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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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It is very rare that a player comes along and immediately is one of the best players in the NFL.  AJ Green is one of those players; he came into the NFL and made a huge impact right away and now he is one of the best receivers in the NFL.  He is now entering his 3rd season and he has already done more than some receivers do in 5 years.  AJ is also a player that you will never hear bad publicity about; he goes on the field and does his job; then goes home with class.  Young players can learn a lot from the way AJ carries himself and his work ethic.

Adriel Jeremiah “AJ” Green was born July 31st, 1988 in South Carolina.  As a young kid AJ got very interested in juggling.  He would practice this almost everyday and could juggle up to 4 items at once.  Later in his life Green attributes his juggling skills as a huge help in his hand-eye coordination in football.  Green attended Summerville High School and was a gifted football player.  In 2008 Green was listed as the #1 national football prospects by Sports Illustrated.  Green was named an All-State athlete four times and USA Today named him as an All-American as a junior in high school.  His first year in high school he hauled in 57 receptions, 1,217 yards, and 8 touchdowns.  In his high school career he wracked up 5,373 receiving yards rank second in the all-time career receiving records of the National Federation of High Schools and his 279 career receptions rank fourth on that same list.  Rivals.com did a few articles on GReen and ranked him as their #9 prospect going into college.

After his brilliant high school career he went to the University of Georgia here he was a perfect weapon for the Bulldogs.  As a Freshman he led the SEC in receiving yards and was named second-team All-SEC.  In his next season he was battling some injuries, but he still played through most of it which just shows his determination.  Green only spent 3 seasons in Georgia, but he totaled up 166 receptions for 2,619 yards, and 23 touchdowns.  He decided to enter the 2011 NFL Draft after his third year.

In the 2011 NFL Draft the Bengals picked Green with the fourth overall pick.  They immediately signed Green to a 4 year deal worth $19.6 million.  Green was immediately a starter for the Bengals and by the end of the season he had 4 games over 100 yards and led all NFL Rookies in receptions and receiving yards.  By the end of the season he broke Chris Collinsworth receiving yards record that Chris set back in 1981.  Collinsworth as a rookie had 1,009 receiving yards; Green ended his rookie year with 1,057 receiving yards.  He also made the Pro Bowl as a rookie which had not been done since Anquan Boldin in 2003.  The 2012 season was brilliant for Green he ended up having 97 receptions for 1,350 yards and 11 receiving touchdowns.  During this season he had a streak of 9 games with a touchdown which is the longest streak by a receiver in the history of the NFL.  Green made his second Pro Bowl; and in the Pro Bowl game he caught 3 touchdown passes.

Green is still a very young player, but he is going to have a very long career.  He has the chance to surpass all receiving records by the time he retires.  He is reliable, consistant, and dependable as a player and jus tas a person.  In his 2 short years so far he has totaled up 162 receptions, 2,407 receiving yards, and 18 touchdowns.  He has made 2 Pro Bowls already and was named an All-Pro in 2012.  It is refreshing to see a player like Green on the field today and I hope he sticks around for a long time.

 

Now with the NFL Draft over we can start analyzing the rankings of all the NFL players.  Now it is obvious that some of the rookies that were drafted may not be included, only because we don’t know which ones will start.  But for the most part we know how a majority of the players will do.  So just for fun I held a Mock Draft with some buddies as if we were doing a 12 man league.  So below I will show what order the players went in; then I will show what the teams looked like.  I will just be doing the first 7 rounds.

+Draft Picks+

+Round 1+
1. Adrian Peterson – RB
2. Arian Foster – RB
3. Marshawn Lynch – RB
4. CJ Spiller – RB
5. Trent Richardson – RB
6. Jamaal Charles – RB
7. Doug Martin – RB
8. Ray Rice – RB
9. LeSean McCoy – RB
10. Alfred Morris – RB
11. Calvin Johnson – WR
12. Maurice Jones-Drew – RB

+Round 2+
13. Matt Forte – RB
14. Stevan Ridley – RB
15. AJ Green – WR
16. Brandon Marshall – WR
17. DeMarco Murray – RB
18. Steven Jackson – RB
19. Julio Jones – WR
20. Dez Bryant – WR
21. Chris Johnson – RB
22. Percy Harvin – WR
23. Aaron Rodgers – QB
24. Rob Gronkowski – TE

