Whether this is used as a fantasy guide, or just to see if your favorite guy made the cut, an in-depth guide to the top ten wide receivers in the business.
10. Brandon Marshall. The real question about Marshall is how well he’ll fit into the Miami offense. Adjusting to a very run heave offense, it’ll be interesting to see if he can repeat his 2009 numbers. With Chad Henne as a sleeper quarterback, he may have a great year. Projected Stats: 1,090 Yards and 9 Touchdowns.
9. Sidney Rice. Sidney surprised many owners last year. In fact in 2009, he was, on average, drafted in the 16th round. However, he obviously played much higher than expectations, putting up 1,312 yards (4th highest in wide receivers) and eight touchdowns. However, with Favre possibly going to edge towards retirement, that puts question marks about Rice’s value. Obviously if Favre doesn’t come back he’ll fall out of the top ten quarterbacks. Projected Stats: 1,150 yards and 9 Touchdowns.
8. Calvin Johnson. There wasn’t a bigger bust than Megatron last year, as he couldn’t even break 1,000 yards (984) and had only 5 touchdowns. Many analysts have him making a resounding comeback. I feel that he’ll definitely improve on last year’s numbers, but he’s still not a top five guy. Projected Stats: 1,200 yards and 8 Touchdowns.
7. DeSean Jackson. Jackson ended last season with 1156 yards and 10 touchdowns. But, with Donovan McNabb going to the Redskins, his value drops slightly. However, his relationship with Kevin Kolb seems to be very positive. His 18.6 yards/catch is the highest of all wide receivers with more than 50 catches. He has even more upside in leagues that award points for return yards/touchdowns. Projected Stats: 1,220 Yards and 9 Touchdowns
6. Roddy White. White is one of the most consistent players and underrated receivers in the NFL. He scored 15 or more fantasy points in 10 of his 16 starts. With Matt Ryan showing signs of being a great quarterback, Roddy’s potential grows. Projected Stats: 1,200 Yards and 10 Touchdowns
5. Miles Austin. At the beginning of last year, Miles was an extreme sleeper, who wasn’t drafted in most leagues. Who knew he would be more productive than studs such as Larry Fitzgerald or Reggie Wayne? Dez Bryant, the rookie wide receiver, actually adds value to Austin, as defenses won’t be able to solely focus on the standout. Projected Stats: 1,250 Yards and 10 Touchdowns.
4. Reggie Wayne. Reggie has proven himself as a stud wide receiver. Since 2006, he has finished at least in the top six receivers fantasy points wise and as one of Peyton Manning’s favorite targets. In a crowded Indianapolis receiving group, he’s definitely Manning’s go to guy. Projected Stats: 1,320 Yards and 10 Touchdowns.
3. Randy Moss. Moss posted over 1,200 yards and scored double-digit touchdowns for three years in a row. With Wes Welker possibly going to be out for a couple of weeks (and, even if he doesn’t miss any time, the Patriots will try to edge him gently into the game), this increases Moss’ value. In addition, this is a contract year for Randy, which should give him more motivation. Projected Stats: 1,200 Yards and 13 Touchdowns.
2. Larry Fitzgerald. Last year, he put up 1,092 yards and a career high of 13 touchdowns. However, one question remains prominent going into this season; how will Matt Leinart affect Larry’s numbers? In my opinion, Leinart will barely change Fitzgerald’s numbers; a star will produce like a star even without a stud quarterback. Cardinals have more become a passing team, and watch Leinart rely heavy on Fitzgerald. Projected Stats: 1,290 yards 12 Touchdowns.
1. Andre Johnson. Has become one of the most explosive players in the league. Last year, he put up 20 or more fantasy points 7 times. In fact, he put up 200 more receiving yards than the guy with second most yardage, Wes Welker. He has really set himself apart from the rest of the receiving group. Andre is the only wide receiver in fantasy leagues that should be a first round pick. Projected Stats: 1,420 yards and 11 Touchdowns.