Fantasy Football: Top 40 Wide Receivers for 2010-11 Nos. 20-1
So the first released list had some big names at some low ranks. Nothing to worry about here, each and every player on this list deserves to be in the top 20.
As for the position that they're at? Well I'll just put them here and hope for a fun debate between readers and maybe even between the readers and myself. Fantasy football is more then ever glorying thanks to wide receivers so here's your top 20 and as mentioned I don't mind a great debate.
No. 20 Michael Crabtree, 49ers
So, why is a rookie who held out for the first five games and has an under achieving quarterback in my top 20? Well it's sort of simple. Well for starters he's the best wide receiver that San Fran has.
He was a rookie last season and while there is a lot of work to be done his ball catching ability is through the roof and his big play ability can come at anytime.
This kid out of Texas Tech had 48 receptions last year for 625 touchdowns and while he only scored two touchdowns, if Alex Smith and Crabtree can get on the same page, they could be a great QB-WR connection. Fantasy owners, just wait.
No. 19 Percy Harvin, Vikings
Last year's offensive rookie of the year. Also Mr. Migraine and even Mr Do It All. That's exactly what he did in his rookie season for the Minnesota Vikings. He battled migraines almost every week but played in every game except for week ten vs Cincinnati.
He can line up in the backfield for a "Wildcat" type of play, he's a slot receiver but an even more dangerous kick returner. If you get return points he can be even higher on the list, look for an even more explosive second year especially with Brett all but returning.
Oh yea, his quarterback? Good ol Brett. Favre that is. Favre was able to complete 60 receptions for 790 yards and six scores to this kid, he can only get better!
No. 18 Donald Driver, Packers
Green Bay's faithful Yep that's right the 35 year old Packer cracks the list at number 18 despite his old age. While Greg Jennings is the number one guy in Green Bay here's a little secret you might have not known, double D was a top 20 WR last year.
With Green Bay still launching its pass attack and consistent running by Ryan Grant they have one of the best offenses in the NFL. With a young upstart quarterback in Aaron Rodgers, running back in Ryan Grant , wide receiver in Greg Jennings and tight end Jermichael Finley, Driver shows up when called upon.
Double D had 70 catches for 1,061 yards and scored six times. His old age is the only hit on him but even at his age he can still produce and deserves a spot on your team.
No. 17 Calvin Johnson, Lions
Don't need to review. Ball in control, both feet inbounds this man right here just got somebody some fantasy points. This man is "Megatron" and while he's had some injuries and struggled early in his career things are looking up.
Despite a rookie quarterback last year and some injuries Calvin had 67 catches for 984 yards and five touchdowns.
With another year under his belt and the same to be said for his quarterback they can develop some great chemistry. Provided he can stay healthy Calvin should once again be atop fantasy wide receivers, and could make the top ten.
No. 16 Anquan Boldin Ravens
Goodbye Arizona. Hello Baltimore. There's a new bird in town. Following an off-season trade to the Ravens, Anquan is on his way to a city where he will be the go-to guy.
No disrespect to Derrick Mason but Anquan Boldin should be and will be the first option for the Joe Flacco. Speaking of which, Joe Flacco has been all smiles since this acquisition and so should fantasy owners.
Boldin is coming off a year where he had 84 catches for 1,024 yards and four touchdowns. With all that said and the promise of Flacco, Boldin's numbers should go up and that means more smiles for fantasy owners.
No. 15 Marques Colston, Saints
Not bad for a guy who New Orleans questioned early in his career eh? When the Saints were riding their spectacular season, Drew Brees was riding this wide receiver's spectacular season.
That spectacular season I'm talking about? 70 receptions for 1,074 and nine touchdowns. The scary part about this is Drew Brees is to nice. If Colston was in a position where he was the only guy running the offense I'd have him a lot higher.
Despite the other guys that Brees likes to find, Colston will once again reign among the leagues best wide receivers and there will not be a Super Bowl hangover.
No. 14 Greg Jennings, Packers
Green Bays love this guy, so does Aaron Rodgers and so should fantasy owners. Jennings came in with high hopes last season and didn't finish exactly where he wanted but he came on late and showed promise towards end of fantasy season.
