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2010 Player Rankings: Wide Receivers
Updated: September 9, 2010
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Tier 1
Andre Johnson - HOU YEAR TM GMS CAT CYD YPC CTD CAR RYD RTD
Huddle Rank: 1
Keeper: 1
Auction 10: 25%
Auction 12: 30%
2007 HOU 9 60 851 14.2 8      
2008 HOU 16 115 1575 13.7 8      
2009 HOU 16 101 1569 15.5 9 2 10  
Avg   14 92 1332 14.5 8 1 3 0
Proj HOU   108 1520   10      

Johnson ranked 3rd in the league with 101 receptions and was 1st among all receivers with 1569 yards. It was almost an exact copy of 2008 when he turned in 115 receptions for 1575 yards and eight scores. Andre Johnson is a little light in scoring with a career best nine scores in a season but there’s no arguing that he’s a consistent yardage demon who has led the league for the last two straight years. Last season he had over 200 receiving yards more than any other player. In a league rewarding receptions, he’s arguably the top wideout again and worthy of a first round pick.

Johnson was protesting his salary situation earlier this year but says it will not be an issue and that he wants to remain with the team until he retires. Consider Johnson as one of the safest picks you can make in the first round of your draft and a must-consider by the middle of the first round and deeper. At 29 years of age, both he and QB Matt Schaub are in their prime and ready to follow up on a red hot 2009 season.

Randy Moss - FA YEAR TM GMS CAT CYD YPC CTD CAR RYD RTD
Huddle Rank: 2
Keeper: 7
Auction 10: 22%
Auction 12: 26%
2007 NEP 16 98 1493 15.2 23      
2008 NEP 16 69 1008 14.6 11 2    
2009 NEP 16 83 1264 15.2 13      
Avg   16 83 1255 15.0 16 1 0 0
Proj FA   89 1250   14      

Moss enters the final year of his contract in New England and after three seasons, he’s been a major weapon for the Pats. He’s topped 1000 yards in each season even when Brady was injured and has never scored less than 11 touchdowns. Last year with Tom Brady returning from injury, Moss caught 83 passes for 1264 yards and 13 touchdowns. The oddity about last year was that he gained 100 or more yards in five games but none after week ten. That partially is due to Wes Welker becoming Brady’s constant outlet but it is still troublesome. Moss is a trusted option for Brady and 2010 may see Brady need to connect more with him even if it means giving Moss the chance to make a play on the ball in traffic.

Moss has a healthy quarterback this year and while he won’t reprise his record setting 2007 season, he remains a consistently productive scorer in this offense.

Reggie Wayne - IND YEAR TM GMS CAT CYD YPC CTD CAR RYD RTD
Huddle Rank: 3
Keeper: 2
Auction 10: 20%
Auction 12: 25%
2007 IND 16 104 1510 14.5 10 1 4  
2008 IND 16 82 1145 14.0 6      
2009 IND 16 100 1264 12.6 10      
Avg   16 95 1306 13.7 9 0 1 0
Proj IND   92 1280   11      

Wayne comes off his second 100 catch season but his 1264 yards were only 12.6 yards per catch – his lowest since his rookie season. Wayne scored 10 times last year and has been good for at least 1100 yards and six scores in each of the last four years. Wayne had his career best season back in 2007 with 1510 yards but he remains one of the most consistent and lowest risk wideouts. At the age of 32, Wayne still has at least a few more good seasons left in him and while he won’t be the first wideout drafted in any league, he’s carries literally no downside.

Tier 2
Roddy White - ATL YEAR TM GMS CAT CYD YPC CTD CAR RYD RTD
Huddle Rank: 4
Keeper: 4
Auction 10: 18%
Auction 12: 20%
2007 ATL 16 83 1202 14.5 6 1 -2  
2008 ATL 16 88 1382 15.7 7 2 4  
2009 ATL 16 85 1153 13.6 11 1 2  
Avg   16 85 1246 14.6 8 1 1 0
Proj ATL   94 1310   10      

The Falcons enjoy a significantly easier schedule for wideouts than in 2009 and that should directly benefit White the most. He has already set team records by having three straight years of over 80 catches and 1100 yards and he ended 2010 with 1153 yards and a personal best 11 touchdowns. White did not give up any production to Tony Gonzalez last year and he remains the constant in this passing attack.

