So if you've seen my previous fantasy rankings of quarterbacks and running backs, you know I only made a top 20 for those lists.
Why did I make a top 40 for Wide Receivers?
Three letters, P-P-R. Point Per Reception its the only way to play fantasy football, if you want to be the cool guy around all your friends make a PPR league.
Wide Receivers along with running backs who can catch become much more valuable in these
With that being said let's take a look at the top 40 wide receivers.
We start with part 1, Nos. 40-21
Vince Young's go to wide receiver. He didn't put up jaw-dropping numbers but what Kenny Britt did do was catch the ball 42 times for 701 yards and three touchdowns.
So why is he on my top 40, those aren't great fantasy numbers. While that may be true he was also the youngest player in the NFL at only 21 years old. Britt stepped up when Justin Gage was injured and Nate Washington wasn't performing.
Vince Young went to Britt to win the game on his miracle 99 yard drive to lead the Titans over the Cardinals in week 12 and Britt was able to make a back of the endzone catch to win the game.
If you can catch him the later rounds he will be a nice viable fill-in receiver. The Titans might go to the air more with defenses focusing on Chris Johnson.
Guy's got hops huh? Yes that's right Maclom Floyd at 39, while you may say "but he's a backup" Well, he won't be for the first three games due to Vincent Jackson's suspension.
While Floyd's numbers weren't flashy last season, he had only one touchdown, 45 receptions, and 776 yards Malcom will have enough playing time to prove skeptics wrong.
Floyd is mostly considered a sleeper but don't be upset if you miss out on him. Some people will reach on him due to the V-Jax suspension but if Floyd falls to you in the mid to later rounds snatch him up cause he will produce.
While he's rocking a Tampa Bay jersey in the picture he's now got some stripes. Cincinnati Bengal stripes that is. Playing alongside Chad Ochocinco can only help Antonio but the main question is, can he stay healthy?
Only 39 catches, 600 yards and four touchdowns Antonio needs to prove that he can be a reliable second option. He did miss three games with a knee injury last year but playing along side Ochocinco can only free him up for more catches.
For the risk takers out there Bryant could show you some nice games but some bad ones as well.
With Carson Palmer throwing to him he's finally got a legit quarterback so it's time to step up.
Kid has some speed in him. When he shows up he SHOWS UP. The kid out of Missouri caught 56 passes for 773 yards and four touchdowns. The biggest problem is last year he had Donovan McNabb throwing to him.
With all due respect to new Eagles quarterback Kevin Kolb he simply just can't replace McNabb. Yet. He did replace McNabb last season when he was injured and became the first player to throw over 300 yards in his first two starts.
So Maclin might crack this list but the loss of McNabb puts him here. He is a better dynasty/keeper league player then a regular one season but no matter what if you can get him late, he might do big things for you.
"Hard Knox?" Not quite. He cracks the top 40 because of his versatility. If your in a league that values return yardage as well Knox can be even higher on this list.
He came on late last year and even made the Pro-Bowl as a rookie. He was able to catch 45 passes for 527 yards and five touchdowns. Keep in mind that he would be higher in leagues that also give return points.
Mike Martz is in town and he loves to throw the ball. Jay Cutler can only hope Martz's system works out for him and if it does, he'll be going to this speedy receiver out of Abliene Christian and us fantasy owners? We can thank Cutler and Martz for making Knox a steal.
You better be smiling. Out of optimism I put you on this list Mr. Bowe. So why is he on this list?
He didn't do anything last season, he was suspended for four games, he didn't have a touchdown after week 7! So why is he on the list? It's a challenge. A challenge to fantasy owners who will take a chance on him and a challenge to Bowe, who owes us fantasy owners a great season.
47 receptions, 589 yards and only four touchdowns. It's a make or break season for Bowe who has a new offensive coordinator in Charlie Weis.
So Mr. Bowe, can you deliver?
Thank you Peyton! Anthony Gonzalez, thank you too! This rookie out of BYU was called upon once Anthony Gonzalez went down in week one and all he had to do was run the right routes.
With Peyton Manning under center, Collie had a formidable quarterback, if not the league's best so he listened to what he was told.
Lacking speed and size he was able to catch 60 passes for 676 yards and seven touchdowns. With Anthony Gonzalez set to return, Collie will have to beat him out for that third wideout spot.
I'd draft Collie over Gonzalez but Garcon over Collie. Take a chance on Collie, at least his quarterback will get him involved
He's no longer a man of Steel. Pittsburgh traded Santonio to the New York Jets after violating the NFL's drug policy. Thanks to the violation Santonio will be suspended for the first four games.
With all that said, when he comes to the Jets he should and could be the number one option in front of Braylon Edwards and Jerricho Cotchery.
Holmes had 79 receptions last year for 1,248 yards and five scores. The Jets are a running team but Holmes may give Sanchez more chances to throw the ball.
Nice hands kid. Well maybe thats what Peyton Manning had to say to this receiver who caught the ball eleven times in the AFC championship game.
Besides great hands he's got great speed and a great heart. This wide receiver out of Mount Union played with a heavy heart this past season as his home country Haiti was devastated by an earthquake Garcon not only donated money to the relief efforts but performed for them as well.
His performance? He had 47 receptions 765 yards and four touchdowns. If that's true then why is he ahead of Collie? Speed. Pierre has speed and this will make him the second wide receiver. He can be even better then this ranking but only time will tell.
Mason almost retired last season but the death of his former teammate Steve McNair made him realize that he should keep playing till he can no longer play.
Well he can still play. With that said he is limited. He doesn't run as well as he use to nor can he "go up and get it" but what he does have is a veteran mindset and now Anquan Boldin is there to take the pressure off him.
