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2015 Tiered Dynasty Rankings: Wide Receivers (WR), Tiers 7 and 8


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Tiered Dynasty Rankings - Wide Receivers, Tier 7

36) Davante Adams, 22, GB

Davante Adams is in the advantageous position of being a wide receiver in an Aaron Rodgers-led offense, making him a perennial threat for fantasy value. In his rookie campaign he managed 446 yards and three TDs on 38 receptions, which is perfectly respectable for your first year in the league. Randall Cobb and Jordy Nelson are still the 1-2 punch for the Packers, but Adams speed and talent after the catch should allow him to settle in as a solid mid-range option for Rodgers. He has FLEX upside in 2015, and should rise in rankings as the years wear on and Jordy Nelson fades.

 

37) Donte Moncrief, 21, IND

Moncrief won’t be much more than a handcuff in 2015, as the Colts simply have too many mouths to feed, even if it is Andrew Luck doing the feeding. The additions of Andre Johnson and Phillip Dorsett are going to make it hard for Moncrief to approach fantasy relevance this year, but he’s a big, fast, talented wide receiver who should develop into a solid WR2 in the Colts offense in the next couple seasons.

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38) Cody Latimer, 22, DEN

Cody Latimer will also be a handcuff to start the season, although he may develop into a FLEX option over the summer. It’s all going to depend on how the Broncos decide to use him—he would be the third wide receiver in three-wide sets, and Peyton Manning obviously knows to utilize him if he’s getting open. My main concern is going to be the snap count though, as new OC Gary Kubiak is more likely to use a tight end than a third receiver. I would have him rostered this year, but it might be a bit early for him to make a true fantasy impact.

 

39) Mike Wallace, 28, MIN

Mike Wallace is still one of the premier deep threats in the NFL, and proved he can still be a decent fantasy option last season with 862 receiving yards and 10 touchdowns on 67 catches. His situation this year can be even better than last year, as he is the unquestioned number one wide receiver on a much-improved Vikings squad. If Teddy Bridgewater can take some strides forward in 2015, Wallace could approach WR2 status. However, that is no lock to occur, and since Wallace is on the back end of his prime he’s a bit lower in my dynasty rankings.

 

40) Eric Decker, 28, NYJ

Eric Decker was a fantasy stud in 2013-14 in the vaunted Broncos offense, and regression was a certainty when he became a New York Jet in 2014. He still managed a respectable 74-962-5 line with some pretty terrible quarterback play, proving that he can be a difference-maker no matter who’s throwing him the ball. I expect that he can improve upon the yardage numbers under new OC Chan Gailey, although the touchdowns are pretty much anyone’s guess in a run-first offense.

 

41) Kendall Wright, 25, TEN

Kendall Wright was seemingly poised for a breakout last year, after posting a 94-1,079-2 line in 2013. However, poor quarterback play and a couple injuries held him to a 57-715-6 line in 2014. While the quarterback play should improve with Marcus Mariota now under center, Wright won’t have much help out wide. I don’t see him breaking into the top 30 this year, but as Mariota and the Titans offense in general improves, Wright could have value in the future.

 

Tiered Dynasty Rankings - Wide Receivers, Tier 8

42) Brian Quick, 26, STL

Brian Quick was well on his way to a top-20 performance in 2014, but a season-ending shoulder injury left us wondering what might have been. With Nick Foles now throwing him passes, the ceiling is just as high if not higher in 2015. Quick is going to be the number one receiver in St. Louis, and that offense should be much-improved with Foles and the assumed emergence of Todd Gurley. I like Brian Quick as  WR3 right away, and his stock could rise even higher.

 

43) Kenny Stills, 23, MIA

Kenny Stills still has boatloads of potential, but his situation is going to make things interesting in 2015. He is assumedly behind rookie phenom DeVante Parker and Jarvis Landry, but with Parker potentially missing some time at the beginning of the season Stills has a chance to prove himself. With Drew Brees throwing to him he had 931 yards and three touchdowns on 63 receptions, and that’s right around where I’d put him for 2015 with Ryan Tannehill. The Dolphins are getting better, but Stills won’t be more than a deeper-league FLEX play to start the season.

 

44) Jaelen Strong, 21, HOU

Big-bodied rookie Jaelen Strong is essentially the Texans’ replacement for Andre Johnson, although whether or not he can make an impact right away remains to be seen. The unsettled quarterback situation in Houston is an immediate detraction from his value, and the fact that it is a decidedly run-heavy offense doesn’t help matters. Still, he was projected to be a first-round pick in the months leading up to the draft, so a flier with one of your last few picks is definitely worth it. His ranking will rise in years to come.

 

45) Charles Johnson, 26, MIN

I’ve heard Charles Johnson’s name thrown around quite a bit this summer, although I can’t quite figure out why. He had flashes of brilliance in 2014, but looking at his stats objectively I’m not impressed. He’s also 26 already, so it’s not as though there is much room for improvement. Mike Wallace is now in Minnesota, so Johnson won’t be the number one option in the passing game. Adrian Peterson is also back, so the offense should switch back to a run-heavy approach. I think it’s best to let others reach for Johnson in 2015, and monitor what happens going forward.

 

46) Andre Johnson, 34, IND

I am truly excited to see what kind of numbers Andre Johnson can produce with a top-three QB throwing to him. T.Y. Hilton is going to be the one to rack up yardage in 2015, but Johnson should be the main threat in the red zone. He should be a lock for double-digit TDs in that offense, and could very well wind up a WR2. He’s in the twilight of his career though, making it hard to rank him ant higher than this for dynasty/keeper purposes.

 

47) John Brown, 25, ARI

John Brown managed a solid rookie campaign (48-696-5) with Drew Stanton and Ryan Lindley throwing to him for most of the season. Yuck. With Carson Palmer back and healthy, Brown’s production should improve. He is still behind Larry Fitzgerald and Michael Floyd in the pecking order, but I would not be shocked to see him supplant Floyd as the team’s number two. He and Fitzgerald could prove to be a potent combination (not unlike T.Y. Hilton and Andre Johnson) in 2015.

 

48) Victor Cruz, 28, NYG

I can’t see Victor Cruz ever returning to his pre-injury numbers for a couple of reasons. The first and foremost issue is the significance of the injury that kept him out for most of last season—a torn patellar tendon. It remains to be seen how effective he can even be as a wide receiver less than a year removed from that. The second big reason is the emergence of Odell Beckham, Jr., who is not only the best receiver on the team, but one of the best in the entire NFL. He’s got a WR3 ceiling in 2015, and I don’t expect that to change in the future.

 

49) Devin Funchess, 21, CAR

I don’t have high expectations for Devin Funchess in 2015. He’s huge for a wide receiver (6’4”, 230 lbs.), but lacks the speed (4.7-40) to be an elite deep threat. Kelvin Benjamin established himself as the unquestioned number one receiver in Carolina, and while Funchess should be able to act as the WR2 in 2015 he’s simply not going to get the looks that Benjamin and Cam Newton’s beloved Greg Olsen will receive. He’s a late-round flier at best, but he has a bright future.

 

50) Phillip Dorsett, 22, IND

I’m not touching Phillip Dorsett in 2015, simply because the work won’t be there for him. He’s going to be a possession receiver in his prime due to his speed and lack of size, but he’s going to be fourth in the pecking order behind Hilton, Johnson and Moncrief (and that’s not including the Indianapolis tight ends). He could evolve into a WR3 in the future, but it simply isn’t in the cards in 2015.

 

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