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Receivers are becoming very useful in Fantasy Football over the past few years since most teams are becoming “pass first” teams.  There are some fantasy teams who will draft a receiver first especially if they are in a high passing offense like the Lions or Broncos.  There is still a few months before the season even starts, but it is still a good time to get an idea of what receivers are going to be beneficial to your fantasy team.  Just like with running backs there are a lot of players on new teams so before you draft a receiver make sure you think about who is throwing them the ball and who is protecting the QB.  It doesn’t matter how good a WR is; if the QB cant get them the ball then they are useless.

1. Calvin Johnson – Lions
2. Demaryius Thomas – Broncos
3. Brandon Marshall – Bears
4. Julio Jones – Falcons
5. AJ Green – Bengals
6. Dez Bryant – Cowboys
7. Alshon Jeffery – Bears
8. Jordy Nelson – Packers
9. Antonio Brown – Steelers
10. Randall Cobb – Packers
11. Larry Fitzgerald – Cardinals
12. Michael Crabtree – 49ers
13. Pierre Garcon – Redskins
14. Andre Johnson – Texans
15. Vincent Jackson – Bucs
16. Keenan Allen – Chargers
17. Julian Edelman – Patriots
18. Wes Welker – Broncos
19. Victor Cruz – Giants
20. Roddy White – Falcons
21. Percy Harvin – Seahawks
22. DeSean Jackson – Redskins
23. Golden Tate – Lions
24. Emmanuel Sanders – Broncos
25. Michael Floyd – Cardinals
26. Mike Wallace – Dolphins
27. Kendall Wright – Titans
28. Jeremy Maclin – Eagles
29. Torrey Smith – Ravens
30. Marques Colston – Saints
31. Reggie Wayne – Colts
32. Eric Decker – Jets
33. Terrance Williams – Cowboys
34. TY Hilton – Colts
35. Dwayne Bowe – Chiefs
36. Riley Cooper – Eagles
37. Greg Jennings – Vikings
38. Sammy Watkins – Bills
39. Anquan Boldin – 49ers
40. Mike Evans – Bucs

Now obviously there are a lot more receivers; but after this point in a draft it is really hit or miss with these guys.  I remember in 2013 most people didn’t even know who Alshon Jeffery was, and now he is going to be one of the better receivers in 2014.  You can always find sleepers in this category; you just need to have an understanding of what team they play for and the type of offense they are in.  Remember, if its a young QB under center or even a new QB its hard to really rely on that QB to get the ball to the receivers consistently.  I am not saying they cant, but its a reach to think otherwise.  Also, don’t ever underestimate how good or bad an offensive line is.  If the offensive line cant protect the QB, then obviously the receivers are not going to get many looks. 

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Demaryius Thomas is another young athlete in the NFL that has already made a huge impact.  His story has to do with his childhood and how he overcame some personal struggles.  He is another example of a player that had numerous chances to give up, but chose to keep fighting.  Young players can learn a lot from Thomas, and he still has a long career ahead of him so look for him to continue to be a dominant receiver for the NFL.

Demaryius Antwon Thomas was born December 25th, 1987 in Georgia.  As a child Thomas was very shy and introverted; he was not very popular and for the most part just kept to himself.  He ended up being raised by his aunt and uncle after his mother was sent to prison.  I can only imagine that made Thomas even more introverted because he did not feel he could trust anyone and did not open up to many people. 

In high school he decided to channel his emotions into sports, and he excelled at football and basketball.  As a junior he was named an All-Region player and All-Heart of Georgia player.  As a senior he became nationally recognized as he recorded 82 catches, 10 touchdowns, and 1,234 receiving yards.  He was invited to participate in the North-South All-Star game and was once again named an All-Region player.  After graduation he was offered numerous scholarships from Duke, Georgia, and Georgia Tech.

After much thought he chose to go to Georgia Tech where he majored in management, and he sat out the 2006 season as a redshirt.  He made his first start in 2007 and played in all 13 games; he totaled 558 yards on 35 catches.  When 2008 rolled in, a new head coach came to Georgia Tech and he was more of a “run first” type coach, which made Thomas think about transferring schools.  He decided not to and he made the most of the chances he had and had 627 yards on 39 catches.  Even though he wanted to get utilized more; he just wanted to help the team win.  So the following year he had a break out year with 46 catches, 1,154 yards, and 8 touchdowns.  His performance earned him First Team All-ACC and finished his career with 120 catches, 2,339 yards, and 14 touchdowns.

In 2010, Thomas entered the NFL Draft and he was rated as one of the best receivers in the draft next to Dez Bryant.  The Denver Broncos drafted Thomas with the 22nd overall pick.  The Broncos wasted no time and used him right away.  In his first game he had 8 catches for 97 yards and a touchdown.  The sad part is that Thomas caught the injury bug his rookie year and sat out for the most part.  In 2011 the Broncos had a lot of QB issues which made it hard to get a rhythm with the receivers.  Thomas was still battling injuries, but when it came playoff time he made his presence felt.  In the playoff game against the Steelers, Thomas caught the game winning 80-yard touchdown pass in over time to win the game.  In 2012 the Broncos picked up Peyton Manning, and Thomas had a surgery so he could be healthy for the season.  Thomas worked as hard as he could in the off season and during the season and it all paid off.  By the end of the 2012 season he racked up 94 catches, 1,434 receiving yards, and 10 touchdowns.  That earned him his first Pro Bowl.

Even though Thomas is still young he shows people that even when you are kicked down that it is up to you to get back up.  In his shirt career he has 148 catches, 2,268 yards, and 16 touchdowns.  With Peyton Manning at the helm, all Thomas needs to do is stay healthy and keep working hard and he should continue to be a dominant receiver in the league for a long time.