There are some big wide receivers emerging in the NFL, and this decade looks to welcome a new crop of top receiving talent. For fantasy football owners looking for those must have wide receivers, then these top 5 must be considered. Each is a prime target on their team and each brings excellent route running, clutch catches and valuable yardage to any fantasy football owner looking for impact receivers. Consider these top 5 wide receivers as your primary receiver on your fantasy football team.
Wes Welker of the New England Patriots
Talking about big targets simply doesn’t seem to make much sense when discussing Wes Welker of the New England Patriots. The diminutive receiver stands 5 feet 9 inches and weighs only 185 lbs. However, nobody works the middle of the field, and the slot receiver position, better than Welker. Working off of primary deep threat Randy Moss, Welker has become Patriot’s quarterback Tom Brady’s number one outlet receiver. Welker averages an unbelievable 115 catches, 1,229 yards and 5 touchdowns a season over the last three years. His 2009 totals include 123 receptions for 1,348 yards and 4 touchdowns. For fantasy owners looking for points on receptions and yardage, Welker is a must have on any fantasy team.
Andre Johnson of the Houston Texans
Quickly becoming the preeminent receiver in the NFL, Andre Johnson of the Houston Texans is a big target who knows how to work all aspects of the field. His 2009 totals include 101 receptions for 1,569 yards and 9 touchdowns. The 4 time Pro-Bowler and 2 time All-Pro is averaging 83 receptions for 1,126 yards and 6 touchdowns a season over his career. Last year’s totals were Johnson’s second consecutive season with 100 receptions or more, and second consecutive 1500 yard receiving season. Johnson represents the best option for any fantasy owner who needs points for receptions, yardage and touchdowns.
Larry Fitzgerald of the Arizona Cardinals
With Anquan Boldin now a Baltimore Raven, Larry Fitzgerald will become the primary receiver in Arizona. In fact, Fitzgerald was always the primary receiver, but he’ll get even more catches in 2010. Fitzgerald is a 4 time Pro-Bowler, 1 time All-Pro, who is quickly establishing himself as a top 5 NFL wide receiver. His 2009 totals included 97 catches for 1092 yards and 13 touchdowns. Those numbers should only improve in 2010 and fantasy owners needing a primary receiver who’ll catch a lot of passes and touchdowns, need to look no further than Fitzgerald.
Miles Austin of the Dallas Cowboys
The Cowboys had the second ranked offense in 2009, and while improving on being the second ranked offense is rather difficult, the Cowboys could still improve upon total yardage in 2010. Part of that credit goes to primary wide receiver Miles Austin who burst onto the scene in 2009 after a couple of average seasons. The 2009 Pro-Bowler had 81 receptions for 1,320 yards and 11 touchdowns, despite being double teamed because of the lack of a viable second receiver in the Cowboys offense. That looks to change now that the Cowboys grabbed Dez Bryant of Oklahoma State in this year’s draft. This should clear up some space for Austin and make his numbers even better in 2010. Fantasy owners might be able to grab Austin later on in their draft, and use a second pick on a primary target.
Reggie Wayne of the Indianapolis Colts
Reggie Wayne is a 4 time Pro-Bowler who has consistently produced over his career as a Colt. His 2009 totals include 100 receptions for 1264 yards and 10 touchdowns. Wayne is this list’s number one fantasy football wide receiver because of his longevity and ability to consistently produce solid numbers. 2009 was Wayne’s sixth straight 1000 yard receiving season and his per season average is an incredible 83 receptions for 1,171 yards and 9 touchdowns a season over his 8 year NFL career. For fantasy football owners looking for a guaranteed wide receiver, and one that won’t have an off year, then Wayne is the receiver to grab.