+Round 3+
25. Drew Brees – QB
26. Reggie Bush – RB
27. Frank Gore – RB
28. Larry Fitzgerald – WR
29. Lamar Miller – RB
30. Darren McFadden – RB
31. Jimmy Graham – TE
32. Demaryius Thomas – WR
33. Randall Cobb – WR
34. Andre Johnson – WR
35. Peyton Manning – QB
36. Roddy White – WR

+Round 4+
37. Vincent Jackson – WR
38. David Wilson – RB
39. Tom Brady – QB
40. Hakeem Nicks – WR
41. Cam Newton – QB
42. Victor Cruz – WR
43. Wes Welker – WR
44. Colin Kaepernick – QB
45. Michael Crabtree – WR
46. Matt Ryan – QB
47. Reggie Wayne – WR
48. Darren Sproles – RB

+Round 5+
49. Ryan Mathews – RB
50. Marques Colston – WR
51. Eric Decker – WR
52. Russell Wilson – QB
53. Aaron Hernandez – TE
54. Matthew Stafford – QB
55. Montee Ball – RB
56. Cecil Shorts – WR
57. Robert Griffin III – QB
58. Vick Ballard – RB
59. Le’Veon Bell – RB
60. Chris Ivory – RB

+Round 6+
61. Jason Witten – TE
62. Jordy Nelson – WR
63. Mikel Leshoure – RB
64. Jonathan Stewart – RB
65. Steve Johnson – WR
66. James Jones – WR
67. Torrey Smith – WR
68. Steve Smith – WR
69. Tony Gonzalez – TE
70. Antonio Brown – WR
71. Rashard Mendenhall – RB
72. Pierre Garcon – WR

+Round 7+
73. Danny Amendola – WR
74. Eddie Lacy – RB
75. Dennis Pitta – TE
76. Giovani Bernard – RB
77. Vernon Davis – TE
78. BenJarvus Green-Ellis – RB
79. Dwayne Bowe – WR
80. Fred Jackson – RB
81. Andre Brown – RB
82. TY Hilton – WR
83. Tavon Auston – WR
84. Shane Vereen – RB

 

Team 1 Team 2 Team 3 
Adrian Peterson – RB Arian Foster – RB Marshawn Lynch – RB
Rob Gronkowski – TE Aaron Rodgers – QB Percy Harvin – WR
Drew Brees – QB Reggie Bush – RB Frank Gore – RB
Darren Sproles – RB Reggie Wayne – WR Matt Ryan – QB
Ryan Mathews – RB Marques Colston – WR Eric Decker – WR
Pierre Garcon – WR Rashard Mendenhall – RB Antonio Brown – WR
     
Team 4 Team 5 Team 6
CJ Spiller – RB Trent Richardson – RB Jamaal Charles – RB
Chris Johnson – RB Dez Bryant – WR Julio Jones – WR
Larry Fitzgerald – WR Lamar Miller – RB Darren McFadden – RB
Michael Crabtree – WR Colin Kaepernick – QB Wes Welker – WR
Russell Wilson – QB Aaron Hernandez – TE Matthew Stafford – QB
Tony Gonzalez – TE Steve Smith – WR Torrey Smith – WR
Giovani Bernard – RB Vernon Davis – TE BenJarvus Green-Ellis – RB
     
Team 7 Team 8  Team 9
Doug Martin – RB Ray Rice – RB LeSean McCoy – RB
Steven Jackson – RB DeMarco Murray – RB Brandon Marshall – WR
Jimmy Graham – TE Demaryius Thomas – WR Randall Cobb – WR
Victor Cruz – WR Cam Newton – QB Hakeem Nicks – WR
Montee Ball – RB Cecil Shorts – WR Robert Griffin III – QB
James Jones – WR Steve Johnson – WR Jonathan Stewart – RB
Dwayne Bowe – WR Fred Jackson – RB Andre Brown – RB
     
Team 10 Team 11 Team 12
Alfred Morris – RB Calvin Johnson – WR Maurice Jones-Drew – RB
AJ Green – WR Stevan Ridley – RB Matt Forte – RB
Andre Johnson – WR Peyton Manning – QB Roddy White – WR
Tom Brady – QB David Wilson – RB Vincent Jackson – WR
Vick Ballard – RB Le’Veon Bell – RB Chris Ivory – RB
Mikel Leshoure – RB Jordy Nelson – WR Jason Witten – TE
T.Y. Hilton – WR Tavon Austin – WR Shane Vereen – RB
Team 1 Team 2 Team 3 
Adrian Peterson – RB Arian Foster – RB Marshawn Lynch – RB
Rob Gronkowski – TE Aaron Rodgers – QB Percy Harvin – WR
Drew Brees – QB Reggie Bush – RB Frank Gore – RB
Darren Sproles – RB Reggie Wayne – WR Matt Ryan – QB
Ryan Mathews – RB Marques Colston – WR Eric Decker – WR
Pierre Garcon – WR Rashard Mendenhall – RB Antonio Brown – WR
     
