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2009 Player Rankings: Wide Receivers
Updated: September 10, 2009
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Tier 5
Bryant Johnson - FA YEAR TM GMS CAT CYD YPC CTD CAR RYD RTD
Huddle Rank: 51
Keeper: 51
Auction 10: 1%
Auction 12: 1%
2006 ARI 16 40 740 18.5 4 1 -3  
2007 SFO 16 46 528 11.5 2      
2008 SFO 16 45 546 12.1 3      
Avg   16 44 605 14.0 3 0 0 0
Proj FA   48 580   3      

While Johnson hasn’t quite lived up to the expectations associated with being a first-round pick, he’s at least been consistent. He’s delivered between 35 and 49 catches each season in his six-year career; the last two he’s had 45 grabs, and the two years before that he had 40. In one outlier of a season he averaged 18 yards per catch, the others fell in the 10-12 range. In other words, he’s the perfect wingman: he won’t threaten the Number One, but he’s good enough that if defenses ignore him he’ll make them pay.

And that’s precisely what the Lions and Calvin Johnson need. Even with CJ taking the biggest bite of Detroit’s passing game pie last season, other wideouts contributed 90 catches and 1,053 yards. The new scheme and influx of talent will direct some of those looks towards the tight end, but there’s still a requirement for something more than Shaun McDonald, Mike Furrey, and John Standeford offered last season. Johnson has proven capable of delivering a solid supporting actor performance in the past, and there’s no reason to expect anything different this time around.

Domenik Hixon - CAR YEAR TM GMS CAT CYD YPC CTD CAR RYD RTD
Huddle Rank: 52
Keeper: 43
Auction 10: 1%
Auction 12: 1%
2006                  
2007 NYG 16 1 5 5.0   1 -8  
2008 NYG 16 43 596 13.9 2 2 26  
Avg   16 22 301 9.5 1 2 9 0
Proj CAR   38 580   3      

Hixon will start training camp as the first team split end but he may not hold onto that role. He does have three seasons in the Giants system which is important when the wide receiver crew has a turnover to youth movement going on but his best effort came last year with 43 catches for 596 yards and two scores mostly when he replaced Plaxico Burress for the last six games of 2008. While he will likely hold on to the job for week one, it is expected that he will be pushed hard by first round rookie Hakeem Nicks. There is at least minor fantasy value here but a risk since Hixon may not hold on to the job.

Chaz Schilens - FA YEAR TM GMS CAT CYD YPC CTD CAR RYD RTD
Huddle Rank: 53
Keeper: 60
Auction 10: 1%
Auction 12: 1%
2006                  
2007                  
2008 OAK 16 15 226 15.1 2 1 -2  
Avg   16 15 226 15.1 2 1 0 0
Proj FA   37 520   4      

The seventh round pick from 2008 is angling to be a starting wideout despite only having 15 catches for 226 yards and two scores as a rookie. He has been the most consistent and best receiver in minicamp and let’s be serious – the bar is not that high in Oakland where the team wideouts ranked #32 in the NFL last year. If Russell does not improve or step aside for Garcia, no wideout in Oakland has any fantasy merit. Schilens is worth a very late round pick up just in case but keep your expectations low. In a dynasty league his value is slightly higher on the prospect that the Raiders will eventually improve.

09-14-09 Update: Schilens deserves a bump up looking like the only wideout who had any chemistry with JaMarcus Russell.

08-19-09 Update: And back down for Schilens who is out indefinitely with a broken metatarsal in his foot. He'll likely miss a week or two of the regular season.

Jason Avant - PHI YEAR TM GMS CAT CYD YPC CTD CAR RYD RTD
Huddle Rank: 54
Keeper: 59
Auction 10: 1%
Auction 12: 1%
2006 PHI 5 7 68 9.7 1      
2007 PHI 15 23 267 11.6 2 1 1  
2008 PHI 15 32 377 11.8 2      
Avg   12 21 237 11.0 2 0 0 0
Proj PHI   38 570   3      

Avant will be the slot receiver this year and comes off a career best 32 catches for 377 yards and two scores last year. It’s not enough for fantasy merit and likely to decrease if Jeremy Maclin gets up to speed quickly. Avant is not worth a fantasy roster spot this year.

Earl Bennett - CHI YEAR TM GMS CAT CYD YPC CTD CAR RYD RTD
Huddle Rank: 55
Keeper: 53
Auction 10: 1%
Auction 12: 1%
2006                  
2007                  
2008 CHI 10              
Avg   10 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Proj CHI   41 610   2      

(+Upside) Earl Bennett was drafted with the 3.07 pick of the Bears in 2008 but he never had a catch after signing a four year contract worth only $2.5 million. On most teams that would make Bennett be a footnote that only diehard fans would know. On the Bears, that makes him a starting wide receiver. At least probably.

Bennett admitted that he had problems learning the playbook last season but thanks to a dearth of any other talent, the Bears are considering Bennett to start across from Devin Hester (who would not start for most teams). They did not draft a first round wideout this year (and couldn’t thanks to the trade for Cutler) and that leaves Bennett with a golden opportunity. There’s one more thing that many will probably overvalue – Bennett played with Cutler at Vanderbilt. Bennett has been reported to look very sharp in minicamps and so far the coaches are feeling better about the prospect of using him this year.

Much like Hester, Bennett may be worthwhile to grab in a really deep league just to see what happens during the season but there’s no reason to pin any hopes on him becoming your fantasy starter this year.

