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2009 Player Rankings: Wide Receivers
Updated: September 10, 2009
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Tier 5
Sam Hurd - FA YEAR TM GMS CAT CYD YPC CTD CAR RYD RTD
Huddle Rank: 101
Keeper: 93
Auction 10: 1%
Auction 12: 1%
2006 DAL 6 5 75 15.0        
2007 DAL 16 19 314 16.5 1      
2008 DAL 3              
Avg   8 8 130 10.5 0 0 0 0
Proj FA   18 310   1      

No analysis available.

Greg Lewis - FA YEAR TM GMS CAT CYD YPC CTD CAR RYD RTD
Huddle Rank: 102
Keeper: 108
Auction 10: 1%
Auction 12: 1%
Movement:
2006 PHI 15 24 348 14.5 2      
2007 PHI 15 13 265 20.4 3      
2008 PHI 16 19 247 13.0 1      
Avg   15 19 287 16.0 2 0 0 0
Proj FA   28 310   1      

Lewis will fight with Galloway for playing time as the #3 receiver but there is no reason to expect fantasy significance from either player. Even in the best case Lewis would be inconsistent and unproductive.

Brian Robiskie - TEN YEAR TM GMS CAT CYD YPC CTD CAR RYD RTD
Huddle Rank: 103
Keeper: 94
Auction 10: 1%
Auction 12: 1%
2006                  
2007                  
2008                  
Avg   0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Proj TEN   20 300   1      

(-Risk) The Browns used their 2.04 pick in the draft to snag the Ohio State star and so far the returns appear to be very good. His college career produced 127 receptions for 1866 yards and 24 touchdowns and he brings a tall 6-2 frame with long arms and very soft hands. Robiskie can make the tough catches over the middle and is a polished receiver that was considered as NFL-ready as any other rookie wideout. He’s already wowed the coaching staff with his catches and route running and there was already talk in the offseason of Robiskie inheriting the #2 spot across from Braylon Edwards.

In a redraft league, consider Robiskie’s value as being not fantasy relevant and short of a tremendous training camp (which cannot be ruled out). In a dynasty league, he should be far more valuable since he has Edwards on the other side to attract attention and can gain chemistry with Brady Quinn as he too learns the NFL game.

Dennis Northcutt - FA YEAR TM GMS CAT CYD YPC CTD CAR RYD RTD
Huddle Rank: 104
Keeper: 98
Auction 10: 1%
Auction 12: 1%
2006 CLE 12 22 228 10.4   3 32  
2007 JAC 15 44 601 13.7 4 6 27  
2008 JAC 14 44 545 12.4 2 1 9  
Avg   14 37 458 12.2 2 3 23 0
Proj FA   20 300   1      

Northcutt is no youngster at 32 but he hangs onto his spot as the slot receiver and can always jump up and play either starting position when necessary. These last three years have seen him consistently turn in around 550 yards, 45 catches and a couple of scores. No reason to expect anything less and if Mike Walker doesn’t stay healthy, Northcutt could end up the flanker once again.

06-27-09 Update: Northcutt was traded to the Lions where he'll play special teams and just add depth.

Deion Branch - IND YEAR TM GMS CAT CYD YPC CTD CAR RYD RTD
Huddle Rank: 105
Keeper: 70
Auction 10: 1%
Auction 12: 1%
2006 SEA 14 53 725 13.7 4 4 30  
2007 SEA 11 49 661 13.5 4      
2008 SEA 8 30 412 13.7 4      
Avg   11 44 599 13.6 4 1 10 0
Proj IND   18 240   2      

(-Risk) Branch enters his fourth season in Seattle but his first three have been disappointments that always end with injury. He missed eight games last year and was limited to 30 catches for 412 yards. Even his first season in Seattle missed two weeks and every season has resulted in exactly four touchdowns. Branch may play split end across from Houshmandzadeh but he is coming off a knee scope in the offseason and missed all the spring work. Barring a trade, expect Branch to disappoint once again while offering just enough decent play to keep him on someone’s fantasy roster.

