Complete Week 3 Projections

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PROJECTED 2014 SEASON STATS
46. Hakeem Nicks, Ind WRYEARTARRECYDSAVGTDRUSHYDSTDPTS
2013 Statistics1025689616.0000085
2014 Projections834776116.24000100
2014 Outlook: Paydirt was the missing ingredient in Nicks' fantasy season last year. He was the only wide receiver to score more than 50 points without registering at least one receiving touchdown. The Colts don't shy away from throwing in the red zone (74 attempts last season, tied for 13th), so Nicks should be able to end his scoring drought. If he does, it won't take much to move him into flex territory; a mere 4 TDs last year would have placed him 32nd in WR fantasy points.
47. Mike Evans, TB WRYEARTARRECYDSAVGTDRUSHYDSTDPTS
2013 Statistics------------------
2014 Projections1085584215.33000100
2014 Outlook: There is a strong case to be made that Mike Evans was more valuable to Texas A&M last year than Johnny Manziel. His 14.2 ypa was tops among the wide receiver prospects in this year's draft, and in September he torched the vaunted Alabama secondary to the tune of seven receptions for 279 yards and a touchdown. Evans excelled at playground football, as he racked up an insanely high 17.6 ypa on plays in which Manziel had to scramble out of the pocket. His being on the opposite side of the field from Vincent Jackson ensures that the 6-foot-5, 231-pound Evans will not be the primary coverage concern of most defenses the Bucs face.
48. Rueben Randle, NYG WRYEARTARRECYDSAVGTDRUSHYDSTDPTS
2013 Statistics804161114.9600091
2014 Projections874367515.7500095
2014 Outlook: Over a six-game midseason stretch, Randle tallied nearly 300 yards and 6 TDs. This unexpected outburst -- which accounted for nearly half of his 2013 yards and all of his scores -- hinted at Randle's fantasy upside. But the remaining six games hinted at his inconsistency. As year three begins, Randle will get first dibs on taking over the Hakeem Nicks role in the Giants' offense, but he must learn an entirely different playbook first and beat No. 1 draft selection Odell Beckham for the starting role opposite Victor Cruz. New offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo is installing a West Coast system, so Randle owners should expect more ups and downs in 2014.
49. Tavon Austin, StL WRYEARTARRECYDSAVGTDRUSHYDSTDPTS
2013 Statistics694041810.549151181
2014 Projections904652411.4313121184
2014 Outlook: Austin lived up to his reputation as a pinball in cleats by ranking 18th among wide receivers in yards after catch per reception (5.62). He also set a new standard for fantasy unreliability, as he tallied 62 fantasy points in three starts and only 19 points the rest of the season. Get your surefire starters in line before you think about drafting Austin, but if he's still around in the late rounds, his 4.34 speed and game-breaking potential become harder to ignore.
50. Jarrett Boykin, GB WRYEARTARRECYDSAVGTDRUSHYDSTDPTS
2013 Statistics824968113.9300088
2014 Projections755068013.6400092
2014 Outlook: Boykin finished third on the Packers last season in targets (77), receptions (49) and yards (681), so it makes sense that he will begin the year in his new role as ' the No. 3 receiver. After getting nearly blanked in the first five games of 2013, Boykin flashed a little top-30 fantasy potential, finishing 32nd among receivers with 7.6 fantasy points per game from Weeks 7 to 17. The most amazing part of that run? It overlapped with Aaron Rodgers' injury, so nearly three-fourths of Boykin's 72 targets came from backup QBs.
51. Brandin Cooks, NO WRYEARTARRECYDSAVGTDRUSHYDSTDPTS
2013 Statistics------------------
2014 Projections764756612.05952089
2014 Outlook: Cooks' high school nickname was Sonic Boom, and it's easy to see why. Last season at Oregon State he found his way to the end zone 16 times while breaking the Pac-12 single-season records for receptions (128) and receiving yards (1,730). His backstory is just as impressive, as he helped hold his family together after his father died of a heart attack when Cooks was only 6 years old. New Orleans moves the ball around a lot, so Cooks may not have dominant target totals, but his 4.33 40-yard-dash time indicates he can make the most of the passes thrown his way.
52. Markus Wheaton, Pit WRYEARTARRECYDSAVGTDRUSHYDSTDPTS
2013 Statistics1366410.700005
2014 Projections1006066611.1400090
2014 Outlook: The exits of Emmanuel Sanders and Jerricho Cotchery via free agency could give Wheaton a shot at the starting gig opposite Antonio Brown. A 5-foot-11 speedster out of Oregon State, Wheaton is still a relative unknown after playing only 153 offensive snaps as a rookie. His college tape shows off a dual-threat skill set similar to that of Percy Harvin, which is an exciting fantasy proposition if he wins the job. That's no slam dunk, as Pittsburgh brought in Darrius Heyward-Bey and Lance Moore to compete with Wheaton.
53. James Jones, Oak WRYEARTARRECYDSAVGTDRUSHYDSTDPTS
2013 Statistics935981713.8300091
2014 Projections1025770312.3500098
2014 Outlook: A year after leading the league with 14 TDs, Jones regressed to only three scores last season. While it's unlikely he'll ever replicate the magic from 2012, the Raiders would be wise to turn Jones loose downfield. Last season he racked up 27.9 yards per game on stretch vertical passes, and all told, his 3.1 fantasy points per game on such heaves ranked above fellow Packers wideouts Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb. If Oakland gives him triple-digit targets for the first time in his career, Jones could be worth flex consideration.
