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2008 Player Rankings: Wide Receivers
Updated: September 2, 2008
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Tier 4
D.J. Hackett - CAR YEAR TM GMS CAT CYD YPC CTD CAR RYD RTD
Huddle Rank: 51
Keeper: 39
Auction 10: 1%
Auction 12: 1%
2005 SEA 9 28 400 14.3 2      
2006 SEA 13 45 610 13.6 4      
2007 CAR 6 32 384 12.0 3      
Avg   9 35 465 13.3 3 0 0 0
Proj CAR   47 640   3      

(+Upside) When Hackett signed his two-year, $3.5 million contract with the Panthers; it was seemingly to become the new flanker in the offense. That may change since Muhsin Muhammad has also returned and the team likes him in an every down role thanks to his blocking ability. That could send Hackett to the slot where his vertical speed could make a difference. Hackett has always been productive when he is on the field but therein lays his problem. He has never started more than six games in any season and never had more than 45 catches because he has continually been injured each year.

Hackett won’t match his showing in Seattle when he was a starter because of the rushing game and more importantly Steve Smith. But he will add a much needed element to the Panthers that could have fantasy significance if he ends up as the starter. It is a two year contract and unlikely that Muhammad will last until 2009 anyway. Hackett just needs to prove his mettle this year – and stay healthy – and he should be the #2 no later than next year.

Tier 5
Kevin Walter - HOU YEAR TM GMS CAT CYD YPC CTD CAR RYD RTD
Huddle Rank: 52
Keeper: 56
Auction 10: 1%
Auction 12: 1%
2005 CIN 9 19 211 11.1        
2006 HOU 11 17 160 9.4   1 3  
2007 HOU 16 65 800 12.3 4 5 30  
Avg   12 34 390 10.9 1 2 11 0
Proj HOU   45 510   5      

Walter enters his sixth NFL season and 2007 doubled his career totals. He caught 65 passes for 800 yards and scored four times. He caught a major benefit when Andre Johnson was out of the lineup for seven games and averaged six catches for 75 yards per game. But when Johnson was playing, Walter was far less productive with an average of less than three catches for around 30 yards per week. Oddly enough, he did score three of his four touchdowns while Johnson was also playing so his touchdowns shouldn’t be affected this year. Don’t expect nearly as many catches or yards out of Walter for 2008, Schaub has better options.

Bryant Johnson - SFO YEAR TM GMS CAT CYD YPC CTD CAR RYD RTD
Huddle Rank: 53
Keeper: 55
Auction 10: 1%
Auction 12: 1%
2005 ARI 14 40 432 10.8 1 1    
2006 ARI 16 40 740 18.5 4 1 -3  
2007 SFO 16 46 528 11.5 2      
Avg   15 42 567 13.6 2 1 0 0
Proj SFO   40 630   3      

Johnson left the Cardinals this year after five seasons in Arizona not being the wideout that Anquan Boldin turned out to be. The former first round pick has spent most of his time in the slot though he has been the primary replacement for the often injured Boldin and Fitzgerald. His best season was 2006 when he turned just 40 catches into 740 yards and four scores. Now with the 49ers, Johnson appears to be getting his chance to be a starting split end without much competition.

Johnson will play in the pass-happy Martz offense which is a plus but with the 49ers not certain which of their sub-par quarterbacks will end up starter; this offense is not going to resemble the Greatest Show on Turf anytime soon. Gore will be the featured player in the scheme and Martz will use multiple receivers so Johnson’s role still won’t be the same as most split ends if he even holds onto the job the entire season.

David Patten - NOS YEAR TM GMS CAT CYD YPC CTD CAR RYD RTD
Huddle Rank: 54
Keeper: 58
Auction 10: 1%
Auction 12: 1%
2005 WAS 9 22 217 9.9        
2006 WAS 3 1 25 25.0        
2007 NOS 16 54 792 14.7 3 2 -5  
Avg   9 26 345 16.5 1 1 0 0
Proj NOS   44 620   3      

David Patten was re-signed to a two year contract in the offseason after reversing the two year slide in his career. He caught 54 passes for 792 yards and three scores after two nearly invisible seasons in Washington and became a starter for the Saints once Devery Henderson proved he was not up to the task. The stats weren’t quite up to being worthy of being a fantasy starter but he did have three games exceed 100 yards.

Patten returns as the starter but Robert Meacham was drafted last year and injured his knee. Meacham was already looking good in minicamps and realistically, Patten is 34 years old and just winding down his career. Even if Patten is the starter across from Marques Colston in week one, don’t expect that to last all season. Meacham is the player that will get the most opportunity to step up this year and the bottom line is that the Saints have really spread the ball around to all wideouts besides Colston. No reliable fantasy value here.

Devin Thomas - WAS YEAR TM GMS CAT CYD YPC CTD CAR RYD RTD
Huddle Rank: 55
Keeper: 53
Auction 10: 1%
Auction 12: 1%
2005                  
2006                  
2007                  
Avg   0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Proj WAS   44 600   3      

(+Upside) Thomas was the second wideout drafted this year and the 2.03 pick spent by the Redskins appears to be a bargain since Thomas was widely considered as the best rookie wideout this year and a first round value. The Michigan State star only had one truly big season in college but in 2007 set a school record with 79 catches for 1260 yards and eight touchdowns. He also served as a kickoff returner as well. He was viewed by most (and maybe all except for STL) as the most elite receiver coming out this year.

At 6’2” and 218 pounds, he has prototypical size for a #1 wideout and has great natural receiving skills. He ran a 4.40/40 at the combine and is considered at his best once he has the ball in his hands. He should be the primary challenge to Antwaan Randle El for the flanker spot and win it eventually. The Skins also drafted Malcolm Kelly who will also be in the mix but heading into training camp, Thomas has to be considered the front runner. Since the Skins are installing a new offense, Randle El doesn’t have as much advantage either. Definite training camp watch and should be the first rookie wideout drafted in both redraft and dynasty leagues.

Eddie Royal - DEN YEAR TM GMS CAT CYD YPC CTD CAR RYD RTD
Huddle Rank: 56
Keeper: 88
Auction 10: 1%
Auction 12: 1%
2005                  
2006                  
2007                  
Avg   0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Proj DEN   40 580   3      

Royal became the fifth wideout drafted this year when the Broncos used their 2.11 pick. The Virginia Tech star has great hands and runs precise routes but comes in a little smaller than most at just 5’10” and 180 pounds. He was drafted earlier than most scouts had pegged him. Royal is very polished and would be ideally suited for the slot. Consider him as a replacement for Brandon Stokley in a year or two. Some dynasty value here but likely little in his rookie season. Denver used a high pick on him so there are expectations that Royal will contribute and since he is less “raw” than most rookies, he will get at least some playing time this year.