Last season Mason had 73 receptions for 1,028 yards and seven scores. Old age, but he can still play. Look for Flacco to still go to Mr. Old Reliable but don't call him old or he'll meet you in the endzone.
In some eyes this ranking is too high but in T.J.'s eyes he wants to be higher. After seven years in Cincinnati Houshmandzadeh's first year in Seattle wasn't the best.
It wasn't all his fault. Despite a shaky quarterback situation he was able to pull down 79 catches for 911 yards and three touchdowns. TJ isn't washed up but the mileage is getting to him.
The Seahawks drafted Golden Tate out of Notre Dame to line up next to TJ and that should take some pressure off him.
TJ won't be taken as the 30th Wide Receiver so if you really want to take a chance, he'll prove to be good as long as his quarterback is healthy.
The Rook. First one to top the list as well. Why is a rookie, who has a second year quarterback playing on a weak team higher then some proven guys?
He's going to a team where he will be the "The Guy". That's right Benn the rookie out of Illinois could have and should have been taken in the first round of this year's NFL draft.
Benn has the ppportunity to get the numbers like he did while attending the University of Illinois. There he had 159 career receptions, for 2,221 yards, and a career total of 7 touchdowns.
He won't go as the 29th best Wide Receiver. In fact he could have been a sleeper, but I put him here cause he will be the guy in Tampa Bay alongside fellow rookie Mike Williams.
So I know what your thinking. A rookie at 29 and now a proven fantasy wide receiver at 28. Whoever writes these rankings is insane and he clearly doesn't know football.
In my defense, I haven't been diagnosed as insane and I like to believe I do know my football.
What I do know is that V-Jax has found himself in a little bit of trouble this upcoming season. He's been suspended by the NFL for the first three games and has threatened to hold out the next seven.
Despite the drama Vincent put up 68 receptions going for 1,167 yards and nine touchdowns this past season. You can't overlook the off field stuff though which is the reason I have him ranked so low.
If he can work it out he can be top 15, possibly top 10.
Get off your rear end kid. Jerry Jones has his eye on you and you can thank the other teams who passed you up and blamed it on your final season at Oklahoma St.
While playing for the Oklahoma St. Cowboys he was able to put up 147 receptions for 2,425 yards and 29 career touchdowns. When he fell to Dallas Jerry Jones was all smiles and so was Tony Romo.
Us fantasy owners should be all smiles as well, with Dez's arrival Roy E Williams looks to take the backseat to this explosive rookie. Miles Austin and Dez Bryant will give Romo a nice one-two punch. Either of them will give us fantasy owners a nice scoring threat.
He can thank Donovan. Moss didn't really have a good season last year and his best game came against the Detroit Lions. So why is he ranked so high?
Like I just mentioned, he has Donovan McNabb now. Donovan is coming off a year where he made the players around him better. (See Brent Celek, Jeremy Maclin and DeSean Jackson). Moss and McNabb are veterans so they will find a way to make it work.
Moss had 70 catches for 902 yards and three touchdowns last season so as previously mentioned it was a very underachieving season. We can only hope with McNabb in town, Moss will benefit from that.
"Old Reliable". Hines Ward is one of the best veterans and still one of the best options in fantasy football that's why he cracks the top 25. Now I understand he won't have Big Ben for at least four games but he's reliable.
Whoever plays quarterback for Pittsburgh knows that they can go to Hines, and Hines knows that he will make himself available for the quarterback. His ability to go to the ball still makes him a great option and the go-to guy in Pitt.
Hines caught 95 passes for 1,167 yards and found the endzone six times. While he won't have his QB there, he will have a QB and sometimes thats all you need. Hines is a best grab in middle rounds say 6 or 7.
I understand that Drew Brees would make even myself a great fantasy option just because that is what Drew did all of last year. It didn't matter what your name was as long as you had a Saints jersey on. Brees found you.
Well he found Meachem 45 times for 722 yards and Meachem had nine touchdowns. With Marques Colston clearly being the go to guy, Meachem has size and hands going for him and he seems to be the sure number two.
Take Meachem after you have your top wide receivers set and pray that Brees finds him on the weeks you play him. Shouldn't have to worry to much about that though I mean he even had a fumble forced and recovered last year!
Tar Heel pride. Yes this second year man out of North Carolina has cracked my top 25 and nearly made the top 20. He played through alot of injuries and had Mario Manningham breathing down his back but as the season went on he proved himself worthy of the number two option.
New York used alot of surprised guys last year in Nicks, "the other" Steve Smith and Mario Manningham. The one thing that all these guys have going for them is Eli Manning. Eli likes to get everyone involved and when one guy is hot, expect Eli to keep going to him.
That means good stuff for us owners, if he goes to Nicks alot. Hakeem should be able to build off his rookie season in which he had 47 catches for 790 yards and six touchdowns. Overall that wasn't bad for a guy who had some question marks coming in.
The man behind the visor has speed. This rookie even led the NFL in yards per catch with 19.4 yards. So Pittsburgh knows how to use this kid and fantasy owners should to.
He caught 39 passes for 756 yards and six scores and although he won't have a great quarterback for the first four weeks they will probably set Wallace up for some screens and if he can have the same average he'll be just fine.
Look for a slow start thanks to the QB situation but after their Week 5 bye week, I can see Mike Wallace breaking the top 20, Sorry Hines Ward.
This is more of a respect spot for MSW because he really is the only option that the Jaguars have at wide receiver. Outside of Maurice Jones-Drew. Sims-Walker is the only offense for Jacksonville (they must have a thing for guys with two last names).
Sims-Walker had 63 catches last season for 869 yards and seven touchdowns so he's proved he can play. The problem is, the team he plays for doesn't get alot of points so at best MSW is a good fantasy second or third wide receiver.