He may have had 68 catches for 1,113 yards and only four touchdowns but he was able to show a lot of good signs coming into this next season.
I just drafted Aaron Rodgers in my most important league, so I hope Jennings can crack the top 10. Wait and see, but I think he can do it.
No. 13 Steve Smith pt 2, Giants
The "other" Steve Smith, I am so high on this guy who has finally proved himself! Well sort of. With the Giants' running game in question Eli was able to turn to this kid out of USC and make the fans in New Jersey say Plaxico who?
So why am I so high on him? 107 receptions for 1,220 yards and seven touchdowns. If I'm so high on him then why is he outside my top ten? Inconsistent. His big games came in spurts and he wasn't much of a deep ball guy.
With that said he's a steal in rounds 4-5 but many will pass him up. Be smart get him while you can. Eli will pass to him a lot and Eli kinda knows what he's doing.
No. 12 Wes Welker, Patriots
Yes I know he is injured. Welker tore his ACL and MCL joints in his knee during the regular season finale but only needed surgery on his ACL. Things looked shady for Welker, when would he be back? For some fantasy owners they were ready to trade him right away in keeper leagues.
There was no reason for such a high panic. Some reports are saying that Wes might be cleared by doctors for the start of training camp if this is true and they don't place him on the Physically Unable to Perform or PUP list. Get this guy.
He had 124 catches last year, going for 1,348 yards and four touchdowns. He won't get you the touchdown numbers but the yards and catches make him one of the most valuable pieces on any PPR teams. Get him while you can, I think his health will be just fine.
No. 11 DeSean Jackson, Eagles
Mr. Wheels. With the recent departure of Donovan McNabb, I had to put D-Jax right on the edge of my top 10. If your leagues give points for return yardage D-Jax will not only be in the top 10 but he could crack the top five.
His ability to go deep and use his speed to separate from the defense is incredible. He really stepped into the spotlight last season but losing a veteran in McNabb will hurt.
DeSean had 62 catches for 1,156 yards and nine touchdowns, while he did lose his quarterback Kevin Kolb should be able to look for DeSean in big situations. If this is true DeSean may crack the top five, but until then not quite.
No.10 Larry Fitzgerald, Cardinals
ahh good ol Larry Fitz. He's been one of the best fantasy wide receivers if not the best for the last couple of seasons. So why is only number 10? Kurt Warner.
With Kurt's retirement and Arizona's remaining quarterbacks: Matt Leinart and Derek Anderson not having great track records, Fitz will have to make the plays they cant get him the plays.
He did have 97 catches for 1,092 yards and thirteen touchdowns, the most on the list so far. As mentioned before he may not be a top five guy but he'll still get your fantasy points. Thanks a lot Kurt Warner!!!
No. 9 Chad Ochocinco, Bengals
So you think I'm crazy because I have Chad Ochocinco in my top ten? Child Please. I know Carson Palmer isn't Peyton Manning. I know Chad is ranked above Welker, D-Jax, Steve Smith, Colston, Boldin, Jennings and all those guys will be drafted before him but hear me out.
If you check his stats last season he actually had a pretty good fantasy football year. Those stats have him catching 72 passes for 1,047 and nine touchdowns. I dont know about you but that's not bad for a run first offense.
With Antonio Bryant, Andre Caldwell and Jordan Shipley backing up Chad I think 85 will make the top ten. Once again that's just me, but if you draft him you could make your other owners Kiss Da Baby.
No. 8 Steve Smith, Panthers
I know, you think I'm really crazy. I had a guy who is in a shaky situation at nine and now a guy who broke his arm playing flag football. That's ok because numbers don't lie.
I'm not just talking about last season in which he had only 65 catches for 982 yards and seven touchdowns. All that came with a shaky quarterback situation.
Well he has Matt Moore now so how is that better? Well he had Jake Delhomme and the past five seasons he's been a fantasy top 20. He should do the same whether its Matt Moore or Jimmy Clausen at quarterback.
No. 7 Sidney Rice, Vikings
This guy really hopes Brett Favre comes back. So should fantasy owners of Sidney or Brett. This fourth year receiver from South Carolina enjoyed his most productive season ever when Brett came to town.
