This is the second in a series of lists I have been working on as we race towards April 6 and the court ruling by a judge for the players or the owners over the CBA. This list, as with many of my off-season activities could be for not if their silence continues to speak volumes and the owners potentially lock out the players.
This week I take a look at the top ten wide receivers for the upcoming season. Just like the QB position I looked at their 2010 statistics, ranking them based on total fantasy points, yards, receptions, TDs, rating and their strength of schedule for 2011 based off 2010 records (courtesy of ESPN).
I assume we will see Russ Bliss over at Fantasy Football Starters kick out his early top ten list at the wide receiver position as well. It will be interesting to see how they compare and differ.
White, Roddy: needs some help opposite of him, but this kid can do it all, run, catch and score.
Jennings, Greg: big season in 2010, should only improve this year, but could see Rodgers spread the ball more.
Fitzgerald, Larry: the QB situation is questionable, but Fitz is the complete package, should quietly have a solid year.
Wayne, Reggie: injuries in 2010 saw Wayne excel (again!), more health at the WR position, but Reggie gets his share.
Johnson, Andre: big game player, should only improve with Schaub and be a top WR selected.
Johnson, Calvin: Megatron should get a performance boost with a healthy QB and running game.
Bowe, Dwayne: don’t think he can repeat his 2010 performance, he is the #1 in KC, but didn’t catch 54% of balls his direction.
Nicks, Hakeem: injuries in 2010 set him back, but is a favorite for Manning, look for a good follow up season.
Wallace, Mike: good rapport with Big Ben, put a full season in and Wallace increases his targets/receptions.
Lloyd, Brandon: a flash in the pan, but could crack the top ten, QB controversy in Denver?
Some might question the list I have put together. Others will be surprised not to see either DeSean Jackson or Jeremy Maclin on the list. Both WRs will have good years if Vick remains healthy. I believe Steve Johnson and Mike Williams (TB) need to prove 2010 was not a fluke, both should improve on their performances this season as well. Finally, Austin Miles was beset by the injury to Romo, with a healthy QB I think Miles has a shot for the top ten.
Larry Fitzgerald might come as a surprise at #3 based solely on the lack of a consistent QB in the desert for the Cardinals. I am hedging my bet that Arizona signs a proven veteran, which can only lead to good numbers for Fitzgerald. Missing from the list, Anquan Boldin who didn’t make a big impact in Baltimore his first year, but after a year with Flacco, they could gel a bit more and see a slight increase.
Another missing “star” is Marques Colston. One would believe this kid should be all pro with Drew Brees at QB, but last year Colston struggled. He did have one stretch of 7 games, but owners were frustrated with him all season. He has proven to be consistent over the years, but I don’t believe he is a top ten WR.
Finally, Santana Moss, no longer a youngster at 31 years old and 10 years in the NFL. He continues to put up solid numbers, even in a difficult year for the Redskins. Best thing that could happen to Moss is a change of venue to boost his numbers and production.