There are more than a handful of elite wideouts in fantasy football right now with big names like Calvin Johnson, Demaryius Thomas, and Brandon Marshall sitting atop the list. Another elite option that is in the conversation for the best in the business is Cincinnati Bengals WR A.J. Green.
Green, a former juggler, easily has the best hands in the entire league. He makes at least one circus catch per game and he has caught 22 touchdowns over the last two seasons. The wideout has become a guaranteed double-digit touchdown threat.
QB Andy Dalton has all the confidence in the world in Green. The wideout received a whopping 180 targets last season and the fact Dalton was picked off a career-high 20 times in 2013 simply shows how much he forced the ball to his number one receiver. Green will regularly be seeing over eight targets per game and has earned his title as a WR1 in all formats.
Dalton doesn’t have the best downfield arm, and as a result, the quarterback will occasionally miss his targets. The inaccuracy of Dalton will keep Green from putting up 15-plus touchdowns and occasionally cause the wideout to go through multiple week slumps.
Additionally, the team saw several complimentary weapons emerge along side Green in 2013. Wideouts Marvin Jones and Mohamed Sanu became reliable weekly options, while tight ends Jermaine Gresham and Tyler Eifert established prominent roles in the offense. The extra budding stars around Green will take targets and fantasy points away from the All-Pro wideout in 2014.
Green will be a top-tier wideout in all formats this season. He will be nearly as productive as Calvin Johnson, but Green will be able to be grabbed in the second round and paired with a first round running back.
Bye Week: 4
Projected Round: 2
Auction Value: $33