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2014 Fantasy Football PPR Rankings: Top 15 Wide Receivers

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Top 15 PPR Wide Receivers before Training Camp

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We're past the mid-point of July which means NFL teams are starting to report to training camp. This is also the time of year where fantasy owners start building their cheat sheets and positional rankings. For those owners playing in PPR (points-per-reception) leagues, their rankings at wide receiver may, and should, differ a bit from those in default leagues.

With that in mind, let's review who the Top 15 PPR WRs are for this year.

15. Wes Welker - Denver Broncos

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15. Wes Welker - Denver Broncos

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In 2013, Welker had his first sub-80 catch season since 2006 when he was on the Miami Dolphins. This was mostly due to a crowded receiving corps that included Eric Decker. Now that Decker has left Denver to play for the New York Jets, Welker should see an increase in targets. This will result in more catches, yards and, hopefully, touchdowns.

A realistic projection for him would be around 85 catches, 1,100 yards and seven touchdowns.

14. Victor Cruz - New York Giants

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14. Victor Cruz - New York Giants

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The "Cruz Missile" and the Giants offense suffered through a disastrous 2013. His overall numbers weren't too bad, as he managed 73 catches for 998 yards and four touchdowns. However, this was a disappointment when compared to his 86 catches for 1,092 yards and 10 touchdowns in 2012. But with Ben McAdoo as the new offensive coordinator and the West Coast offense, Cruz should be set to have a career year in catches and a much better 2014.

13. Roddy White - Atlanta Falcons

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13. Roddy White - Atlanta Falcons

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White dealt with ankle and hamstring injuries last season which led to a slow start and disappointing 2013. He is 100 percent healthy now and should easily have a bounce-back year. There is some concern about White due to Julio Jones being the No. 1 target in Atlanta's offense, but Tony Gonzalez is retired now which frees up about 120 targets.

This should lead to White grabbing around 90 catches for 1,150 yards and seven touchdowns.

12. Andre Johnson - Houston Texans

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12. Andre Johnson - Houston Texans

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Putting holdout politics aside, there is no question that Johnson is one of the best receivers in the league. Over the past two seasons, he has averaged 111 catches and 1,503 receiving yards. The only concern about Johnson is his age since he recently turned 33. However, he hasn't shown any signs of slowing down, and another season with over 90 catches for 1,200 yards and five touchdowns is a realistic expectation.

11. Pierre Garcon - Washington Redskins

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11. Pierre Garcon - Washington Redskins

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The arrival of DeSean Jackson may cause a drop in Garcon's 113 catches for 1,346 yards and five touchdowns from 2013, but not by too much. While Jackson will assume the role of the primary deep ball threat, Garcon can play the role of a quick possession receiver and deal with fewer double teams than he faced last season. It's unlikely that he will eclipse 110 receptions, but 95 catches for 1250 yards with six or seven TDs is definitely possible.

10. Randall Cobb - Green Bay Packers

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10. Randall Cobb - Green Bay Packers

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Before breaking his right fibula in 2013, Cobb was on pace for 83 catches, 1155 yards and 11 touchdowns. The expectation for him in 2014, if healthy, is to potentially surpass his 2013 pace as many seem to believe that Cobb can be a 100-catch receiver as early as this season. However, while this would help his number of catches, it may lead to less TDs. A projection of 93 catches for 1200 yards and eight TDs seems like a fair one.

9. Alshon Jeffery - Chicago Bears

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9. Alshon Jeffery - Chicago Bears

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Wide receivers usually have a breakout season in their second year in the league. This is exactly what happened for Jeffery as he exploded in 2013 for 89 catches, 1421 yards and seven touchdowns after a lackluster rookie season. At age 24, he is only going to get better and will most likely be the Bears' No. 1 receiver within two years. As for this upcoming season, Jeffery should produce numbers that are very similar to his 2013 campaign.

