By Jeff Paur
Senior Fantasy Writer
Realtime Fantasy Sports
The receiver position is a lot more coveted these days, mainly because so many leagues are points per reception (PPR). This makes getting someone like Calvin Johnson a big plus for fantasy teams. Top receivers have even more value in PPR leagues. If you don't get an elite option in a PPR league, you aren't likely winning your league.
And we have some quality top options. There are about 10 or so elite fantasy receivers - guys capable of leading the league in scoring. After the top guys, though, we have a lot of similar options, which is why many wait on receivers after the elite guys are gone. It is another reason teams load up on No. 1 receivers early. You can use different strategies at the receiver spot and have success both ways.
Just like at running back, teams are looking for the next surprise. Who will be Randall Cobb in 2013? There are some breakout candidates. T.Y. Hilton seemed to just scratch the surface last season and should take his game to another level in the Colts pass-first offense. Josh Gordon is a talented player that should emerge as the No. 1 receiver in a better Browns passing game. And Torrey Smith hasn't really put it together to date but if he is ever going to do it, we think this is the year. He has less to compete with for targets and Joe Flacco is taking his game to a new level. So there are options out there that could break through. It would be good to target one, get one on your team and hope for the best.
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