Look for White to once again be no worse than solid and should have a career best year with the team healthy and Matt Ryan entering his third season. The Falcons want a more balanced attack with more passing and that always helps out White.

Miles Austin - CLE YEAR TM GMS CAT CYD YPC CTD CAR RYD RTD
Huddle Rank: 5
Keeper: 3
Auction 10: 18%
Auction 12: 20%
2007 DAL 16 5 76 15.2        
2008 DAL 12 13 278 21.4 3      
2009 DAL 16 81 1320 16.3 11 2 -2  
Avg   15 33 558 17.6 5 1 0 0
Proj CLE   80 1260   9      

(-Risk) Miles Austin was the hot sleeper last summer that had been electrifying in camp but when the regular season came along, he flopped. His first four games totaled only five catches for 81 yards and one score. And then the lightning struck in week five when he had 250 yards on ten catches in Kansas City. The next week he had 171 yards and two scores against the Falcons. He may have missed out on the first four weeks but by the end of the season, Austin ranked #3 in wideout yardage with 1320 yards and his 11 touchdowns were second best in the league. He had five efforts top 100 yards. He scored in eight of the final twelve regular season games. It was a pretty good year.

The previously undrafted receiver exploded last year with a 16.3 yard average on his 81 catches. Austin now is a part of that elite set of wideouts who not only turn in the occasional monster effort but that almost never has a bad game. His consistency alone makes him a stud wideout thanks to ten games with a score. The addition of Dez Bryant may impact Austin in the future but there is no cause for alarm this year and if anything, Bryant may help Austin by giving the secondary much more to consider than Roy Williams or Patrick Crayton.

Calvin Johnson - DET YEAR TM GMS CAT CYD YPC CTD CAR RYD RTD
Huddle Rank: 6
Keeper: 6
Auction 10: 18%
Auction 12: 20%
2007 DET 15 48 756 15.8 4 4 52 1
2008 DET 16 78 1331 17.1 12 3 -1  
2009 DET 14 67 984 14.7 5 7 73  
Avg   15 64 1024 15.9 7 5 41 0
Proj DET   80 1230   9      

Matthew Stafford’s growing pains and a troublesome knee conspired to keep Megatron’s numbers down last year, though despite missing two games he still scored enough to rank 23rd in fantasy scoring among wide receivers—18th on a points-per-game basis. His 984 and 5 were a significant drop from the 1,331 and 12 he posted as a sophomore, but his numbers in the second half of the season—after his knee had healed and with Stafford getting more acclimated to the pro game—project out to a top-10 season along the lines of Sidney Rice or Steve Smith (Giants version). With the free-agent signing of Nate Burleson, Johnson will also (stop us if you’ve heard this before) have some help on the other side of the field so defenses can’t focus all of their attention on him. Not that opposing defenses have had much success holding Megatron down, regardless of the lack of a supporting cast. Lions OC Scott Linehan has experience featuring a stud wideout from his Randy Moss days in Minnesota, and with a developing quarterback and a healthy knee—along with complementary weapons like Burleson, Tony Scheffler, and Jahvid Best and one of the more favorable receiver schedules on the docket—projections of a mere top-10 caliber fantasy season seem conservative.

Larry Fitzgerald - ARI YEAR TM GMS CAT CYD YPC CTD CAR RYD RTD
Huddle Rank: 7
Keeper: 5
Auction 10: 16%
Auction 12: 20%
2007 ARI 15 100 1409 14.1 10      
2008 ARI 16 96 1431 14.9 12      
2009 ARI 16 97 1092 11.3 13      
Avg   16 98 1311 13.4 12 0 0 0
Proj ARI   90 1160   10      

The Cardinals ranked #2 in the NFL for wide receiver targets (417), catches (271) and receiving yards (3228) and third in touchdowns (21) last year. Fitzgerald tied with Randy Moss for #1 in scoring with 13 touchdowns and ended with 97 catches (ranking 6th best) for 1092 yards. Now forget all that because it really doesn’t matter anymore.

The Cardinals are starting Matt Leinart at quarterback, Anquan Boldin is no longer concerning the secondary and one of the top passing offenses for the last few years is changing to a more balanced attack. How much that hits Fitzgerald remains to be seen since we cannot be certain what Leinart will be like. He has only thrown 106 passes in the last two years and thrown just one touchdown (though it went to Fitzgerald). He looked sharper in preseason last summer but Warner carried the full load yet again despite being banged up much of the year. There is one inescapable fact – Fitzgerald is one of the most talented wideouts in the NFL. Okay make that two facts – you have to have a QB that can connect or it doesn’t matter who the WR is.

