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WR Anquan Boldin
Anquan Boldin is a gritty, experienced receiver with a long history of production in the NFL, but hardly anybody expected him to put together the kind of season he had in 2013. In his first year with the 49ers, thrust into the WR1 role when Michael Crabtree missed most of the season with an Achilles injury, Boldin looked surprisingly spry as he feinted, cut, and caught his way to a top-15 fantasy season. Crabtree returns healthy this season, however, and is expected to resume his role as the team's primary receiver. Boldin won't get nearly as many looks as he did in 2013, and is likely to put up numbers more closely resembling those from his days in Baltimore than last season's in San Francisco. Consider Boldin a fantasy WR4 who, despite a one-year reprieve, is on the downside of his career.
WR Danny Amendola
Year one of the Amendola Experiment was a bit of a bummer, as he missed four games and didn't come close to replacing Wes Welker. Not surprisingly, Amendola's year ended around the same totals he normally finishes with. He has missed nine games in the last two years (24 over the last three, if you count the 5 games he missed in 2011)and it's safe to assume he'll miss time again this year. That makes him a shaky receiver to depend on, made more difficult for the fact that the Patriots are expected to use a lot more three-wide sets this year (per ESPN Boston) to offset the lack of tight end talent. While that keeps Amendola on the field (if healthy) it also means the ball could be spread around a lot. Speaking of spread around, he's also going to have to wrest targets away from Julian Edelman, who had a tremendous 2013 and looks to be poised to build on that. The plus side for Amendola is that three-wide sets should give him more chances to catch the ball while his chemistry with Brady before he got hurt was solid.
WR Josh Gordon
Josh Gordon was looking to build on a breakout season that saw him lead the NFL in receiving yards despite missing two games due to suspension and playing with three different (and quite average-at-best) quarterbacks. However, a second failed drug test (the first led to last season's suspension) has resulted in a year-long suspension. Gordon appealed, but the suspension was upheld. After his breakout 2013, it was very difficult to imagine Gordon's off-field problems ever being a more significant force that his on-field talent. However, this latest issue leaves Gordon's NFL future in doubt. A year is a long time to be suspended, and there's no guaranteeing that Gordon keeps his nose clean in a year without the structure of football activities.
WR Greg Jennings
A new year, a new quarterback and a new offense mean new opportunity for Jennings. Unfortunately for Jennings and fantasy owners, it doesn't mean a return to the top 20 stats that Jennings produced just a few years ago. Minnesota isn't a pass-heavy team like Green Bay and Jennings isn't the receiver that he was three years ago. He may be the veteran wide out, but he isn't the team's most valuable fantasy receiver this season.
WR Kenny Stills
Kenny Stills was easily the most successful rookie wide receiver for the Saints since Marques Colston's 2006 season. Stills played in every game and despite starting slowly with only 7 catches over the first 5 games, had 25 over the last 11 games for 507 yards and 5 TDs. He outperformed his draft slot as he was taken as the 17th wide receiver in the fifth round. He was a four star recruit out of high school, started immediately for Oklahoma and was productive in all three seasons, declaring for the NFL draft after his junior year. Stills improved his production each year in college and totaled 204 career receptions for 2,595 yards and 24 TDs. He is a good athlete with decent quickness and some speed, but lacks thickness, weighing only 194 pounds at 6'-1" tall. With the departure of Lance Moore, Stills was expected to see more playing time in his second season. With his missing time and the explosive shown by Brandin Cooks, who the Saints traded up to take in the 1st round, Stills will have to produce to add some of the available targets that went to Sproles and Moore a year ago.
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