08-17-08 Update: Royal has not only made the team already, he is assaulting a starting slot and outplaying the mass of veterans in camp.

Courtney Taylor - SEA YEAR TM GMS CAT CYD YPC CTD CAR RYD RTD
Huddle Rank: 57
Keeper: 69
Auction 10: 1%
Auction 12: 1%
2005                  
2006                  
2007 SEA 8 5 38 7.6        
Avg   8 5 38 7.6 0 0 0 0
Proj SEA   40 580   3      

Taylor goes into his second season and only managed five catches for 38 yards as a rookie. With the loss of D.J. Hackett, Taylor should challenge for the #3 role along with Ben Obomanu and Logan Payne, Obomanu may have an early lead but is no lock. There’s no certainty that any of the three would have the job every week anyway. No fantasy value.

Devin Hester - CHI YEAR TM GMS CAT CYD YPC CTD CAR RYD RTD
Huddle Rank: 58
Keeper: 59
Auction 10: 1%
Auction 12: 1%
2005                  
2006                  
2007 CHI 16 20 299 15.0 2 7 -10  
Avg   16 20 299 15.0 2 7 0 0
Proj CHI   37 510   3      

Hester was so productive as a special teamer that the Bears had to give him a shot as a receiver. True to form, his second game was in week six when he caught just one pass but it went for an 84-yard touchdown against the Vikings. But Hester only ended with 20 catches on the season for 299 yards and two scores and 65 yards and one score came in week 17 against the Saints. He’s prolific as a return man but his involvement as a receiver is far too inconsistent to rely on for a fantasy team.

DeSean Jackson - PHI YEAR TM GMS CAT CYD YPC CTD CAR RYD RTD
Huddle Rank: 59
Keeper: 57
Auction 10: 1%
Auction 12: 1%
2005                  
2006                  
2007                  
Avg   0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Proj PHI   32 490   3      

The Eagles selected the CAL speedster with the 2.18 pick in the draft this year and he brings in an immediate threat in the return game. While he ran a 4.38/40 at the NFL combine, Jackson is only 5’10” and 166 pounds. He was the “Devin Hester” of the PAC 10 and most teams just would not punt or kick to him since he returned four punts for a touchdown and one on a kickoff. He is small, very fast and great in open field.

Fantasy owners will want to see him as a receiver but that role could be limited this year. He has no chance of replacing either Reggie Brown or Kevin Curtis and will compete for #3 duties with Jason Avant, Greg Lewis and Hank Baskett. The slot in Philly doesn’t account for many passes. Jackson’s primary benefit to the team will be on special teams and his receiving skills will not be nearly enough to warrant a fantasy pick this year.

08-21-08 Update: He was only supposed to be a punt returner but the small CAL product has been impressive in camp and preseason games. The loss of Kevin Curtis for at least several weeks and potentially more should get Jackson on the field this year.

Drew Bennett - STL YEAR TM GMS CAT CYD YPC CTD CAR RYD RTD
Huddle Rank: 60
Keeper: 60
Auction 10: 1%
Auction 12: 1%
2005 TEN 13 58 738 12.7 4 1 3  
2006 TEN 16 45 737 16.4 3      
2007 STL 14 33 375 11.4 3      
Avg   14 45 617 13.5 3 0 1 0
Proj STL   38 490   3      

The loss of Isaac Bruce gives Drew Bennett his chance to be a starter again and he’ll be lining up across from Torry Holt this year. After six years with the Titans, Bennett came over last year and had just 33 catches for 375 yards and three scores and only once had more than 35 yards in a game. His 6’5” height suggests he should be a great endzone target and useful on crossing routes but he only had an 11.4 yard per catch average last year during the Rams implosion. His numbers are sure to rise in 2008 but the new offense installed by OC Al Saunders doesn’t use the wideouts nearly as much as most teams. Look for higher numbers but only marginal value in fantasy terms. The Rams will be using the running back (Jackson), tight end (McMichael) and the primary wideout (Holt) for the biggest chunk of work and not much is left over for Bennett.

Muhsin Muhammad - CAR YEAR TM GMS CAT CYD YPC CTD CAR RYD RTD
Huddle Rank: 61
Keeper: 65
Auction 10: 1%
Auction 12: 1%
2005 CHI 15 64 750 11.7 4      
2006 CHI 16 60 863 14.4 5      
2007 CAR 16 40 570 14.3 3      
Avg   16 55 728 13.5 4 0 0 0
Proj CAR   38 480   3      

The last time Muhsin Muhammad suited up for the Panthers, he was having a career year thanks to Steve Smith’s injury clearing the way. While he had a very uncharacteristic 1405 yards and 16 scores in 2004, his next three seasons in Chicago served up only around 700 yards each year and all combined only produced 12 touchdowns as the Bears #1 receiver. Now back in Carolina, Muhammad is 35 years old and likely in his final season. He was brought back for one very important reason – he was a devastating downfield blocker when he was in Carolina and the team wants a power rushing game.

Though it is highly unlikely that Muhammad can out-produce D.J. Hackett, it is likely that he will be the starting flanker if for no other reason than his role as a blocker. Muhammad is just playing out his career where he started it back in 1996 but his role as a receiver with fantasy significance is over.

Derek Hagan - NYG YEAR TM GMS CAT CYD YPC CTD CAR RYD RTD
Huddle Rank: 62
Keeper: 102
Auction 10: 1%
Auction 12: 1%
2005                  
2006                  
2007 MIA 16 29 373 12.9 2      
Avg   16 29 373 12.9 2 0 0 0
Proj NYG   36 510   2      

Hagan will compete for a starting job but there is little chance he beats out either Ted Ginn or Ernest Wilford. He had a career high 29 catches for 373 yards and two scores last year on a horrible team that desperately needed help. No need to bother with Hagan this season. His best chance is to play the slot in an offense that will rarely use the position – if he even holds on to the pass.

08-06-08 Update: So much for little chance, it appears he is beating out Wilford. He gets a bump up in the rankings.

