Top 5 Fantasy Football Sleepers: Wide Receiver

Josh DicksonContributor ISeptember 8, 2008

With Week 1 of the NFL under wraps, I have decided to publish my Top 5 sleepers for each skill position for Fantasy Football.  I have played Fantasy Football for 7 years now and I have always found a sleeper or two each season.  Here are my Top 5 Sleepers for Wide Receiver:

1)      Ted Ginn Jr. (MIA) – Ginn displayed some promise late in the season last year, but the Dolphins passing game has left a lot to be desired ever since Dan Marino left town.  Now with a rejuvenated Chad Pennington in a less stressful city, expect Pennington and Ginn to hook up a lot this season.  Hey, Cotchery and Coles were solid fantasy options with Chad under center and he has already been named the starter in Miami.

2)      Nate Burleson ( SEA ) – Burleson has been a consistent deep ball receiver since entering the league;  Now with Deion Branch and Bobby Engram sidelined, Burleson becomes the go-to receiver for the Seahawks in Week 1.  Hasselbeck and Burleson already have some rapport together as Burleson caught 50 passes and 9 TD’s last year and is only 26 years old.

3)      Anthony Gonzalez ( IND ) – Gonzalez had a fantastic rookie season and was top 10 in  receiving yards during the last 4 weeks while also hauling in 3 TD’s.  If Marvin Harrison health still in question, Gonzalez could potentially be the #2 WR.  Even if Harrison is healthy, Gonzalez will see time as the slot receiver and could be primed for a big year ala 2004 Brandon Stokley.

4)      Jerricho Cotchery (NYJ) – Laveranues Coles has been long time considered the #1 man in NY Green, but Coles still seems to be pouting over losing Chad Pennington which won’t help his relationship with his new QB.  Last year, Jerricho Cotchery was the only WR with more plays of 25+ yards(13) than Randy Moss(12).  Oh, and Brett Favre being his QB doesn’t hurt either.

5)      Bryant Johnson (SF) – Johnson only had 46 catches and 2 TD’s last year, but he also was on the same team as super stars Larry Fitzgerald and Anquan Boldin.  Johnson is now projected as the #1 receiver in San Francisco and has offensive master mind Mike Martz as his offensive coordinator.