2013 Wide Receiver Rankings: Tier by Tier

While rankings are important, it’s equally important to rank players in tiers. Being able to realize whether the difference between A.J. Green  at two and Brandon Marshall at three is the same as Brandon Marshall at three and Dez Bryant at four is very important as you go through your draft. Jake Axelrod continues  his series with his top eleven wide receiver tiers. His quarterback tiers can be found here and his running back ones here.

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Tier 1

Calvin Johnson is hands down the top option at WR this year

Calvin Johnson is hands down the top option at WR this year

1. Calvin Johnson

Notes: Calvin had terrible luck with scoring last year, will correct itself this season, but it’s hard to draft him in a snake draft…..

Tier 2

2. AJ Green

3. Brandon Marshall

Notes: So talented + Clear #1 Options + Above Average QB= Guaranteed top 10 production with top 5 very possible….

Tier 3

4. Dez Bryant

Notes: Dez really came into his own last season but teams will focus more on him this season. Take out the game versus the Saints (unfair to do but stick with me) and he becomes a high end WR2. A consistent running game will cut into his targets (either via Murray or Randle). Miles Austin will contribute more. The Cowboys will be playing from behind less. I understand why people love him but I’ll stay away…

Tier 4

5. Julio Jones

6. Larry Fitzgerald

7. Demaryius Thomas

Notes: Fitzgerald will thrive with Carson. Never have I ever seen two players who have needed each other so badly…

Tier 5

8. Randall Cobb

9. Vincent Jackson

10. Victor Cruz

11. Roddy White

Notes: Cobb can be as good as any WR this season. He’s a poor man’s Harvin with the best QB on the planet. Jordy’s health scares me and I hate James Jones. Depends on how good running game is….Always been down on Victor Cruz but I think he’s a value this year…

Tier 6

12. Dwayne Bowe

13. Marques Colston

14. Andre Johnson

Notes: Bowe has never had a QB as good as Alex Smith. Andy Reid does great things with passing attacks… Andre doesn’t seem like the same player as the stud he was a few years ago. Low upside…

Tier 7

15. Jordy Nelson

16. Reggie Wayne

17. Wes Welker

Notes: I always hate to play against Jordy but I honestly don’t think he’s that talented…

Tier 8

18. Antonio Brown

19. Torrey Smith

20. Danny Amendola

21. Steve Smith

22. Mike Wallace

Notes: Antonio Brown is going to do big things now that Mike Wallace is gone…Amendola’s injury history scares me but he’s so talented that he can’t be lower than this…Cam has a big year àSteve Smith has a big year….

Tier 9

23. T.Y. Hilton

24. Hakeem Nicks

25. Eric Decker

26. Steve Johnson

Notes: Don’t think T.Y. makes the jump, but as Indy’s WR2 he’ll put up consistently good stats…Hakeem Nicks can’t stay on field and I don’t even think his upside is that high anymore…

Tier 10

27. Danario Alexander

28. Pierre Garcon

29. Cecil Shorts

30. Mike Williams

31. Anquan Boldin

32. Miles Austin

33. James Jones

34. Tavon Austin

35. Kenny Britt

36. Emmanuel Sanders

Notes: Situation looks pretty good for most of these guys, but there is such a large range of possible stats for these guys….

Tier 11

37. Brian Hartline

38. Sidney Rice

39. Alshon Jeffery

40. Michael Floyd

41. Josh Gordon

Notes: Alshon and Floyd were both incredibly hyped out of school and are in legitimately good situations now

Jake Axelrod is a contributor to RotoAnalysis. Follow Jake Axelrod on twitter @TheRealJaxel and look for Jake’s work on www.rotoanalysis.com.


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2 Responses to 2013 Wide Receiver Rankings: Tier by Tier

  1. Ben August 4, 2013 at 12:21 #

    You know maclin is out for the year right?

    • Matt Cott August 4, 2013 at 14:27 #

      Jake actually submitted this before the injury happened so that’s our fault for not editing that out. Good catch — we’ve just been spreading his posts out throughout the week rather than posting them all at once

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