2010 Fantasy Football WR Rankings

Fantasy Knuckleheads@_knuckleheadsCorrespondent IJune 5, 2010

Fantasy GM's wait to see where T.O. pops up in 2010.

Perhaps no position in fantasy football has had more attrition in the last couple of years than wide receiver. Other than a couple of names at the top, some of the biggest, Terrell Owens, Torry Holt , are all but gone, while other big names like Randy Moss and Steve Smith (CAR) are more speculative than in years past. Add to that, quarterback changes, schedule variations and ranking the receivers is arguably the most difficult of all positions and the one that has the most room for error.

Last season new names exploded into fantasy relevance like Sidney Rice and Miles Austin . Will they be fluke performers or are they the next generation of top 10 WR studs?

That said the days of drafting running backs with those first two picks have all but vanished. Now not taking a top wide receiver with one of your top two picks can prove to be a fatal fantasy blow.

With all this in mind let’s take an early look at where we see these fantasy studs landing in 2010.

Tier One ~ Best Bets

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1Andre JohnsonHOU7171 targets in 2009 and over 1,500 yards. Enough said.
2Reggie WayneIND7Is he the second best? No. But his consistency makes him the best pick at this spot.
3Larry FitzgeraldARI6Losing Warner hurts but you simply can’t doubt his skills.
4Calvin JohnsonDET7Some will call this high, but Megatron is a monster waiting to explode and 2010 is calling.
5Randy MossNEP5His second half wasn’t a good sign in 2009, but he should have one good year left.

Tier Two ~ Relatively safe bets

6Roddy WhiteATL8In a down year he still had top 6 fantasy numbers.
7Brandon MarshallMIA5Only five WRs had better per game fantasy numbers in 2009. He’ll have a better year in 2010.
8Miles AustinDAL4Others rank him higher but I want to see him for a full season. The upside is there though.
9DeSean JacksonPHI8Some worry about Kolb at QB but I see it as a boon for Jackson.
10Steve SmithCAR6Last year was ugly but he still has top 5 WR skills.
11Vincent JacksonSDC10Finally breaking out, and he has a soft schedule in 2010.
12Marques ColstonNOS10A soft schedule can only help his fantasy consistency at WR.
13Sidney RiceMIN4Favre looks to be back which means Rice should be a top WR again in 2010.
14Greg JenningsGBP10He had a down year for TDs but he should have a bounce back campaign.
15Anquan BoldinBAL8He gets to be the go-to-guy with one of the league’s most underrated QBs.

Tier Three ~ Getting speculative

16Michael CrabtreeSFO8Perhaps a few picks high but his upside is worth it.
17Hakeem NicksNYG9He is the homerun threat. He is the best of NY’s three big receivers.
18Steve SmithNYG9Where Nicks is the deep threat Smith is Mr. Consistent in the slot.
19Mike Sims- WalkerJAX9He surprised everyone in 2009 and he’s the #1 guy in 2010 for the Jags.
20Chad Ocho CincoCIN6Still the man in Tigerland.
21Percy HarvinMIN4He’s a threat every time he’s on the field, especially in return yardage leagues.
22Donald DriverGBP10As reliable as they come for Aaron Rodgers
23Robert MeachumNOS10Started his breakout last year, should complete it this year.
24Mike WallacePIT5This is his chance to shine. Holmes is gone, Ward is old.
25Wes Welker +NEP5He’d be 10 picks higher if not for his off-season surgery. We'll wait to see how and when he’ll play.

Tier Four ~ Looking for upside and sleepers

26Devin AromashoduCHI8This could be high but Martz plans on making this kid a star and that can only be a good thing for fantasy owners.
27Dwayne BoweKCC4He’d be higher if he used his hands more than his mouth but still capable of top 15 numbers
28Jeremy MaclinPHI8Look for him to expand on his solid rookie campaign.
29T.J. HoushmandzadehSEA5Last year he fell off the radar. That could be good for you this year.
30Pierre GarconIND7You could argue Austin Collie is just as good, but so far Garcon has the leg up.
31Santana MossWAS9He won’t be on any team I own.
32Lee EvansBUF6No QB but he’ll still pull in his share of balls for the Bills.
33Eddie RoyalDEN9He could be a real sleeper after last year’s meltdown.
34Kenny BrittTEN9He is a quality fantasy WR if he can stay focused and continue to develop
35Braylon EdwardsNYJ7Santonio Holmes arrival helps Edwards…if he can hang onto the damn ball.

Tier Five ~ Last of the Brohicans and the deep sleep

36Hines WardPIT5Who doesn’t love that smile? Still a force
37Chris ChambersKCC4He could wind up better than Bowe this year
38Antonio BryantCIN6Don’t like him, never will
39Joshua CribbsCLE8This kid has so much upside but he’s on a weak team
40Malcom KellyWAS9You could argue Devin Thompson here. It’s a coin flip
41Santonio HolmesNYJ7He’ll have a chip on his shoulder when he shows up
42Devin HesterCHI8He’s still trying to prove his value
43Derrick MasonBAL Boldin should get the old man open. 100 yards? It could happen
44Nate BurlesonDET7Megatron will help get this stealth bomber open
45Dez BryantDAL4He seems to have moved into the #2 role ahead of Roy Williams
46Johnny KnoxCHI8The argument can be made for Earl Bennett here as well.
47Mario MannighamNYG The third of New Yorks big three
48Demaryus ThomasDEN9Could easily outplay Eddie Royal
49Bernard BerrianMIN4The often forgotten man for the Vikes
50Dexter McClusterKCC4Mini-Welker is my deep sleeper this season.

Other names to keep in mind; Terrell Owens (FA) will jump into this list when he signs somewhere, Golden Tate (SEA), Donnie Avery and Laurent Robinson (STL), Josh Morgan (SFO), Julian Edelman and Torry Holt (NEP), Mohamed Massoquoi and Brian Robiski (CLE), Arrelious Benn and Mike Williams (TBB), Chaz Schilens (OAK) and of course the Colt’s forgotten man, Anthony Gonzalez (IND)– what can we expect from him this season?

+ Welker’s value drops dramatically if he’s still hurting when the season rolls around and Julian Edelman jumps up.

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