Keeping it 100: The 100 Reception Club

The 100 Reception Club

In PPR its a given that receptions play a huge part in your wins and loses from week to week. Reaching triple digit receptions(100+ Fantasy points from receptions) in a single season isn’t a stat that many players achieve each year: 2011(2) 2012(6) 2013(5) 2014(5).

100 receptions is an average of 6.25 fantasy points over a 16 game season on receptions alone. To put into perspective how big 6.25 points a week in purely receptions is, here are three players who averaged less than 7 total fantasy points a week in 2014: Wes Welker, Chris Johnson, Darren McFadden.

Five players reached the 100 reception mark in 2014. As expected those 5 spots were dominated by the Wide Receive position. I mean thats why they are there right?

The 2014 100 Reception Club

                   President                      Receptions Targets Yards Rec TD
Antonio Brown- Steelers WR                     129 182 1,698 13
Vice President  Receptions Targets Yards Rec TD
Demaryius Thomas- Broncos WR 111 184 1,619 11
Members  Receptions Targets Yards Rec TD
Julio Jones- Falcons WR 104 164 1,593 6
Matt Forte- Bears RB 102 130 808 4
Emmanuel Sanders- Broncos WR 101 141 1,404 9

Antonio Brown WR – The President of the 100 Reception Club, leading in receptions (129) and receiving yards (1,698). Brown was a member of a Steelers offense which averaged 27.2 points and 411.1 yards of total offense a week with 301.6 of those yards coming through air. All the starters will return on offense in 2015, with Le’ Veon Bell missing some time Brown could see more action in the screen game early with Ben trusting his go to receiver. The emergence of rookie WR Martavis Bryant should cause Brown to see a few less targets this year, but even with that he will still be an elite start every week WR1 who should be first receiver off the board come draft day.

Damaryius Thomas WR – VP of the 100 Reception Club and the recipient of a healthy 184 targets from the future hall of fame QB Peyton Manning. Thomas has become Manning’s most trusted weapon on offense. His 111 receptions and 1,619 receiving  yards is an increase from last years 92 receptions for 1,430 yards, and his stats have increased every year since Manning’s arrival in mile high. The Broncos will focus on the run game with Kubiak at the helm and try to keep Manning fresh for later in the season, but the loss of Julius Thomas as a red zone target bodes well for Demaryius who had 3 less TDs than last year. Even with a slight drop off in targets and receptions expect Thomas to eclipse the 100 reception mark and finish amongst the top 5 WR in 2015. Thomas is and remains an every week starter WR1.

Julio Jones WR – 2014 Julio managed to play in 15 games after a disappointing 5 game 2013 season allowing for him to have his best statistical season to date. The Falcons have invested in the o-line and running back  in an attempt to keep Matt Ryan upright and establish a run game, both are great for Jones. Jones finished last year 3rd in targets and receptions but only scored 6 touchdowns, if the big bodied WR can find the end zone more in 2015 and stay healthy he should finish top 5 amongst WR.

Emmanuel Sanders WR –  2014 was Sanders breakout year and man was he something to watch. Much like his fellow teammate and club member Demariyus, Manning brings out the best in players. After four seasons in Pittsburgh Sanders averaged 40 receptions, 69 targets, and 507 yards a season. Fast forward to last year and his first year with Manning and the Broncos and Sanders increased to 101 receptions, 141 targets, and 1,404 yards. Sanders has blasted into the elite WR conversation and his only knock was not finding the end zone early in the year, but after week 5 he ripped off 9 over the last 11 games.

Matt Forte RB –  The stand alone RB in the club found himself ranked 4th with 102 receptions, 1 more than Emanuel Sanders and only 2 less than Julio Jones. Thats elite WR receptions from your running back…PPR? Sign me up! Forte is an elite RB who seems to fly below the radar and is consistently solid in the air and ground game. As Anthony talked about in Who is Top Dog  Forte is a wildcard candidate for top dog in PPR formats.

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