Darrius Heyward-Bey - IND YEAR TM GMS CAT CYD YPC CTD CAR RYD RTD
Huddle Rank: 56
Keeper: 57
Auction 10: 1%
Auction 12: 1%
2006                  
2007                  
2008                  
Avg   0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Proj IND   30 490   4      

(+Upside) The Raiders used their 1.07 pick to make Heyward-Bey be the first wide receiver taken in the draft this year and his speed (4.3/40) was simply too much for Al Davis to pass up. Heyward-Bey is also capable of making moves at top speed, hitting a seam in the defense and going the distance. His prototypical size (6-2, 210) also helps him win battles against opposing defenders, though more through his athleticism and leaping ability than by overpowering corners. He’s a big play receiver who has all the qualities of a successful NFL wideout except for one – he’s a Raider and will play with JaMarcus Russell who has not impressed in his first two seasons. The Raiders had the least productive set of wide receivers in the entire league last year so the bar is very low for Heyward-Bey.

For 2009, his outlook has to be limited as a rookie on a bad team with a struggling quarterback but for dynasty leagues, he just has too much talent to not be eventually successful. That may take more than one year and it may not happen with Russell at the helm, but at some point Heyward-Bey will deliver the goods. This year expect Heyward-Bey to likely win the starting job in training camp and to offer an inconsistent yet occasionally impressive rookie season.

Josh Morgan - WAS YEAR TM GMS CAT CYD YPC CTD CAR RYD RTD
Huddle Rank: 57
Keeper: 52
Auction 10: 1%
Auction 12: 1%
2006                  
2007                  
2008 SFO 12 20 319 16.0 3      
Avg   12 20 319 16.0 3 0 0 0
Proj WAS   42 550   3      

Morgan is worth tracking this summer since he has been impressive in minicamps and the depth chart won’t be set until right before the season starts. He only has 20 catches for 319 yards last year to his NFL credit though he did score three times. Morgan could work his way into the starting lineup if he can continue his level of practice from minicamp into training camp but the 49ers not only have to sort out a new offensive scheme, there’s Brandon Jones and Michael Crabtree new to the team as well. Morgan may work into multiple receiver sets since he has been very effective on deep balls this spring but he’s only worth drafting in a dynasty league where you have disposable depth. Unless injuries happen, Morgan may not see much playing time this year.

06-27-09 Update: Morgan is now expected to take the starting slot away from Isaac Bruce who will likely spend most his time on the bench.

Robert Meachem - NOS YEAR TM GMS CAT CYD YPC CTD CAR RYD RTD
Huddle Rank: 58
Keeper: 63
Auction 10: 1%
Auction 12: 1%
2006                  
2007                  
2008 NOS 14 12 289 24.1 3 1 20 1
Avg   14 12 289 24.1 3 1 20 1
Proj NOS   24 460   4      

The 1.27 selection by the Saints in the 2007 NFL draft has been a huge bust so far which is only magnified more by the starters of Marques Colston (7th round) and Lance Moore (undrafted). After never playing in his rookie season, Meachem only managed 12 catches for 289 yards and three scores last year. Look for an incremental increase for Meachem and there could be opportunity for him but so far nothing has indicated he is likely to take a big step up.

Hakeem Nicks - NYG YEAR TM GMS CAT CYD YPC CTD CAR RYD RTD
Huddle Rank: 59
Keeper: 50
Auction 10: 1%
Auction 12: 1%
2006                  
2007                  
2008                  
Avg   0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Proj NYG   41 520   3      

(+Upside) The Giants are excited about their 1.29 pick in the NFL draft who has been thoroughly impressive in minicamps and has a shot at significant playing time with a similar training camp. Nicks lands in a great situation since the Giants will spend the summer determining their depth chart and it is wide open thanks to the departures of Plaxico Burress and Amani Toomer. Domenik Hixon assumes the starting split end but Nicks has a chance to challenge for it. At 6-1 and 212, Nicks has the size and natural ability to take the job. He’ll need to show in training camp that he can defeat NFL jams and adjust his play to the pro level. Nicks is a must to consider in a dynasty league but early returns say he could be worth having in a redraft league.

08-05-09 Update: Nicks is looking great so far and could challenge Domenik Hixon at some point this season. Definitely worth the watch this summer.

Malcolm Kelly - FA YEAR TM GMS CAT CYD YPC CTD CAR RYD RTD
Huddle Rank: 60
Keeper: 64
Auction 10: 1%
Auction 12: 1%
Movement:
2006                  
2007                  
2008 WAS 5 3 18 6.0        
Avg   5 3 18 6.0 0 0 0 0
Proj FA   42 450   4      

Malcolm Kelly is recovering from microfracture knee surgery and has been held out of OTA’s and minicamps this spring. He’s fallen well behind Devin Thomas and is unlikely to see the field much this season. He has only marginal value in dynasty leagues on the hope he could get healthy and restart his NFL career.

Mark Clayton - FA YEAR TM GMS CAT CYD YPC CTD CAR RYD RTD
Huddle Rank: 61
Keeper: 95
Auction 10: 1%
Auction 12: 1%
2006 BAL 16 67 939 14.0 5 7 -30  
2007 BAL 16 48 531 11.1        
2008 BAL 16 41 695 17.0 3 6 81 1
Avg   16 52 722 14.0 3 4 17 0
Proj FA   30 490   3      

Clayton enters the final year of his rookie contract so a big season would indeed be of great benefit to him. But Clayton has never shown the consistency needed to take the next step and his first four years peaked in just his second season when he had 67 catches for 939 yards and five scores. Last year with Joe Flacco at the helm, Clayton only managed 41 catches for 695 yards and three scores but there was some reason for optimism. Clayton had two games with over 100 yards. Almost all his other games were less than 50 yards though so there is no reason to expect much more than his norm this year despite his contract situation.

Clayton is worthy of being fantasy depth and he will have at least a couple of decent games, but guessing which ones they will be is almost impossible.

