The 2011 fantasy football playoffs are just around the corner. That means we have a pretty good idea of who the top 10 PPR receivers are.
Most of the top receivers have not come as much of a surprise. You will find that, in the rundown, many of them would have been expected to be somewhere in the top 10 before season's end.
That being said, there have been a couple of welcome surprises at the top of the receiver list this season. Here are the top ten counting down towards the best.
Dallas Cowbyoys tight end Jason Witten is a little off of his amazing pace of 2010, but he is still a PPR stud. He is ninth in the league among receivers in receptions.
Witten still has a great chance at hitting 90 receptions and 1,000 yards for the second consecutive season. Tony Romo is looking better of late, and a newly found running game in Dallas should help his cause.
Not much was expected of Cincinnati Bengals rookie wideout A.J. Green this season, considering the offense was projected to be one of the worst in the league. Instead, Green has been one of the more consistent fantasy players throughout the year.
Green's 41 receptions and his six touchdowns trail only Calvin Johnson and Eric Decker. He has gotten better as the season has progressed and has become one of the top young players in the game.
Even though Brandon Marshall has not been much of a touchdown threat throughout his career with the Miami Dolphins, he is one of the league's top targets. That alone always has him in the conversation among the top receivers in PPR formats.
Marshall trails only Calvin Johnson and Wes Welker in receptions this season, and we all know that those other two have much better quarterbacks throwing them the ball. While the Dolphins have been better of late, Marshall is still playing in one of the worst offenses in the game.
Veteran receiver Steve Smith has been rejuvenated this season due to the emergence of rookie quarterback Cam Newton. A former superstar, Smith had really turned into an afterthought over the last couple of seasons in an anemic passing offense.
Smith is behind only Wes Welker in receiving yards with 951 and also has 51 receptions. The touchdowns are a little lacking, which is the only reason he isn't challenging for the No. 1 slot overall.
After an incredibly fast start for Mike Wallace this season, he has recently come back down to earth. He has just one 100-yard game in his last seven after having three in a row to start 2011.
Wallace has done enough damage, however, to be a top-flight fantasy wide receiver, even in PPR formats. He has at least five catches or a touchdown in every game except one this year.
After his big performance last night against the Jets, Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski has officially stamped himself as one of the best past catchers in the league. Only Calvin Johnson has more touchdown catches in 2011 and he is among the league leaders in receptions.
Imagine if Gronkowski didn't have to share targets with PRR machine Wes Welker or fellow tight end Aaron Hernandez. He would easily be making a run at the top spot if one of those two were playing on a different team.
Heading into Monday Night Football against the Vikings, Green Bay Packers wide receiver Greg Jennings has 48 catches for 723 yards and six touchdowns. Those numbers are good enough to keep him among the top receivers, even though he has still played one less game.
Jennings has to share the wealth a lot in Green Bay, but Aaron Rodgers passes enough to keep his numbers high. He also has a high average-yard-per-catch and is one of the better red zone targets in the game.
While there was certainly a lot of hype surrounding New Orleans Saints tight end Jimmy Graham coming into 2011, no one expected him to be as good as he's been. He has 62 receptions for 873 yards and six touchdowns.
Being the No. 1 target for Drew Brees certainly helps Graham's fantasy production. Brees is always among the league leaders in pass attempts every year.
It looked for a while that Calvin Johnson would push towards the 25-touchdown reception mark this season. He had had exactly two touchdown receptions in each of the Lions first four games, setting an incredible pace.
While his touchdown grabbing has severely slowed down, he has still been a top target over the last several weeks. His 11 grabs are three more than any other player and he still has 54 receptions, making him a worthwhile stud in PPR formats.
Plain and simple, Wes Welker leads the NFL in receptions and receiving yards. There is almost no question as to who has been the best PPR receiver in fantasy football in 2011.
The New England Patriots throw the ball a lot, and without a legitimate deep threat, Tom Brady throws a lot of quick passes. Welker is probably the best route runner in the NFL, making him a constant target of throws by Brady.