Team 4 Team 5 Team 6
CJ Spiller – RB Trent Richardson – RB Jamaal Charles – RB
Chris Johnson – RB Dez Bryant – WR Julio Jones – WR
Larry Fitzgerald – WR Lamar Miller – RB Darren McFadden – RB
Michael Crabtree – WR Colin Kaepernick – QB Wes Welker – WR
Russell Wilson – QB Aaron Hernandez – TE Matthew Stafford – QB
Tony Gonzalez – TE Steve Smith – WR Torrey Smith – WR
Giovani Bernard – RB Vernon Davis – TE BenJarvus Green-Ellis – RB
     
Team 7 Team 8  Team 9
Doug Martin – RB Ray Rice – RB LeSean McCoy – RB
Steven Jackson – RB DeMarco Murray – RB Brandon Marshall – WR
Jimmy Graham – TE Demaryius Thomas – WR Randall Cobb – WR
Victor Cruz – WR Cam Newton – QB Hakeem Nicks – WR
Montee Ball – RB Cecil Shorts – WR Robert Griffin III – QB
James Jones – WR Steve Johnson – WR Jonathan Stewart – RB
Dwayne Bowe – WR Fred Jackson – RB Andre Brown – RB
     
Team 10 Team 11 Team 12
Alfred Morris – RB Calvin Johnson – WR Maurice Jones-Drew – RB
AJ Green – WR Stevan Ridley – RB Matt Forte – RB
Andre Johnson – WR Peyton Manning – QB Roddy White – WR
Tom Brady – QB David Wilson – RB Vincent Jackson – WR
Vick Ballard – RB Le’Veon Bell – RB Chris Ivory – RB
Mikel Leshoure – RB Jordy Nelson – WR Jason Witten – TE
T.Y. Hilton – WR Tavon Austin – WR Shane Vereen – RB

 

It is not very often you see a player get drafted close to the end and turn out to be a star; let alone in their first year.  Well, that is what it was like with Alfred Morris, he went from being drafted as a no-named player; to being a player that everyone wants on their fantasy football team.  When he was drafted he was 4th on the depth chart, and in a few short weeks he was the starter; that shows how determined he was to be an NFL super star.

Alfred Morris was born on December 12th, 1988 in Florida.  He attended Pine Forest High School and was an excellent football player.  He actually played some little league football against Trent Richardson who is now on the Cleveland Browns.  He attended his college ball at Florida Atlantic University; which is not a large school, but he had a good career while he was there.  The Owls have never really had a good football team and only a few players have actually made it to the NFL from there.

Morris was drafted by the Washington Redskins in the 6th round of the 2012 draft.  At the time he was 4th on the depth chart behind Roy Helu, Evan Royster, and Tim Hightower.  During the preseason he played in two games and put on a good performance so he ended up making the final cuts to stay on the team.  He signed a contract for $2.22 million for 4 years.  Due to some injuries and a lot of hard work, Morris was announced by coach Mike Shanahan that he was going to be the starter in the season opener.  Now, Coach Shanahan is known for picking awesome running backs, so a lot of people put some faith into his decision, but there were a larger group of people that thought he was making a mistake. 

After his first NFL game, people knew that Morris was something special.  In his first game he ran for 96 yards and 2 touchdowns.  Since that game Morris showed that he could shoulder the load and carry the Redskins on the ground.  He is a tough runner who has surprisingly fast feet and by the end of the season he had totaled up 1.613 yards and 13 rushing touchdowns.  In the NFL he finished second in rushing yards, only behind Adrian Peterson and he was second in rushing touchdowns, only behind Arian Foster.  That is some good company to be associated with.

Morris is very young and he should be in the league a long time; and it goes to show you that it doesn’t matter where you go to college or where you play football, everyone has a chance to fulfill their dreams as an NFL star.  Come fantasy football time; if you are playing; it would be a good idea to scoop him up as fast as you can.