07-25-09 Update: Until Derrick Mason returns or another better veteran is signed, Clayton becomes as good as it will get in Baltimore. That's probably not all that good in fantasy terms, but it should easily be a career year barring any other team additions.

08-08-09 Update: Clayton suffered a bad hamstring strain and will miss four to six weeks. That drops his draft stock.

Mark Bradley - FA YEAR TM GMS CAT CYD YPC CTD CAR RYD RTD
Huddle Rank: 62
Keeper: 54
Auction 10: 1%
Auction 12: 1%
2006 CHI 7 16 300 18.8 3      
2007 CHI 15 6 71 11.8 1      
2008 CHI 2              
Avg   8 7 124 10.2 1 0 0 0
Proj FA   38 480   3      

(-Risk) (+Upside) Bradley has a chance to be the starting wideout across from Dwayne Bowe and use his fifth season to have a breakout in an offense that will need productive receivers. Bradley’s first season in Kansas City only produced 380 yards and three scores but both were career marks from yet another player who has been all about potential and injury-marred seasons. Starting at midseason last year, Bradley had a five game burst with all three touchdowns and about 60 yards per game but then injured his ankle. Bradley is hard to rely on but if he can ever stay healthy, he could be a sleeper to own this year. But the risk is very high – he should not be more than disposable depth for your team.

08-05-09 Update: Bradley loses a little ground with the signing of Manai Toomer.

Sidney Rice - SEA YEAR TM GMS CAT CYD YPC CTD CAR RYD RTD
Huddle Rank: 63
Keeper: 69
Auction 10: 1%
Auction 12: 1%
2006                  
2007 MIN 13 31 396 12.8 4      
2008 MIN 13 15 141 9.4 4      
Avg   13 23 269 11.1 4 0 0 0
Proj SEA   37 420   4      

Hindered by knee issues throughout 2008, Rice’s most productive game came in Week One: two catches for 31 yards and a touchdown. Only once the rest of the way did he catch as many as three balls, and his yardage crept out of single digits just four times—one more than the number of games he missed. Now supposedly healthy, Rice is projected to start opposite Bernard Berrian—though Minnesota’s commitment to their 2007 second-round selection can be gauged by their offseason pursuit of T.J. Houshmandzadeh and their use of a first-round pick on Percy Harvin.

Here’s what Rice offers if/when healthy: a 6-4, 200-pound frame perfect for jump balls in the end zone; half of his eight career touchdowns have come from inside the 10-yard line. Prior to the knee injury Rice had the speed to get deep as well, as evidenced by 40- and 60-yard scores as a rookie. If he’s regained that speed and manages to stay on the field, Rice should help Harvin and Bernard Berrian stretch the field for the Vikings ground game. His potential for finding the end zone makes Rice a fringe fantasy sleeper, but expectations must be tempered by (in no particular order) the Vikings’ unsettled quarterback situation, Minnesota’s run-first offense, Rice’s injury history, and the bite Harvin will take out of the Purple’s passing game numbers.

Limas Sweed - FA YEAR TM GMS CAT CYD YPC CTD CAR RYD RTD
Huddle Rank: 64
Keeper: 47
Auction 10: 1%
Auction 12: 1%
2006                  
2007                  
2008 PIT 11 6 64 10.7        
Avg   11 6 64 10.7 0 0 0 0
Proj FA   38 480   3      

Sweed is the favorite to replace Nate Washington but he still isn’t a lock despite his 2.22 draft selection last year. He only had six catches as a rookie so he remains an unknown in the offense with no playing time to judge him by. The 6-4, 212 Sweed was expected to supply a goal line or middle of the field presence but hasn’t shown he has made the step up to the pros. Sweed could also be pushed by the third round rookie Mike Wallace. The #3 wideout in Pittsburgh has been fantasy relevant in the last couple of seasons thanks to Nate Washington who had 631 yards and three scores last season.
br> Sweed may be worthy of a very late draft pick but even in the best case will remain inconsistent.

08-05-09 Update: Very strong camp means he is solid at the #3 spot. His dynasty value rises even more.

Jeremy Maclin - PHI YEAR TM GMS CAT CYD YPC CTD CAR RYD RTD
Huddle Rank: 65
Keeper: 55
Auction 10: 1%
Auction 12: 1%
2006                  
2007                  
2008                  
Avg   0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Proj PHI   31 410   4      

(+Upside) The Eagles drafted Maclin with their 1.19 pick this year and the Missouri speedster could really ignite the Eagles passing game if only in a year or two. Maclin’s production as a receiver—102 catches for 1,260 yards and 13 touchdowns last year as a redshirt sophomore, 182 catches for 2,315 yards and 22 touchdowns for his abbreviated Missouri career—only tells part of the story. Maclin set an NCAA freshman record for all-purpose yardage with 2,776 combined receiving, rushing, and return yards and 16 touchdowns; he followed that effort with 2,833 all-purpose yards—fifth-most in NCAA history—last year and scored a combined 17 touchdowns.

Simply put, Maclin is a playmaker. He has adequate size, tremendous athletic ability, and great speed and quickness. A tweaked knee at the Combine likely contributed to a slower-than-expected 4.43 in the 40—he’s been clocked under 4.3 previously. But Maclin isn’t simply a burner; he has good vision as a runner and is elusive in the open field, and it’s that versatility—running, catching, and in the return game—that has scouts salivating. Maclin also showed plenty of character in coming back strong from a serious knee injury that forced him to redshirt during his first year at Missouri.

This is a training camp watch to see if Maclin can take the starting split end job away from Kevin Curtis. It will happen at some point and if Maclin can continue to impress, he may have a full rookie season to make plays and post fantasy stats.