Amani Toomer - NYG YEAR TM GMS CAT CYD YPC CTD CAR RYD RTD
Huddle Rank: 63
Keeper: 72
Auction 10: 1%
Auction 12: 1%
2005 NYG 16 60 684 11.4 7      
2006 NYG 8 32 360 11.3 3 1    
2007 NYG 16 59 760 12.9 3      
Avg   13 50 601 11.9 4 0 0 0
Proj NYG   40 510   2      

The 34 year-old Toomer enters his 14th NFL season and comes off his best season in five years but that still only equated to 59 catches for 760 yards a three scores. 2008 was one of the rare times he played all season without missing time and yet he did not have any game exceed 100 yards. He was oddly effective in the playoffs with three scores in the first two games and then none in the final pair. Toomer keeps chugging along and his 760 yards last year has to be the most you can expect from him in this phase of his career. He falls out of consideration as a fantasy starter but makes a decent fantasy back-up. He’ll get you at least 30 or 40 yards each week and has the odd game with 80 and a score.

Harry Douglas - ATL YEAR TM GMS CAT CYD YPC CTD CAR RYD RTD
Huddle Rank: 64
Keeper: 87
Auction 10: 1%
Auction 12: 1%
2005                  
2006                  
2007                  
Avg   0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Proj ATL   35 440   3      

Douglas was taken by the Falcons with their 3.21 pick in the NFL draft and the Louisville speedster will likely work towards manning the slot at some point. Douglas is only 5’11” and 176 pounds but runs a 4.4/40. His size was the reason he was not drafted higher and likely precludes him from being an every down player but he has the speed and natural ability to make some noise from the slot. There are a few problems with that in fantasy terms though, since Joe Horn and Michael Jenkins will be looking to be involved and the new offense is not likely to make much use of the slot since Mularkey’s power rushing game usually employs two tight ends. He’s a threat to Jenkins and Horn getting playing time and he is the first wideout taken by the new regime, but he is not a threat to make much fantasy difference this year if any.

Mark Clayton - BAL YEAR TM GMS CAT CYD YPC CTD CAR RYD RTD
Huddle Rank: 65
Keeper: 64
Auction 10: 1%
Auction 12: 1%
2005 BAL 13 44 471 10.7 2 8 33 1
2006 BAL 16 67 939 14.0 5 7 -30  
2007 BAL 16 48 531 11.1        
Avg   15 53 647 11.9 2 5 1 0
Proj BAL   34 480   2      

Clayton enters his fourth season and remains just as inconsistent and hard to gauge as any rookie. He was the #2 wideout in Baltimore last year with 48 catches for only 531 yards and he never scored. His best season came in 2006 when McNair connected with him for a career best 67 catches for 939 yards and five scores but Clayton was beaten out in training camp by Demetrius Williams and started only sporadically last year. A bigger problem here is that the Ravens are installing a new offense under OC Cam Cameron that not only doesn’t rely as heavily on wide receivers, but it prefers tall wideouts – Clayton is only 5’10” and is the shortest receiver on the team.

There is no doubt that Clayton will figure in to some degree this year but he is not even a given to be a starter. And the wideouts will likely see a decrease this season anyway. He’s worth a casual watch in training camp but so far it appears Clayton has already played his best – and that still wasn’t good enough.

Ernest Wilford - MIA YEAR TM GMS CAT CYD YPC CTD CAR RYD RTD
Huddle Rank: 66
Keeper: 45
Auction 10: 1%
Auction 12: 1%
2005 JAC 16 41 681 16.6 7      
2006 JAC 16 36 524 14.6 2      
2007 MIA 16 45 518 11.5 3      
Avg   16 41 574 14.2 4 0 0 0
Proj MIA   38 480   2      

After four seasons with the Jaguars, Wilford signed a four-year, $13 million deal with the Dolphins that included a $6 million signing bonus. He’s just the sort of player that fits into a Parcells team – a lunch pail worker type that has always exceeded low expectations and that succeeds more on hard work than natural ability. Wilford is a very good downfield blocker and at 6’4”, he can go up and get the tough catch. He won’t be seen streaking down the sideline but he will be there pulling down the pass over the middle or in the endzone. The new scheme being installed by OC Dan Henning is conservative and run-based so Wilford won’t get enough passes to ever become more than a fantasy back-up in most leagues but he should have consistent, though lower, numbers for the Fins.

08-06-08 Update: Wilford is losing out on the starting flanker spot to Derek Hagan but still has time to win it back in camp. He hasn't looked impressive in camp though and first impressions matter a lot on a Parcells team.

Josh Morgan - SFO YEAR TM GMS CAT CYD YPC CTD CAR RYD RTD
Huddle Rank: 67
Keeper: 76
Auction 10: 1%
Auction 12: 1%
2005                  
2006                  
2007                  
Avg   0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Proj SFO   30 480   2      

(+Upside) Though it may not spell a big season anyway, the rookie Morgan has been consistently playing well and should end up no worse than the #3 in SF this year.

Ronald Curry - OAK YEAR TM GMS CAT CYD YPC CTD CAR RYD RTD
Huddle Rank: 68
Keeper: 63
Auction 10: 1%
Auction 12: 1%
2005 OAK 2 2 12 6.0        
2006 OAK 16 62 727 11.7 1 1 4  
2007 OAK 16 55 717 13.0 4 1 1  
Avg   11 40 485 10.2 2 1 2 0
Proj OAK   29 410   3      

Curry was the leading receiver for the Raiders last year but only had 55 catches for 717 yards and scored just four times. He had been with the team for six years and has been long considered a weapon and often ruled out because of injury. He has never played in 16 games of a season until last year but after catching ten passes for 133 yards and a score in week one against Detroit, he never again had more than 62 yards in any game and only averaged 39 yards per game.

Curry had an undisclosed foot injury last year and missed no games but had to undergo surgery on the foot at the first of May. His recovery time could extend into training camp. He’ll be replaced by Drew Carter if needed, but if he can get healthy he will be the starting flanker this year. Another consideration is that JaMarcus Russell will have his first year as a starter and that should likely depress his stats at least until Russell gets into the flow of the NFL game. In the one start by Russell in 2007, he only completed one pass to Curry. Take Curry only as a very deep back-up receiver, Chances are you won’t or can’t use him.

Steve Breaston - ARI YEAR TM GMS CAT CYD YPC CTD CAR RYD RTD
Huddle Rank: 69
Keeper: 67
Auction 10: 1%
Auction 12: 1%
2005                  
2006                  
2007 ARI 16 8 92 11.5   2 8  
Avg   16 8 92 11.5 0 2 8 0
Proj ARI   40 450   2      

The second-year player is in the mix for the #3 in Arizona, especially with Jerheme Urban starting slow thanks to a foot injury but the rookie Early Doucet should get the #3 role sooner than later.

