Fantasy Football: Second Tier WRs Who Will Help You Make the Playoffs

James Hatfield Correspondent IIIAugust 26, 2010

SANTA CLARA, CA - AUGUST 02:  Michael Crabtree #15 works out during the San Francisco 49ers training camp at their training complex on August 2, 2010 in Santa Clara, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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In a continuing series, I am going to look at some of those WR’s that you should keep an eye on that fall outside the realm of no-brainers. As I analyze player rankings across numerous sites, I tend to notice them slipping into the late rounds, yet I think they offer significant upside especially if you end up missing out on your primary targets.

As "running back by committee" (RBBC) continues to shift the face of fantasy sports, and values around certain positions I think that the WR position in 2010 is where you will go boom or bust.

PPR leagues or not, your RB’s outside of the top four or five guys can be hit or miss each week and the consistency for your team will lie in your WR’s. Here are a handful of guys to keep in mind with the potential to be this year's Miles Austin or Sidney Rice.

Michael Crabtree

I see him in the 15-20 range among WR’s everywhere. I think San Francisco is going to have a great year, and if you look at Crabtree’s resume (when he played last year) it is pretty impressive. By adding a more stable group of running backs to San Francisco's overall improving squad, I think Crabtree is going to be the breakout player for 2010 at the WR position.

San Fran has one of the easiest schedules in the league, and the NFC West is weak to begin with, plus the fact that six of their games come against Arizona, Seattle, and St. Louis means that Crabtree will have some huge games this year.

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Jerricho Cotchery

"Mr. Consistency" for the Jets is the quiet darkhorse in this WR core. With Braylon Edwards and Santonio Holmes getting a lot of the attention, I like Cotchery as the guy who will break out from this pack. Holmes is suspended for a few games, and Edwards is hit or miss but will also be the primary focus from a defensive standpoint for most teams.

That leaves Cotchery as the guy who can really step out and shine since he has some of the best hands in the league, and his routes will be more suitable to Mark Sanchez, who struggles to throw the ball more than 50 yards sometimes. "Cotch" can go over the middle and runs solid routes so he will always be in the right place at the right time.

Austin Collie

So the Colts lose the Super Bowl to an amazing Saints team, and all of a sudden you don’t hear as much about them in the preseason as you might normally. Collie was a key element to that potent offense last year and racked up seven TDs.

As Reggie Wayne, Pierre Garcon, and Dallas Clark all garner the secondary attention this year, expect Collie to put up some strong numbers once again. He has great hands, is very quick, and has become a favorite target of Peyton Manning.

Although Anthony Gonzalez is back, he is already missing preseason time with leg issues, which has allowed Collie the opportunity to prove he can handle the role. Don’t be shocked if Collie has a Wes Welker-type of season.

Greg Camarillo

I am sure the inbox will be flooded after this one, but now that he has been moved to Minnesota to fill the gap for Sidney Rice, I think he offers a lot of upside. He was putting up solid numbers when Miami was terrible so you know the talent is there.

Now he has Brett Favre throwing to him (big difference in Favre and Chad Pennington/Chad Henne), and Camarillo has good size and great hands. With Bernard Berrian being the natural focal point and defense focusing on making sure "All Day" doesn’t torch them, expect to see Camarillo put up a solid numbers and surprise some people in the TD department.

Wes Welker

I am throwing out Welker simply because I see him in the 20-30 range. Yes he got hurt last year, and there was a decent option filling in for him.

Welker is back and will be the Welker of old. He is a must have in any PPR league, and going to put up 85+ yards a game and likely end the season with eight-plus  TDs. Let him go past you if you want to, but you will be kicking yourself by Week 6.

Santana Moss

Another unlikely favorite, but someone I think is going to have a big year is Santana Moss. He had a decent year last year while only getting about five balls thrown his way per game. Moss still has amazing speed and great hands.

Now that he has a QB, who isn’t afraid to throw it more than 20 yards, expect to see some home run balls this year with Donovan McNabb and Moss. M&M’s are going to put up big value this year.

Now to be clear as sometimes I think the intention of this series can be misread, I am not saying take any of these guys as the core of your WR crew. I think they offer tremendous upside as at best No. 2, but really fall in as No. 3 or flex option for PPR leagues.

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