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WR Pierre Garcon

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Outlook: Foot injuries turned Pierre Garcon's first season in Washington into a disappointment. He was only able to play for 10 games, and was ineffectual for many of those. Garcon mustered just 44 receptions and 633 yards. Uncertainty surrounded Garcon's foot yet again in the 2013 preseason, but he insisted he would be able to play through the pain. And play through the pain he did; to the tune of an NFL-leading 113 receptions. Garcon was the lone bright spot in an otherwise forgettable offensive attack. This year, with Robert Griffin healthy and Jay Gruden calling the shots, there's every reason to think Garcon's outlook remains bright. The addition of DeSean Jackson assuredly means Garcon is unlikely to match last year's reception total, but the fact that Garcon will no longer be the sole focus of opposing team's top cornerbacks could mean more scoring opportunities. A fair trade off.


WR Larry Fitzgerald

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WR Victor Cruz

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Outlook: Victor Cruz' career is going in the wrong direction. After bursting onto the scene in his second year with a 1,536-yard performance, Cruz overtook Hakeem Nicks as the Giants most valuable receiver. In his third season Cruz caught 86 passes for 1,092 yards and 10 touchdowns. Last year, armed with a new contract, Cruz failed to break 1,000 yards and missed the final two games after a knee scope. Fortunately, things are looking up. Ben McAdoo is bringing his up tempo version of the West Coast offense from Green Bay, and Cruz is slated to play the same role that Randall Cobb held with the Packers. Cruz is one of the league's most dangerous inside (slot) receivers and his precise route-running and reliable hands argue for continued success as long as Eli Manning can recapture his accuracy.


WR Roddy White

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Outlook: Roddy White is the Falcons' #2 wideout despite entering the 2014 season at 32 years of age. Unfortunately, White only managed 93 targets for 63/711/3 receiving over parts of 13 games last season - he was hampered for a long stretch of the season with a high ankle sprain and pulled hamstring and didn't really recover top form until late in the year. Over the three seasons prior to 2013, White averaged 102 receptions, 1,345 yards receiving, and 8.3 TDs per season, although the reception numbers did decline from 115 to 100 and then 92 during 2010-2012 as Julio Jones came increasingly to the fore as the Falcons' top threat at wide receiver. Together, White and Jones form one of the most-feared tandems of starting wide receivers in the NFL. In addition, now that legendary tight end Tony Gonzalez is in retirement, White and his compatriots at wide receiver - Jones and Harry Douglas - are likely to see even more opportunities to catch the football during the upcoming NFL season as the wide receivers will inherit some of the 120-130 targets and 80-90 receptions that Gonzalez handled annually while with the Falcons.


WR Michael Crabtree

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Outlook: The tenth overall pick in the 2009 draft, Michael Crabtree is a big, athletic receiver who had improved each season he'd been in the league until he tore an Achilles tendon in last offseason's workouts. He missed the first 11 games of the season, and was eased back into the offense when he returned. Over his last five games, including the playoffs, he averaged 66.8 receiving yards per game, which is not far off his 2012 regular-season pace of 69 yards per game. Still, while Crabtree was a top-15 fantasy WR in 2012, there are reasons to doubt that he'll regain that status in 2014. Primarily, while Crabtree led the 49ers in targets by a huge amount in 2012, there will be more mouths to feed this season. Anquan Boldin had a terrific season last year, and he returns. Steve Johnson, acquired in a trade with the Bills, will also get playing time and eat into Crabtree's targets. Consider Crabtree a borderline fantasy WR2-WR3 heading into the 2014 season.


Projections

David Dodds's projections

PlayerCMPATTYDTDINTRSHYDTDRECYDTDFPT
Victor Cruz0.00.000.00.00.000.081.011187.0153.8
Roddy White0.00.000.00.00.000.083.010467.0146.6
Larry Fitzgerald0.00.000.00.01.040.078.09678.0145.1
Pierre Garcon0.00.000.00.02.0120.086.010666.0143.8
Michael Crabtree0.00.000.00.00.000.070.09386.0129.8

Chris Smith's projections

PlayerCMPATTYDTDINTRSHYDTDRECYDTDFPT

Bob Henry's projections

PlayerCMPATTYDTDINTRSHYDTDRECYDTDFPT
Roddy White0.00.000.00.00.000.087.010757.0149.5
Pierre Garcon0.00.000.00.02.0150.090.011006.0147.5
Victor Cruz0.00.000.00.00.000.082.010706.0143.0
Larry Fitzgerald0.00.000.00.02.0100.081.09208.0141.0
Michael Crabtree0.00.000.00.00.000.075.010056.0136.5

Jason Wood's projections

PlayerCMPATTYDTDINTRSHYDTDRECYDTDFPT
Victor Cruz0.00.000.00.00.000.093.012558.0173.5
Roddy White0.00.000.00.00.000.088.011207.0154.0
Michael Crabtree0.00.000.00.00.000.075.011007.0152.0
Pierre Garcon0.00.000.00.00.000.088.011256.0148.5
Larry Fitzgerald0.00.000.00.00.000.085.010008.0148.0

Maurile Tremblay's projections

PlayerCMPATTYDTDINTRSHYDTDRECYDTDFPT
Victor Cruz0.00.000.00.00.000.089.011966.0155.6
Pierre Garcon0.00.000.00.01.080.097.011666.0153.4
Larry Fitzgerald0.00.000.00.01.040.088.010178.0150.1
Roddy White0.00.000.00.00.000.093.011106.0147.0
Michael Crabtree0.00.000.00.00.000.072.010396.0139.9