Fantasy Football's Top 60 Wide Receivers for 2010

Eric StashinSenior Writer IJune 28, 2010

MIAMI - DECEMBER 27:  Wide receiver Andre Johnson #80 of the Houston Texans breaks away for a long play while taking on the Miami Dolphins for a touchdown at Land Shark Stadium on December 27, 2009 in Miami, Florida.  (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)
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Wide Receiver is an interesting position for fantasy owners when you think about it.  After the top 15-20 options, are there really many sure things?  What you have is a number of options that could emerge, could stagnate, or could fall flat.  

Let’s take a look at how I currently have everyone ranked:

  1. Andre Johnson - Houston Texans
  2. Larry Fitzgerald - Arizona Cardinals
  3. Reggie Wayne - Indianapolis Colts
  4. Randy Moss - New England Patriots
  5. Calvin Johnson - Detroit Lions
  6. Miles Austin - Dallas Cowboys
  7. Roddy White - Atlanta Falcons
  8. Brandon Marshall - Miami Dolphins
  9. Vincent Jackson - San Diego Chargers
  10. DeSean Jackson - Philadelphia Eagles
  11. Marques Colston - New Orleans Saints
  12. Sidney Rice - Minnesota Vikings
  13. Anquan Boldin - Baltimore Ravens
  14. Steve Smith - New York Giants
  15. Chad Ochocinco - Cincinnati Bengals
  16. Greg Jennings - Green Bay Packers
  17. Steve Smith - Carolina Panthers
  18. Mike Sims-Walker - Jacksonville Jaguars
  19. Dwayne Bowe - Kansas City Chiefs
  20. Hines Ward - Pittsburgh Steelers
  21. Michael Crabtree - San Francisco 49ers
  22. Hakeem Nicks - New York Giants
  23. Percy Harvin - Minnesota Vikings
  24. Mike Wallace - Pittsburgh Steelers
  25. Pierre Garcon - Indianapolis Colts
  26. Steve Breaston - Arizona Cardinals
  27. Santana Moss - Washington Redskins
  28. Robert Meachem - New Orleans Saints
  29. Antonio Bryant - Cincinnati Bengals
  30. Wes Welker - New England Patriots
  31. Donald Driver - Green Bay Packers
  32. Dez Bryant - Dallas Cowboys
  33. Jeremy Maclin - Philadelphia Eagles
  34. T.J. Houshmandzadeh - Seattle Seahawks
  35. Derrick Mason - Baltimore Ravens
  36. Nate Burleson - Detroit Lions
  37. Arrelious Benn - Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  38. Kenny Britt - Tennessee Titans
  39. Devin Hester - Chicago Bears
  40. Julian Edelman - New England Patriots
  41. Demaryius Thomas - Denver Broncos
  42. Chris Chambers - Kansas City Chiefs
  43. Lee Evans - Buffalo Bills
  44. Braylon Edwards - New York Jets
  45. Donnie Avery - St. Louis Rams
  46. Eddie Royal - Denver Broncos
  47. Justin Gage - Tennessee Titans
  48. Santonio Holmes - New York Jets
  49. Jacoby Jones - Houston Texans
  50. Malcolm Floyd - San Diego Chargers
  51. Roy Williams - Dallas Cowboys
  52. Nate Washington - Tennessee Titans
  53. Mario Manningham - New York Giants
  54. Austin Collie - Indianapolis Colts
  55. Johnny Knox - Chicago Bears
  56. Devin Aromashodu - Chicago Bears
  57. Josh Cribbs - Cleveland Browns
  58. Kevin Walter - Houston Texans
  59. Davone Bess - Miami Dolphins
  60. Jerricho Cotchery - New York Jets

Thoughts:

  • Reggie Wayne or Randy Moss?  Randy Moss or Reggie Wayne?  I’m going to have to go with Wayne this year, because in the early weeks, without the threat of Wes Welker, Moss could struggle (unless Julian Edelman establishes himself quickly).
  • I love Roddy White for 2010.  He just keeps getting better and better, going from six TDs in ‘07 to seven in ‘08 to 11 last year.  He’s also had over 1,100 yards each of the past three seasons and defenses have to focus on Michael Turner, opening up the passing game. I look for him to potentially put up career marks across the board in 2010.
  • For now I’m leaving Vincent Jackson up in the rankings, but if he ultimately holds out, clearly he’s going to plummet. We’re going to have to keep a close eye on the news, however.  If you are drafting now, I could see bypassing him for a safer option.  If he plays, I’d rather have him than DeSean Jackson, and you can read why by clicking here .
  • Brandon Marshall may be playing with a new QB, but he’s already proven that that doesn’t matter.  We talked about his situation in detail, which you can read by clicking here .
  • Marques Colston has proven how good he is, and with Drew Brees throwing you the ball, you have the opportunity to pile up the yards and TD.  He’s scored eight or more TDs in three of his four career years (he had five in the other, appearing in just 11 games), and that’s a trend that certainly should continue.
  • Will Anquan Boldin be able to prove that he belongs in the spotlight and not in the shadow of Larry Fitzgerald?  Considering he was a Top 15 WR before the trade, being the main man in Baltimore shouldn’t change things.  For more on his new surroundings, check out our write up by clicking here .
  • The Panthers’ Steve Smith’s broken arm knocks him down a few notches, but not dramatically.  The early word is that he’ll be ready for Week One, but you just never know.
  • All Hines Ward does is produce, year after year.  Granted, his best years are behind him, but that doesn’t mean he’s not going to continue to be the rock of the Steelers' offense.  With Santonio Holmes sent to New York, it puts even more pressure on Ward, as well as Mike Wallace, to produce.
  • Santana Moss gets to play with the best QB he has for some time, possibly ever.  While he may be on the downside of his career, you have to expect a huge jump in his three TD in ‘09.  Would it be unthinkable to see him surpass 1,000 yards and challenge his career high of 10 TD?
  • When healthy, we all know what Wes Welker can do.  That makes him worth gambling on and stashing, doesn’t it?
  • With Mike Martz now the offensive coordinator in Chicago, look for them to possibly open things up a bit.  That gives all of their wide receivers a little bit extra in potential value, but Devin Hester is probably the biggest benefactor.
  • The Tennessee Titans have a handful of wide receivers who can step up and have a big game any week.  That makes it extremely difficult to depend on any of them, doesn’t it?  Maybe someone finally steps up (i.e. Kevin Britt), but for now I would avoid drafting any of them to be my starter.
  • The Broncos view Demaryius Thomas as a potential replacement for Brandon Marshall.  That statement alone makes him worth the gamble.
  • The Jets have three capable wide receivers (Jerricho Cotchery, Braylon Edwards, and Santonio Holmes), but they are clearly a team that likes to try and run over you.  That has to make you wonder if any of the three will be worth using as a starter.

What are your thoughts on these rankings?  Who is ranked too high?  Who is ranked too low?

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