Even though number one receivers get most of the fame, glory and money, number two's can be just as important to your fantasy team. Sometimes even more important
In PPR leagues last year, Wes Welker was worth more than Randy Moss. He fed off of Moss' double coverage and deep routes to get open underneath and become Matt Cassel's crutch.
Welker's 100+ catches each of the past two seasons were uncanny, so he hasn't been included in this list. He's seen as a top 15 wideout in every draft, ahead of over half of the actual number 1's.
So after Welker, what number 2's will you be drafting this year? Here's my take...
With Greg Jennings emerging as Aaron Rodgers' favorite target last year, Driver saw a drop in catches and yards, but still put up good numbers (74 and 1012).
He's still the clear number two (James Jones isn't a threat yet), and the offense is still pass-first, so he should get plenty of targets.
Also, in a pre-season where he's caught two 50+ yard bombs in approximately four quarters of action, look for Driver to increase his yards per catch and TD numbers.
Moore stepped up last year when Marques Colston went down with an injury, averaging 6 catches and 63 yards per game in his absence. Even after Colston returned, Moore continued to excel, averaging 5 balls and 60 yards a game, and scoring 8 TD's in 10 games.
In the pass-happy New Orleans offense, Moore will see his fair share of targets, even though Brees will likely drop in pass attempts this year. Moore established himself as a reliable target last year, and a fantasy underdog.
Walter had a career high in touchdowns and yards last year as he lined up across from Andre Johnson. Benefitting from Johnson's required attention, Walter consistently made teams pay for understimating his size and hands.
At 6'3", Walter is the same height as Johnson, so he provides another big target for Matt Schaub when Johnson is doubled.
Don't look for Walter to take the quick fade routes away from Johnson in the red zone, but his slants and posts will continue to beat defenders for big gains.
If Schaub can stay healthy, look for Walter's catches to increase, as the Houston offense has incredible potential this year.
Gonzalez steps into Marvin Harrison's spot as the official starting receiver across from Reggie Wayne this year. With sure hands, Gonzalez will get more looks from Peyton Manning, resulting in more catches.
Without Harrison to compete for catches, Gonzalez should grab 75+ balls this year, and restart the Indy trend of having two receivers go over 1,000 yards each.
Any Indy receiver is a good bet to get catches, but Gonzalez led the league in catching efficiency each of the past two years. It's all but guaranteed that he'll get more catches with more targets.
Bess took the starting spot from Greg Camarillo last year after Camarillo went down with a leg injury. In those five games, Bess doubled his output, putting up 5 catches and 55 yards per game.
With Chad (Noodle-Arm) Pennington throwing the ball, don't expect any Dolphins receivers to get big plays down the field - they'll have to earn their yards after the catch. Miami receivers only had two 100+ yard games all of last year.
Miami benefitted from an easy schedule last year. With this year being tougher, expect them to have to play catch-up more often, resulting in more passing.
With that, expect to see Chad Henne come in by the end of the year, resulting in passing plays greater than 20 yards.