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Fantasy Football: 5 Wide Receivers Worthy Of A First-Round Pick In 2014

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5 Wide Receivers Worth A First-Round Pick In Fantasy Football

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With the 2013 Fantasy Football season coming to a close, many NFL fans are bound to start suffering from fantasy withdrawals. To try and avoid the lousy feeling of waiting patiently for next year's draft -- likely not until next August or September -- here's a nice rundown of the top 5 wide receivers in fantasy for the 2013 campaign.

The NFL has been a passing league for years now, and the fantasy landscape has changed with the actual game. Nowadays, team's are built around the passing attack, which means that more and more wide receivers are exploding for 200-yard games. For instance, both Josh Gordon and Alshon Jeffery were late-round picks in this year's fantasy draft, but both flashed signs of greatness in 2013.

In fact, both Gordon and Jeffery are in the top 8 of points scored by wide receivers despite being huge sleepers heading into the season. With that in mind, it's time for more fantasy owners to draft a wide receiver in the first round and stop with the running back monotony. Rather than take a risk on someone like Arian Foster in the first round, it would be wise to put your team in the hands of a play-making wideout that is almost guaranteed to be a focal point of the offense -- no matter the conditions or the score.

See: Fantasy Football Week 17: DeMarco Murray Set To Have A Big Game

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No. 5: Alshon Jeffery

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Targets: 142

Catches: 86

Touchdowns: 7

Receiving Yards: 1,341

Alshon Jeffery is no longer running second fiddle to Brandon Marshall and the second-year wide receiver has the numbers to prove it.

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No. 4: AJ Green

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Targets: 170

Catches: 94

Touchdowns: 10

Receiving Yards: 1,365

A.J. Green was just as good as advertised in 2013 and the Cincinnati Bengals' standout has shown zero signs of slowing down.

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No. 3: Demaryius Thomas

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Targets: 137

Catches: 86

Touchdowns: 12

Receiving Yards: 1,317

Year two of the Demaryius Thomas-Peyton Manning connection went pretty well. Thomas might be competing with players on his own team, but you can't deny his NFL-leading 12 receiving touchdowns.

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No. 2: Josh Gordon

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Targets: 149

Catches: 80

Touchdowns: 9

Receiving Yards: 1,564

Talk about coming out of left field. Josh Gordon has gone from a supplemental draft pick to the best wide receiver in the game. Gordon isn't the safest pick, yet he's definitely worth a first-round selection in 2014.

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No. 1: Calvin Johnson

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Targets: 156

Catches: 84

Touchdowns: 12

Receiving Yards: 1,492

Calvin Johnson isn't old. And even with a three-game slide late in the year, Johnson still ranks atop wide receivers in a handful of categories.