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2013 Fantasy Football PPR Rankings – Wide Receivers

A list of the top wide receivers to draft for the 2013 fantasy football season in PPR leagues.

1. Calvin Johnson (DET)

  Receiving Stats Rushing Stats
Year Rec Yds TD Avg Att Yds TD Avg
2013 Projections View Calvin Johnson's 2013 projected stats.

If someone told you Johnson scored only five touchdowns, had only five catches of 40 or more yards and averaged 9.6 YPT (down from 10.6 in 2011), you'd probably think he had an off year. Instead he destroyed the single-season record for receiving yards. While Johnson didn't strike for too many huge plays, he had 40 catches of 20-yards or more, 11 more than Demaryius Thomas who would have led the league by a wide margin in almost any other season. Johnson's lack of touchdowns stemmed partly from bad luck – Matthew Stafford, who led the NFL in bad passes (44), missed him after he had gotten behind the defense on a few occasions, and Johnson also caught a few balls just short of the goal line – but also from an inexplicable lack of use from in close. Of Johnson's league-leading 204 targets, only 17 were red-zone looks (T-17th), eight from inside the 10 (T-12th) and five from inside the five (T-5th). We have to think that will change for the 6-5, 235-pound Johnson – whose size and frame make him ideal for work in that area. If it doesn't, the TDs will rebound anyway, but closer to 10 than 15, making him essentially Andre Johnson in his prime.

2. A.J. Green (CIN)

  Receiving Stats Rushing Stats
Year Rec Yds TD Avg Att Yds TD Avg
2013 Projections View A.J. Green's 2013 projected stats.

Believe it or not, Green had a down year – at least on a per play basis. While Green led the league with seven catches of 40-plus, he had only 16 catches of 20-plus (T-15th) on 164 targets (T-5th), and he averaged a pedestrian 8.2 yards per target, 16th among the league's 39 100-target wideouts. Green was primarily a volume guy and a goal-line threat, with 23 red-zone looks (T-2nd), 14 from inside the 10 (1st).  Nonetheless, Green finished as the No. 4 overall receiver in standard leagues last year (No. 3 in PPR), and there's reason to think his efficiency will improve. Green averaged 9.2 YPT during his rookie season and had more big plays (19 to 16) despite 49 fewer targets. At 24, the 6-4, 210-pound burner hasn't lost a step, and quarterback Andy Dalton could get better in Year 3. Even at the current pace, the volume and red-zone looks ensure a high floor.

3. Dez Bryant (DAL)

  Receiving Stats Rushing Stats
Year Rec Yds TD Avg Att Yds TD Avg
2013 Projections View Dez Bryant's 2013 projected stats.

After spending two seasons as a punch line, both from his bizarre off-field behavior and tendency to disappear late in games, Bryant exploded for a 50-879-10 line over last season's final eight games, cementing himself as one of the league's elite receivers. At 6-2, 218 and with athleticism, quickness and downfield speed, Bryant is one of the most physically gifted receivers in the league. His 10.0 YPT ranked second among the league's 39 100-target wideouts, thanks in large part to a 67-percent catch rate, a rarity for someone who operates down the field. Bryant made his share of big plays – his six catches of 40-plus tied for second with two other players, though in most seasons that wouldn’t crack the top five, and he had 19 plays of 20-plus (6th). But he saw only 15 targets in the red zone (25th) and six targets from inside the 10 (23rd). Heading into 2013, Bryant is now Tony Romo's undisputed No. 1 wideout, irrespective of Miles Austin's erratic health, and that Bryant put up a top-three season without being targeted heavily in the red zone means there's still untapped upside for the 24-year old who is just now entering his prime. Bryant had successful surgery to repair his broken left index finger in January, and a back injury limited him during the offseason. Nonetheless, he's expected to be 100 percent healthy for training camp.

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