A good case can be made for each of Calvin
Johnson and A.J. Green being worthy of the top spot at WR. Ultimately,
I gave the nod to Johnson, despite the fact that he is nearly
three years older than Green. Any way you slice it, both are great
cornerstones for dynasty teams lucky enough to have them rostered.
The young trifecta of Julio Jones, Demaryius Thomas and Dez Bryant
lead the charge for the second tier and all have incredible upsides.
Marshall is an absolute beast in Chicago, but he likely doesnít
have as many quality years left in the tank as the aforementioned
younger players, so he slots in just behind that trio.
Randall Cobb and Jordy Nelson both are situated in third tier.
With Jennings out of the equation in Green Bay, each should have
plenty of opportunity to produce, and neither is short on ability.
Larry Fitzgerald has edged upward for me lately, largely based
upon my assumption that Arizona comes up with a better game plan
at QB in 2013. Michael Crabtree was an excellent performer with
Kaepernick behind center for the Niners and he has evolved into
the teamís clear top threat through the air. Mike Wallace
could climb a bit in coming months, but his ranking will be somewhat
dependent upon where he ends up in 2013. There is no denying that
the 26-year-old receiver is talented.
Eric Decker is largely underappreciated, in my view, and with
Peyton Manning slinging him the pigskin, he should continue to
put up sneaky-good numbers. He is easily worthy of being in the
fourth group at WR. Justin Blackmon had some big moments during
his rookie campaign, but was largely outplayed by his teammate,
Cecil Shorts. Going forward, I like Blackmonís skill set
better, and his ranking reflects such. Danario Alexander is a
risky player with a high ceiling. Itís a roll of the dice
as to whether or not his knees will hold up for a full season
as a starter in the NFL, but if they do, ďDXĒ owners
should be very happy with his production. Mike Williams flew largely
under the radar in 2012, but he was solid in his role as WR2 in
Tampa Bay. At 25 years old, Williams is still relatively young
and he is definitely capable of putting up nice numbers.
The sixth and seventh tiers are a mixed bag. T.Y. Hilton is a
receiver that Iíve warmed up to in recent months. He is
a playmaker that gets the most out of his touches. I look for
him to take a noticeable step forward in his second season. Rueben
Randle also showed flashes as a rookie, but there probably wonít
be enough of the receiving pie left in New York for him to have
much of an impact in 2013, barring an injury to Cruz or Nicks.
Randle owners will need to be patient. Vincent Brown could make
a bit of a splash this coming season if he can stay healthy. The
Chargers need someone other than Danario Alexander to produce
in their air attack and Brown is as a decent candidate.
Anquan Boldin isnít a world-beater at this stage of his
career, yet he is proving to still be capable. If not for his
talk of retirement, should Baltimore cut him, I would have him
in the tier above. A.J. Jenkins was a big letdown for any dynasty
owners that drafted him last season. While I think he has the
potential to be a solid producer in the long-term, 2013 isnít
currently lined up to be his big year. Even if Randy Moss moves
on, there will be a lot of competition for targets in the SF passing
game. Jarius Wright had some nice moments while Percy Harvin was
sidelined with an injury this past season. If the buzz about Harvin
being traded comes to fruition, Wright could be a legitimate breakout
possibility for the Vikings. At the very least, Wright is a nice
deep sleeper at this point.
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