5 Value Wide Receivers Who Should Be On Your Radar In 2014

I am back and this time to toss out 5 value Wide Receivers for your upcoming drafts. These receivers are less likely to break out as the running backs were, but they could still provide some solid late round value. As I typically tend to do, if you are torn between the aging veteran, or one of these players, I’d go with these guys nine out of ten times.

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Draft season is nearly upon us. In fact for most of us it is starting already. Between MFL 10’s, or the gigantic Scott Fish Bowl (#2014SFB) my free time has been almost dedicated to fantasy football. If you can imagine two hundred forty teams, largely filled by writers/industry experts fighting for the coveted championship, Twitter feeds filled with draft updates and strategy, then you may be able to imagine the Fish Bowl. If you have commissioned a twelve team league try to imagine setting up a league for all those degenerates! Scott Fish (@scottfish24) deserves an awful lot of praise, and perhaps medication since he has mentioned expanding the league next year!! Interested? Be sure to check it out here #2015SFB.

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Keep in mind the below are listed in order for sleeper value, not my actual ranking. 

All statistics provided by Pro Football Reference

5. Malcom Floyd, WR, San Diego Chargers

Returning from a nasty injury, Floyd and the Chargers hope he returns to form in 2014. Photo from: Wikimedia Commons

Returning after a nasty injury, Floyd and the Chargers hope he returns to form in 2014. Photo from: Wikimedia Commons

Floyd was lined up for a nice 2013 season before his terrifying neck injury in Week 2. He was set to be Phillip Rivers’ top target and he had averaged 700 plus yards since 2009 as well as five touchdowns in 2009-2012.

He then had to miss the rest of the season, and because of this he is being overlooked in most early drafts. Let him slip, but not too far. He will be one of my favorite late round targets, and still has the vertical capability to wreak havoc alongside Keenan Allen in 2014.

If he remains healthy this offseason, and ends up as the number two receiver, you could have a very cheap receiver to plug in as needed for bye weeks, for deeper roster depth, or who knows…..a possible top 40 receiver.

Malcom Floyd 2014 Projections

40 receptions, 480 yards and 3 touchdowns


4. Robert Woods, WR, Buffalo Bills

Woods, like last season, will not be the number one option thanks to the Bills selection Sammy Watkins in this seasons draft. He had flashes of potential, and then fell off the grid in his first season as a pro, but this season he should be able to develop into a more consistent number two receiver for EJ ManuelHis numbers weren’t amazing as a rookie, but he showed enough promise in a few weeks which leaves me with hope in 2014. He manage to compile 587 receiving yards on 40 receptions, along with 3 touchdowns.

He will be available late, so if you are looking at an aging veteran, or second defense why not take a flyer on Woods this season?

Robert Woods 2014 Projection:

58 receptions, 680 yards and 5 touchdowns


3. Markus Wheaton, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers

Image from wikimedia.com

Image from wikimedia.com

When it comes to Markus Wheaton one thing is for certain: he is fast and dynamic. This season he appears to be a lock for playing time and to start alongside the Steelers’ top target Antonio BrownThat means more opportunities for the young speedster to make plays in the open field or as another deep threat.

Wheaton’s rookie season was far from anything significant; in fact besides dynasty leagues he was barely rostered. This season however, he should be able to compile some modest numbers that could help fantasy owners as a bye week fill in, or depending how he’s used, as a deep sleeper in redraft leagues. Wheaton is the one of the most all or nothing players of this group, so buyer beware.

Markus Wheaton 2014 Projection:

50 receptions, 640 yards and 4 touchdowns


2. Justin Hunter, WR, Tennessee Titans

Hunter, much like Wheaton, has all the potential in the world, but simply needs to develop his skill set. If he can harness his talent, and perform with some consistency, the tall Tennessee receiver could be in for a nice breakout campaign in 2014.

If you look at his numbers from last season there isn’t too much to get excited about (18 receptions, 354 yards and 4 touchdowns), but he had two very nice weeks in Weeks 12 and 14 posting a touchdown and 100 plus yards each week.

He will be battling with Kendall Wright and Nate Washington for receptions in 2014, but when you see what he did with only 18 catches last season there is some nice sleeper potential here.

Justin Hunter 2014 Projection:

44 receptions, 665 yards and 4 touchdowns


1. Marvin Jones, WR, Cincinnati Bengals

Jones looks to add on to his surprising 2013 season in 2014. Photo from Wikimedia Commons

Jones looks to add-on to his surprising 2013 season in 2014. Photo from Wikimedia Commons

Marvin Jones had a sneaky good year last year hauling in 10 touchdowns and piling up 712 yards. He is clearly not a top target in the Bengals offense with A.J. Green, and likely Giovani Bernard ready to do more damage, but he made the most of his opportunities.

If you are looking for a great bench player for bye weeks, a solid WR3 in redraft leagues, or a depth option in deeper leagues, Jones will have a nice price tag. He should be able to match his yardage totals from 2013, and although he may not reach double digit touchdowns again, but he should still get five to seven touchdowns.

Marvin Jones 2014 Projection:

55 receptions, 750 yards with 7 touchdowns


Thanks for reading my post on Fakepigskin, I hope you enjoyed it. Have any comments, other players I missed, disagreements, or want to laud me with praise? Go ahead in the comments below. Also feel free to follow me on twitter for any Fantasy advice, questions, or commentary@fantsychillpony



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