Chris Henry - CIN YEAR TM GMS CAT CYD YPC CTD CAR RYD RTD
Huddle Rank: 66
Keeper: 71
Auction 10: 1%
Auction 12: 1%
2006 CIN 13 37 616 16.6 9      
2007 CIN 8 21 343 16.3 2      
2008 CIN 12 19 220 11.6 2      
Avg   11 26 393 14.8 4 0 0 0
Proj CIN   24 400   4      

Henry got another chance to play for the Bengals in 2008 but had one of his worst seasons along with the rest of the passing game that missed Carson Palmer. The most surprising detail about Henry is that Palmer has been talking him up, saying that the long-beleaguered wideout has finally turned his life around and is expected to be a contributor. In his best season, Henry had 36 catches for 605 yards and nine scores. He’ll be hard pressed to return to that level of productivity but may have some fantasy value this year. It won’t be consistent enough to warrant starting him but he may become a reasonable bye week filler.

Mohamed Massaquoi - FA YEAR TM GMS CAT CYD YPC CTD CAR RYD RTD
Huddle Rank: 67
Keeper: 72
Auction 10: 1%
Auction 12: 1%
2006                  
2007                  
2008                  
Avg   0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Proj FA   36 480   2      

The Browns used their 2.18 pick to take Massaquoi right after they had taken Brian Robiskie – time for a youth movement in Cleveland. His four years with the Georgia Bulldogs produced 158 catches for 2282 yards and 16 touchdowns. Like Robiskie, he has a 6-1 ½ frame but he also only ran a 4.67/40 at the combine and comes in with a tag of dropping passes despite his great physical skills. The Browns hope to see Massaquoi step up in training camp and during the season to claim the slot role in the offense that should take a much greater importance in the new offense. Like Robiskie, he’s not that attractive in a redraft league but for a dynasty league, he’s definitely worth watching in the summer.

09-11-09 Update: Massaquoi has been outplaying Brian Robiskie to become the #2 wideout across from Braylon Edwards. Mike Furrey is also a factor here but Massaqoui is the better bet to win the #2 role.

Isaac Bruce - FA YEAR TM GMS CAT CYD YPC CTD CAR RYD RTD
Huddle Rank: 68
Keeper: 103
Auction 10: 1%
Auction 12: 1%
2006 STL 16 74 1098 14.8 3      
2007 SFO 14 55 733 13.3 4 2 -4  
2008 SFO 16 61 835 13.7 7 1 -3  
Avg   15 63 889 13.9 5 1 0 0
Proj FA   29 420   3      

The 37-year old Bruce will probably start the season as the flanker but there is no certainty that he will finish with the job and it does the team little good to have Bruce play over other receivers who could use the playing time to develop. Brandon Jones is likely to at least get some playing time at the expense of Bruce if not replace him during the season. Bruce has the name but not much else this year.

06-27-09 Update: Bruce is sliding back to the bench it appears. He is the oldest playing wideout and 15 seasons deserves some rest. He's remaining to offer veteran depth and help out with all the young wideouts.

Michael Clayton - FA YEAR TM GMS CAT CYD YPC CTD CAR RYD RTD
Huddle Rank: 69
Keeper: 61
Auction 10: 1%
Auction 12: 1%
2006 TBB 12 33 356 10.8 1 5 41  
2007 TBB 14 22 301 13.7   5 22  
2008 TBB 15 38 484 12.7 1 2 5  
Avg   14 31 380 12.4 1 4 23 0
Proj FA   35 480   2      

Clayton gets a major advantage this year - he is neither Kellen Winslow nor Antonio Bryant so the season should be full of single coverage and defenses watching two other players more. Clayton signed a five-year, $24 million deal to remain with the Bucs and $10.5 million was guaranteed. 2008 was his best effort since his rookie year but there’s a new offense being installed this year and a potentially changing quarterback situation. At 6-4, 215 pounds, Clayton could be a nice fit in the new West Coast scheme but it may be next year before the passing game takes off in Tampa Bay.

Kenny Britt - TEN YEAR TM GMS CAT CYD YPC CTD CAR RYD RTD
Huddle Rank: 70
Keeper: 68
Auction 10: 1%
Auction 12: 1%
2006                  
2007                  
2008                  
Avg   0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Proj TEN   26 420   3      

The Titans took Britt with their 1.30 pick in the draft with the intention that he would get playing time this year – there’s hardly a well stocked crew of wideouts in Tennessee. Britt is built like an NFL receiver, and his size allows him to go across the middle without fear and break tackles once he has the ball. He also has decent speed and accelerates quickly, but he lacks the elite speed to be a true deep threat. He caught 87 balls for 1,371 yards and seven touchdowns during his final campaign at Rutgers; he also carried seven times for 78 yards and a touchdown. For his three-year career, Britt recorded 178 receptions for 3,043 yards—a new Big East record—and 17 touchdowns along with the aforementioned 7-78-1 on the ground.

Britt should end up as the slot receiver in Tennessee this year but the Titans rarely use the position much. His value is longer term after he has learned the game and the Titans can work him into the starting lineup. There is a chance he could become a starter by week one but he’ll need a huge training camp before the coaches would be comfortable using him. The Titans do not throw much – 30th last year – so even long term his value is limited.

08-17-09 Update: He missed the HOF game and much time with a hammy strain but he caught five passes for 89 yards and a score in the second game and looks like he may actually show up this year. Worth tracking and his dyunasty value gets a bump as well.

Chansi Stuckey - FA YEAR TM GMS CAT CYD YPC CTD CAR RYD RTD
Huddle Rank: 71
Keeper: 66
Auction 10: 1%
Auction 12: 1%
2006                  
2007                  
2008 NYJ 15 32 359 11.2 3 1 1  
Avg   15 32 359 11.2 3 1 1 0
Proj FA   30 410   3      

(+Upside) Stuckey may only had 32 catches in his rookie season last year, but that’s more than the rest of the receivers for the Jets so he is the odds on favorite to replace Laveranues Coles. Stuckey started 2008 with a score in each of the first three games but never again. His career best game is only 50 yards so far and he’ll likely have a rookie quarterback. Stuckey is only worth being highly disposable depth for your team.

