2014 Outlook: Yes, we know Hunter had only 18 catches as a rookie, but we've put him in our top 50 for a reason. A 4.44 burner, Hunter showed off his big-play ability in Weeks 12 and 14, when he combined for 223 yards and 2 TDs. All told, he averaged an absurd 19.7 yards per catch and scored 4.64 fantasy points per game on vertical throws, 25th among wide receivers. All it'll take is 50 catches for Hunter to insert himself into the WR3 discussion.
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.
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.
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.
2014 Outlook: New England has been looking for a downfield WR threat ever since Randy Moss left in early 2010, with Dobson as the latest to track long balls from Tom Brady. Dobson led Patriots WRs in vertical receiving yards per game (26.5) and vertical targets per game (3) as a rookie last year. And perhaps more impressive, he had nearly as many yards after the catch on vertical passes (118) as the rest of New England's WR corps (160). Offseason stress fracture surgery (foot) is a concern, but Dobson's deep-ball opportunities will continue in year two.
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.
2014 Outlook: After three consecutive 1,000-yard seasons, Johnson exploded out of the gate for 17 catches, 236 yards and 2 TDs in his first three games. But as injuries mounted, he totaled only 35-361-1 the rest of the way. The most disturbing metric of all was Johnson's 33 fantasy points on vertical passes -- half of his 2011 and 2012 totals. Working in an offense with Michael Crabtree and Anquan Boldin could take some coverage pressure off Johnson, but it will also limit his workload.
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.
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.
2014 Outlook: With Josh Gordon's questionable status and Nate Burleson's penchant for injury, Hawkins could carry his share of fantasy value either as a starter or as the Browns' primary slot receiver. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
2014 Outlook: Streater's team-leading 99 targets in 2013 ranked 25th in the NFL among the 72 wideouts who played all 16 games. More steady than spectacular, he notched 40 or more yards in all but three games and tallied double-digit fantasy points in three of his last seven. The big question here is target distribution. He'll be fighting for looks with Denarius Moore and James Jones, and until that shakes out, Streater will be more of a bye-week fill-in than anything.