive continued success on a yearly basis and this year's draft will help the team become more successful.

"When you look at that, we look at how do we build this roster over the next three years to really be able to go on a run where you can win two Super Bowls in a row, when you can really be dominant," he said. "Again, that's working on all phases of the ball."


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(11:14 am ET) Cowboys cornerback Brandon Carr would not comment on whether the team has asked him to take a pay cut or not, reports The Dallas Morning News.

"Some things I don't discuss out in public," Carr said. "This is one of those."

Carr will count $12.7 million against the cap during the 2015 season if he does not restructure his contract and he declined to say if he'd be willing to lessen the amount.

"I'm still here,'' he said. "I'm here until told otherwise. That's my philosophy. At the end of the day, if I'm playing football then I'm going to give my all for whoever I'm playing for."


Colts waive four, including RB Jeff Demps
by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(11:08 am ET) The Colts announced Monday they have waived four players, including running back Jeff Demps, who was never able to translate his world-class speed into the NFL. 

In addition to Demps, the Colts released WR Kadron Boone, DE Gannon Conway and OT Matt Hall


Falcons turn attention to extension for Julio Jones
by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(11:06 am ET) With the NFL draft completed, Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff said signing wide receiver Julio Jones is a priority for the team, reports ESPN.com.

"There is no question that our focus in the future will be on Julio Jones and where we are," Dimitroff said. "I don't want to get into specifics about the timing of that, obviously. But now that the draft is over and we continue to build this football team, we understand that Julio is a very important part of our building and evolving as a championship-type team."

Jones is a two-time Pro Bowl player and can become a free agent after the 2015 season. Jones has had to deal with foot issues during his career, which Dimitroff said wasn't an issue.

"That's not my concern right now," Dimitroff said. "That's not my concern, period."


Vikings CB Antone Exum ready to make an impact
by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(10:53 am ET) The Vikings did not select a safety during last week's NFL Draft, which opens the door for second-year man Antone Exum to step in and produce, per the Pioneer Press

Exum, who was taken in the sixth round last year and only participated in 16 plays from scrimmage, could battle safety Robert Blanton for the position, but is willing to be either a strong or free safety. 

"So whatever I'm asked to play, I will be ready," Exum said. "I take pride in work ethic and not being outworked, and this offseason I've been attacking."


Seahawks decline to exercise Bruce Irvin's option
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(10:19 am ET) Seahawks linebacker Bruce Irvin will become an unrestricted free agent in 2016 after the team decided not to pick up the fifth-year option on his rookie contract for the 2016 season, reports the Seattle Times.

The Seahawks would've owed Irvin $7.8 million had they picked up the option. Despite not picking up the option, coach Pete Carroll had previously said Irvin is in the team's long-term plans.

"If we pick up Bruce's option it's a great thing, if we don't pick up Bruce's option it only means we aren't picking it up... We want him to be here for a long time," Carroll said. 


Redskins release LB Gabe Miller
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(9:29 am ET) The Redskins released linebacker Gabe Miller, reports ESPN.com. In seven games last season, Miller totaled four tackles.

Bucs decline fifth-year option on RB Doug Martin
by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(9:17 am ET) The Buccaneers will not pick up the fifth-year option on running back Doug Martin, meaning he will be an unrestricted free agent in 2016, per the Tampa Tribune. 

Martin rushed for 1,454 yards in 2012, but since then has battled injury and ineffectiveness, falling short of 500 yards in each of the last two seasons. 

Martin remains in line to be Tampa Bay's No. 1 rusher at the start of 2015, but he will have to prove himself in order to be rewarded with a new contract. 


 
 
 
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