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WR Eric Decker

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Outlook: Going from having Peyton Manning throwing to you, to having Geno Smith or Michael Vick tossing passes your way will usually hurt your bottom line. So we're not expecting a third straight 1,000 yard plus, 80 plus catch season from Decker. That doesn't mean he'll fall off the radar for fantasy owners, just that expectations should be realigned. Decker is a physical receiver who can move the chains as well as stretch the field. Decker will also see much more attention from the defense as he lacks a Demaryius Thomas to pull them. All this will limit him to WR 2 or high end WR3 status--with a chance that, if the quarterback situation gets messier, that he could fall below that.


WR Reggie Wayne

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Outlook: Reggie Wayne went 11 consecutive years of not missing a single game, then week 7 of last year saw him tear his ACL ending his season. The injury ended his consecutive games played streak and severely hindered the Colts passing offense. Wayne is expected to be a full participant in training camp and has his sights set on picking up where he left off. If there are no setbacks, Wayne should be one of Andrew Luck's top receiving targets this year, perhaps only being bested by third year pro, T.Y. Hilton. Wayne turns 36 in November and he is coming off a major knee injury. There are definitely whispers in the fantasy community suggesting that his stock will take a dip this season. He is a focused player who takes conditioning seriously, so if there is one wide receiver in the league who bucks the trend of age and overcoming injury, it's Wayne.


WR Kelvin Benjamin

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Outlook: Kelvin Benjamin was selected at 1.28 during the 2014 NFL draft. There is a wide range of opinions about Benjamin's readiness to be a pro receiver - some feel his size (6-5, 240 lbs), reach and leaping abilities will make him a favorite target of Cam Newton, while others fret about Benjamin's lack of polished route running and his tendency to juggle or drop catchable balls. He has the potential to be productive at the pro level, but there is a lot of work to be done on Benjamin's part - meanwhile, the Panthers' wide receiving corps needs help NOW. It remains to be seen how much chemistry Benjamin can create with Newton - we'll see how they look working together during preseason. There is definitely plenty of opportunity for Benjamin to shine in Carolina, but his ability to capitalize on the abundant opportunities there is open to question. Benjamin underwent a precautionary MRI on Monday, July 28 after bumping knees with a teammate on July 27. 'We want to be smart with it,' head coach Ron Rivera said. 'It could just be one of those things where if he had iced it right away and not finished (Sunday's) practice, maybe it would have been better... I'm optimistic that is what it's going to be.' The MRI revealed a bone bruise in his left knee - Benjamin is considered day-to-day due to the injury, but may miss a week or so.


WR Dwayne Bowe

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Outlook: Bowe failed to live up to expectations in 2013 for a variety of reasons. The only one of those reasons beyond his control was the performance of the Chiefs defense. Bowe saw a significant reduction in production for the first nine weeks due to the fact that the Chiefs were blowing out bad teams early and had no desire to force the ball into a receiver that doesn't specialize in getting wide open. Bowe's production saw a slight uptick in the second half and he was WR26 from week 11-16. He was even better in the team's playoff loss, putting up an 8-150-1. Historically Bowe has been about a 50/50 bet to hit 1000 yards and other than his anomalous 2010 (15 TD) he's averaged around 5 scores a year. He is good at using his body in traffic, but also has a maddening amount of silly drops. Bowe has struggled with a finger injury in camp and has been suspended for week one of the regular season due to a marijuana arrest in 2013.


WR Mike Evans

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Outlook: Tampa Bay selected Mike Evans with the seventh overall draft pick this offseason. As a prospect, Evans has hulking dimensions at 6'5", more than 230 pounds, and a tremendous wingspan. Evans will barely be 21 years old for his first NFL game and with only one productive season in college, he is more of a wildcard than most top-10 selections. Mike Evans joins Vincent Jackson as one of the biggest wide receiver tandems in NFL history. Evans excels down the field, winning jump balls and working his way back to a quarterback in distress. He was a perfect fit with Johnny Manziel during their time together at Texas A&M. With little competition on the wide receiver depth chart for playing time, Evans is slated to see significant opportunity in his rookie season. Refinement of his short and intermediate routes will be key to his immediate success. Evans will consistently see single coverage opposite Vincent Jackson and, at a minimum, will be a threat for a long touchdown or red zone opportunity any given week.


Projections

David Dodds's projections

PlayerCMPATTYDTDINTRSHYDTDRECYDTDFPT
Eric Decker0.00.000.00.00.000.068.09326.0129.2
Mike Evans0.00.000.00.00.000.063.08636.0122.3
Reggie Wayne0.00.000.00.00.000.068.08705.0117.0
Kelvin Benjamin0.00.000.00.00.000.053.07166.0107.6
Dwayne Bowe0.00.000.00.00.000.059.07265.0102.6

Chris Smith's projections

PlayerCMPATTYDTDINTRSHYDTDRECYDTDFPT

Bob Henry's projections

PlayerCMPATTYDTDINTRSHYDTDRECYDTDFPT
Mike Evans0.00.000.00.00.000.059.09356.0129.5
Eric Decker0.00.000.00.01.050.065.08855.0119.0
Kelvin Benjamin0.00.000.00.00.000.053.07607.0118.0
Reggie Wayne0.00.000.00.00.000.074.09004.0114.0
Dwayne Bowe0.00.000.00.00.000.062.07755.0107.5

Jason Wood's projections

PlayerCMPATTYDTDINTRSHYDTDRECYDTDFPT
Reggie Wayne0.00.000.00.00.000.078.010006.0136.0
Eric Decker0.00.000.00.00.000.068.09407.0136.0
Kelvin Benjamin0.00.000.00.00.000.058.06857.0110.5
Mike Evans0.00.000.00.00.000.058.07505.0105.0
Dwayne Bowe0.00.000.00.00.000.062.07255.0102.5

Maurile Tremblay's projections

PlayerCMPATTYDTDINTRSHYDTDRECYDTDFPT
Eric Decker0.00.000.00.00.020.074.010575.0135.9
Reggie Wayne0.00.000.00.00.000.070.08905.0119.0
Mike Evans0.00.000.00.01.030.063.08565.0115.9
Dwayne Bowe0.00.000.00.00.000.069.08505.0115.0
Kelvin Benjamin0.00.000.00.00.000.063.08325.0113.2