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10. Dexter McCluster, RB, Tennessee Titans
McCluster had been a wide receiver in his time with the Kansas City Chiefs, but new Titans coach Ken Whisenhunt sees him as more of a running back. In fact, it appears he's looking for McCluster to fill the pass-catching role that Danny Woodhead filled for Whisenhunt last season. That makes the Ole Miss product a viable option in PPR formats, but his value in standard leagues remains limited to the late rounds.
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9. Andre Roberts, WR, Washington Redskins
The Redskins upgraded at the wide receiver spot with Roberts, who just turned 26 and has some potential in what will be a pass-laden offense under new coach Jay Gruden. He can play outside and in the slot, and it looks like he'll slide right in as the starter opposite Pierre Garcon. We're not talking about the second coming of Ricky Sanders, but Roberts does have some late-round value in all draft formats.
8. Steve Smith, WR, Baltimore Ravens
Smith had been a No. 1 fantasy wide receiver earlier in his career, but he’s seen his stats and value fall as he’s entered his mid-30s. Now in Baltimore, the veteran will be the third option in the pass attack behind Torrey Smith and Dennis Pitta. His presence is good news for Joe Flacco, who adds a needed weapon, but fantasy owners shouldn’t consider Smith more than a No. 3 or 4 wideout in 2014.
7. Hakeem Nicks, WR, Indianapolis Colts
Nicks would have been a more valuable fantasy option had he landed in Carolina, but going to the Colts isn’t a bad alternative. While the team already has Reggie Wayne and T.Y. Hilton in the pass attack, the former is long in the tooth and coming off major knee reconstruction. Nicks will also benefit from catching passes from quarterback Andrew Luck, so his fantasy draft value is now on the rise.
6. Eric Decker, WR, New York Jets
Decker has been one of the 10-best wide receivers in fantasy football over the last two seasons, but a move from Denver to New York is going to have a negative effect on his value. The downgrade from Peyton Manning to Geno Smith is massive, and Decker will now have to face No. 1 cornerbacks (including Darrelle Revis twice) on a regular basis. He can't be trusted as more than a third wideout in fantasy land.
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5. Emmanuel Sanders, WR, Denver Broncos
Sanders' value is on the rise, as he'll replace Eric Decker in a talented pass attack that also includes studs like Demaryius Thomas, Wes Welker and Julius Thomas. Coming off his best statistical season, Sanders is a good bet to improve on his 67-740-6 line in 2014. In fact, it can now be argued that Sanders has more value than Decker based on the fact that he'll be catching passes from Peyton Manning.
4. Golden Tate, WR, Detroit Lions
Tate's value is on the rise, as he goes from a run-based offense in Seattle to a high-octane attack in Detroit. He'll benefit from the presence of Matthew Stafford and of course Calvin Johnson, who draws a ton of coverage and will help allow Tate a chance to shine. A sure-handed receiver with 1,000-yard potential, the Golden Domer is now in the conversation as a borderline No. 2 or 3 wide receiver in 2014.
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3. Toby Gerhart, RB, Jacksonville Jaguars
Gerhart has landed in a tremendous situation to find fantasy success ... well, at least in terms of opportunities. He figures to take over the featured role from Maurice Jones-Drew, so the Stanford product is in line to see 15-20 touches a week. While the Jaguars do have some questions at quarterback and on their offensive line, Gerhart could still bring back RB2 value. He'll be selected in the middle rounds.
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2. Rashad Jennings, RB, New York Giants
Jennings is entering his age-29 season, but he has little wear and tear on his body. Despite the fact that he started eight games with the Raiders last season, Jennings still ranked among the 25-best runners based on points. With the status of David Wilson (neck) still in question, Jennings should enter training camp atop the Giants depth chart. He has the tools to become a No. 2 fantasy runner in the Big Apple.
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1. Ben Tate, RB, Cleveland Browns
Tate leaves the shadow of Arian Foster in Houston to become a featured back for the first time in his NFL career. While Tate has been a bit prone to injuries at the pro level, he is a young runner with serious upside who is also a nice fit for the zone-blocking scheme of OC Kyle Shanahan. Tate is now on the RB2 radar and figures to come off the board in one of the first five rounds in most 2014 drafts.
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