Fantasy: Post-draft listing of top 50 wideouts

Here is my post-draft listing of the top 50 wide receivers for 2013 — citing standard-scoring leagues (non-PPR):


1. Calvin Johnson, Lions
2. Brandon Marshall, Bears
3. A.J. Green, Bengals
4. Demaryius Thomas, Broncos
5. Dez Bryant, Cowboys
6. Julio Jones, Falcons
7. Andre Johnson, Texans
8. Roddy White, Falcons
9. Vincent Jackson, Buccaneers
10. Larry Fitzgerald, Cardinals
11. Eric Decker, Broncos
12. Marques Colston, Saints
13. Jordy Nelson, Packers
14. Percy Harvin, Seahawks
15. Reggie Wayne, Colts

Quick Hitters

1. So much for Andre Johnson hitting the proverbial fantasy wall after turning 30. Last season, Johnson (112 catches, 162 targets, 1,598 yards, four TDs) notched six outings of 115 yards or more; and of his final 13 games (including two playoff tilts) … he racked up nine or more targets 11 times.

2. Brandon Marshall established career highs in catches (118), receiving yards (1,508), touchdowns (11) and targets (192) last year, marking his fourth 100-catch season. One more thing: Of the 16 games, Marshall crossed the PPR-elite threshold of six catches, 95 yards and/or one touchdown 13 times.

3. Last season, Demaryius Thomas (94 catches, 1,434 yards, 10 TDs) crossed the PPR-elite threshold of six catches, 95 yards and/or one touchdown 13 times. He and Marshall were the only wideouts to rack up 1,400 yards and double-digit TDs.

4. In standard-scoring leagues, A.J. Green (10 TDs from Weeks 2-11 last year) was one of only five NFL receivers to finish with 200-plus fantasy points. He also crossed the PPR-elite threshold of six catches, 95 yards and/or one touchdown 13 times.


16. Victor Cruz, Giants
17. Michael Crabtree, 49ers
18. Randall Cobb, Packers
19. Hakeem Nicks, Giants
20. Wes Welker, Broncos
21. Steve Smith, Panthers
22. Mike Wallace, Dolphins
23. Greg Jennings, Vikings
24. Dwayne Bowe, Chiefs
25. James Jones, Packers
26. Antonio Brown, Steelers
27. Danny Amendola, Patriots
28. Torrey Smith, Ravens
29. Jeremy Maclin, Eagles
30. Cecil Shorts, Jaguars
30b. Malcom Floyd, Chargers

Quick Hitters

1. Is it a leap of faith to rank Crabtree at 17? With stellar averages of seven catches, 10.5 targets, 103 yards and .88 touchdowns in his final eight games last year (including the playoffs) … the evidence suggests not. For what it’s worth, Colin Kaepernick logged the QB start for all eight games.

2. Mike Wallace (26 TDs from 2010-12) should be a wonderful sell-high asset with the Dolphins — for those who choose that path. For 2010-12 with the Steelers, Wallace had at least four or more touchdowns from Weeks 1-7. And as a rookie, Miami QB Ryan Tannehill averaged 30.2 passes per game.

3. Green Bay’s James Jones (64 catches, 784 yards, 14 TDs) crossed the threshold of six catches, 75 yards and/or one touchdown 11 times last season. Of equal relevance, he posted eight outings of seven-plus targets.

4. Victor Cruz’s so-so ranking has little to do with his contract squabble with Giants management. It has everything to do with Hakeem Nicks’ re-emergence as a major fantasy asset.

During the 2011 regular season, Nicks attracted seven-plus targets in 12 games, including six straight from Weeks 11-16. He also crossed the magical threshold of six catches, 100 yards and/or one TD 11 times.

In four playoff games, Nicks also tallied 28 catches, 43 targets, 444 yards and four TDs — numbers befitting a fantasy anchor in standard leagues.


31. Steve Johnson, Bills
32. T.Y. Hilton, Colts
33. Miles Austin, Cowboys
34. Kenny Britt, Titans
35. Mike Williams, Buccaneers
36. DeSean Jackson, Eagles
37. Pierre Garcon, Redskins
38. Denarius Moore, Raiders
39. Justin Blackmon, Jaguars
40. Lance Moore, Saints
41. Josh Gordon, Browns
42. Danario Alexander, Chargers
43. Sidney Rice, Seahawks
44. Michael Floyd, Cardinals
45. Alshon Jeffery, Bears
46. Anquan Boldin, 49ers
47. Nate Washington, Titans
48. Brandon LaFell, Panthers
49. Darrius Heyward-Bey, Colts
50. Santonio Holmes, Jets
50b. Davone Bess, Browns
50c. DeAndre Hopkins, Texans
50d. Nate Burleson, Lions

Quick Hitters

1. It’s a shame Justin Blackmon (64 catches, 865 yards, five TDs) will miss the Jags’ first four games to a drug/alcohol suspension. He tallied 48 targets in his final four outings last season.

2. For Points Per Reception leagues, the Dolphins’ Brian Hartline (74 catches, 1,083 yards) would warrant more recognition. But it’s hard to endorse a guy with only three 100-yard outings and one TD from last season — especially with Mike Wallace and tight end Dustin Keller migrating to Miami.

3. Buffalo’s Steve Johnson averaged 79 catches, 1,041 yards and 7.7 touchdowns with Ryan Fitzpatrick as his quarterback (2010-12). But I’m not expecting those numbers on at least two fronts, if rookie E.J. Manuel logs nine or more starts. Manuel has good down-the-road potential in fantasy circles … but Kevin Kolb is the better short-term play.

4. Denarius Moore is the quintessential wild card for springtime speculation. Yes, he only posted four games of 70-plus yards last season … but he also scored seven touchdowns and tallied eight outings of eight-plus targets.

Jay Clemons can be reached, day or night, on Twitter at @FOX_JayClemons.