Demetrius Williams - BAL YEAR TM GMS CAT CYD YPC CTD CAR RYD RTD
Huddle Rank: 70
Keeper: 68
Auction 10: 1%
Auction 12: 1%
2005                  
2006 BAL 15 22 396 18.0 2      
2007 BAL 9 20 290 14.5        
Avg   12 21 343 16.3 1 0 0 0
Proj BAL   30 450   2      

Williams was the starting split end last year for the first seven weeks but suffered a high ankle sprain that ended his season other than one catch made in week ten. He never scored a touchdown and never had more than 63 yards per game while the Ravens passing attack became virtually nothing but Derrick Mason. At 6’2”, Williams has the height that new OC Cam Cameron is looking for but over his first two seasons he only has 42 catches and really has never had more than the one good game against the Bengals in 2006 during his rookie season when he caught an 77 yard touchdown pass. He will compete with Mark Clayton and the rookie Marcus Smith but even the winner in that competition may not have any fantasy value. Better to leave Williams alone in your draft.

Troy Williamson - JAC YEAR TM GMS CAT CYD YPC CTD CAR RYD RTD
Huddle Rank: 71
Keeper: 70
Auction 10: 1%
Auction 12: 1%
2005 MIN 12 24 372 15.5 2 3 28  
2006 MIN 14 37 455 12.3        
2007 MIN 11 18 240 13.3 1 2 29  
Avg   12 26 356 13.7 1 2 19 0
Proj JAC   26 390   3      

Jaguars made two potentially optimistic moves this offseason and besides picking up Jerry Porter, they made a trade with the Vikings to acquire former 7th overall pick of the 2005 draft in Troy Williamson. The speedster from South Carolina struggled for three seasons in Minnesota and never had more than 37 catches in any season or more than 455 yards. His personal best in scoring came as a rookie when he only had two touchdowns. There has never been any concern with Williamson getting downfield in a hurry. The problem has largely been actually catching the ball when it gets to him.

A change in teams could be a great thing for Williamson and realistically, the Vikings passing game has struggled for more reasons than just Williamson. He was evidently miscast as a #1 wideout but in Jacksonville should compete for time in the slot where he could make use of his deep route ability. The only question still remains – will he actually catch it?

Donnie Avery - STL YEAR TM GMS CAT CYD YPC CTD CAR RYD RTD
Huddle Rank: 72
Keeper: 61
Auction 10: 1%
Auction 12: 1%
2005                  
2006                  
2007                  
Avg   0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Proj STL   22 380   3      

Avery was perhaps the biggest surprise of the draft when the Rams selected him at the 2.02 as the first wideout drafted this year. It wasn’t a bad pick per se, just well in advance of what most scouts and teams had expected for the Houston product. He was very productive in the spread offense in college but won’t be playing in the same scheme this year. He is considered fast but disappointed when he only ran a 4.40/40 at the NFL combine. HC Scott Linehan loves Avery’s “after the catch” potential and he could develop into a good receiver but that won’t happen this year.

Avery will challenge for and likely get the slot role this year. But the new offense in St. Louis is not a pass first scheme and the slot receiver won’t likely have much fantasy value. Keep an eye on him in training camp but Avery doesn’t fall into the most ideal situation this year even if he was the first wideout drafted. What Avery represents most is a replacement for Tory Holt in two or three years.

Antwaan Randle El - WAS YEAR TM GMS CAT CYD YPC CTD CAR RYD RTD
Huddle Rank: 73
Keeper: 71
Auction 10: 1%
Auction 12: 1%
2005 PIT 16 35 558 15.9 1 12 73  
2006 WAS 16 32 351 11.0 3 19 118  
2007 WAS 15 51 728 14.3 1 4 -3  
Avg   16 39 546 13.7 2 12 63 0
Proj WAS   35 490   1      

Randle El had arthroscopic surgery in the offseason to remove some floating cartilage but is expected to be ready for training camp. He comes off his career best season with 51 catches for 728 yards but only one touchdown. The Redskins gave up on Brandon Lloyd and went with Randle El as the starting flanker and he responded with pretty average numbers and no role as a scorer. Randle El is likely better suited to playing a slot role but he should begin the season as the starter once again. But that may not last.

The Skins drafted Devin Thomas and Malcolm Kelly with high draft picks and both would likely make a better flanker with better size and possession ability. Randle El was never meant to go over the middle as the west coast offense being installed this year so often requires. The rookies both should compete for that spot and it is likely that sometime during the season, Randle El will give way to Thomas or Kelly and assume the slot. He’s never had much fantasy value and his 2007 season may prove to be his career high.

Jeff Webb - KCC YEAR TM GMS CAT CYD YPC CTD CAR RYD RTD
Huddle Rank: 74
Keeper: 73
Auction 10: 1%
Auction 12: 1%
2005                  
2006 KCC 1 3 23 7.7        
2007 KCC 16 28 313 11.2 1 1 5  
Avg   9 16 168 9.5 1 1 3 0
Proj KCC   36 420   2      

Webb enters his third season with the Chiefs and should end up as the number #2 this year with only Devard Darling to challenge him. Webb turned in 28 catches for 313 yards and one score last year. While he should get some advantage to not being Dwayne Bowe who commands more attention by the secondary, the problem is that the Chiefs appear likely to go with either Brodie Croyle again or opt for little seen second year quarterback Tyler Thigpen. In the five games that Croyle was the starter, Webb was even more unproductive. The first four games saw him only catch a total of three passes for 22 yards and finally the last game of the season had him snare four passes for 49 yards and his only score on the year.

Keep a casual eye on Webb for the future but he’s not going to have enough work in 2008 to consider as a potential draft pick. He likely won’t even leave the waiver wire.

Earl Bennett - CHI YEAR TM GMS CAT CYD YPC CTD CAR RYD RTD
Huddle Rank: 75
Keeper: 74
Auction 10: 1%
Auction 12: 1%
2005                  
2006                  
2007                  
Avg   0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Proj CHI   30 410   2      

Earl Bennett was drafted with the 3.07 pick in the draft and although he was the 11th wideout taken this year, he still offers potential and excitement because he goes to a team largely devoid of any wide receiver talent. Marty Booker will be the possession receiver but the other starting spot won’t be decided until training camp and Bennett has the advantage of not having proven himself as below average yet. No other wideout in Chicago can say that.