8. Jordy Nelson - Green Bay Packers

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8. Jordy Nelson - Green Bay Packers

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Nelson's career has seen its ups and downs over the last three seasons. In 2011, he exploded for 1,263 yards and a remarkable 15 touchdowns, but he dealt with an injury-riddled and disappointing 2012 season. Last season, however, was a resurgent one for Nelson as he finished with 85 catches for 1,314 yards and eight TDs. Expectations for Nelson should be to replicate his numbers for catches and yardage while scoring 10 touchdowns.

7. A.J. Green - Cincinnati Bengals

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7. A.J. Green - Cincinnati Bengals

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There have been numerous concerns expressed about the negative impact that Hue Jackson, the new offensive coordinator for Cincinnati, will have on Green's numbers in 2014. While it is true that there will be a stronger emphasis on the run and a wider spread distribution of passes, this shouldn't diminish Green's upside this season. He should still be good for 90-plus catches, over 1,300 yards and at least 11 touchdowns.

6. Brandon Marshall - Chicago Bears

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6. Brandon Marshall - Chicago Bears

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The former Central Florida Knight is the ultimate model of consistency when it comes to PPR receivers. For his career, he has averaged 99 catches, 1,250 yards and eight touchdowns per season. Additionally, he hasn't missed a game since 2010 and remains as one of the most durable receivers in the NFL. At age 30, he might show some minor signs of slowing down, but a 100-plus catch season with 1,250-plus yards and 10 TDs should be the expectation.

5. Antonio Brown - Pittsburgh Steelers

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5. Antonio Brown - Pittsburgh Steelers

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Brown had a spectacular breakout season in 2013 as he finished with 110 catches for 1,499 yards and eight touchdowns. All signs indicate that he should be able to repeat or surpass those numbers in 2014 as he's been reported to appear more polished and playbook-savvy. If this is truly the case, then a season with 115 catches for 1,300 yards and at least seven TDs shouldn't surprise anyone. He is well-deserving of a Top-5 PPR WR ranking.

4. Julio Jones - Atlanta Falcons

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4. Julio Jones - Atlanta Falcons

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There were several big seasons for receivers in 2013, but none had the potential of the pace Jones was on before fracturing his foot and missing 11 games. Before the injury, he was on pace to have 131 catches for 1,856 yards and seven touchdowns. Even though the likelihood of Jones reaching those numbers was small, it still clearly shows his tremendous upside. He should easily produce 105 catches for over 1,500 yards and at least 10 TDs in 2014.

3. Dez Bryant - Dallas Cowboys

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3. Dez Bryant - Dallas Cowboys

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Bryant has just as much upside as anyone on this list and a valid argument could be made for him to be No. 1. Over the past two seasons, he has averaged 93 catches for 1,308 yards and 13 touchdowns. He hopes to surpass that average this season by improving his yards-per-touch number which was a career-low 7.7. Fantasy owners should expect Bryant to produce his first 100-catch season along with at least 1,400 yards and around 12 TDs in 2014.

2. Demaryius Thomas - Denver Broncos

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2. Demaryius Thomas - Denver Broncos

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There were a lot of mouths to feed in Denver last season, and Thomas was still able to get 92 catches for 1,430 yards and 14 touchdowns. This season, the targets that Eric Decker received will now be split primarily between Thomas and Wes Welker. Therefore, he could actually perform better in 2014 than 2013. This may seem like lofty expectations, but Thomas should be able to get close to 100 catches for 1,550 yards and 13 TDs this season.

1. Calvin Johnson - Detroit Lions

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1. Calvin Johnson - Detroit Lions

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The man known as Megatron wasn't playing at full health last season and still managed to get 84 catches for 1,492 and 12 touchdowns. After going through knee and finger procedures during the offseason, he is reported to be at full health now. Based on what a banged up Johnson was able to do in 2013, he should be capable of producing around 95-98 catches for at least 1,600 yards and 16 touchdowns.

He is the undisputed No. 1 PPR wide receiver.

Roje Smith is a Fantasy Sports writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @RoKnowsDFS, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.