Fantasy Football's 10 Finest Receivers

Andrew ButlerCorrespondent IJuly 28, 2008

1. Randy Moss, NE

Last season, Moss posted record-breaking stats for an offense that showed minimal attention to the running game. With Chad Jackson returning and Welker emerging, Moss will come out on top again in the NFL, but don't expect things to get much better than last season.

Along with Goddell's focus on allowing electronic communication for defense this year, I wouldn't expect any new offensive records anytime soon.

2. Terrell Owens, DAL

Owens, last year, put up nice numbers for a team that lacked talent and depth at receiver. With Romo coming out strong in his first year as the starting QB, I would expect Romo's talent to offset Owens' age for his production next season. 

The Cowboys have a solid O-line, and Owens is a reliable option in the red zone.

3. Braylon Edwards, CLE

Cleveland was last season's surprise team, due in large part to the development of Derek Anderson and the production of rookie Joe Thomas with a young O-line. I haven't seen this much youth and talent on a line since the Trailblazer's trio of Roy, Oden, and Aldridge.

Edwards is entering his fourth year with a team that's producing. Combine that with Stallworth's ability to detract defenders from Edwards, and you can see how he is justified as our third-best receiver.

4. Andre Johnson, HOU

Last year, Johnson was held off the field with injury issues, but he averaged the most yards/game and was a clear, deep-ball threat when Schaub was healthy at QB. Last year, they had a banged up QB, O-line, RB, and receiver. Just imagine the possibilities if they had stayed healthy. Johnson could easily be this year's Braylon Edwards.

5. Reggie Wayne, IND

Wayne had the most receiving yards last season, even with Harrison injured and pass coverage focused on him. With ol' reliable, Manning, and the developing Anthony Gonzalez, and hopefully a healthy Marvin, Wayne should deliver this season as the clear go-to guy for arguably the best QB in the NFL right now. No surprises here.

6. Steve Smith, CAR

John Fox's coaching may be riding on this season. After Delhomme's injury, he put up eight TDs and one INT in just three games. The O-line also took some hits because of their transition to a zone-blocking scheme, which should pay off this season.

Even with a horrendous year at QB for the Panthers, and with other receivers to distract the DBs, Smith still put up over 1,000 yards and seven TDs. With Hackett, Muhammad, and Jarret in Carolina, and Delhomme looking better than ever, expect Smith to live up to his hype.

7. Larry Fitzgerald, ARI

Fitzgerald is one of the most talented receivers in this league, but with Anquan Boldin fighting for a new contract, combined with Leinart at starter—who has yet to prove his draft value—one must hesitate to put him so high. Though he's young and proven to challenge even the best DBs in the league, his production won't take any serious hits, and it should be a no-brainer to take him if he's available here.

8. T.J. Houshmandzadeh, CIN

Over the past three seasons, Houshmazilly has posted over 3,000 yards and 28 TDs in Cincinnati, with 12 of them put up last season. He many not be the center of attention, but his stats won't go down to a guy who doesn't have any long-term plans for the organization. Look for Palmer to consistently give T.J. end-zone touches this season.

9. Plaxico Burress, NYG

For the past three seasons, Burress has put up similar numbers to T.J., with over 3,000 yards and 29 TDs, though last season he came on twice as strong, barring his injuries from the conversation.

A confident Eli in New York, and another receiving threat like Manningham, can loosen up the coverage on Burress and allow him to put up even better numbers than last season, but that's a high expectation to crack the top five.

10. Marques Colston, NO

Colston proved himself as a legitimate NFL stud last season with his ridiculous 19 TDs and over 2,000 yards in his first two seasons. Combine Colston with young Devery Henderson and Robert Meachem, who's in his first season, combined with Shockey as another red-zone threat, and that should take a toll on Colston's attempt to improve his numbers. Nevertheless, he shouldn't get less than 1,000 yards this season again.