54. Andrew Hawkins, Cle WRYEARTARRECYDSAVGTDRUSHYDSTDPTS
2013 Statistics181219916.6023017
2014 Projections976264510.43625084
2014 Outlook: Josh Gordon is suspended for the entire season, and Miles Austin is prone to injuries, so Hawkins could carry his share of fantasy value as a starter who can do damage out of the slot. That sounds great in theory, but in his breakout 2012 campaign, Hawkins' 10.5 yards per reception ranked 73rd among wide receivers. The lack of big-play ability translated to a mediocre 71 fantasy points in standard leagues in that campaign, but Hawkins did tally 8.7 points per game in a PPR environment, a total worthy of WR6 status.
55. Marqise Lee*, Jac WRYEARTARRECYDSAVGTDRUSHYDSTDPTS
2013 Statistics------------------
2014 Projections835069413.93217086
2014 Outlook: Lee is one of the core elements of the Jaguars' offensive transformation. His overall numbers last year at USC (57 receptions, 791 yards, 4 TDs) fell short of his 2012 Biletnikoff Award'winning figures (118 receptions, 1,721 yards, 14 TDs), but a good portion of that drop-off was due to the MCL injury he suffered last season. Lee has experience learning an NFL-caliber playbook and has the benefit of lining up opposite Cecil Shorts. Still, because the Jacksonville offense is a work in progress, it's likely Lee will take a year or two to break out.
56. Doug Baldwin, Sea WRYEARTARRECYDSAVGTDRUSHYDSTDPTS
2013 Statistics735077815.65260101
2014 Projections755264612.43214083
2014 Outlook: The Seahawks' run-first approach tends to sap the fantasy value of the squad's second-tier receivers, but don't let that keep Baldwin off your radar. He finished second on the team in targets (73) and first in vertical targets (32), and he set career highs in yards per catch (15.6) and TDs (5). And now that Golden Tate is in Detroit, Baldwin is officially Seattle's No. 2 WR opposite Percy Harvin. If his targets flirt with triple digits and the deep balls keep coming, Baldwin has some serious sleeper potential.
57. Kenny Stills, NO WRYEARTARRECYDSAVGTDRUSHYDSTDPTS
2013 Statistics513264120.05310088
2014 Projections543456316.64324082
2014 Outlook: Stills is a big reason New Orleans felt comfortable letting Darren Sproles and Lance Moore walk in free agency. As a rookie, he led the league with 20 yards per catch; Josh Gordon was second with 18.9. Of course, a low volume of targets (49) and receptions (32) factored into that, but only two other players since 2009 have caught 30-plus balls and averaged 20 ypc in a season: DeSean Jackson and Mike Wallace. Without Sproles or Moore in the picture, more than 20 percent of the Saints' targets from last season are up for grabs. Stills will have to compete with first-round pick Brandin Cooks, but if he can snag his fair share, he'll vault up the WR rankings.
58. Dexter McCluster, Ten WR, RBYEARTARRECYDSAVGTDRUSHYDSTDPTS
2013 Statistics81535119.6285070
2014 Projections77534769.0243177178
2014 Outlook: Utility players like McCluster are often underused, but that won't be the case with Ken Whisenhunt. Last season Whiz found myriad ways to get Danny Woodhead the ball in San Diego, which led to Woodhead's No. 19 ranking in points among RBs (132). McCluster's receiving skills are equal to or better than Woodhead's, and as a rusher, McCluster is only two seasons removed from posting a 7.7 GBYPA (good-blocking yards per attempt). For some context, Woodhead posted a 5.7 GBYPA that season under Whisenhunt. There are worse lottery tickets to snag than McCluster.
59. Denarius Moore, Oak WRYEARTARRECYDSAVGTDRUSHYDSTDPTS
2013 Statistics864669515.1500095
2014 Projections794367115.6300085
2014 Outlook: In 2012, Moore jumped out of the gate with 34 catches for 575 yards and 5 TDs in his first eight games. He followed that up with just 17-166-2 in his remaining seven contests. He repeated the pattern again last season: 32-513-4 through eight games and 14-182-1 down the stretch. The road won't be any smoother this year as Moore competes for long-distance passes with James Jones and Rod Streater. The point? Don't draft Moore, but if you do, trade him midseason.
60. Brandon LaFell, NE WRYEARTARRECYDSAVGTDRUSHYDSTDPTS
2013 Statistics884962712.85215086
2014 Projections824260914.54212085
2014 Outlook: Over the course of his career, LaFell has posted very consistent and wholly unspectacular statistics. He has always had between 38 and 49 receptions and is typically somewhere in the 600-yard range. Don't think that'll change just because Tom Brady is now in the picture. As it stands, LaFell is probably at best Brady's No. 6 target, behind Rob Gronkowski, Julian Edelman, Shane Vereen, Danny Amendola and Aaron Dobson. He'll need some injuries to see the field consistently.