Bennett is 6’0’ and 210 pounds but only runs about a 4.5/40 and his lack of gameday speed was one reason why his stock dropped in the draft. But the Vanderbilt receiver should prove to be a good fit for the Bears since he is considered as very polished, hard working and dedicated. Some scouts likened him to Hines Ward in being willing to do whatever the team needs and playing hard on every play. Training camp will establish the depth chart but Bennett will get some playing time this year. He really only has Mark Bradley to get past to be a starter and so far everyone has managed that trick. The Bears are not going to throw much this year and probably not that well when they do, but Bennett bears a watch in training camp. He could shape up to be a decent possession style receiver.

Kevin Curtis - PHI YEAR TM GMS CAT CYD YPC CTD CAR RYD RTD
Huddle Rank: 76
Keeper: 66
Auction 10: 1%
Auction 12: 1%
2005 STL 16 60 801 13.4 6 1 5 1
2006 STL 15 39 469 12.0 4 4 4  
2007 PHI 16 77 1110 14.4 6      
Avg   16 59 793 13.3 5 2 3 0
Proj PHI   30 400   2      

(-Risk) After four seasons in St. Louis as depth for Holt and Bruce, Curtis was given his chance to be a starter by the Eagles and responded with a career best season of 77 catches for 1110 yards and six scores. Those stats are a bit misleading though since Curtis had three huge games including a 221 yard effort with three scores against the visiting Lions. In those three games, he totaled 22 catches for 453 yards and five of his six touchdowns and his fourth highest game was 78 yards against the Saints when he scored his other touchdown. In his 12 other games, he only averaged 48 yards and never scored. All six of his scores came against non-divisional opponents. He was great four times last year but always had at least two bad games sandwiched between every decent showing.

Curtis still has fantasy value and should be drafted as wide receiver depth, but you just have to hope you need him on one of his “every fourth” games.

08-21-08 Update: Curtis has a sports hernia and will miss at least several weeks. It could end up as an IR situation depending on how well he progresses so let someone else play the waiting game with him.

Chris Henry - CIN YEAR TM GMS CAT CYD YPC CTD CAR RYD RTD
Huddle Rank: 77
Keeper: 77
Auction 10: 1%
Auction 12: 1%
2005 CIN 13 31 422 13.6 6      
2006 CIN 13 37 616 16.6 9      
2007 CIN 8 21 343 16.3 2      
Avg   11 30 460 15.5 6 0 0 0
Proj CIN   16 390   2      

Henry is back, again, but he still has to serve a four game suspension. Best to leave him on the waiver wire for someone else.

Shaun McDonald - DET YEAR TM GMS CAT CYD YPC CTD CAR RYD RTD
Huddle Rank: 78
Keeper: 79
Auction 10: 1%
Auction 12: 1%
2005 STL 15 46 523 11.4   1 7  
2006 STL 12 13 136 10.5 1      
2007 DET 16 79 943 11.9 6 4 2  
Avg   14 46 534 11.3 2 2 3 0
Proj DET   22 380   2      

After four years in St. Louis, McDonald came to Detroit and turned in a career best season – by far – when he caught 79 passes for 943 yards and six scores. He only had four touchdowns total over his first four seasons and had never gained more than 523 yards in previous seasons. The reason for his success was of course reuniting with Mike Martz and being the #3 concern to defenses thanks to Roy Williams and Calvin Johnson. It was a banner year and it is definitely over now.

Mike Martz is now gone and a more balanced offense is being installed by OC Jim Colleto. That means McDonald will not even be on the field anywhere near as much as last year when the Lions constantly ran multiple receiver sets. His role will be more obvious passing situations on third down than the every down work he was getting. And he will have to beat out Mike Furrey for those crumbs. He was a nice surprise last year but McDonald has none of the same fortunate situations he had in 2007. No need to draft him.

Justin McCareins - TEN YEAR TM GMS CAT CYD YPC CTD CAR RYD RTD
Huddle Rank: 79
Keeper: 80
Auction 10: 1%
Auction 12: 1%
2005 NYJ 16 43 713 16.6 2 1 8  
2006 NYJ 14 23 347 15.1 1      
2007 TEN 16 19 232 12.2        
Avg   15 28 431 14.6 1 0 3 0
Proj TEN   29 440   1      

The Titans signed McCareins to a one-year, $1 million contract and he already is familiar with OC Mike Heimerdinger’s new offense. McCareins’ career best season – 813 yards on 47 catches with seven touchdowns – came in his final year with the Titans under then OC-Mike Heimerdinger. The Jets used him as a #2 for a couple of seasons with around 750 yards in each before promoting up Jerricho Cotchery. McCareins has spend the last two years as a slot receiver in an offense that does not often use the position.

It is perhaps optimistic to believe that the four years with the Jets don’t matter and that McCareins can step up into a starting role in Tennessee and continue to progress from 2003. But McCareins was a starter in minicamps and does understand the offense which is a plus. He is the only wideout with any ties to Heimerdinger. He was only signed to a one-year contract but gets a chance to prove himself again on a team with minimal competition. Worth watching but remains only a very deep depth pick in a fantasy draft.

Andre Caldwell - CIN YEAR TM GMS CAT CYD YPC CTD CAR RYD RTD
Huddle Rank: 80
Keeper: 82
Auction 10: 1%
Auction 12: 1%
2005                  
2006                  
2007                  
Avg   0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Proj CIN   27 370   2      

Caldwell was the second wideout selected by the Bengals and he is considered more polished than Jerome Simpson who was picked first. Caldwell leaves Florida as the all-time receptions leader with 177 catches during his four seasons. Caldwell is a burner with 4.35/40 speed though he is considered more fast than quick. The biggest knock on Caldwell is coming from Florida where wideouts rarely make it in the NFL. He will be in contention for the #3 spot this summer and with the potential loss of Chad Johnson this year and T.J. Houshmandzadeh next year, there is a lot of opportunity coming up. Worth watching but until he shows up well, don’t bother drafting.

08-21-08 Update: Since Johnson is being a good boy again and Chris Henry is back, Caldwell will spend most his time seasoning on the bench this year.

Darrell Jackson - DEN YEAR TM GMS CAT CYD YPC CTD CAR RYD RTD
Huddle Rank: 81
Keeper: 92
Auction 10: 1%
Auction 12: 1%
2005 SEA 6 38 482 12.7 3 1 7  
2006 SEA 13 63 956 15.2 10      
2007 DEN 15 46 497 10.8 3      
Avg   11 49 645 12.9 5 0 2 0
Proj DEN   32 420   1      

Jackson is only 29 years old but health problems have robbed him of much playing time the last three years and his healthiest showing recently was with the 49ers that have a passing game that ranks among the worst in the league. He only lasted one year there with 46 catches for 497 yards and three scores for a career worst 10.8 yards per catch. In 2007, his final season with the Seahawks saw him play 13 games and produce 956 yards on 63 catches (15.2 YPC) and a career high ten scores. Moving to Denver at least gives him a good quarterback once again but Jackson now finds himself in a crowded situation with Keary Colbert, Samie Parker and the rookie Eddie Royal all vying for playing time as well.

