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Final Rankings For 2013 Fantasy Football Wide Receivers

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Ranking the Top 2013 Fantasy Wide Receivers

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The 2013 NFL season is quickly approaching and that means one big thing for many people: fantasy football season is about to begin as well. Owners are making lists of guys to target in their respective drafts and draft boards are being constructed as we speak.

Wide receivers are always a position that can be inconsistent. A player can have a great game one week and just completely disappear the next. It's finding the right matchups with wide outs and cornerbacks that week that can make all the difference. You could have the best receiver in the league, but if he's playing a smart defense, he could be getting double-teamed down the field every play, screwing up fantasy owners and leaving many people with low score in any given week.

Right now, Calvin Johnson is the best wide receiver in the NFL, hands down. He can do it all: run, jump, run people over, block and just flat out perform. If you're a fantasy owner, you need to seriously consider this guy for your team because he can put up big points every week as Matthew Stafford's favorite target.

There are many young receivers who could make an instant impact this season for the team they were drafted by and many guys on new teams this season that could end up being the difference in a winning, successful season and a losing, disappointing one.

It will be fun to watch the 2013 NFL season play out and if you're a fantasy owner, I have the list for you. Check out the final wide receiver rankings for the 2013 fantasy football season. The top-five might surprise you.

Connor Muldowney is a columnist for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @Connormuldowney, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google. You can also reach him at muldown5@gmail.com.

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15. Reggie Wayne

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Reggie Wayne had a bit of a breakout year in his 12th season. He finished with his second-most career receiving yards with 1,355, but his age is starting to catch up with him. Not to mention the fact he only had five touchdowns last season.

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14. Danny Amendola

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Danny Amendola is on a new team with Tom Brady as his quarterback. He fits the same mold that Wes Welker created for himself and could end up being a big-time target for Brady.

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13. Marques Colston

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If Drew Brees is your quarterback, you are bound to get a ton of targets and a ton of yards. Marques Colston is the top target in that offense and his six 1,000-yard seasons in his first seven years is no joke.

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12. Randall Cobb

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Randall Cobb is one of the up-and-coming receivers in this league. With the loss of Greg Jennings from the Packers, Cobb is likely to be Rodgers' top target and break 1,000 yards and 10 touchdowns for the first time in his young career in 2013.

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11. Andre Johnson

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It's hard to not put Andre Johnson in the top-10, but at the veteran age of 32, there's only so many years he has left to produce. He did rack up over 1,500 yards and four touchdowns last season, though.

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10. Victor Cruz

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Victor Cruz is a huge target for Eli Manning. He has racked up over 2,500 yards and 19 touchdowns in his first few seasons and can only get better from here. It's scary to think he's only in his fourth season.

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9. Vincent Jackson

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I wrote a fantasy article explaining that Vincent Jackson is a fantasy wide out must-have. I am sticking by that because of career-year in 2012. He has the potential to be even better in 2013.

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8. Larry Fitzgerald

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Fitzgerald is one of the best fantasy wide receivers year after year, but being part of a terrible offense may hold him back a bit. He cut his production in half in 2012 from his 2011 season. I doubt it's a sign of things to come, however. He's just far too talented.

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7. Roddy White

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Julio Jones and Roddy White ended up being the best wide receiver combination in football last season. He finished with 92 catches and over 1,300 yards for the second time in two seasons. He could be perfect for a PPR league.

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6. Dez Bryant

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Dez Bryant finally lived up to expectations in 2012 and I believe he can only get better. Finishing with 92 catches for 1,382 yards and 13 touchdowns made him a fantasy hero last season.

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5. Demaryius Thomas

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Peyton Manning can take some of the credit for what happened to Demaryius Thomas last season. Thomas, in his third NFL season in 2012, tripled the production he had in the previous season and was just six catches away from 100. This could be a very early pick in your draft.

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4. Julio Jones

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Coming out of Alabama in 2011, Julio Jones was projected to be a big-time star. After a 959-yard season in his rookie year, people knew that this kid was going to be legit. He racked up over 1,000 yards last year and was Matt Ryan's favorite deep-threat.

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3. Brandon Marshall

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If Jay Cutler can stay healthy, the Cutler-Brandon Marshall duo could be one of the best in the league. Marshall was the favorite target in 2012 and finished with over 1,500 yards and 11 touchdowns on a ridiculous 118 catches. Huge fantasy star.

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2. A.J. Green

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A.J. Green's first two seasons in the NFL can be classified as very successful. How many guys can say they have accumulated over 2,400 yards in their first two seasons? Not many. His 97 catches and 11 touchdowns weren't too shabby last season, either.

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1. Calvin Johnson

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Calvin Johnson was a mere 36 yards away from an unheard of 2,000-yard season in 2012. He also caught 122 passes, but his five touchdowns kept him from being possibly the best fantasy wide out of all-time -- if he isn't already.