Last season was a slow start and strong finish for Calvin Johnson. Big names have changed teams. Some young guys stepped up, while others look to bounce back. New quarterback situations will help and hurt players stock.
1. Calvin Johnson – Yards could be less but I expect TD’s to go up. Broyles and Bush catching passes should take some pressure off him. This years offense will move better.
2. Brandon Marshall – Another season of High yardage and double digit TD’s. Weapons around him are solid.
3. Dez Bryant – Look for another 90+ reception season while racking up yards and touchdowns. A better running game can only help open things up. Couldn’t be much worse than a year ago.
4. Larry Fitzgerald – Last season was a ridiculous disaster for the Arizona offense. The line will be better and so is the quarterback position. Fitzgerald is still a top receiving threat at age 29.
5. A.J. Green – Dalton enters his third season under center in the Bengals offense. Green as his top weapon. Training camp knee injury shouldn’t hinder his season at all. Entering his prime he could better his 1350 yards and 11 TD’s.
6. Julio Jones – Always a TD threat with 18 in 2 seasons, Jones should be primed for his biggest season yet.
7. Demaryius Thomas – Even with new addition Welker, Thomas should be Manning go to guy. He could eclipse 30 receptions with 20 yards+ gained. He had 29 a year ago.
8. Roddy White – White hasn’t been hurt by Julio Jones arrival. The duo has been the games best receiving tandem.
9. Vincent Jackson – Jackson was a good fit in Tampa’s offense. Talent has never been the issue. Health is always a lingering question mark.
10. Danny Amendola – Amendola will be huge in the Patriots offense. Staying healthy is key. 100+ receptions could be a reality.He’ll get in the end zone enough.
11. Andre Johnson – Johnson may have finally found a counter part in DeAndre Hopkins. Which could shift some of the focus off him. Could have a big second half if Hopkins plays well early and teams have to adjust. Opening things up for Johnson. Health has been the biggest issue and he’s not getting younger.
12. Victor Cruz – I’m expecting a bounce back year. Cruz is at his best in the slot turning slants into TD’s or beating defensive backs deep. A healthy Nicks helps.
13. Dwayne Bowe – Steady and consistant QB hasn’t been a thing for Bowe. People love to hate Alex Smith. But he’s come a long way and is in a good situation. Look for Bowe to shine this season.
14. Marques Colston – At Age 30 he’s only played 16 games 3 times in his career. Last year was one of them. A solid number two receiver in a high flying offense.
15. Randell Cobb – An early camp injury doesn’t seem like it will be a problem come September. Cobb was an all-purpose monster a season ago. He seemed to embrace his role last year with Jennings dealing with Injuries. Should be an important piece in Green Bay again.
15. Hakeem Nicks – When healthy Nicks is a big time receiver. If he can stay relatively injury free, Nicks could be a steal for you.
17. Wes Welker – The numbers wont be the same. But he will be a favorite of Manning’s. 85-90 receptions isn’t out of the question. He’ll find his way into the end zone enough.
18. Eric Decker – Yards and receptions could take a hit. Decker is still a threat in the red zone where it counts.
19. Reggie Wayne – Wayne and Luck hooked up early and often. Better PPR pick than standard.
20. Steve Smith – We just keep waiting for age to take Smith’s game away. He’s still Cam Newton’s number one passing target.
21. Antonio Brown – Brown’s never been a scorer but I think his expanded role gets him into the end zone more. He could be back over the thousand yard mark after a down third season slowed by injury.
22. Pierre Garcon – I would have ranked Garcon higher if it wasn’t for his foot. The injury that plagued him in 12′ could be an issue again.
23. Jordy Nelson – I’ve liked Nelson ever since his days at Kansas State. I don’t like he’s already had a “Knee procedure” after 2012 when he suited up for 12 games. Nelson can explode when healthy.
24. James Jones – The overall touchdown king of receivers (14) in 2012 should be back to old tricks again. Jordy Nelson may be slowed to start the season after having a knee procedure. Jones can develop more chemistry with Rodgers early and bring it into the season.
25. Kenny Britt – Britt can be one of the games better wide receivers when he’s on the field. Sounds like he’s healthy and ready to go. If Locker can play well, Britt could be in for a very good year.
26. Josh Gordon – The Supplemental draft star had 50 receptions 805 yards and 5 scores with a rookie quarterback. All numbers that could be topped this season.
27. Torrey Smith – Smith is a burner. He needs more than 49 receptions this year. Flacco should be feeding him the ball. 16 of his receptions were over 20 yards. More of a number 3 WR until he finds a next level to his game.
28. DeSean Jackson – I expect Jackson to be a solid fit in the Eagles new offense. Look for his 20 yard plus gains to go up. Touchdowns also. Team and Jackson’s effort may not be around in the end.
29. Mike Williams – Williams comes in to camp a happy and richer man. Sometimes that’s not a good thing. Greg Shiano wont let him slack. Should be around 900 yard and double digits touchdowns this year.
30. Lance Moore – Moore had his best season in 2012 and found his role. He could gain 1,000 yards again. and be a solid number 3 of flex option.
31. TY Hilton – The diminutive speedster showed big time flashes last season. As long as the stays healthy which wasn’t the case in college, expect Hilton to be a prime target of Andrew Luck. 75 receptions and 1,000 yards is obtainable. Hilton will find the end zone as well.
32 Cecil Shorts – Shorts busted out week one in 2012 after a two catch rookie season. He proved not to be a fluke with 55 receptions, 979 yards and 7 TD’s. It’s hard for those numbers to imrove with Jacksonville’ quarterback play. But I don’t see them taking a nose dive.
33. Tavon Austin – He’s been getting praised up and down in his rookie camp by coaches and teammates. Added value in return game if individual return points count.
34. Sidney Rice – Rice should have his best year in Seattle. Another health risk,
35. Chris Givens – Givens was solid when given the the chance last season. The former ACC standout will be quality depth or spot start on your roster.
36. Mike Wallace – Others will have him higher. Tannehill and Wallce aren’t on the same page yet. I hate the left tackle situation. This seems like a bust season coming up for Wallace. Let some else draft him too high