Keenan Burton - FA YEAR TM GMS CAT CYD YPC CTD CAR RYD RTD
Huddle Rank: 106
Keeper: 76
Auction 10: 1%
Auction 12: 1%
2006                  
2007                  
2008 STL 13 13 172 13.2 1 3 8  
Avg   13 13 172 13.2 1 3 8 0
Proj FA   21 300   1      

Burton is in the mix to be a starter this year after a rookie season with 13 catches for 172 yards because the Rams just have no depth. He’ll be competing with Laurent Robinson to be the #2 receiver and early expectations are that he’ll likely secure it by week one. Burton has no vested experience though since the offense is changing and Robinson has far more experience in his two seasons so it is no given that Burton starts. Track it during training camp but know regardless the #2 in St. Louis may never be worthy of a fantasy start this season.

Pierre Garcon - WAS YEAR TM GMS CAT CYD YPC CTD CAR RYD RTD
Huddle Rank: 107
Keeper: 111
Auction 10: 1%
Auction 12: 1%
2006                  
2007                  
2008 IND 14 4 23 5.8        
Avg   14 4 23 5.8 0 0 0 0
Proj WAS   18 290   1      

The sixth-round pick out of Mount Union had a minimal rookie season with only four catches for 23 yards but has been singled out for looking much improved in minicamps this offseason. Garcon will compete with Roy Hall and rookie Austin Collie for the slot role this year and may have an inside track on week one but smart money says that Collie takes it away at some point this year. Training camp will unravel this though the slot has not been very productive in recent years since the Colts go to fewer three wideout sets.

Kevin Curtis - FA YEAR TM GMS CAT CYD YPC CTD CAR RYD RTD
Huddle Rank: 108
Keeper: 110
Auction 10: 1%
Auction 12: 1%
2006 STL 15 39 469 12.0 4 4 4  
2007 PHI 16 77 1110 14.4 6      
2008 PHI 9 33 390 11.8 2      
Avg   13 50 656 12.7 4 1 1 0
Proj FA   25 290   1      

Curtis underwent groin surgery in the offseason and is expected to be ready for training camp. It was a follow-up procedure on his sports hernia from last year. But the addition of Jeremy Maclin this year should see Curtis lose his job as starting split end and that could happen as early as well one depending on training camp. There is little reason to ever draft Curtis who had his one moment of glory back in 2007 thanks only to a couple of monster games. Maclin is the one to own here and Curtis may return to just be the speedy guy running down the sideline a few times per game.

Mike Wallace - MIA YEAR TM GMS CAT CYD YPC CTD CAR RYD RTD
Huddle Rank: 109
Keeper: 112
Auction 10: 1%
Auction 12: 1%
2006                  
2007                  
2008                  
Avg   0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Proj MIA   14 250   1      

Wallace was the 3.20 pick by the Steelers this year and OC Bruce Arians says that he will be in the mix for the #3 receiver job. That’s more a statement against Limas Sweed than for Wallace. The Mississippi wideout has run a 4.30/40 before and is a bit lanky at 6-0 and 180 pounds. It is worth a watch in training camp but expect Sweed to win the job and Wallace to use 2008 as a learning year.

Josh Reed - FA YEAR TM GMS CAT CYD YPC CTD CAR RYD RTD
Huddle Rank: 110
Keeper: 113
Auction 10: 1%
Auction 12: 1%
2006 BUF 13 34 410 12.1 2 4 13  
2007 BUF 15 51 578 11.3   4 10  
2008 BUF 13 56 597 10.7 1      
Avg   14 47 528 11.4 1 3 8 0
Proj FA   20 300          

No reason to expect more than the standard 400 to 500 yards per season that Reed invariably produces, If anything, he will see a reduced role now that Terrell Owens has arrived and pushed Reed to a slot role. His mediocre season average will be hard enough to meet this year.

Michael Crabtree - SFO YEAR TM GMS CAT CYD YPC CTD CAR RYD RTD
Huddle Rank: 111
Keeper: 56
Auction 10: 1%
Auction 12: 1%
2006                  
2007                  
2008                  
Avg   0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Proj SFO   15 240   1      

(-Risk) (+Upside) The 49ers made Crabtree the second wide receiver drafted this year when they spent their 1.10 pick on the Texas Tech star (thanks to Al Davis’ advancing dementia taking Darius Heyward-Bey). Crabtree required foot surgery early in the preseason but his productivity in college was undeniable; his gaudy stats and back-to-back Biletnikoff Awards are testament to that. He has good size, though he measured a little shorter than expected at the Combine, and he’s strong and physical much like Anquan Boldin. Crabtree’s ball skills are legendary, as he consistently battled double coverage and came away with the football. His hands are excellent—Crabtree caught 94 percent of passes thrown to him and he has both the strength to break tackles and the elusiveness to avoid them once he makes the grab.

