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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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Therefore, Dallas could be looking to add another. According to The Baltimore Sun and National Football Post's Aaron Wilson, the Cowboys worked out running back Daniel Thomas on Thursday. 

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Hyde is dealing with a leg injury that isn't considered serious. 

Rookie running back Mike Davis did practice despite injuring his thumb on Wednesday after catching a pass from Colin Kaepernick. 

“Kap, man, I didn’t know he could throw a ball that fast,” Davis said. “I still caught it.”


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Those not present were wide receiver Anquan Boldin, fullback Bruce Miller, offensive linemen Alex Boone and Anthony Davis, punter Andy Lee and kicker Phil Dawson.

OTA practices are voluntary and players are not required to attend.

Linebacker NaVorro Bowman was also not present though he was given the day off by 49ers coach Jim Tomsula. Bowman missed the 2014 season after sustaining an ACL tear during the 2013 playoffs. 


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Tanner has been with the Saints since 2010 but has never appeared in a game. 


Report: Chargers expect to reach long-term deal with Philip Rivers
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Now it appears Rivers won't be heading anywhere anytime soon. According to a report from NFL.com, the Chargers are confident in reaching a long-term deal with Rivers. 

Rivers is entering the final year of his contract, in which he is due $15.75 million. 

A year ago, Rivers threw for 4,286 yards, 31 touchdowns and 18 interceptions. 


Report: Jaguars' Dante Fowler to have ACL surgery next week
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(5/21/2015) Jaguars rookie defensive lineman Dante Fowler will have surgery next week to repair a torn ACL sustained in rookie minicamp, according to the Florida Times-Union

Fowler was injured during an 11-on-11 drill during his first practice with the Jaguars on May 8. He'll miss the entire 2015 season. Fowler is still with the team participating in strength and conditioning exercises. 

Fowler is expected to remain in Jacksonville to rehab his knee. 


Panthers WR Kelvin Benjamin out for next week's OTAs
by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(5/21/2015) With organized team activities set to begin next week for the Panthers, one notable contributor is likely to be sidelined. 

According to the Charlotte Observer, wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin strained his hamstring a week ago and will probably sit during next week's practices as a result. Benjamin, a rookie in 2014, had 1,008 yards and nine touchdowns for the Panthers. 

With Benjamin sidelined, rookie receiver Devin Funchess has a chance to step in and act as Carolina's No. 1 receiver during the upcoming voluntary practices. 


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Bartu pleaded no contest to driving under the influence last season and received a two-day suspended sentence and 12 months of probation.

According to an NFL and NFLPA agreement, players had until Nov. 1, 2014 to resolve DUIs for them to be accepted under the previous policy and for a suspension not to be issued. Bartu needed to submit his plea agreement before November but he did not go in front of judge before the deadline and was suspended in March.

Bartu provided the league with additional information, showing that his plea agreement was actually reached on Oct. 30, resulting in the $50,000 fine and his suspension as rescinded.

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(5/21/2015) The Texans announced on Thursday that they have released veteran offensive tackle Tyson Clabo

Clabo appeared in all 16 games for Houston a year ago but did not start any of them. This was a departure from what he was used to as a longtime starter in the NFL. 

Clabo entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent out of Wake Forest in 2004. After bouncing around with the Broncos, Giants and Chargers, Clabo latched on with the Falcons in 2005. In 2006, Clabo earned a starting role with Atlanta, the team he stayed with through the 2012 season. 

He ended up in Houston a year ago after starting 15 games for the Dolphins in 2013. 

In total, Clabo has started 116 of the 132 games he's appeared in throughout his career. 


 
 
 
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