Here is a look at the top 10 WR's for the 2011 season in PPR formats of (Point Per Reception) leagues.
On a little side note...I'd like to say, yes I am a Colts fan. I absolutely tried not to include Austin Collie on this list. His injury history in his short career is terrible, and he is only one concussion away from having dangerously serious issues.
Being a superstitious fan, I am already regretting putting two Colt WR’s on this list. However, the stats for PPR do not lie, and I have to follow those.
Reaches = Players drafted ahead of their value because of their name or past success.
Steals = Players that produce at a higher rate then their draft position indicates. People often fear them because of injury concerns.
Sleepers = Players that you can get relatively late in your draft but will produce like a similar player taken rounds earlier.
10. Austin Collie (Colts)
Yes he has injury concerns; however, through only half the 2010 season, Collie had 58 receptions 649 yards and 8 touchdowns. He was on pace to be the highest scoring WR in fantasy football in 2010 until an illegal hit put him out. Had he played all 16 games, he was on pace for 116 receptions, 1,298 yards and 16 touchdowns! He likely will be taken around the 15 to 23 WR position. This makes him a STEAL.
Projection: 92 receptions, 1,070 yards, 10 TDs
9. Greg Jennings (Packers)
Jennings exploded in the playoffs and had a solid regular season as well. He has taken a step forward as an elite talent in the NFL. Rodgers is a star QB, and Jennings' targets may increase with Driver aging. Most people will expect him higher, but this seems about right.
Projection: 81 receptions, 1,240 yards, 10 TDs
8. Miles Austin (Cowboys)
With Romo gone most of the season, 2010 was tough for Austin. Kitna seemed to Favor Dez Bryant, but when Romo was there, Austin was lights out. With Romo back, Austin will be a top 10 and possibly top five WR once again. Since he will be drafted around the 9 to 14 spots for WR’s, he's an obvious STEAL.
Projection: 84 receptions, 1,220 yards, 10 TDs
7. Larry Fitzgerald (Cardinals)
Speed? Check! Hops? Check! Hands? Check! QB…not so much. Fitz could be the top WR in football with a strong QB. If a rumored trade for Kolb or Orton does happen, he has a chance to move up. Without that, these numbers are probably the ceilings of what he will be able to do. He is a slight REACH because someone will draft him too early based on his name.
Projection: 92 receptions, 1,300 yards, 9 TDs
6. Wes Welker (Patriots)
Big time STEAL! Everyone in PPR leagues know that Welker is a stud, but he always ends up slipping. He had a down year last season after knee surgery, but history shows that year two after knee surgery is always much stronger than year one. He is a reception machine.
Projection: 114 receptions, 1,160 yards, 8 TDs
5. Reggie Wayne (Colts)
He may be one of the five most consistent WR in NFL history. He’s played in every game the last eight seasons. In 2010, he had 111 receptions (career high) and over 1,300 yards. His TDs lacked a bit, but he slumps on TDs every other season. Expect them to be back up.
Projection: 96 receptions, 1,290 yards, 9 TDs
4. Hakeem Nicks (Giants)
What a break out year he had in 2010! He even missed three games and was still able to put up 79 receptions, 1,052 yards and 11 touchdowns! He is a fantasy stud in the making but will be drafted anywhere from six to 12 between WR’s in 2011. With his numbers outshining that, this makes him a STEAL.
Projection: 91 receptions, 1,200 yards, 12 TDs
3. Roddy White (Falcons)
A breakout 2010 will be followed by a strong 2011. Julio Jones will take away targets, but that may cause White to get a little less coverage swarming him. Draft White and sleep easy because he will produce.
Projection: 102 receptions, 1,300 yards, 10 TDs
2. Calvin Johnson (Lions)
Even with a mishmash of QB’s in 2010, Megatron still put up solid numbers. He continues to grow, and with a healthy Matthew Stafford, he will be dominant. He will lead all WR’s in TDs in 2011.
Projection: 87 receptions, 1,200 yards, 15 TDs
1. Andre Johnson (Texans)
Andre may actually be a MONSTAR from “Space Jam." He is a freak of nature, and there may not be a more athletically gifted WR in the history of the NFL. He missed three games in 2010 because of an ankle injury and still put up 86 receptions, 1,216 yards and 8 touchdowns! That is just sick! He is the most unstoppable WR in football.
Projection: 111 receptions, 1,480 yards, 10 TDs
Reaches: Larry Fitzgerald, Braylon Edwards and Hines Ward
These guys are all reaches because they will be taken earlier than they should just because of their names. Ward is on the down slide and now only about the third WR on his team. Edwards can put up nice numbers if given the chance, but once again, someone will jump on him too early for his name value.
Steals: Wes Welker, Miles Austin, Austin Collie, and Santana Moss
Steal alert in full effect for all these play makers. Moss put up career numbers last season and can do it again. He is a steal because he is Santana Moss and he always slips. People are scared of him because he plays in Washington. He can be a nice addition to your team.
Sleepers: Mike Thomas, Steve Smith, Steve Smith and Michael Crabtree
Mike Thomas could have a fantastic season being the only real threat at the WR position in Jacksonville. Steve Smith (The Original) may move on from Carolina, and depending on where he lands, his fantasy career likely will jump back to life. Steve Smith (The most recent) suffered through injuries last year. However, he is a strong talent that has proven he can put up huge numbers in PPR.
Taking a gamble on him is not a bad idea since his hype has diminished. Crabtree just has to start producing more. His talent is incredible, and he will be the best option in San Fransisco. With a new coach in town, expect Crabtree to be a bigger focus.
In leagues that award points for punt return and kick return yardage and touchdowns, these WR’s have hidden value.
Kick and Punt Return WR’s: Percy Harvin, Jacoby Ford, Danny Amendola and Devin Hester
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