The only question is when will Crabtree become the starting split end? He’s fallen behind a bit because of the foot injury rehab and has to learn a new offense along with the rest of the team. No doubt Crabtree will be considered for slot work at a minimum but training camp will be needed to determine what his role will be on week one. His talent will be evident soon enough but he has ground to make up quickly in camp. A definite watch this summer and in dynasty leagues an obvious pick that eluded Al Davis but should not get past you.

08-08-09 Update: Michael Crabtree says he's willing to sit out the entire year and re-enter the 2010 draft. He's missing crucial camp time right now that sets him back in the best case scenario.

08-28-09 Update: Crabtree actually may sit out the 2009 NFL season and he just about might as well since he has missed all the camp anyway. He's dropping like a rock even in a dynasty league draft.

09-04-09 Update: Yeah, you show him who the man is, Mike. He's already effectively thrown away the 2009 season anyway so sitting out won't do him any more harm until next year when he is no longer the 10th pick wanting to be paid like he is #5. Benson poisoned his career in Chicago. If Crabtree holds out all year, he's going to poison his NFL career.

Arnaz Battle - FA YEAR TM GMS CAT CYD YPC CTD CAR RYD RTD
Huddle Rank: 112
Keeper: 82
Auction 10: 1%
Auction 12: 1%
Movement:
2006 SFO 16 59 686 11.6 3 5 25  
2007 SFO 16 50 600 12.0 5 4 4 1
2008 SFO 9 24 318 13.3   1 18  
Avg   14 44 535 12.3 3 3 16 0
Proj FA   18 240   1      

No analysis available.

Ben Obomanu - FA YEAR TM GMS CAT CYD YPC CTD CAR RYD RTD
Huddle Rank: 113
Keeper: 114
Auction 10: 1%
Auction 12: 1%
2006                  
2007 SEA 13 12 180 15.0 1      
2008                  
Avg   13 12 180 15.0 1 0 0 0
Proj FA   14 170   2      

Obomanu has fully recovered from the broken clavicle he suffered in the 2008 preseason and will contend for at least slot work this year. He’ll have to beat out third round pick Deon Butler but likely will for at least the start of the season. No reason to draft Obomanu and all he can really do this year is delay Deon Butler from playing.

Brad Smith - PHI YEAR TM GMS CAT CYD YPC CTD CAR RYD RTD
Huddle Rank: 114
Keeper: 115
Auction 10: 1%
Auction 12: 1%
2006 NYJ 13 9 61 6.8   18 103  
2007 NYJ 16 32 325 10.2 2 12 45  
2008 NYJ 15 12 64 5.3   12 113  
Avg   15 18 150 7.4 1 14 87 0
Proj PHI   12 180   1      

Smith enters his fourth season but has never had more than 32 catches for 325 yards and will struggle to do that well in 2009 as the #4 wideout on a team with a rookie quarterback.

Louis Murphy - TBB YEAR TM GMS CAT CYD YPC CTD CAR RYD RTD
Huddle Rank: 115
Keeper: 130
Auction 10: 1%
Auction 12: 1%
2006                  
2007                  
2008                  
Avg   0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Proj TBB   13 190          

No analysis available.

Juaquin Iglesias - FA YEAR TM GMS CAT CYD YPC CTD CAR RYD RTD
Huddle Rank: 116
Keeper: 118
Auction 10: 1%
Auction 12: 1%
2006                  
2007                  
2008                  
Avg   0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Proj FA   15 170          

(+Upside) The ex-Sooner was drafted with the 3.35 pick and while he was just the 15th wideout taken in April, there is a decent chance we’ll get to see him play as a rookie. Iglesias is not blessed with top speed and only ran a 4.5 at the combine so he’s not considered a deep threat but at 6-0, 210 pounds he has enough size to work the middle of the field as he did in college. While perhaps he wasn’t the most heralded receiver in the draft, at least Iglesias has landed in perhaps as opportune as any place in the NFL. The Bears have added Jay Cutler and yet done little else to improve upon one of the least productive passing attacks last season. That means a nice opportunity to grow along with Cutler and he’s already shined in mini-camp. The intention is that he will contend for and hopefully win the slot position. Granted – that hardly held much promise in Chicago in the past but Cutler has never played there. Keep an eye on Iglesias this summer and bump him up in your dynasty league rankings.

