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Sizing Up Fantasy Wide Receivers
David Dorey
June 20, 2013
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For many years, the NFL scouts would search for the tallest players they could find and then most of the best receivers would be shorter. But no denying that height is a factor lately with the top six wideouts all 6'2" or taller. Speed typically is a function of size too since the smaller players would run faster. Freaks like Calvin Johnson are exceptions but the more complicated offenses these days do not ask wideouts to just run fly patterns. It is more about precise route running and shorter throws. While Oakland and anywhere Norv Turner goes may not get the memo, speed is less a factor in recent seasons. Being where the quarterbacks expects you to be is far more telling for success.

# Team 2012 Top Ten Ht. Wt. Age Exp.
1 DET Calvin Johnson 6'5" 236 28 6
2 CHI Brandon Marshall 6'4" 230 29 7
3 CIN A.J. Green 6'4" 207 25 3
4 DAL Dez Bryant 6'2" 220 25 3
5 DEN Demaryius Thomas 6'3" 229 26 3
6 HOU Andre Johnson 6'3" 230 32 10
7 NE Wes Welker 5'9" 185 32 9
8 IND Reggie Wayne 6'0" 198 35 12
9 DEN Eric Decker 6'3" 218 26 3
10 ATL Roddy White 6'0" 212 32 8
Top Ten Average 6'2" 217 29 6

Height - No denying that tall players do better as receivers now. Wes Welker has always been an exception and the few knock 'offs of him never succeed as much (may have to do with playing with Tom Brady). All of the most successful receivers who have been playing for less than five years are all 6'2" or taller. This does not bode so well for Tavon Austin.

Weight - While height and weight are obviously related, there is a variance bigger than expected. Brandon Marshall may be 6'4" but weighs in at 230 pounds like Andre Johnson. And yet A.J. Green is far slimmer at 207 pounds. Around 220 pounds is a good mark but a sign that height matters a lot.

Age - There is a large variation in ages and the 29 years old with six seasons of experience has held true pretty much every year. Exactly that in 2008 and 2003. That reflects that it does take most some time to reach the peak of their career and notable that no wideout with less than three years were in the top ten. A second year player shows up on a rare occasion but another factor to consider heavily is who the quarterback is that throws them the ball.

Rookies

Drafted Team Name Ht. Wt. Age
1.08 STL Austin, Tavon 5'8" 174 22
1.27 HOU Hopkins, DeAndre 6'1" 214 21
1.29 MIN Patterson, Cordarrelle 6'2" 216 22
2.02 TEN Hunter, Justin 6'4" 196 22
2.09 BUF Woods, Robert 6'0" 201 21
2.27 NE Dobson, Aaron 6'3" 210 22
3.12 DAL Williams, Terrance 6'2" 208 23
3.14 SD Allen, Keenan 6'2" 206 21
3.16 BUF Goodwin, Marquise 5'9" 183 22
3.17 PIT Wheaton, Markus 5'11" 189 22
3.30 STL Bailey, Stedman 5'10" 193 23
4.04 JAC Sanders, Ace 5'7" 173 22
4.05 NE Boyce, Josh 5'11" 206 22
4.26 SEA Harper, Chris 6'1" 229 23
4.31 SF Patton, Quinton 6'0" 204 22
5.02 JAC Robinson, Denard 5'10" 199 22
5.11 NO Stills, Kenny 6'0" 194 21
5.28 DEN King, Tavarres 6'0" 189 22
6.03 DET Fuller, Corey 6'2" 204 22
6.06 ARI Swope, Ryan 6'0" 205 23
6.18 PIT Brown, Justin 6'3" 209 22
6.27 HOU Bonner, Alan 5'10" 193 23
6.29 CIN Hamilton, Cobi 6'2" 212 22
7.03 OAK Butler, Brice 6'3" 205 23
7.10 GB Johnson, Charles 6'2" 215 22
7.18 GB Dorsey, Kevin 6'3" 210 23
7.30 CHI Wilson, Marquess 6'3" 194 21
7.32 BAL Mellette, Aaron 6'2" 217 22