Devery Henderson - FA YEAR TM GMS CAT CYD YPC CTD CAR RYD RTD
Huddle Rank: 72
Keeper: 78
Auction 10: 1%
Auction 12: 1%
2006 NOS 12 32 745 23.3 5 2 14 1
2007 NOS 16 20 409 20.5 3 2 20  
2008 NOS 16 32 793 24.8 3 4 33  
Avg   15 28 649 22.9 4 3 22 0
Proj FA   26 400   3      

(+Upside) Henderson enters his sixth season with the Saints and comes off a career best season of 32 catches for 793 yards (24.8 YPC!) and scored three times. He’s never been able to hold onto a starting job when given the chance but has played well in replacement for other injured starters. That could come into play again this year with Lance Moore nursing a sore shoulder and Colston at least a concern from having knee surgery. The situation should become clearer in training camp but Henderson never makes for more than disposable wideout depth with a chance that he hits a productive stretch when you can use him.

James Jones - GBP YEAR TM GMS CAT CYD YPC CTD CAR RYD RTD
Huddle Rank: 73
Keeper: 74
Auction 10: 1%
Auction 12: 1%
2006                  
2007 GBP 16 47 676 14.4 2      
2008 GBP 10 20 274 13.7 1      
Avg   13 34 475 14.1 2 0 0 0
Proj GBP   32 430   2      

After a solid 47-676-2 rookie campaign, Jones’ sophomore effort was derailed by a knee injury and the presence of Jordy Nelson. Assuming the knee (which did not require surgery) is sound, Jones would likely regain his role as Green Bay’s third receiver. Unfortunately, Nelson would be a solid 3A and siphon enough fantasy value that Jones’ fantasy value would be primarily as insurance to Greg Jennings or Donald Driver than strictly on the numbers he’ll provide. History suggests that Green Bay’s secondary (3, 4, and 5) targets account for 75 catches; right now that split sizes up as a 40/40/20 between Jones, Nelson, and Ruvell Martin—again, not enough in and of itself to be truly fantasy-worthy but a role that deserves to be watched closely.

Joey Galloway - FA YEAR TM GMS CAT CYD YPC CTD CAR RYD RTD
Huddle Rank: 74
Keeper: 77
Auction 10: 1%
Auction 12: 1%
2006 TBB 16 62 1057 17.0 7 2 9  
2007 TBB 15 57 1014 17.8 6 1 1  
2008 TBB 9 13 138 10.6        
Avg   13 44 736 15.1 4 1 3 0
Proj FA   23 370   3      

Joey Galloway heads to New England but at 38 years old but there is no reason to expect him to have a spike in production like Randy Moss and Wes Welker did. Last year finally saw Galloway succumb to age when he suffered a foot problem and only played nine games last season. He had a career low 13 catches for 138 yards and no scores after turning in 1000 yard seasons in each of the three previous years. Galloway is reported to still run a 4.4/40 even at his age but that only means t hat he’ll occasionally be a deep threat. No reason to draft the oldest wideout in the NFL.

Brandon Stokley - BAL YEAR TM GMS CAT CYD YPC CTD CAR RYD RTD
Huddle Rank: 75
Keeper: 97
Auction 10: 1%
Auction 12: 1%
2006 IND 4 8 85 10.6 1      
2007 DEN 13 40 635 15.9 5 1 -6  
2008 DEN 15 49 528 10.8 3      
Avg   11 32 416 12.4 3 0 0 0
Proj BAL   27 420   2      

Stokley is likely to remain the slot receiver in the offense as long as Jabar Gaffney doesn’t take the job from him but even when Jay Cutler was there the position was devoid of fantasy value. Stokley only offered 528 yards and three scores in 2008 from the slot and the Broncos are likely to throw much less – particularly to the #3 wideout. Hands off Stokley in your draft.

08-14-09 Update: HC Josh McDaniels says he wants Stokley to play the "Wes Welker" role in the new offense. It's worth a small bump but nothing yet to merit taking Stokley in anything but the biggest of leagues.

Andre' Davis - FA YEAR TM GMS CAT CYD YPC CTD CAR RYD RTD
Huddle Rank: 76
Keeper: 81
Auction 10: 1%
Auction 12: 1%
2006 BUF 4 2 13 6.5        
2007 HOU 14 33 583 17.7 3      
2008 HOU 12 13 213 16.4        
Avg   10 16 270 13.5 1 0 0 0
Proj FA   25 360   3      

His brief spark in 2007 when Andre Johnson was out due to injury did not signal anything for 2008 when Davis only managed 13 catches and no scores. He’s no longer the certain replacement for Johnson either so leave the 30-year old undrafted since the Texans opted to match Denver’s offer for David Anderson.

Bobby Engram - FA* YEAR TM GMS CAT CYD YPC CTD CAR RYD RTD
Huddle Rank: 77
Keeper: 75
Auction 10: 1%
Auction 12: 1%
2006 SEA 6 24 290 12.1 1 1 4  
2007 SEA 16 94 1147 12.2 6      
2008 SEA 13 47 489 10.4        
Avg   12 55 642 11.6 2 0 1 0
Proj FA*   32 420   2      

Engram turns 36 this year and signed a one-year contract with the Chiefs in the twilight of his career. This is his last stop but one that may serve up some stats for a player that has always been a contributor and exceeds expectations almost every season. He has stepped in when needed in any capacity in his stints in Chicago and Seattle and even had his first 1000 yard season at the age of 34 in 2007. Engram will compete for playing time and has more experience than anyone on the team. He may end his career with minimal use this year but he could end up starting because of injuries to other players. It certainly wouldn’t be the first time though it would be the last.