Jackson has long been a solid possession receiver who scored 29 times in his last four seasons in Seattle. But his health and in particular his knees have always been an issue. Two years ago, Jackson would have been viewed as the #1 wideout on this team but now has to fight to get playing time, let alone the starting flanker position. Denver runs a similar West Coast scheme that Jackson had in Seattle which should provide familiarity for him and Colbert has been underperforming his entire career. Parker is likely only depth and Royal still has some learning curve to get through in addition to being better suited for the slot because of his size. So Jackson has at least the lead in the race for the starting flanker spot and signed a one-year, $1.5 million deal to be there.

It’s unrealistic to expect Jackson to return to the form of his earlier years but he has a great opportunity in Denver if his health can hold up. If Brandon Jackson misses any games because of his arm injury, then Jackson’s stock goes even higher. At best, he’s suited to being fantasy depth for your team with a chance that he can fill in for bye weeks and an outside chance that he may still play well enough to warrant being one of your starters.

08-06-08 Update: Jackson gets a small bump up from the suspension of Brandon Marshall for at least two games.

Steve Smith - NYG YEAR TM GMS CAT CYD YPC CTD CAR RYD RTD
Huddle Rank: 82
Keeper: 75
Auction 10: 1%
Auction 12: 1%
2005                  
2006                  
2007 NYG 5 8 63 7.9        
Avg   5 8 63 7.9 0 0 0 0
Proj NYG   19 300   3      

Forget David Tyree and his improbable catch in the Super Bowl. The 2.19 pick in the 2007 draft was the player that spawns the most optimism this year. Smith only had eight catches for 63 yards on the season. But he started getting playing time at the end of the year and then in the playoffs, he caught a total of 14 passes for 152 yards and was a factor in winning more than one game. Expect him to assume the slot role this year and to be first in line to replace Amani Toomer whenever the old man heads out to pasture. Not enough action to merit drafting this year but he can set himself up for 2009 with a good showing this year.

Dennis Northcutt - JAC YEAR TM GMS CAT CYD YPC CTD CAR RYD RTD
Huddle Rank: 83
Keeper: 81
Auction 10: 1%
Auction 12: 1%
2005 CLE 16 42 441 10.5 2 2 33  
2006 CLE 12 22 228 10.4   3 32  
2007 JAC 15 44 601 13.7 4 6 27  
Avg   14 36 423 11.5 2 4 31 0
Proj JAC   18 350   2      

Dennis Northcutt had a great training camp as a first year Jaguar last year and actually was the starting split end in week one but could not hold on to the job. He became part of the rotation in 2007 and ended with 44 receptions for 601 yards and four touchdowns. Like most Jaguar wideouts, he was incredibly inconsistent all season long and tailed off near the end of the year though he had two of his scores then. With the addition of Jerry Porter and Troy Williamson, Northcutt won’t have enough catches this year to warrant a fantasy pick.

Brad Smith - NYJ YEAR TM GMS CAT CYD YPC CTD CAR RYD RTD
Huddle Rank: 84
Keeper: 84
Auction 10: 1%
Auction 12: 1%
2005                  
2006 NYJ 13 9 61 6.8   18 103  
2007 NYJ 16 32 325 10.2 2 12 45  
Avg   15 21 193 8.5 1 15 74 0
Proj NYJ   30 330   2      

Smith enters his third season with the Jets and comes off last year with 32 catches for 325 yards and two scores. He rarely had more than two catches in any game and never had more than 44 yards but the Jets coaching staff likes and believes in him. With Justin McCareins gone, Smith will move to the slot this year but he already was the #3 wideout last year and Laveranues Coles and Jerricho Cotchery are locked into their positions. Expect around the same from Smith in 2008 and a little lower if Clemens wins the quarterback competition. Smith was even more unproductive without Pennington at the helm.

Jabar Gaffney - NEP YEAR TM GMS CAT CYD YPC CTD CAR RYD RTD
Huddle Rank: 85
Keeper: 85
Auction 10: 1%
Auction 12: 1%
2005 HOU 15 55 492 8.9 2 4 13  
2006 NEP 7 11 142 12.9 1      
2007 NEP 16 36 449 12.5 5      
Avg   13 34 361 11.4 3 1 4 0
Proj NEP   28 380   1      

Gaffney returns for his third season with the Patriots and comes off a 36 catch year with 449 yards and five scores. Not career marks other than scoring but he should continue to work as the #3 this year unless Chad Jackson manages to get healthy and play up to expectations from two years ago.

Deion Branch - SEA YEAR TM GMS CAT CYD YPC CTD CAR RYD RTD
Huddle Rank: 86
Keeper: 32
Auction 10: 1%
Auction 12: 1%
2005 NEP 16 78 998 12.8 5      
2006 SEA 14 53 725 13.7 4 4 30  
2007 SEA 11 49 661 13.5 4      
Avg   14 60 795 13.3 4 1 10 0
Proj SEA   26 380   1      

Branch suffered a torn ACL and is not expected to be healed in time for the season to start. That means he’ll likely be placed on the PUP list and not be available until week seven of the season. At this point, there is no need to draft Branch and even when he returns he will be rusty and still recovering. Don’t waste your draft pick.

Limas Sweed - PIT YEAR TM GMS CAT CYD YPC CTD CAR RYD RTD
Huddle Rank: 87
Keeper: 62
Auction 10: 1%
Auction 12: 1%
2005                  
2006                  
2007                  
Avg   0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Proj PIT   20 300   2      

The Steelers drafted Sweed with the 2.22 pick in the draft and he brings in one of the qualities that has lacked – even according to Ben Roethlisberger. The 6’5” Sweed has at least four inches of height over all other Pittsburgh wideouts. He’s the same height as Heath Miller only a lot faster with a 4.5/40. Sweed was considered as a first round talent until injuring his wrist last year at Texas and only playing in six games. He broke Roy Williams UT record with seven consecutive games with at least one touchdown. Sweed was productive in UT’s national championship run as well. He just fell in the draft because of missing so much of the 2007 season.