Tavon Austin can only hope to be another Wes Welker though he is even smaller. Glancing through the list, it is surprising how many of the receivers are under-sized in height and weight but then again most won't make it anyway. Smaller return men are always in vogue and that is where speed is a big factor. For the most part, the biggest wideouts were the ones taken in the early rounds before the seventh round suddenly became "just grab a tall guy for camp". The first two rounds are always the ones with the players far more likely to stick and starting in the third round, it becomes rare that receivers ever turn up as elite. Nothing too surprising here with the bigger early guys but Austin is just a very different player in terms of size. With luck he can become the productiveexception on the other end of the spectrum from Calvin Johnson. Austin has no parallel since such a little guy has not been the first wideout in decades.

2013 Possible Starters

Team Name Ht. Wt. Age Exp. Team Name Ht. Wt. Age Exp.
ARI Michael Floyd 6'3" 225 24 1 MIA Brian Hartline 6'2" 199 27 4
ARI Larry Fitzgerald 6'3" 218 30 9 MIA Mike Wallace 6'0" 199 27 4
ATL Julio Jones 6'3" 220 24 2 MIN Cordarrelle Patterson 6'3" 205 22 0
ATL Roddy White 6'0" 212 32 8 MIN Greg Jennings 5'11" 198 30 7
BAL Torrey Smith 6'0" 205 24 2 NE Aaron Dobson 6'3" 200 22 0
BAL Jacoby Jones 6'2" 212 29 6 NE Danny Amendola 5'11" 188 28 3
BUF Robert Woods 6'2" 190 21 0 NO Marques Colston 6'4" 225 30 7
BUF T.J. Graham 6'0" 180 24 1 NO Lance Moore 5'9" 190 30 7
BUF Stevie Johnson 6'2" 207 27 5 NYG Victor Cruz 6'0" 204 27 3
CAR Brandon LaFell 6'2" 210 27 4 NYG Hakeem Nicks 6'1" 208 25 4
CAR Steve Smith 5'9" 185 34 13 NYJ Stephen Hill 6'4" 215 22 2
CHI Alshon Jeffery 6'3" 216 23 1 NYJ Santonio Holmes 5'11" 192 29 8
CHI Brandon Marshall 6'4" 230 29 7 OAK Denarius Moore 6'0" 190 25 2
CIN Mohamed Sanu 6'2" 210 24 2 OAK Jacoby Ford 5'9" 190 26 3
CIN A.J. Green 6'4" 207 25 3 PHI Jeremy Maclin 6'0" 198 25 4
CLE Josh Gordon 6'3" 225 22 2 PHI DeSean Jackson 5'10" 175 27 5
CLE Greg Little 6'2" 220 24 3 PIT Antonio Brown 5'10" 186 25 3
DAL Dez Bryant 6'2" 220 25 3 PIT Emmanuel Sanders 5'11" 180 26 3
DAL Miles Austin 6'2" 217 29 7 SD Danario Alexander 6'5" 215 25 3
DEN Eric Decker 6'3" 218 26 3 SD Vincent Brown 5'11" 190 24 2
DEN Demaryius Thomas 6'3" 229 26 3 SEA Percy Harvin 5'11" 184 25 4
DEN Wes Welker 5'9" 185 32 9 SEA Sidney Rice 6'4" 202 27 6
DET Ryan Broyles 5'10" 188 25 1 SF Michael Crabtree 6'1" 214 26 5
DET Calvin Johnson 6'5" 236 28 6 SF Anquan Boldin 6'1" 220 33 11
GB Randall Cobb 5'10" 192 23 2 STL Tavon Austin 5'9" 174 22 0
GB Jordy Nelson 6'3" 217 28 5 STL Chris Givens 6'0" 198 24 1
GB James Jones 6'1" 208 29 6 STL Brian Quick 6'3" 220 24 1
HOU Lestar Jean 6'3" 212 25 2 STL Austin Pettis 6'2" 207 25 2
HOU Andre Johnson 6'3" 230 32 10 TB Mike Williams 6'2" 212 26 3
IND T.Y. Hilton 5'9" 183 24 1 TB Vincent Jackson 6'5" 230 30 8
IND Reggie Wayne 6'0" 198 35 12 TEN Kenny Britt 6'3" 215 25 4
JAC Justin Blackmon 6'1" 208 23 1 TEN Nate Washington 6'1" 177 30 8
JAC Cecil Shorts 6'0" 202 26 3 WAS Pierre Garcon 6'0" 212 27 5
KC Jonathan Baldwin 6'4" 230 24 2 WAS Santana Moss 5'10" 189 34 12
KC Dwayne Bowe 6'2" 221 29 6  