Andre Caldwell - DEN YEAR TM GMS CAT CYD YPC CTD CAR RYD RTD
Huddle Rank: 117
Keeper: 119
Auction 10: 1%
Auction 12: 1%
2006                  
2007                  
2008 CIN 7 11 78 7.1   5 53  
Avg   7 11 78 7.1 0 5 53 0
Proj DEN   9 140          

The Bengals third round pick last year didn’t do much with just 11 catches but neither did any other receivers once Palmer was gone. Caldwell is still a year away from having fantasy value if he even does then. Worth tracking for the future if Ochocinco does actually leave. Caldwell will play special teams but also has Jerome Simpson to contend with for playing time.

Derrick Williams - FA YEAR TM GMS CAT CYD YPC CTD CAR RYD RTD
Huddle Rank: 118
Keeper: 120
Auction 10: 1%
Auction 12: 1%
2006                  
2007                  
2008                  
Avg   0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Proj FA   11 120          

Williams projects to be the Lions’ primary kick returner and could also see some looks in any Wildcat formations Detroit adds, given his experience in that role at Penn State. He may also challenge Ronald Curry for playing time as the slot receiver, though in the Lions’ new offense that role hardly sets up to be a breeding ground for fantasy success. The scouts’ knock on Williams is primarily that he never lived up to his potential in college, though subpar quarterback play may have contributed to his subdued stats. While that shouldn’t be a problem in Detroit (for the first time in a long time) there just doesn’t appear to be much of an opportunity for Williams to have much if any fantasy impact right out of the gate.

Roscoe Parrish - FA YEAR TM GMS CAT CYD YPC CTD CAR RYD RTD
Huddle Rank: 119
Keeper: 121
Auction 10: 1%
Auction 12: 1%
2006 BUF 14 23 320 13.9 2 2 18  
2007 BUF 16 35 352 10.1 1 3 19 1
2008 BUF 13 24 232 9.7 1 2 9  
Avg   14 27 301 11.2 1 2 15 0
Proj FA   8 110          

Parrish will see his offensive role reduced this year with Owens inserted into the depth chart. He has no fantasy value other than a special teamer since he has scored on a punt return for three straight years. Parrish may see some work in the slot this year.

James Hardy - FA YEAR TM GMS CAT CYD YPC CTD CAR RYD RTD
Huddle Rank: 120
Keeper: 124
Auction 10: 1%
Auction 12: 1%
2006                  
2007                  
2008 BUF 14 9 87 9.7 2      
Avg   14 9 87 9.7 2 0 0 0
Proj FA   8 100          

Hardy is on the active/PUP list and may enter the season by missing the first six games. He hands off in all but deep dynasty leagues.

David Anderson - FA YEAR TM GMS CAT CYD YPC CTD CAR RYD RTD
Huddle Rank: 121
Keeper: 125
Auction 10: 1%
Auction 12: 1%
2006 HOU 2 1 27 27.0        
2007 HOU 8 12 131 10.9 1      
2008 HOU 16 19 241 12.7 2      
Avg   9 11 133 16.9 1 0 0 0
Proj FA   7 100          

The Denver Broncos tried to snag the restricted free agent Anderson during the offseason but the Texans matched the three-year $4.5 million deal to keep him in Houston. That will ensure that Anderson still plays on special teams and likely plays the slot role that is rarely used in this offense. The fourth year player had a career year but still only managed 19 catches for 241 yards and two scores in 2008. That should increase but only marginally this year.

Maurice Stovall - FA YEAR TM GMS CAT CYD YPC CTD CAR RYD RTD
Huddle Rank: 122
Keeper: 122
Auction 10: 1%
Auction 12: 1%
2006 TBB 6 7 102 14.6   2 29  
2007 TBB 15 10 86 8.6 1      
2008 TBB 5 3 25 8.3        
Avg   9 7 71 10.5 0 1 10 0
Proj FA   11 100          

Stovall battled injuries for much of last year and still has a back problem during the offseason. Stovall will compete along with Dexter Jackson for the slot but the new offense won’t often need that position. No fantasy value here.