Brandon Marshall - CHI YEAR TM GMS CAT CYD YPC CTD CAR RYD RTD
Huddle Rank: 8
Keeper: 12
Auction 10: 14%
Auction 12: 20%
2007 DEN 16 102 1325 13.0 7 5 57  
2008 DEN 15 104 1265 12.2 6 2 -4  
2009 DEN 15 101 1120 11.1 10 7 39  
Avg   15 102 1237 12.1 8 5 31 0
Proj CHI   100 1270   8      

Marshall was sent packing out of Denver and his new contract with the Dolphins really boils down to just $12.5 million guaranteed and he gets a total of $9.5 million this year. They can cut him next year and owe nothing as long as his next team pays him $3 million. This is a big opportunity for one of the league’s biggest knucklehead to get his career on the right track in all aspects. He has been at the team facility since his mid-April trade and so far appears ready to clean up his act.

There is no debating how productive Marshall has been. After an invisible rookie year, he has strung three straight seasons with more than 100 catches with never less than 1120 yards and as many as ten touchdowns even with Kyle Orton as quarterback. Marshall is a huge upgrade for Chad Henne and the Fins have the look of a team destined to throw even more this year thanks to a questionable rushing attack. That all goes straight to Marshall’s ability to make a difference. He’ll be a risk on a new team that has not thrown much lately and he is one misstep away from being thrown in the NFL dungeon. But Marshall could be big in Miami with almost no one to compete for an obscene amount of passes.

08-12-10 Update: It is hard to rely on with Marshall changing teams to Miami where they rarely pass but it is looking more and more like Marshall is a good fit and Chad Henne will be able to lean on Marshall early and often.

Greg Jennings - MIN YEAR TM GMS CAT CYD YPC CTD CAR RYD RTD
Huddle Rank: 9
Keeper: 8
Auction 10: 10%
Auction 12: 12%
2007 GBP 13 53 920 17.4 12      
2008 GBP 16 80 1292 16.2 9      
2009 GBP 16 68 1113 16.4 4      
Avg   15 67 1108 16.7 8 0 0 0
Proj MIN   79 1260   8      

Jennings’ 2009 numbers in and of themselves weren’t all that bad; after all, he ranked 20th in fantasy scoring among wideouts and had more targets and yards than teammate Donald Driver. But the expectations for Jennings were significantly higher—as in, he’d be the guy who would step up and become Green Bay’s go-to wideout, with the gaudy statistics to match. Instead, Jennings and Driver essentially dipped equally from the font of Aaron Rodgers’ passing stats; both had nice seasons, but they ranked 20th and 18th, respectively when the preseason plan had them more like 10th and 30th. Balance is nice, of course, but with Jennings nine years younger than Driver it’s time for the old man to pass the torch. At least you know the baseline will be solid; none of the Packers’ tertiary wideouts have stepped up to challenge Jennings and Driver for superiority so you’ll get the thousand yards and handful of touchdowns. Again, nice, but we’re looking for more. There’s no question the potential is there; the key to fantasy success will be not overpaying for Jennings’ upside.

Marques Colston - NOS YEAR TM GMS CAT CYD YPC CTD CAR RYD RTD
Huddle Rank: 10
Keeper: 9
Auction 10: 10%
Auction 12: 12%
2007 NOS 16 98 1202 12.3 11      
2008 NOS 11 47 760 16.2 5      
2009 NOS 16 70 1074 15.3 9 1 6  
Avg   14 72 1012 14.6 8 0 2 0
Proj NOS   75 1130   10      

After struggling through an injury-marred 2009 season, Colston bounced back in 2009 to reel in 70 passes for 1074 yards and nine scores and could have done more were it not for resting players at the end of the season. The Saints have a slightly tougher receiving schedule this year but that shouldn’t affect Colston’s numbers as the primary wideout. He only had two games over 100 yards but consistently posts catches and yardage enough to make him a decent WR1. His upside in this offense will keep him as a top ten drafted wide receiver but there’s no reason to expect him to do anything less. Colston gets a bit limited from all the other weapons for Drew Brees to use, but he’s a factor nearly every week.

   
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