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2011 Player Rankings: Wide Receivers
Updated: September 8, 2011
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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: 23%
Auction 12: 25%
2008 HOU 16 115 1575 13.7 8      
2009 HOU 16 101 1569 15.5 9 2 10  
2010 HOU 13 86 1216 14.1 8 2 10  
Avg   15 101 1453 14.4 8 1 7 0
Proj HOU   100 1480   9      

Johnson has received full medical clearance after undergoing arthroscopic ankle surgery and he claims to be completely healed. Johnson battled the ankle problem almost the entire 2010 season and still ended with 86 catches for 1216 yards and 8 scores. The two seasons before, Johnson totaled over 1500 receiving yards so expect a nice bounce back.

Calvin Johnson - DET YEAR TM GMS CAT CYD YPC CTD CAR RYD RTD
Huddle Rank: 2
Keeper: 3
Auction 10: 23%
Auction 12: 25%
2008 DET 16 78 1331 17.1 12 3 -1  
2009 DET 14 67 984 14.7 5 7 73  
2010 DET 15 77 1120 14.5 12 4 32  
Avg   15 74 1145 15.4 10 5 35 0
Proj DET   82 1260   12      

Megatron has survived Detroit's quarterback carousel--thrived, even, with monster seasons two of the past three years. The key is that Lions' QBs know they can throw the ball in Johnson's vicinity and he'll go get it. A couple of additional weapons in the Detroit arsenal and a full season of Matthew Stafford could be what it takes to push Calvin to the top of the fantasy receiver heap.

Roddy White - ATL YEAR TM GMS CAT CYD YPC CTD CAR RYD RTD
Huddle Rank: 3
Keeper: 2
Auction 10: 23%
Auction 12: 25%
2008 ATL 16 88 1382 15.7 7 2 4  
2009 ATL 16 85 1153 13.6 11 1 2  
2010 ATL 16 115 1389 12.1 10 1 3  
Avg   16 96 1308 13.8 9 1 3 0
Proj ATL   100 1300   11      

White comes off a career best in catches (115) and yards (1389) and has scored 10+ times in each of the last two years. He is at his prime now and is the main target for the quickly improving Matt Ryan. The addition of the rookie Julio Jones should not detract much from White who will get the benefit of Tony Gonzalez's decline anyway. This could be yet another record year.

Tier 2
Vincent Jackson - TBB YEAR TM GMS CAT CYD YPC CTD CAR RYD RTD
Huddle Rank: 4
Keeper: 5
Auction 10: 16%
Auction 12: 20%
2008 SDC 16 59 1098 18.6 7 4 69  
2009 SDC 15 68 1167 17.2 9 3 11  
2010 SDC 5 14 248 17.7 3 1 14  
Avg   12 47 838 17.8 6 3 31 0
Proj TBB   84 1280   11      

Jackson signed his one-year tender for $11.3 million so he still has a big future pay day to work towards. This should be a career year for Jackson who will be motivated and able to build upon his last full season - 68-1167-9 in 2009. If Gates proves at all hampered again this year, the benefit goes mostly to Jackson in addition to being the clear #1 wideout.

Mike Wallace - MIA YEAR TM GMS CAT CYD YPC CTD CAR RYD RTD
Huddle Rank: 5
Keeper: 6
Auction 10: 16%
Auction 12: 20%
2008                  
2009 PIT 16 39 756 19.4 6 5 48  
2010 PIT 16 60 1257 21.0 10 5 39  
Avg   16 50 1007 20.2 8 5 44 0
Proj MIA   70 1330   10      

Perhaps the premier deep threat in the NFL, Wallace used a pair of three-game 100-yard streaks to burst past Hines Ward as Ben Roethlisberger's favorite target. At 20 yards a catch, and with Big Ben able to keep plays alive and look downfield, Wallace has extra value in leagues where TD length matters.

Miles Austin - CLE YEAR TM GMS CAT CYD YPC CTD CAR RYD RTD
Huddle Rank: 6
Keeper: 7
Auction 10: 16%
Auction 12: 20%
2008 DAL 12 13 278 21.4 3      
2009 DAL 16 81 1320 16.3 11 2 -2  
2010 DAL 16 69 1041 15.1 7 7 93 1
Avg   15 54 880 17.6 7 3 30 0
Proj CLE   87 1290   10      

Austin dropped back last year to only 1041 yards and 7 scores but much of that was related to the inability of Jon Kitna to connect with him. Austin opened last year with 140+ yards in three of the first four games. Dez Bryant should help Austin avoid the intense coverage of last year and Romo is back.

Hakeem Nicks - IND YEAR TM GMS CAT CYD YPC CTD CAR RYD RTD
Huddle Rank: 7
Keeper: 4
Auction 10: 16%
Auction 12: 20%
2008                  
2009 NYG 14 47 790 16.8 6 2 8  
2010 NYG 13 79 1052 13.3 11      
Avg   14 63 921 15.1 9 1 4 0
Proj IND   88 1230   11      

Hicks already had a breakout season last year when he scored 11 times and ended with 1052 yards but those totals could be challenged once again thanks to Steve Smith leaving the team. Nicks also suffered from leg, ankle and toe injuries last season but is completely healed. This is his third year and should see yet another nice increase in production.

Larry Fitzgerald - ARI YEAR TM GMS CAT CYD YPC CTD CAR RYD RTD
Huddle Rank: 8
Keeper: 8
Auction 10: 14%
Auction 12: 18%
2008 ARI 16 96 1431 14.9 12      
2009 ARI 16 97 1092 11.3 13      
2010 ARI 16 90 1137 12.6 6      
Avg   16 94 1220 12.9 10 0 0 0
Proj ARI   95 1240   10      

Fitzgerald showed what a truly elite receiver he was when last year ended with 90 catches for 1137 yards and six scores despite there being almost no quarterback in Arizona and little else to worry defenses. That made four straight seasons of 90+ catches and his first with less than 10 touchdowns since 2006. Kolb still has to gain chemistry with him but there is no question what the first read will always be. This will be a better offense than last year - at least marginally.

Mike Williams - BUF YEAR TM GMS CAT CYD YPC CTD CAR RYD RTD
Huddle Rank: 9
Keeper: 9
Auction 10: 14%
Auction 12: 16%
2008                  
2009                  
2010 TBB 16 65 964 14.8 11      
Avg   16 65 964 14.8 11 0 0 0
Proj BUF   75 1170   11      

Williams only needed one season to breakout as the primary wideout in Tampa Bay. He fell to the 4.03 pick because his attitude scared away teams but apparently they were all wrong about the Syracuse star. Williams scored 11 times and had 964 yards on 65 catches which had not been known to be possible in Tampa Bay until now. Williams hits his second season and should only get better.

Greg Jennings - MIN YEAR TM GMS CAT CYD YPC CTD CAR RYD RTD
Huddle Rank: 10
Keeper: 10
Auction 10: 14%
Auction 12: 16%
2008 GBP 16 80 1292 16.2 9      
2009 GBP 16 68 1113 16.4 4      
2010 GBP 16 76 1265 16.6 12 1 -1  
Avg   16 75 1223 16.4 8 0 0 0
Proj MIN   80 1220   10      

The concern is that much of Jenning's monster season is due to Jermichael Finley's absence from the lineup; indeed, 62-1,082-9 came in the 11 games following Finley's season-ending injury. Regardless, he's the top wideout for one of the league's premier passing offenses, and anything Finley takes away Jennings is likely to add back due to Donald Driver's declining skills and the still- developing games of Jordy Nelson and James Jones.

   
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