Early Doucet - FA YEAR TM GMS CAT CYD YPC CTD CAR RYD RTD
Huddle Rank: 123
Keeper: 123
Auction 10: 1%
Auction 12: 1%
2006                  
2007                  
2008 ARI 7 14 90 6.4        
Avg   7 14 90 6.4 0 0 0 0
Proj FA   6 90          

A disappointing rookie year left the LSU star with only 14 catches for 90 yards and still no NFL touchdown to his credit. With Larry Fitzgerald, Anquan Boldin and Steve Breaston on the roster, Doucet never got much chance to show what he could do. Expect Doucet to battle with Jerheme Urban for the #4 spot but Doucet is still worth watching regardless. His progress is slow so far but he still could show up this year or next.

Brian Finneran - FA YEAR TM GMS CAT CYD YPC CTD CAR RYD RTD
Huddle Rank: 124
Keeper: 126
Auction 10: 1%
Auction 12: 1%
2006                  
2007                  
2008 ATL 16 21 169 8.0 1      
Avg   16 21 169 8.0 1 0 0 0
Proj FA   10 90          

Finneran should be back for another season but at the age of 33, his already mediocre skills are starting to diminish and after years of catching just two scores per season, he only managed one touchdown in 2008 and only 21 catches for a paltry 8.0 yard per catch average. Leave him alone from now on.

Jabar Gaffney - FA YEAR TM GMS CAT CYD YPC CTD CAR RYD RTD
Huddle Rank: 125
Keeper: 127
Auction 10: 1%
Auction 12: 1%
2006 NEP 7 11 142 12.9 1      
2007 NEP 16 36 449 12.5 5      
2008 NEP 16 38 468 12.3 2      
Avg   13 28 353 12.6 3 0 0 0
Proj FA   10 80          

Gaffney will try to make the team and hope for the slot but he’s likely to be no better than a #4 in this offense and that has no fantasy value.

Sam Aiken - FA YEAR TM GMS CAT CYD YPC CTD CAR RYD RTD
Huddle Rank: 126
Keeper: 128
Auction 10: 1%
Auction 12: 1%
Movement:
2006                  
2007 NEP 12 1 10 10.0        
2008 NEP 14 8 101 12.6        
Avg   13 5 56 11.3 0 0 0 0
Proj FA   6 80          

No analysis available.

Buster Davis - BUF YEAR TM GMS CAT CYD YPC CTD CAR RYD RTD
Huddle Rank: 127
Keeper: 129
Auction 10: 1%
Auction 12: 1%
2006                  
2007 SDC 14 20 188 9.4 1 3 9  
2008 SDC 4 4 59 14.8        
Avg   9 12 124 12.1 1 2 5 0
Proj BUF   6 70          

(-Risk) Davis underwent surgery on his abdomen and groin at the end of last season and the first round pick from 2007 has been constantly injured and a complete nonfactor so far. Watch him in the offseason to see if he can wrest the #3 spot from Malcolm Floyd but so far nothing he has done indicates he will do anything more than get injured.

Jacoby Jones - BAL YEAR TM GMS CAT CYD YPC CTD CAR RYD RTD
Huddle Rank: 128
Keeper: 131
Auction 10: 1%
Auction 12: 1%
2006                  
2007 HOU 14 15 149 9.9   3 -1  
2008 HOU 16 3 81 27.0   1 -5  
Avg   15 9 115 18.5 0 2 0 0
Proj BAL   5 60          

Look for the third year player to mainly focus on his special teams role where he scored on two punt returns last year. Barring catastrophic injuries to other players, Jones has no fantasy value.

Sinorice Moss - FA YEAR TM GMS CAT CYD YPC CTD CAR RYD RTD
Huddle Rank: 129
Keeper: 132
Auction 10: 1%
Auction 12: 1%
2006 NYG 5 5 25 5.0        
2007 NYG 13 21 225 10.7   1 4  
2008 NYG 10 12 153 12.8 2      
Avg   9 13 134 9.5 1 0 1 0
Proj FA   5 60          

Moss will likely see time as the slot receiver and should hold off Mario Manningham for a position that has not meant much in fantasy terms for the Giants. Three seasons in New York have only produced two career touchdowns and never more than 21 catches in a year. Moss will figure in but not enough for fantasy merit.

   
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