The best of all worlds would be for Sweed to overtake Nate Washington for the slot role this year and he is working out behind Santonio Holmes during the spring. If he meets his potential and expectations, then he could eventually replace Hines Ward when he finally retires. For this year, expect him to share time with Washington and to cut into his numbers. Likely not enough work this year to merit a draft pick but in dynasty leagues, he could end up paying big dividends down the road if he can replace Ward and play with Roethlisberger. The speedy Holmes and the lanky possession receiver of Sweed could be a nice duo down the road.

Michael Clayton - TBB YEAR TM GMS CAT CYD YPC CTD CAR RYD RTD
Huddle Rank: 88
Keeper: 86
Auction 10: 1%
Auction 12: 1%
2005 TBB 13 32 372 11.6   1 2  
2006 TBB 12 33 356 10.8 1 5 41  
2007 TBB 14 22 301 13.7   5 22  
Avg   13 29 343 12.0 0 4 22 0
Proj TBB   28 300   2      

Clayton came to the NFL on fire as a rookie in 2004 when he caught 80 passes for 1193 yards and seven scores. In the three years since he has combined for roughly what he did that first year. Last season was actually his worst with only 22 catches for 301 yards and no scores. But, yet again, HC Jon Gruden is talking Clayton up as looking great in the offseason. Clayton has been plagued by injuries for the last three years and also had a problem with dropping passes.

The flanker spot is open competition this year with Ike Hilliard getting old and the Bucs wanting someone else to step up into the position. That only leaves Maurice Stovall who wasn’t impressive in 2007, Antonio Bryant who has also looked good in minicamps after being out of football last year and Clayton who might be good enough if he can stay healthy and actually catch most of his passes. The opportunity is there and Clayton, once upon a time, had the talent. He’s worth a deep roster pick just to see what happens in training camp but there is a chance that he could get cut if he doesn’t look good in August. Clayton has all the tangibles of height (6’4”) and size; he just needs to use them productively again.

Josh Reed - BUF YEAR TM GMS CAT CYD YPC CTD CAR RYD RTD
Huddle Rank: 89
Keeper: 93
Auction 10: 1%
Auction 12: 1%
2005 BUF 16 32 449 14.0 2 1 -3  
2006 BUF 13 34 410 12.1 2 4 13  
2007 BUF 15 51 578 11.3   4 10  
Avg   15 39 479 12.5 1 3 7 0
Proj BUF   31 340   1      

Reed will be limited in offseason activities but is expected to be healthy in time for training camp after requiring back surgery. While Reed was the #2 wideout last year, he still only caught 51 passes for 578 yards and no scores – rather more like tight end numbers. His lack of production is what prompted the Bills to draft James Hardy this year who will be assuming the flanker spot sooner than later. Reed was untouchable last season and 2008 doesn’t even look that good.

Nate Washington - PIT YEAR TM GMS CAT CYD YPC CTD CAR RYD RTD
Huddle Rank: 90
Keeper: 94
Auction 10: 1%
Auction 12: 1%
2005                  
2006 PIT 16 35 624 17.8 4 3 8  
2007 PIT 16 29 450 15.5 5 1    
Avg   16 32 537 16.7 5 2 4 0
Proj PIT   20 340   1      

Washington enters his fourth season with the Steelers but in the new offense last year, he decreased to only 29 catches for 459 yards and five scores as the slot receiver that too often dropped passes. His second season was more encouraging with 35 receptions for 624 yards and five scores but he has not proven to be consistent enough to eventually succeed Hines Ward at flanker. He cannot be relied on for a fantasy team because he is just too on and off. Last year he only had two games with 60 or more yards and actually scored in only three contests. Worse yet, he had four games without any catches. He will enter the year as the slot receiver but likely will lose at least a little playing time to the rookie Limas Sweed. His potential has already peaked and his fantasy value is just too inconsistent to rely on.

James Jones - GBP YEAR TM GMS CAT CYD YPC CTD CAR RYD RTD
Huddle Rank: 91
Keeper: 95
Auction 10: 1%
Auction 12: 1%
2005                  
2006                  
2007 GBP 16 47 676 14.4 2      
Avg   16 47 676 14.4 2 0 0 0
Proj GBP   25 330   1      

Jones manned the #3 spot in Green Bay last year after being drafted in the third round of 2007. He was impressive in training camp and started the season strongly with four catches in most games but when he peaked in week eight with his only 100 yard game, he lost all fantasy value the rest of the season. Most remaining weeks were less than 30 receiving yards and twice he had no catches. Jones will be more prepared for the length of an NFL season this year and should hold down the #3 spot all year. Problem is that with the change to Aaron Rodgers, Jones role could be decreased. No need to draft this year and very little upside without an injury to Donald Driver or Greg Jennings.

Bobby Wade - MIN YEAR TM GMS CAT CYD YPC CTD CAR RYD RTD
Huddle Rank: 92
Keeper: 96
Auction 10: 1%
Auction 12: 1%
2005 TEN 13 14 120 8.6   1 1  
2006 TEN 16 33 461 14.0 2      
2007 MIN 16 54 647 12.0 3 1 -9  
Avg   15 34 409 11.5 2 1 0 0
Proj MIN   24 320   1      

Wade left the Titans and spent his sixth NFL season with the Vikings in 2007 and comes off a career best year. He became a starter but on one of the worst passing teams in the NFL, that still only amounted to 54 catches for 647 yards and three touchdowns. On the plus side, he was the leading receiver for the Vikings last year. On the negative, the team acquired Bernard Berrian and there is no chance that Wade plays anything more than the slot this year. Even then he may share with Robert Ferguson. Don’t bother drafting Wade, he has no upside and very minimal fantasy value at best.

Mark Bradley - KCC YEAR TM GMS CAT CYD YPC CTD CAR RYD RTD
Huddle Rank: 93
Keeper: 97
Auction 10: 1%
Auction 12: 1%
2005 CHI 7 18 230 12.8        
2006 CHI 7 16 300 18.8 3      
2007 CHI 15 6 71 11.8 1      
Avg   10 13 200 14.5 1 0 0 0
Proj KCC   15 250   2      

Bradley is entering his fourth season but has been plagued by injuries and setbacks during his time in Chicago. He has only stared four games ever and those came when he was a rookie out of Oklahoma with more potential than experience. He cannot be entirely ruled either thanks to a roster that contains only Marty Booker, Rashied Davis, Devin Hester and the rookie Earl Bennett. Someone has to be the starter (though no one has to be a productive one). Both Davis and Hester are special teams players and more suited to a slot role so that leaves Earl Bennett as his main competition for the starting role. But for Bradley to suddenly turn it on after three years that only had 38 catches would be a surprise outside of the Bradley household. A minor training camp watch and likely will give way to someone else.