Miles Austin - DAL YEAR TM GMS CAT CYD YPC CTD CAR RYD RTD
Huddle Rank: 78
Keeper: 67
Auction 10: 1%
Auction 12: 1%
2006                  
2007 DAL 16 5 76 15.2        
2008 DAL 12 13 278 21.4 3      
Avg   14 9 177 18.3 2 0 0 0
Proj DAL   29 410   2      

(+Upside) The lanky 6-3 Austin weighs in around 215 pounds and yet has excellent speed and has been the quiet favorite of the coaching staff for the last two years. When Austin was a restricted free agent this offseason, the Cowboys coughed up $1.5 million for a one year contract so that they can work on a longer term one. Austin only has 18 career catches for 352 yards and three touchdowns but last year averaged 21.4 yards per catch in limited duty (13 catches). He’s a definite sleeper this year but by August the word could be out so much that he’s over-valued in drafts because the best case is that he becomes the #3 option behind Witten and Williams in an offense that rarely has used the flanker role and intends on passing less this year. He holds more promise in a dynasty league but is entering his fourth season. Austin needs to show up in training camp and wrest the flanker spot from Crayton or else he’ll remain in the slot where he’ll get much less play and hold no fantasy value.

Austin Collie - NEP YEAR TM GMS CAT CYD YPC CTD CAR RYD RTD
Huddle Rank: 79
Keeper: 84
Auction 10: 1%
Auction 12: 1%
2006                  
2007                  
2008                  
Avg   0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Proj NEP   26 410   2      

(+Upside) Collie attracted immediate attention when he was drafted with the Colts 4.27 and the BYU standout brings in a nice package at 6-2 and 206 pounds that has him already compared to Brandon Stokley (AKA the only slot receiver that ever mattered for the Colts). It should take Collie a while to get the #3 role and no doubt he’ll be drafted far too early in redraft leagues where he shouldn’t be drafted at all.

Collie could show up this season but likely only in a limited role and the Colts have drifted away from using the slot position much. Occasionally Wayne will take the slot to gain a better matchup but not nearly enough for the #3 to get on the field in a good enough position to matter. It always feels good drafting a rookie on the Colts but remember that Gonzalez only gained 576 yards and three scores in his rookie season and most of that came when he replaced an injured Marvin Harrison most of the year.

Mike Sims-Walker - FA YEAR TM GMS CAT CYD YPC CTD CAR RYD RTD
Huddle Rank: 80
Keeper: 116
Auction 10: 1%
Auction 12: 1%
2006                  
2007                  
2008 JAC 9 16 217 13.6        
Avg   9 16 217 13.6 0 0 0 0
Proj FA   32 400   2      

(-Risk) (+Upside) If you want a sleeper type that has “fly under the radar” written all over him, then Mike Walker is your guy. One problem – a lot of people have hardly ever heard of him because his two seasons in the NFL have only resulted in 16 catches for 217 yards and all of those came last year. Walker has been defined by two characteristics – the coaches love him and think he can be a potential star and Walker can never remain healthy thanks to balky knees (which is important to consider ). The former third-rounder from 2007 has been all potential and almost no delivery so far. He did start across from Torry Holt in mini-camps. The Jaguars do not throw much nor all that well downfield anyway, so figure Walker to be little more than a risky upside guy who will likely never be more than fantasy depth.

06-27-09 Update: Walker moves up with the trading away of Dennis Northcutt.

07-17-09 Update: The apparent #2 in Jacksonville still has not practiced in training camp because of an ankle injury and all his potential still is overshadowed by his inability to ever remain healthy.

Davone Bess - CLE YEAR TM GMS CAT CYD YPC CTD CAR RYD RTD
Huddle Rank: 81
Keeper: 83
Auction 10: 1%
Auction 12: 1%
2006                  
2007                  
2008 MIA 16 54 554 10.3 1 1 13  
Avg   16 54 554 10.3 1 1 13 0
Proj CLE   38 460   1      

Bess would be preferred to play the slot but the slow healing Greg Camarillo may force Bess into being the starting flanker which he was in minicamps. That would not be the strongest way for the Miami passing offense to go into the year since Bess only had 554 yards on 54 catches and just one score as a rookie. His 10.3 yards per catch is a bit anemic for a wideout. The Fins passing attack is hardly a fantasy goldmine and Bess may end up the #2 there. No need to reach into a situation with no upside.

06-27-09 Update: Camarillo is looking like he may get healthy in time for the season this year so Bess falls back to the slot.

Terrance Copper - FA YEAR TM GMS CAT CYD YPC CTD CAR RYD RTD
Huddle Rank: 82
Keeper: 91
Auction 10: 1%
Auction 12: 1%
2006 NOS 9 23 385 16.7 3 1 8  
2007 NOS 15 15 126 8.4 2      
2008 KCC 7              
Avg   10 13 170 8.4 2 0 3 0
Proj FA   29 370   2      

No analysis available.

Malcom Floyd - SDC YEAR TM GMS CAT CYD YPC CTD CAR RYD RTD
Huddle Rank: 83
Keeper: 89
Auction 10: 1%
Auction 12: 1%
2006 SDC 11 15 210 14.0 3      
2007 SDC 6 7 97 13.9        
2008 SDC 13 27 465 17.2 4      
Avg   10 16 257 15.0 2 0 0 0
Proj SDC   24 370   2      

Floyd has signed his one-year tender offer from the Chargers and should remain the #3 wideout this year with Craig Davis still nursing injuries. He’s never going to be a fantasy starter or more than a slot receiver.

