Danny Amendola, Patriots: A fun side bet would be who gets more targets, Amendola with the Patriots or Wes Welker with the Broncos. It would have to be a weekly wager, since Amendola missed 15 games in 2011 and five last year.

Dez Bryant, Cowboys: Bryant has improved his numbers in each of his first three seasons and had 10 touchdowns in a seven-game stretch in the second half of last season. It's scary that he's only 24.

Michael Crabtree, 49ers: Out until late in the season, recovering from surgery for a torn Achilles' tendon suffered in May. Anquan Boldin is the Niners wideout to have, but don't expect much more than WR3 production.

Randall Cobb, Packers: Has more value in PPR leagues, so he's not a WR1 just yet.

Marques Colston, Saints: Steady as a stopwatch, Colston cracked double-digit touchdowns for the first time since 2007.

Victor Cruz, Giants: Don't sweat the heel injury that ended his training camp on Aug. 18. There's no way he's missing the Sept. 8 Sunday night opener in Dallas. Salsa dances all around.

Larry Fitzgerald, Cardinals: Is learning all three receiver positions (X, Y and Z), as new coach Bruce Arians tries to make him more difficult to cover. Personally, I'd just keep him where he's most comfortable and let new quarterback Carson Palmer find him.

A.J. Green, Bengals: Calling Green a poor man's Dez Bryant is like calling Warren Buffett a poor man's Bill Gates.

Percy Harvin, Seahawks: Had hip surgery in July and is undraftable. Golden Tate and Sidney Rice become the top options in Seattle.

T.Y. Hilton, Colts: Is behind Darrius Heyward-Bay at the moment. Sure hope the Colts know what they're doing.

DeAndre Hopkins, Texans: The concussion he suffered in Week 2 of the preseason halted his momentum.

DeSean Jackson, Eagles: How much of Chip Kelly's innovative offense will include Jackson? One thing is certain, it won't include any Jeremy Maclin. Paraphrasing the World's Most Interesting Man, "Stay healthy, my friend."

Vincent Jackson, Buccaneers: Jackson posted 34 more receiving yards and three fewer touchdowns than A.J. Green last year. Jackson's not an elite WR, but he's a very capable WR2.

Andre Johnson, Texans: Hard as it is to believe, Johnson set a career high with 1,598 receiving yards last season at age 31. Admittedly, four touchdowns among his 112 catches is unacceptable. But that's gonna happen when Arian Foster is on your team.

Calvin Johnson, Lions: Detroit quarterback Matthew Stafford will have a few more options this year, so Johnson may not get 122 catches or 1,964 yards. He's still No. 2 behind Dez Bryant in our rankings.

Julio Jones, Falcons: If he didn't have Roddy White as a teammate, he'd have Calvin Johnson-like numbers. But he also wouldn't have been 13 yards from the Super Bowl like the Falcons were last season.

Brandon Marshall, Bears: Marshall was griping Tuesday that the Bears were pushing him for more progress after hip surgery. Then yesterday, the team announced he was taken a four-day leave of absence that was planned ahead of time. Hmmmm . . .

Jordy Nelson, Packers: Targeting Week 1 as the return from the knee surgery that kept him out of most of training camp. Gently mention at your draft that Nelson is hurt . . . and then snatch him up in the fifth round. Even if he misses a game early, he will be worth it.

Kenny Stills, Saints: The Saints like what they have in Stills, a fifth-round rookie out of Oklahoma, enough to possibly make him the No. 3 receiver behind Colston and Lance Moore. Just name-dropping.

Torrey Smith, Ravens: Smith is more valuable in leagues that reward for distance touchdowns. He has a modest 99 catches in his first two seasons, but 15 are scores.

Demaryius Thomas, Broncos: The light went on for Thomas last year (10 TDs, 1,434 yards), and it was Peyton Manning who flipped the switch. Manning can do that. Just ask Austin Collie.

Mike Wallace, Dolphins: It might take a few games, but if he can develop any sort of chemistry with improving second-year quarterback Ryan Tannehill, Wallace could be a steal as a WR3. He has to justify that 5-year, $60 million deal.

Reggie Wayne, Colts: Sees a lot of Peyton Manning in second-year quarterback Andrew Luck. That's one way to keep all those targets coming. Wayne had 100 catches for the third time in four seasons, and he hasn't missed a game in 12 years.

Markus Wheaton, Steelers: The rookie is filling the void for Mike Wallace and deserves a look in leagues of 12 or more. Another name-drop.

Roddy White, Falcons: A sprained ankle cut short his preseason, but it's nothing to get twisted about. (Get it?) White hasn't missed a game since he was a freshman at Alabama-Birmingham in 2001. Turns 32 on Nov. 2.


On the way up: Pierre Garcon, Washington

On the way down: Dwayne Bowe, Chiefs

Riskiest pick: DeSean Jackson, Eagles

Late-round look: Kenny Stills, Saints

Please avoid: Santonio Holmes, Jets

Top rookie: Tavon Austin, Rams

Sleeper: Chris Givens, Rams. Love his big-play ability for a Rams team that figures to throw it often.


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