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Fantasy Football 2014 Sleepers, Rankings, & Draft: Top 5 Wide Receivers to Draft This Season

First Posted: Aug 19, 2014 12:08 PM EDT
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Fantasy sports have become one of the most popular games in the world. Drafts are already underway across the world, and millions of people are selecting the players they think will make the perfect teams.

Wide receiver is an important, but very tricky position. You can't always go with a great receiver because he may not have a productive quarterback throwing him the football. The team may also be a run-first team. Larry Fitzgerald and Andre Johnson are prime examples. Although they are both elite wideouts, neither have a great quarterback throwing to them.

With all that being said, let's look at the top five fantasy football wide receivers for this season.

1. Calvin Johnson

The safest pickup of any receiver. Calvin "Megatron" Johnson has caught at least 1,100 yards in each of the last four seasons. He's a very big receiver who stands at 6-foot-5, 239 pounds, and can make unbelievable catches even when triple teamed. The Detroit Lions are the most pass-oriented team in the NFL, so you won't have to worry about Johnson getting enough touches. Quarterback Matthew Stafford always has his eyes on Megatron when he's back to pass.

2. Demaryius Thomas

Is Thomas the second best wide receiver in the league? No, but he is a great wideout who makes plays and puts up big numbers. Having Peyton Manning throw the ball to him helps exponentially, as Manning broke nearly every passing record last season. Thomas has very good hand, and he doesn't drop balls very often. Thomas had 14 touchdowns last season, the most of any wide receiver. Thomas is also very good at getting yards after the catch. When a quarterback throws 60 touchdowns in a season, it's a good idea to draft his best wide receiver.

3. Antonio Brown

Can Antonio Brown can some credit please? Brown is the only player in NFL history to have 1,000 receiving yards and returns yards in a single season. Just last year he had 1,499 receiving yards and eight touchdowns. He also holds the Pittsburgh Steelers' franchise record for most receiving yards in a single season. He even had 409 punt return yards last season. There's no doubt that Brown is the most underrated receiver in today's NFL. With Mike Wallace and Emmanuel Sanders both gone, Ben Roethlisberger will be throwing to Brown constantly.

4. Dez Bryant

When you have the worst defense in the NFL, you have to pass a lot. Tony Romo and Dez Bryant have been a terrific connection. Over the last two seasons, Bryant has caught 25 touchdowns through the air. Tight end Jason Witten is no longer the go-to guy in Dallas, as Bryant's receptions have increased the last four consecutive seasons. Bryant is a physical receiver who is always capable of breaking the big play, but he just needs to improve his route running. Bryant has also shown he can play great in divisional games.

5. DeSean Jackson

Jackson is coming off a season in which he set career highs in receiving yards (1,332) receptions (82) and touchdowns (9). He is considered one of the best deep threats in the entire league. This season he will be playing with the Washington Redskins, and he is more excited than ever. Jackson is also a very talented special teams player. He is a bit of a risk because of Robert Griffin III's health, but his upside may be worth a pick. This year the Redskins face the mediocre AFC South and the rest of NFC East isn't loaded with great defenses either.

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