Josh Cribbs - NYJ YEAR TM GMS CAT CYD YPC CTD CAR RYD RTD
Huddle Rank: 84
Keeper: 99
Auction 10: 1%
Auction 12: 1%
2006 CLE 11 10 91 9.1   2 11  
2007 CLE 16 3 37 12.3   9 61  
2008 CLE 15 2 18 9.0 1 29 167 1
Avg   14 5 49 10.1 0 13 80 0
Proj NYJ   30 360   2      

No analysis available.

Brian Hartline - MIA YEAR TM GMS CAT CYD YPC CTD CAR RYD RTD
Huddle Rank: 85
Keeper: 73
Auction 10: 1%
Auction 12: 1%
2006                  
2007                  
2008                  
Avg   0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Proj MIA   35 420   1      

No analysis available.

Jordy Nelson - GBP YEAR TM GMS CAT CYD YPC CTD CAR RYD RTD
Huddle Rank: 86
Keeper: 92
Auction 10: 1%
Auction 12: 1%
2006                  
2007                  
2008 GBP 16 33 366 11.1 2      
Avg   16 33 366 11.1 2 0 0 0
Proj GBP   30 350   2      

A second-round pick out of Kansas State, Nelson stepped into the Packers’ third receiver role while James Jones battled a knee injury and finished with 33 catches. However, Jones may reclaim that role in training camp; if the end of the 2008 season—once Jones returned from the injury—is any indication, Jones (with 12 catches and 16 targets) holds a slight advantage over Nelson (9 and 14). At minimum Nelson proved worthy of Aaron Rodgers’ confidence with zero drops last season. Ultimately the plan will likely be to move Jones into Donald Driver’s spot opposite Greg Jones and use Nelson as the three—at which point he’ll have some fantasy value. But sharing looks as Green Bay’s 3B doesn’t do a whole lot for the bottom line on the fantasy stat sheet.

Devin Thomas - DET YEAR TM GMS CAT CYD YPC CTD CAR RYD RTD
Huddle Rank: 87
Keeper: 90
Auction 10: 1%
Auction 12: 1%
2006                  
2007                  
2008 WAS 16 15 120 8.0   3 53 1
Avg   16 15 120 8.0 0 3 53 1
Proj DET   28 350   2      

Thomas was a disappointment as a rookie last year after being selected with the 2.03 pick of the Redskins but only catching 15 passes for 120 yards last year. He had hamstring and illness problems last year and already had a hamstring pull during OTA’s this spring. He was reported to be much further along than last season in his development but the Skins do not throw much and Thomas will have to excel in preseason games to hope to move up the depth chart.

Antwaan Randle El - FA YEAR TM GMS CAT CYD YPC CTD CAR RYD RTD
Huddle Rank: 88
Keeper: 87
Auction 10: 1%
Auction 12: 1%
Movement:
2006 WAS 16 32 351 11.0 3 19 118  
2007 WAS 15 51 728 14.3 1 4 -3  
2008 WAS 16 53 593 11.2 4 1 5  
Avg   16 45 557 12.2 3 8 40 0
Proj FA   26 340   2      

Randle El remains the horribly miscast flanker who chugs along with around 500 to 600 yards each season. He had a high of four receiving touchdowns last year along with 53 catches for 593 yards. He’ll be replaced just as soon as Devin Thomas or Malcolm Kelly can remain healthy and take a step forward. It appears that Thomas is looking greatly improved from his rookie season and could cut into Randle El’s action but in either case, there is no fantasy starter here.

Greg Camarillo - FA YEAR TM GMS CAT CYD YPC CTD CAR RYD RTD
Huddle Rank: 89
Keeper: 88
Auction 10: 1%
Auction 12: 1%
2006                  
2007 MIA 15 8 160 20.0 2      
2008 MIA 11 55 613 11.1 2 2 1  
Avg   13 32 387 15.6 2 1 1 0
Proj FA   33 450          

Camarillo may start the season on the PUP list from his ACL and meniscus surgery last year but he has already shown up in a limited capacity in the offseason. He had potential but he’s too risky to consider this year. Expect his chances to start the season at less than 50/50.

06-26-09 Update: Camarillo is ahead of schedule and may be ready to actually start in week one. He's still a big risk and likely not worthy of much fantasy attention but he is exceeding expectations in the offseason.

Dwayne Jarrett - FA YEAR TM GMS CAT CYD YPC CTD CAR RYD RTD
Huddle Rank: 90
Keeper: 109
Auction 10: 1%
Auction 12: 1%
2006                  
2007 CAR 7 6 73 12.2   1 11  
2008 CAR 9 10 119 11.9        
Avg   8 8 96 12.1 0 1 6 0
Proj FA   22 380   1      

The heir apparent to Muhsin Muhammad’s flanker spot has not be written off yet but in two seasons he has only totaled 16 catches for 192 yards and no touchdowns. That’s all and not in keeping with expectations when he was the 2.13 pick in 2007. Look for Muhammad to keep his #2 role this year and for Jarrett to be given a chance to do something from the slot but unless he takes a noticeable step up, Jarrett may be running out of chances. The slot never produces more than around 300 yards per season anyway so leave Jarrett alone unless Muhammad or Smith gets hurt. Even then – lower your expectations.

David Clowney - FA YEAR TM GMS CAT CYD YPC CTD CAR RYD RTD
Huddle Rank: 91
Keeper: 86
Auction 10: 1%
Auction 12: 1%
2006                  
2007                  
2008 NYJ 2 1 26 26.0        
Avg   2 1 26 26.0 0 0 0 0
Proj FA   22 320   2      

Clowney will compete with Chansi Stuckey to take Laveranues Coles place but the second year player only has one catch in the NFL and has a long road to convince the coaching staff that he should go from being a fifth round pick with virtually no game experience to being a starter. Worth watching but Stuckey is more likely to win the job and allow the Clowney to take the slot.

