Fantasy Football: 3 Buyer Beware Wide Receivers in 2014

By Bill Pivetz
Mike Wallace
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The wide receiver position is one of the most inconsistent in fantasy football. A top-10 wide out can quickly drop to No. 20 and vice versa. One missed game or scoring four or five points can change the landscape of the position.

Many fantasy owners don’t care about the amount of targets a receiver gets or receptions they get, unless they are in a PPR league. Owners want to see 100+ yards and multiple touchdowns a game. If you’re one of those fantasy owners, then your best bet is to stay away from these three wide receivers in 2014.

T.Y. Hilton: Hilton played extremely well in the Wild Card round on Saturday, but he didn’t help fantasy owners much throughout the regular season. Despite finishing 19th in fantasy points among wide receivers, Hilton went 14 games without a touchdown. His five scores came in two games. He has a lot of upside with his big-play ability, but having eight straight scoreless games isn’t going to help. Hilton had an ADP of 93.4, 10th round. With Reggie Wayne expected to return next season, Hilton should see less double coverage plays, but the scoring opportunities need to increase in order for his value to increase.

Mike Wallace: The first-year Miami Dolphins wide out finished with 73 catches for 930 receiving yards and five touchdowns. He scored four times in the last six games. While the touchdowns began to come, the yardage wasn’t there. Wallace had nine games with less than 45 receiving yards. He finished the season tied with teammate Brian Hartline at 26th among wide receivers. Wallace has four more years on his contract with the Dolphins and will remain the No. 1 receiver on the depth chart. Is he the No. 1 fantasy receiver in Miami? His ADP would say yes, 49.2 (fifth round), but his production on the field would say otherwise.

Victor Cruz: Cruz began the season strong, scoring three touchdowns in the first game. He scored 64 fantasy points in the first four games. Unfortunately for Cruz owners, he did not score a touchdown after Week 4. He could have been like teammate Hakeem Nicks, who didn’t score at all. Cruz was concussed in Week 15 and was shutdown after going in for a procedure on his knee. Cruz was drafted in the fourth round in most leagues, as a No. 2 WR. With his 2013 performance, he’s likely to drop in the ranks. It will still be hard to trust Cruz as a WR3 or flex unless Eli Manning shows he can make better passes.

Bill Pivetz is a fantasy football writer for Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @Mr_Piv1127.

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