Wide Receivers Sorted

Height Weight Age Experience
Calvin Johnson 6'5" Calvin Johnson 236 Reggie Wayne 35 Steve Smith 13
Danario Alexander 6'5" Brandon Marshall 230 Steve Smith 34 Reggie Wayne 12
Vincent Jackson 6'5" Andre Johnson 230 Santana Moss 34 Santana Moss 12
Brandon Marshall 6'4" Jonathan Baldwin 230 Anquan Boldin 33 Anquan Boldin 11
A.J. Green 6'4" Vincent Jackson 230 Roddy White 32 Andre Johnson 10
Jonathan Baldwin 6'4" Demaryius Thomas 229 Wes Welker 32 Larry Fitzgerald 9
Marques Colston 6'4" Michael Floyd 225 Andre Johnson 32 Wes Welker 9
Stephen Hill 6'4" Josh Gordon 225 Larry Fitzgerald 30 Roddy White 8
Sidney Rice 6'4" Marques Colston 225 Greg Jennings 30 Santonio Holmes 8
Michael Floyd 6'3" Dwayne Bowe 221 Marques Colston 30 Vincent Jackson 8
Larry Fitzgerald 6'3" Julio Jones 220 Lance Moore 30 Nate Washington 8
Julio Jones 6'3" Greg Little 220 Vincent Jackson 30 Brandon Marshall 7
Alshon Jeffery 6'3" Dez Bryant 220 Nate Washington 30 Miles Austin 7
Josh Gordon 6'3" Anquan Boldin 220 Jacoby Jones 29 Greg Jennings 7
Eric Decker 6'3" Brian Quick 220 Brandon Marshall 29 Marques Colston 7
Demaryius Thomas 6'3" Larry Fitzgerald 218 Miles Austin 29 Lance Moore 7
Jordy Nelson 6'3" Eric Decker 218 James Jones 29 Jacoby Jones 6
Lestar Jean 6'3" Miles Austin 217 Dwayne Bowe 29 Calvin Johnson 6
Andre Johnson 6'3" Jordy Nelson 217 Santonio Holmes 29 James Jones 6
Cordarrelle Patterson 6'3" Alshon Jeffery 216 Calvin Johnson 28 Dwayne Bowe 6
Aaron Dobson 6'3" Stephen Hill 215 Jordy Nelson 28 Sidney Rice 6
Brian Quick 6'3" Danario Alexander 215 Danny Amendola 28 Stevie Johnson 5
Kenny Britt 6'3" Kenny Britt 215 Stevie Johnson 27 Jordy Nelson 5
Jacoby Jones 6'2" Michael Crabtree 214 Brandon LaFell 27 DeSean Jackson 5
Robert Woods 6'2" Roddy White 212 Brian Hartline 27 Michael Crabtree 5
Stevie Johnson 6'2" Jacoby Jones 212 Mike Wallace 27 Pierre Garcon 5
Brandon LaFell 6'2" Lestar Jean 212 Victor Cruz 27 Brandon LaFell 4
Mohamed Sanu 6'2" Mike Williams 212 DeSean Jackson 27 Brian Hartline 4
Greg Little 6'2" Pierre Garcon 212 Sidney Rice 27 Mike Wallace 4
Dez Bryant 6'2" Brandon LaFell 210 Pierre Garcon 27 Hakeem Nicks 4
Miles Austin 6'2" Mohamed Sanu 210 Eric Decker 26 Jeremy Maclin 4
Dwayne Bowe 6'2" James Jones 208 Demaryius Thomas 26 Percy Harvin 4
Brian Hartline 6'2" Justin Blackmon 208 Cecil Shorts 26 Kenny Britt 4
Austin Pettis 6'2" Hakeem Nicks 208 Jacoby Ford 26 A.J. Green 3