One hell of a year thanks to a 40 year old man. Sidney had 83 catches for 1,312 yards and eight touchdowns. He added another dimension to the Vikings offense and rose up fantasy boards quick.
Fantasy owners take him high this year and towards end of season try to trade him unless Minnesota brings in another quarterback, I think this is Brett's last season so enjoy the high ride he will bring you with Sidney.
No. 6 Reggie Wayne, Colts
Reggie Wayne, Peyton's go to guy, Peyton's best friend. Fantasy owners' best friend. While Pierre Garcon and Austin Collie came into their own late in the season that can be credited to Reggie Wayne.
Wayne was an absolute monster this past season, catching 100 passes for 1,264 yards and ten touchdowns. Peyton can go to Wayne and Wayne will deliver. Fantasy owners can to Wayne and he'll deliver.
Wayne getting rested in fantasy playoffs is the reason he doesn't crack my top five.
No. 5 Roddy White, Falcons
You probably will not find anyone who has Roddy White on their top five list. Except me. You probably think I'm the dumbest, craziest football person ever. I'm not.
Roddy White is very lucky to have Matt Ryan because as Matt Ryan becomes better it will be in part to Roddy White. He is what Anquan Boldin can now be to Joe Flacco.
White had 85 catches for 1,153 yards and eleven touchdowns. To be honest, most of you probably didn't know he had that great of a season. With Matt Ryan healthy, Michael Turner healthy and Tony Gonzalez back the pressure is off White which means he can step up and produce even more.
No. 4 Randy Moss, Patriots
Man amongst boys. Even at 33 years old Randy Moss was doing things that the young guys can't do.
What if I told you that in two games against the Jets Randy Moss couldn't catch a combine 100 yards? Sounds crazy, but true. What if I told you that Moss had 83 catches for 1,264 yards and thirteen touchdowns? Sounds crazy but true.
With Welker on the fence of when he will return, Randy is likely to see more passes, and unless it's Darrelle Revis of the Jets covering him, he'll likely win most of the battles. Randy Moss cracks the top five, once again.
No. 3 Miles Austin, Cowboys
This Cowboy had some giddy in his step last season. Coming out of nowhere to say goodbye Roy Williams, Miles Austin exploded on to the scene in a game against Kansas City where he had 10 receptions for 250 yards and two touchdowns.
He helped Cowboys win a game in which they should have blown out Kansas City, but the Chiefs and the whole NFL asked: Miles who? Soon enough it was "To Much Miles" for the NFL and Tony Romo had a new best friend.
Nervous about putting him number three since it was a breakout season but the arrival of Dez Bryant could help.
No. 2 Brandon Marshall, Dolphins
Big smile here, some crazy eyes as well. I know you guys probably think I'm insane for putting B-Marsh number two above some top name guys but when it comes down to it, he produces every year.
With Jay Cutler and Kyle Orton at quarterback Marshall was able to put up three straight 100+ catch games. That's something to remember seeing how Brandon recently came out and said his new quarterback Chad Henne "throws a more catchable ball then Jay Cutler"
If that's true then how will the new Miami Dolphins receiver build off last season? A season in which he had 101 catches for 1,120 yards and ten touchdowns? I hope that he catches more then 100 passes for the fourth straight season, if he can remain healthy and chemistry clicks between Henne and himself, it could happen.
No. 1 Andre Johnson, Texans
Why not? Better question, who better? The league's leading receiver went unstoppable all year and made us realize his 2008 season was no fluke. He got his money this off-season and now it's just back to work.
He's not a diva, he's a gamer. He is a team leader and will do anything and everything to help the Houston Texans win. It's because of this man that Matt Schaub was one of fantasy football's top quarterbacks.
His only true competition was Larry Fitzgerald, and Fitz doesn't have a top notch quarterback anymore (with all due respect to Derek Anderson and Matt Leinart). One thing is for sure if Andre can repeat or even pass up these numbers: 101 receptions for 1,569 yards and nine touchdowns he will be the best wide receiver in fantasy football for plenty of years forward.
Good luck this season, even through all these rankings I haven't been diagnosed as insane.