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Dynasty Rankings
Wide Receivers

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.

 Wide Receivers
Chg Rk Player Team
1 Calvin Johnson DET
2 A.J. Green CIN
Tier 2
3 Julio Jones ATL
4 Demaryius Thomas DEN
5 Dez Bryant DAL
6 Brandon Marshall CHI
7 Percy Harvin MIN
8 Victor Cruz NYG
Tier 3
9 Hakeem Nicks NYG
10 Randall Cobb GB
11 Roddy White ATL
12 Jordy Nelson GB
13 Larry Fitzgerald ARI
14 Michael Crabtree SF
15 Andre Johnson HOU
16 Vincent Jackson TB
17 Dwayne Bowe KC
18 Mike Wallace PIT
Tier 4
19 Marques Colston NO
20 Wes Welker NE
21 Eric Decker DEN
22 Kenny Britt TEN
23 Greg Jennings GB
24 Justin Blackmon JAX
25 Torrey Smith BAL
26 Steve Johnson BUF
Tier 5
27 Miles Austin DAL
28 Antonio Brown PIT
29 Danario Alexander SD
30 Josh Gordon CLE
31 Jeremy Maclin PHI
32 Cecil Shorts JAX
33 Pierre Garcon WAS
34 DeSean Jackson PHI
35 Mike Williams TB
Tier 6
36 James Jones GB
37 Denarius Moore OAK
38 Reggie Wayne IND
39 Kendall Wright TEN
40 T.Y. Hilton IND
41 Steve Smith CAR
42 Sidney Rice SEA
43 Danny Amendola STL
Tier 7
44 Alshon Jeffery CHI
45 Chris Givens STL
46 Golden Tate SEA
47 Rueben Randle NYG
48 Lance Moore NO
49 Michael Floyd ARI
50 Santonio Holmes NYJ
51 Vincent Brown SD
52 Emmanuel Sanders PIT
Tier 8
53 Jonathan Baldwin KC
54 Malcom Floyd SD
55 Brandon Lloyd NE
56 Stephen Hill NYJ
57 Anquan Boldin BAL
58 Ryan Broyles DET
59 Greg Little CLE
60 Andre Roberts ARI
61 Brandon LaFell CAR
62 A.J. Jenkins SF
63 Brian Quick STL
Tier 9
64 Marvin Jones CIN
65 Darrius Heyward-Bey OAK
66 Jarius Wright MIN
67 Mohamed Sanu CIN
68 Nick Toon NO
69 Juron Criner OAK
70 Brian Hartline MIA
71 Andrew Hawkins CIN
72 Leonard Hankerson WAS
73 Austin Collie IND
74 Davone Bess MIA
75 Julian Edelman NE
76 Donnie Avery IND
77 Rod Streater OAK
78 Santana Moss WAS
79 Joseph Morgan NOS
80 Nate Washington TEN

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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