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Much like the running back rankings, the wide receiver rankings proved tricky in determining who should hold the honor of the No. 1 spot.

Death, taxes and incredible Fantasy seasons from Calvin Johnson were all guarantees in life heading into 2014. The Fantasy Football world was brought back to reality when Johnson ended up missing three games and was held to two receptions in Week 4 and one reception in Week 5, so it’s almost as if he missed five games. If he was able to carry over his average of 82.8 receiving yards per game throughout a 16-game season, however, Johnson would have finished 2014 with 1,324 receiving yards. He may have disappointed you last year, but I think the 29-year old receiver is a remarkable value in Round 2 on FantasyFootballCalculator.com.

I removed Antonio Brown from the running as top gun in the wide receiver ranking race. I’m not knocking his talent and strong 2014 performance, but I don’t believe Brown will live up to expectations if he is the first receiver off the board. From MMA classes, to running in sand, Martavis Bryant did everything he could in the offseason to try and prepare for a bigger role in 2015. This means Ben Roethlisberger won’t have to rely on Brown so heavily, and the offense can create a more balanced attack.

I would like Demaryius Thomas more if he was on the field testing Gary Kubiak’s playbook with Peyton Manning. The addition of Owen Daniels may also cut into Thomas’ touchdown production, so there are a few causes of concern behind the 27-year old receiver entering 2015.

So, why does Dez Bryant deserved the top spot? The Dallas Cowboys’ rushing attack was weak in 2012, and Bryant hauled in 1,382 receiving yards and 13 touchdowns. The rushing attack was amazing in 2014, and Bryant finished with a total of 1,320 receiving yards and 16 touchdowns. I’m not saying Bryant can repeat those numbers if Brandon Weeden became the starting signal caller, but the 26-year old receiver is the driving force behind this offense and will continue to find himself as the focal point. He’s averaged 13 touchdowns a season over the past three years and finished with an average of 1,311 receiving yards. The departure of DeMarco Murray means that there will be a bigger need for Tony Romo to throw the ball, and it’s encouraging that Romo was able to participate in all activities thus far.

Players will move up and down as offseason news creates speculation, so make sure to check back with the So-Called Fantasy Experts to keep up to date with all of our rankings.

2015 Fantasy Football Wide Receiver Rankings

1. Dez Bryant, Dallas Cowboys

2. Calvin Johnson, Detroit Lions

3. Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh Steelers 

4. Demaryius Thomas, Denver Broncos

5. Jordy Nelson, Green Bay Packers

6. Alshon Jeffery, Chicago Bears

7. Odell Beckham Jr., New York Giants

8. Julio Jones, Atlanta Falcons

9. A.J. Green, Cincinnati Bengals

10. Randall Cobb, Green Bay Packers

11. Mike Evans, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

12. T.Y. Hilton, Indianapolis Colts

13. DeAndre Hopkins, Houston Texans

14. Kelvin Benjamin, Carolina Panthers

15. Brandin Cooks, New Orleans Saints

16. Jordan Matthews, Philadelphia Eagles

17. Andre Johnson, Indianapolis Colts

18. DeSean Jackson, Washington Redskins

19. Julian Edelman, New England Patriots

20. Amari Cooper, Oakland Raiders

21. Vincent Jackson, Tampa Bay Buccaneers 

22. Jarvis Landry, Miami Dolphins

23. Emmanuel Sanders, Denver Broncos

24. Brandon Marshall, New York Jets

25. Martavis Bryant, Pittsburgh Steelers

26. Jeremy Maclin, Kansas City Chiefs

27. Allen Robinson, Jacksonville Jaguars

28. Mike Wallace, Minnesota Vikings

29. Sammy Watkins, Buffalo Bills

30. Keenan Allen, San Diego Chargers

31. Roddy White, Atlanta Falcons

32. Michael Floyd, Arizona Cardinals

33. Golden Tate, Detroit Lions

34. Rueben Randle, New York Giants

35. Charles Johnson, Minnesota Vikings

36. Cody Latimer, Denver Broncos

37. Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona Cardinals

38. Brandon LaFell, New England Patriots

39. Eric Decker, New York Jets

40. Torrey Smith, San Francisco 49ers

41. Steve Smith Sr., Baltimore Ravens

42. Nelson Agholor, Philadelphia Eagles

43. Anquan Boldin, San Francisco 49ers

44. Kevin White, Chicago Bears

45. Marques Colston, New Orleans Saints

46. Breshad Perriman, WR, Baltimore Ravens

47. John Brown, Arizona Cardinals

48. Victor Cruz, New York Giants

49. DeVante Parker, Miami Dolphins

50. Percy Harvin, Buffalo Bills

51. Kendall Wright, Tennessee Titans

52. Pierre Garcon Washington Redskins

53. Kenny Stills, Miami Dolphins

54. Dwayne Bowe, Cleveland Browns

55. Terrance Williams, Dallas Cowboys

56. Brian Quick, St. Louis Rams

57. Davante Adams, Green Bay Packers

58. Malcom Floyd, San Diego Chargers

59. Greg Jennings, Miami Dolphins

60. Eddie Royal, Chicago Bears 

Check out the rest of our rankings to start preparing for your 2015 Fantasy Football draft.

2015 Fantasy Football Quarterback Rankings

2015 Fantasy Football Running Back Rankings

2015 Fantasy Football Tight End Rankings

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Jack's love of craft beer and gangster rap is only surpassed by his love of pass-catching running backs. He was a top-40 finisher and $1,500 prize winner for the 2014 RotoBowl, a top-50 finisher in the 2015 Mock Draft Online Championships, finished first in draft accuracy for quarterback rankings in 2015 on Fantasy Pros, and was a contributor to the 2015 and 2016 The Fantasy Football Guide.
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