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The following receivers are boom-or-bust picks. Each has had big seasons in the past, but has reasons that won't happen this year.
Antonio Bryant, Tampa Bay
Bryant suffered a torn meniscus and missed the whole preseason. He's supposed to be ready for the first game, but who knows how his knee will hold up. On top of that, he no longer has Jeff Garcia throwing the ball. Byron Leftwich won't make it the whole season, and Josh Freeman is a rookie so neither are fantasy owners' dreams.
Brandon Marshall, Denver
Marshall was a headcase this offseason and some are calling him "Baby T.O." He was suspended by his coach, forcing him to miss time which could be used to bond with new QB Kyle Orton. Orton does not match up to Jay Cutler in any way, so don't expect any Denver receiver to match last year's numbers.
Bernard Berrian, Minnesota
Minnesota is clearly a run-first team, even with Brett Favre at QB. Adrian Peterson will continue to dominate the offense, but the team has to pass at some point. When they do pass, Berrian will be the number one target. His targets and catches should go up with Favre under center, but in the end, Favre doesn't call the plays. Running will still dominate in Minnesota.
Terrell Owens, Buffalo
T.O. injured his toe and missed some time this preseason. On top of that, he has one of the most inconsistent starting quarterbacks in the NFL in Trent Edwards. Edwards has potential, but has been wild and injury-prone in the past. With a suspect quarterback, and fighting the elements in the winter, Owens' stats figure to drop this year.
Braylon Edwards, Cleveland
Edwards has been a disappointment in all but one year of his career. Entering a contract year, you may expect good numbers from him. However, he has led the league in dropped passes the past two years, so expect some missed opportunities.