Michael Jenkins - ATL YEAR TM GMS CAT CYD YPC CTD CAR RYD RTD
Huddle Rank: 94
Keeper: 78
Auction 10: 1%
Auction 12: 1%
2005 ATL 14 36 508 14.1 3      
2006 ATL 16 39 436 11.2 7 1 2  
2007 ATL 15 53 532 10.0 4      
Avg   15 43 492 11.8 5 0 1 0
Proj ATL   22 300   1      

Douglas was taken by the Falcons with their 3.21 pick in the NFL draft and the Louisville speedster will likely work towards manning the slot at some point. Douglas is only 5’11” and 176 pounds but runs a 4.4/40. His size was the reason he was not drafted higher and likely precludes him from being an every down player but he has the speed and natural ability to make some noise from the slot. There are a few problems with that in fantasy terms though, since Joe Horn and Michael Jenkins will be looking to be involved and the new offense is not likely to make much use of the slot since Mularkey’s power rushing game usually employs two tight ends. He’s a threat to Jenkins and Horn getting playing time and he is the first wideout taken by the new regime, but he is not a threat to make much fantasy difference this year if any.

Arnaz Battle - SFO YEAR TM GMS CAT CYD YPC CTD CAR RYD RTD
Huddle Rank: 95
Keeper: 98
Auction 10: 1%
Auction 12: 1%
2005 SFO 10 32 363 11.3 3 8 11  
2006 SFO 16 59 686 11.6 3 5 25  
2007 SFO 16 50 600 12.0 5 4 4 1
Avg   14 47 550 11.6 4 6 13 0
Proj SFO   20 300   1      

Battle may go from being the #1 wideout in San Francisco to being no more than #5 on the depth chart. That is more a reflection of the poor state of the past passing game in San Francisco than anything. Isaac Bruce is taking the flanker, Bryant Johnson will likely man the split end and there will be a three way competition for the #3 between Battle, Jason Hill and Ashley Lelie. Battle has a chance to win that if only because he has gained at least a little chemistry with the quarterbacks but it is a new coaching staff and new offensive scheme. The 49ers are starting over and that may not include Battle.

Devery Henderson - NOS YEAR TM GMS CAT CYD YPC CTD CAR RYD RTD
Huddle Rank: 96
Keeper: 99
Auction 10: 1%
Auction 12: 1%
2005 NOS 13 22 343 15.6 3 1 9  
2006 NOS 12 32 745 23.3 5 2 14 1
2007 NOS 16 20 409 20.5 3 2 20  
Avg   14 25 499 19.8 4 2 14 0
Proj NOS   17 290   1      

Henderson signed a one-year, $2 million contract to return to the Saints for a 5th year but last season Henderson was plagued with dropped passes and bad route running and lost his grip on the #2 wideout spot. There were 12 games where he had either one or no catches. He did end up with 409 yards on 20 catches with three scores but for the last half of the season he was limited to just one catch per game. He’ll be lucky enough to get that much this season thanks to a returning David Patten and a healthy Robert Meacham.

Lavelle Hawkins - TEN YEAR TM GMS CAT CYD YPC CTD CAR RYD RTD
Huddle Rank: 97
Keeper: 122
Auction 10: 1%
Auction 12: 1%
2005                  
2006                  
2007                  
Avg   0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Proj TEN   20 290   1      

The rookie from CAL came to the Titans with their 4.27 pick but he’s undersized at 5’11 and 187 pounds for an offense that primarily throws shorter passes to bigger receivers. His biggest advantage is that he has not yet proven to be as mediocre as the rest of the wideouts for TEN. Too far down the depth chart for much action this year but the Titans training camp should be watched just to see if any of the group distinguishes himself.

Lance Moore - NOS YEAR TM GMS CAT CYD YPC CTD CAR RYD RTD
Huddle Rank: 98
Keeper: 100
Auction 10: 1%
Auction 12: 1%
2005                  
2006 NOS 3 1 10 10.0        
2007 NOS 16 32 302 9.4 2 2 7 1
Avg   10 17 156 9.7 1 1 4 1
Proj NOS   20 220   2      

After two seasons with almost no playing time, Moore managed to break into the lineup on occasion and peeled off 32 catches for 302 yards and two scores last season. With the re-signing of David Patten and the progress of Robert Meacham, there is virtually no chance that Moore has any significant fantasy value this year.

Early Doucet - ARI YEAR TM GMS CAT CYD YPC CTD CAR RYD RTD
Huddle Rank: 99
Keeper: 106
Auction 10: 1%
Auction 12: 1%
2005                  
2006                  
2007                  
Avg   0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Proj ARI   18 270   1      

The Cardinals picked up Doucet with their 3.18 pick in the 2008 NFL draft and that could prove to be a bargain since he was considered a first round talent before incurring a groin injury in 2007 that depressed both his stats and draft status. The early speculation is that Doucet is best suited to become a slot receiver in the NFL and that is exactly what the Cardinals needed with the loss of Bryant Johnson.

He is 6’0” and 208 pounds with quickness but only a 4.54/40 time so he’s not likely to be streaking down the sideline with any regularity. But he should develop into that slot role that the Cardinals under-use. The biggest attraction of Doucet is that he has been touted highly until injury in his senior year at LSU and he should manage to wade through Ahmad Merritt and Jerheme Urban in short order to claim the slot role. And that would make him first in line to take over for either Boldin or Fitzgerald should they be injured. He’s not worth taking in a redraft league and likely has limited value in a dynasty, but he is worth a consideration as a free agent should Boldin or Fitzgerald become injured.

Ike Hilliard - TBB YEAR TM GMS CAT CYD YPC CTD CAR RYD RTD
Huddle Rank: 100
Keeper: 101
Auction 10: 1%
Auction 12: 1%
2005 TBB 15 35 282 8.1 1      
2006 TBB 16 34 339 10.0 2      
2007 TBB 15 62 722 11.6 1 1 6  
Avg   15 44 448 9.9 1 0 2 0
Proj TBB   22 260   1      

Hilliard comes off his best season in nine years when he caught 62 passes for 722 yards but he only scored once and only has four total touchdowns after three seasons with the Bucs. At the age of 32, he is playing out his career though and is expected to be challenged for the starting flanker spot this year between Michael Clayton, Antonio Bryant and Maurice Stovall. The Bucs actually want someone to beat him out in training camp and step up into a starting role.

   
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