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Fantasy Football 2014: Top 10 PPR Wide Receivers

Top 10 PPR Wide Receivers

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Here are the top 10 PPR wide receivers as we head into the NFL regular season.

10. Andre Johnson, Houston Texans

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10. Andre Johnson, Houston Texans

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In non-PPR leagues Julio Jones probably slides into the top 10 and Johnson falls out, but I'll take the consistency Johnson provides over the upside Jones provides in a PPR league all day. Johnson was first with 176 targets and third with 109 receptions last season, and despite playing on one of the most dysfunctional offenses in the league he was No. 10 among WRs in fantasy points.

9. Randall Cobb, Green Bay Packers

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9. Randall Cobb, Green Bay Packers

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Cobb has been in the top two among WRs in catch percentage in each of the last three seasons. He doesn't get the volume of targets that Andre Johnson does but he runs tons of high-percentage routes and he has arguably the best QB in the league throwing him the ball. Cobb is fully healthy after being banged up last season and 2014 is a contract year. Buy, buy, buy.

8. Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh Steelers

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8. Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh Steelers

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Brown was one of four WRs to top the 300 fantasy point mark in PPR leagues last year and he had double-digit fantasy points in all 16 weeks.

7. Alshon Jeffery, Chicago Bears

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7. Alshon Jeffery, Chicago Bears

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Jeffery would be a match up nightmare if he were double teamed on every play, and that doesn't happen much because Brandon Marshall lines up on the other side of the field. Jeffery is one of the top vertical threats in all of football and if he can eliminate a few drops and if his rapport with Jay Cutler continues to develop he could jump into the top 5.

6. Jordy Nelson, Green Bay Packers

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6. Jordy Nelson, Green Bay Packers

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Nelson and Aaron Rodgers go together like PB&J. Jordy averaged 21.25 fantasy points per game in PPR leagues last season when Rodgers was healthy compared to just 11 without him. Expand Jordy's per-game average with Rodgers across a full 16-game season and that's 340 fantasy points, 28 more than Demaryius Thomas -- the WR scoring leader in PPR -- had last year.

5. A.J. Green, Cincinnati Bengals

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5. A.J. Green, Cincinnati Bengals

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Green might be the most talented WR in the NFL. Andy Dalton is his QB though, limiting his upside. Green is both a target monster and the top vertical threat in football. He was third with 172 targets and he lead the NFL with eight touchdowns on vertical throws. If Dalton didn't severely under-throw him over and over again that TD total could have been much higher.

4. Brandon Marshall, Chicago Bears

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4. Brandon Marshall, Chicago Bears

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Reuniting with Jay Cutler two years ago was the best thing that could have happened for Marshall. Since they got back together, Marshall is first in targets, second in vertical targets and second in fantasy points in PPR. Barring injury, Marshall's floor is 90 catches, 1,200 yards and ten touchdowns and his ceiling is the No. 1 receiver in fantasy.

3. Dez Bryant, Dallas Cowboys

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3. Dez Bryant, Dallas Cowboys

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Dez edges out Marshall for the No. 3 spot because he's a slightly bigger threat in the red zone, but if you wanted to take Marshall ahead of him I wouldn't dispute you too much. Bryant has everything you want in a receiver and he plays in what should be one of the highest scoring offenses in the NFL.

2. Demaryius Thomas, Denver Broncos

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2. Demaryius Thomas, Denver Broncos

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He's the No. 1 receiver in a Peyton Manning offense, and he's arguably the most talented receiver Manning's ever played with. With the loss of Eric Decker, along with the injury concerns surrounding Wes Welker, Thomas could potentially have a better statistical season than he did in 2013, and he was the No. 1 scoring receiver in PPR last year.

1. Calvin Johnson, Detroit Lions

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1. Calvin Johnson, Detroit Lions

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Johnson had 1,492 yards and 12 touchdowns last season despite being banged up and he has over 1,000 receiving yards more than the next-best WR since 2011. He's fully healthy again and the Lions brought in Golden Tate and signed Eric Ebron to help take some pressure off of him. He's unquestionably the No. 1 receiver heading into 2014.