Mike Williams 6'2" Stevie Johnson 207 Emmanuel Sanders 26 Greg Little 3
James Jones 6'1" A.J. Green 207 Michael Crabtree 26 Dez Bryant 3
Justin Blackmon 6'1" Austin Pettis 207 Mike Williams 26 Eric Decker 3
Hakeem Nicks 6'1" Torrey Smith 205 A.J. Green 25 Demaryius Thomas 3
Michael Crabtree 6'1" Cordarrelle Patterson 205 Dez Bryant 25 Cecil Shorts 3
Anquan Boldin 6'1" Victor Cruz 204 Ryan Broyles 25 Danny Amendola 3
Nate Washington 6'1" Cecil Shorts 202 Lestar Jean 25 Victor Cruz 3
Roddy White 6'0" Sidney Rice 202 Hakeem Nicks 25 Jacoby Ford 3
Torrey Smith 6'0" Aaron Dobson 200 Denarius Moore 25 Antonio Brown 3
T.J. Graham 6'0" Brian Hartline 199 Jeremy Maclin 25 Emmanuel Sanders 3
Reggie Wayne 6'0" Mike Wallace 199 Antonio Brown 25 Danario Alexander 3
Cecil Shorts 6'0" Reggie Wayne 198 Danario Alexander 25 Mike Williams 3
Mike Wallace 6'0" Greg Jennings 198 Percy Harvin 25 Julio Jones 2
Victor Cruz 6'0" Jeremy Maclin 198 Austin Pettis 25 Torrey Smith 2
Denarius Moore 6'0" Chris Givens 198 Kenny Britt 25 Mohamed Sanu 2
Jeremy Maclin 6'0" Randall Cobb 192 Michael Floyd 24 Josh Gordon 2
Chris Givens 6'0" Santonio Holmes 192 Julio Jones 24 Randall Cobb 2
Pierre Garcon 6'0" Robert Woods 190 Torrey Smith 24 Lestar Jean 2
Steve Smith 5'9" Lance Moore 190 T.J. Graham 24 Jonathan Baldwin 2
Wes Welker 5'9" Denarius Moore 190 Mohamed Sanu 24 Stephen Hill 2
T.Y. Hilton 5'9" Jacoby Ford 190 Greg Little 24 Denarius Moore 2
Lance Moore 5'9" Vincent Brown 190 T.Y. Hilton 24 Vincent Brown 2
Jacoby Ford 5'9" Santana Moss 189 Jonathan Baldwin 24 Austin Pettis 2
Tavon Austin 5'9" Ryan Broyles 188 Vincent Brown 24 Michael Floyd 1
Greg Jennings 5'11" Danny Amendola 188 Chris Givens 24 T.J. Graham 1
Danny Amendola 5'11" Antonio Brown 186 Brian Quick 24 Alshon Jeffery 1
Santonio Holmes 5'11" Steve Smith 185 Alshon Jeffery 23 Ryan Broyles 1
Emmanuel Sanders 5'11" Wes Welker 185 Randall Cobb 23 T.Y. Hilton 1
Vincent Brown 5'11" Percy Harvin 184 Justin Blackmon 23 Justin Blackmon 1
Percy Harvin 5'11" T.Y. Hilton 183 Josh Gordon 22 Chris Givens 1
Ryan Broyles 5'10" T.J. Graham 180 Cordarrelle Patterson 22 Brian Quick 1
Randall Cobb 5'10" Emmanuel Sanders 180 Aaron Dobson 22 Robert Woods 0
DeSean Jackson 5'10" Nate Washington 177 Stephen Hill 22 Cordarrelle Patterson 0
Antonio Brown 5'10" DeSean Jackson 175 Tavon Austin 22 Aaron Dobson 0
Santana Moss 5'10" Tavon Austin 174 Robert Woods 21 Tavon Austin 0

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