It's the start of July, which means it is probably about the right time to start talking fantasy football position rankings. Let’s begin with wide receivers; a position where the true debate starts with the second best player. Nearly every draft board and fantasy expert agrees that Andre Johnson is the number one guy, but the number two spot is a topic of high disagreement. Experts have throw out names from Brandon Marshall to Reggie Wayne. Let’s investigate which receivers should fill out the top five.
1. Rankings are based on projected output assuming standard fantasy league scoring (no points per reception)
2. Rankings encompass all off-season activities (transactions, contract disputes, legal issues, etc.) as of the end of June.
2010 Interactive Projection Comparison of Top 5 WRs: http://bit.ly/cAdqmh
Larry Fitzgerald: Fitzgerald was the number two receiver going into 2009. Coming into 2010, Fitz is missing a key component to his fantasy success, Kurt Warner. The absence of Warner could significantly impact the ability for Fitzgerald to repeat his 2009 output. Big players make big plays, and Fitzgerald should still get it done inside the redzone. Expect just as many touchdowns in 2010, but a reduction in total yardage.
2010 Interactive Projection for Larry Fitzgerald: http://bit.ly/aCXA9l
DeSean Jackson: The surprise of this list is certainly D-Jax. He is not the best PPR candidate but he can sure accumulate yardage and do so quickly. The quick-strike receiver can become a weekly scoring leader with just three touches. He already has a solid working relationship with Kevin Kolb and should not miss a beat with the loss of Donovan McNabb. Also, remember that Punt Return TDs count as six points under standard fantasy scoring.
2010 Interactive Projection for DeSean Jackson: http://bit.ly/9zQWzh
Randy Moss: No surprises here. Randy Moss has been a top five fantasy receiver for the last three years. He has a great rhythm with Tom Brady and will be the main guy in the redzone while Wes Welker recovers from injury. Moss is under the last year in his contract and should play to get paid in 2011. Expect him to accumulate just as many points in 2010 as he earned in 2009.
2010 Interactive Projection for Randy Moss: http://bit.ly/cbrU0k
Brandon Marshall: Marshall has proved he is fantasy gold under any football circumstance (new quarterbacks, changes in offensive systems, season injuries) and such should be the case again in 2010. Marshall is stepping into a run-first team, which may afford him the opportunity to compete against single coverages. He should be a great outlet for second year starter Chad Henne and has the potential to get even more touchdowns in 2010.
2010 Interactive Projection for Brandon Marshall: http://bit.ly/9VUBYJ
Andre Johnson: It is very hard to find a flaw in Johnson’s fantasy value. He and Matt Schaub make for a great QB-WR combination and stability like that should make duplicating 2009 output fairly easy. While there is some questions in the Texans running attack, decisions in the backfield should affect Johnson’s fantasy value. The team is very comfortable setting up the run with the pass.
2010 Interactive Projection for Andre Johnson: http://bit.ly/cyLxEo
Rounding out the top eight are Roddy White, Miles Austin, and Reggie Wayne.
2010 Interactive Projection for Roddy White: http://bit.ly/cuiEj8
2010 Interactive Projection for Miles Austin: http://bit.ly/cTINKg
2010 Interactive Projection for Reggie Wayne: http://bit.ly/bqA3xh
For more 2010 Fantasy Football Player Rankings & Projections check out Rotistics.com .