The American Football Conference has an addition to their strong list of receivers this year. The arrival of Terrell Owens, pictured, promises to alter the balance of power.
Another move in the conference that fantasy owners should be mindful of is Jay Cutler's departure from Denver. The Broncos are weakened at the quarterback position and it is very likely Brandon Marshall's numbers will reflect it.
In Cincinnati, the departure of T.J. Houshmandzadeh could result in more opportunities for Chad OchoCinco dependent upon how the chemistry develops between Carson Palmer and Laveranues Coles.
These are a few of the tidbits to keep in mind while putting together your draft board. Now on to the good stuff, here are the top five receivers in the AFC, in terms of fantasy football, for 2009.
The receiver formerly known as Chad Johnson, had the worst season of his career in 2008, outside of his rookie campaign. Paltry numbers will not be put up by the Bengal in back-to-back years.
OchoCinco had more than 1,100 yards receiving yards in each of the previous six seasons before the debacle that was 2008.
In 2008, OchoCinco had 540 receiving yards and four touchdowns.
The 1,052 receiving yards Terrell Owens had in 2008 were his second lowest since 2000.
There is no need to fret. Owens does well in his first season with a new team. In 2004, his first year with the Eagles, T.O. had 1,200 yards and 14 touchdowns and in his first year with the Cowboys his numbers were 1,180 and 13.
Expect another solid outing in 2009.
As Peyton Manning's favorite target, anticipate an improvement by Reggie Wayne on his 2008 numbers: 1,145 receiving yards and six touchdowns.
Peyton did not have a Peyton-esque season and consequently Wayne's numbers dipped. They are both too talented and work too well together for a repeat performance.
Randy Moss was off his record setting pace of 2007, last season, yet he still had over 1,000 receiving yards and 11 touchdowns.
Tom Brady is back and the fantasy numbers for Moss will be too.
Andre Johnson led the league in receiving yards in 2008 with 1,578 and had eight touchdowns to go with it.
Johnson and Matt Schaub are on the same page and will light up fantasy scoreboards all season long. Many fantasy owners will pick a bigger name in front of Andre and regret it all season long.