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WR Hakeem Nicks
In years two and three, Hakeem Nicks reached at least 75 receptions and 1,050 yards each year, totaling 18 touchdowns in the two seasons. He reached Top 12 status with the Giants both years and was on his way to becoming one of the better emerging wide receivers in the league. In years four and five he regressed, never hauling in more than 56 passes and he failed to break 900 yards in either season. His scoring numbers plummeted to a combined three touchdowns in both years. A laundry list of minor, but nagging injuries derailed his success. Perhaps a change of scenery and a finally healthy outlook will get him back on track. Year six for Nicks will be with Andrew Luck and the Colts. In Indianapolis he will play a complimentary role to Reggie Wayne and T.Y. Hilton. His presence will lure coverage away from the higher profile players, but at the same time, Nicks has the experience and talent to make plays of his own. His place in the Colts receiving corps may be what's needed to elevate the passing game and allow him to rebound back to a dangerous and respected receiver in the league.
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 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.
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.
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