08-17-09 Update: Clowney looked great in the first game with three catches for 102 yards and he deserves a slight bump but the CB he burned (Joseph David) was also released two days later.

Javon Walker - FA YEAR TM GMS CAT CYD YPC CTD CAR RYD RTD
Huddle Rank: 92
Keeper: 96
Auction 10: 1%
Auction 12: 1%
2006 DEN 16 69 1084 15.7 8 9 123 1
2007 OAK 8 26 287 11.0   2 -3  
2008 OAK 8 15 196 13.1 1      
Avg   11 37 522 13.3 3 4 40 0
Proj FA   21 320   2      

Walker is still recovering from yet another knee surgery and may not be ready for training camp. No guarantee he will survive roster cuts.

Demetrius Williams - FA YEAR TM GMS CAT CYD YPC CTD CAR RYD RTD
Huddle Rank: 93
Keeper: 100
Auction 10: 1%
Auction 12: 1%
2006 BAL 15 22 396 18.0 2      
2007 BAL 9 20 290 14.5        
2008 BAL 7 13 180 13.8 1      
Avg   10 18 289 15.4 1 0 0 0
Proj FA   20 300   2      

Williams has gone three years without taking the next step up and yet still commands respect and a sense of optimism from the coaches. In three seasons, he has never had more than the 396 yards on 22 catches he had as a rookie and he has been plagued by injuries for the last two years. He required surgery to repair his Achilles and ankle in the offseason and it is still not sure he will be 100% ready for training camp though he returned to limp around in mini-camps. The Ravens want Williams to be the speedy slot receiver and even more so to just remain healthy. He’ll be challenged by Marcus Smith for the slot but in fantasy terms it doesn’t matter since the position is not used enough for any fantasy significance.

Hank Baskett - FA YEAR TM GMS CAT CYD YPC CTD CAR RYD RTD
Huddle Rank: 94
Keeper: 101
Auction 10: 1%
Auction 12: 1%
2006 PHI 14 22 464 21.1 2      
2007 PHI 16 16 142 8.9 1      
2008 PHI 15 33 440 13.3 3      
Avg   15 24 349 14.4 2 0 0 0
Proj FA   20 300   2      

Baskett continues as just depth for the Eagles and he comes off a career year with only 33 catches for 440 yards and three scores last year. Look for more of the same this year and possibly less since Jeremy Maclin could end up stealing receptions.

Micheal Spurlock - DET YEAR TM GMS CAT CYD YPC CTD CAR RYD RTD
Huddle Rank: 95
Keeper: 102
Auction 10: 1%
Auction 12: 1%
2006 ARI 1 4 31 7.8        
2007 TBB 7              
2008                  
Avg   4 2 16 3.9 0 0 0 0
Proj DET   24 300   2      

No analysis available.

Sammie Stroughter - FA YEAR TM GMS CAT CYD YPC CTD CAR RYD RTD
Huddle Rank: 96
Keeper: 79
Auction 10: 1%
Auction 12: 1%
2006                  
2007                  
2008                  
Avg   0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Proj FA   20 290   2      

No analysis available.

Marty Booker - FA YEAR TM GMS CAT CYD YPC CTD CAR RYD RTD
Huddle Rank: 97
Keeper: 105
Auction 10: 1%
Auction 12: 1%
2006 MIA 14 55 747 13.6 6 3 19  
2007 CHI 15 50 556 11.1 1 2 12  
2008 CHI 13 14 211 15.1 2 1 3  
Avg   14 40 505 13.3 3 2 11 0
Proj FA   20 330   1      

He's not a lock to make the final roster but comes in to offer veteran presence on a team that just lost Harry Douglas for the year with a torn ACL and Roddy White is holding out.

Ramses Barden - BUF YEAR TM GMS CAT CYD YPC CTD CAR RYD RTD
Huddle Rank: 98
Keeper: 104
Auction 10: 1%
Auction 12: 1%
2006                  
2007                  
2008                  
Avg   0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Proj BUF   21 330   1      

Barden was drafted with the Giants 3.21 pick and the Cal Poly product has already been impressive in minicamps. He brings a 6-6, 227 pound frame that could replace Plaxico Burress eventually or even play as an H-back or tight end. Barden will likely develop in to a goal line threat and could have a role over the middle but he’s raw and has much to learn. His only fantasy value is in very deep dynasty leagues until he gets some playing time during the season to see how he adjusts to the pro game and how the Giants want to use him.

Jerheme Urban - FA YEAR TM GMS CAT CYD YPC CTD CAR RYD RTD
Huddle Rank: 99
Keeper: 107
Auction 10: 1%
Auction 12: 1%
2006                  
2007 ARI 10 22 329 15.0 2      
2008 ARI 16 34 448 13.2 4      
Avg   13 28 389 14.1 3 0 0 0
Proj FA   16 200   3      

After six seasons in the NFL, Urban comes off his best ever with 34 catches for 448 yards and four touchdowns as the #4 in Arizona last year. Playing for the most prolific passing attack helps and while Urban is not fantasy relevant quite yet, that could change if Anquan Boldin leaves and lets him assume the slot role. There is still Early Doucet to contend with in training camp in the best case so let Urban be someone to watch for now.

Johnny Knox - FA YEAR TM GMS CAT CYD YPC CTD CAR RYD RTD
Huddle Rank: 100
Keeper: 65
Auction 10: 1%
Auction 12: 1%
2006                  
2007                  
2008                  
Avg   0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Proj FA   22 320   1      

Knox goes into training camp in a fight for the #3 spot along with Juaquin Iglesias and Rashied Davis. He's the early leader but even if he wins the job will likely not have any significant fantasy value.

   
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