Rotisserie By The Numbers: Fantasy Football Receivers 26-50

Craig RondinoneCorrespondent ISeptember 5, 2009

PITTSBURGH - JANUARY 18:  Hines Ward #86 of the Pittsburgh Steelers runs for yards after the catch on a 45-yard reception in the first quarter against the Baltimore Ravens during the AFC Championship game on January 18, 2009 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

So you are planning on going heavy on quarterbacks and running backs in your fantasy football draft? No problem! There will still be some decent wide receivers in the middle and late rounds that you can load up your roster with.

The top 25 fantasy receivers were featured in the last column. Here are the next-best 25 at the position, starting with a Super Bowl stalwart.

26. Hines Ward (Pittsburgh Steelers)

If blocking was a fantasy category for receivers, Ward would skyrocket into the top 10. He is on the downside of his career, but still good for 900 yards and eight touchdowns.

27. DeSean Jackson (Philadelphia Eagles)

When not running his mouth or prematurely spiking balls before he reaches the end zone, Jackson is one of the most dangerous deep threats around.

28. Santana Moss (Washington Redskins)

Some games he will post 100 yards and a touchdown. Some games he will be held to one catch for 15 yards. He can be frustrating to have on a fantasy squad.

29. Donnie Avery (St. Louis Rams)

It looks like his preseason foot injury will not prevent him from playing in the opening game, so feel free to take a flyer on St. Louis’ leading receiver.

30. Brandon Marshall (Denver Broncos)

This 100-reception problem child is the wild card at WR in fantasy drafts. He could play Week 1 for Denver, he could get traded to another team, or he could be suspended for weeks. He should not be drafted too high, but don’t let him fall too low, either.

31. Torry Holt (Jacksonville Jaguars)

I saw a slower, grayer, softer Holt in St. Louis last season. Was that because Father Time has tackled him too many times or because he was going through the motions on a pitiful team? We’ll soon find out.

32. Derrick Mason (Baltimore Ravens)

It is great that this perennial 1,000-yard possession receiver reneged on retirement.

33. Laveranues Coles (Cincinnati Bengals)

Coles probably has not had a quarterback as talented as Carson Palmer throw the ball to him during his entire career, and you know Cincy will be trailing (and throwing) late in most of their games.

34. Lance Moore (New Orleans Saints)

Filled in more than nicely for an injured Marques Colston in 2008 (928 yards and 10 touchdowns).

35. Donald Driver (Green Bay Packers)

Has piled up five straight 1,000-yard years and has topped the mark in six of his last seven seasons. Would be rated higher if he scored more touchdowns.

36. Jeremy Maclin (Philadelphia Eagles)

The fast-footed first rounder will need a few weeks to get acclimated to the NFL, so he might be a better buy in a keeper league since his numbers should be off the hook in 2010.

37. Ted Ginn (Miami Dolphins)

Can Chad Pennington actually reach Ginn with a pass if Ginn goes deep?

38. Percy Harvin (Minnesota Vikings)

It sounds like Minnesota is going to put Harvin in the slot, out wide, in the backfield, under center, out in left field, behind the plate and in goal—whatever it takes to get him the ball.

39. Devin Hester (Chicago Bears)

I am not sold that Hester has fully grasped what it takes to be a full-time receiver, yet his fantasy value should jump thanks to the arrival of Jay Cutler.

40. Steve Breaston (Arizona Cardinals)

The best No. 3 receiver in the NFL, no 1,000-yard receiver last year was applauded less than this third banana.

41. Michael Crabtree (San Francisco 49ers)

One of these days/years/decades Crabtree will sign, so he must be drafted.

42. Kevin Walter (Houston Texans)

Andre Johnson’s sidekick quietly puts up quality numbers.

43. Mark Clayton (Baltimore Ravens)

I’d rather have the Mark Clayton that Dan Marino used to throw to during Miami’s glory years.

44. Patrick Crayton (Dallas Cowboys)

Has had his chances to prove that he can be an above-average receiver and has failed more times than not.

45. Hakeem Nicks (New York Giants)

This rookie probably will not make us forget about Plaxico Burress right away.

46. Michael Jenkins (Atlanta Falcons)

After Michael Turner's 25 rushes and the double-digit passes thrown towards Roddy White and Tony Gonzalez, there will not be much left in the playbook for Jenkins.

47. Earl Bennett (Chicago Bears)

Yeah, he is Cutler’s buddy from Vanderbilt. That doesn’t mean he is any good.

48. Josh Morgan (San Francisco 49ers)

San Fran's defacto top receiver with Crabtree holding out.

49. Darrius Heyward-Bet (Oakland Raiders)

Drafted way too high, paid way too much, stuck on a hapless team.

50. Muhsin Muhammad (Carolina Panthers)

Still makes those tough catches over the middle in traffic, just not enough to be regarded too highly fantasy-wise.


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