As the NFL has evolved into a passing league, wide receivers are becoming more vital pieces in the fantasy football world. An elite receiver can score as much, or even more in some cases, as the elite running backs, particularly in points-per-reception leagues. This quartet stands out from the crowd.
Dez Bryant, Dallas Cowboys
Bryant finished with 1,382 yards and 12 touchdowns on 92 receptions but averaged 109.8 yards per game with 10 touchdowns in the final eight games. He only went over 100 yards in five games but had nine with at least 85 yards. He had 10 touchdowns in Weeks 10-16.
Bryant showed incredible toughness and dedication playing through his finger injury. He also avoided making the news for immature behavior this offseason. Bryant has become Tony Romo’s primary target. He’s arrived.
A.J. Green, Cincinnati Bengals
Green finished with 1,350 yards and 11 touchdowns on 97 receptions. In two seasons, he has averaged 81 catches for 1,203.5 yards and nine scores. He either scored a touchdown or had 85 receiving yards in 13 of 16 games last year.
At 6’4″ and 207 pounds, he is one of the top red-zone threats in the league.
Calvin Johnson, Detroit Lions
Megatron shattered the NFL receiving record with 1,964 yards last year. He went over 100 yards 11 times. Twice he topped 200 yards. The only real knock on Johnson was his five touchdowns. Megatron scored 16 times in 2011 and a dozen times in 2010.
At 6’5″ and 236 pounds with unbelievable athleticism, it would be surprising if he didn’t return to double-digit scores.
Brandon Marshall, Chicago Bears
Marshall finished with 1,508 yards and 11 touchdowns. His 118 receptions were tied for second with Wes Welker, and his 194 targets were tied for second with Reggie Wayne. Megatron led both categories. Marshall had at least 80 yards or a touchdown in 13 games last year.
He’s not afraid to take his 6’4″, 230-pound frame over the middle. Marshall put to bed any concerns about immaturity issues. He has averaged 1,241 yards and 7.2 touchdowns over the past six seasons.
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