Yesterday we looked at running backs to draft on a fantasy team. Today, we will explore wide receivers. Remember, this is not about the team’s record, but the performance of the player. Look at the player’s ability and the potential he has to get a lot of time and passes thrown his way.
Silent assassin – Calvin Johnson (Detroit Lions) is a phenomenal athlete. His height and speed make it difficult for cornerbacks and safeties to cover him. You may not have heard of him, but you should get familiar with him. You will not see him talk smack on headline news or on the sideline, but he gets the job done. If he were on a better team, he certainly would be a pro bowler and household name. The Lions do not have a strong running game, so you can expect that they will pass a lot. Johnson can score major points for your team.
Old faithfuls – Randy Moss (New England Patriots) and Reggie Wayne (Indianapolis Colts) are veteran wide receivers on good teams. Randy is definitely more talented than Reggie, but they both put up over 1,200 receiving yards last season. They have good chemistry with their quarterbacks, Tom Brady and Peyton Manning respectively. Enough said.
Good, but questionable – Larry Fitzgerald (Arizona Cardinals) is a great receiver. After two consecutive years of over 1,400 receiving yards, he only had 1,092 yards last season. He sprained his knee a couple of weeks ago and it has not been confirmed whether he will be able to play at the start of the regular season.
Nasty Nati Boys – Chad Ochocinco and Terrell Owens are both in Cincinnati now giving Bengals quarterback Carson Palmer two strong options. Ochocinco is still the #1 receiver in Cincinnati. With Antonio Bryant out of the way (he was released over the weekend), there is no question that T.O. is going to get a lot of time. T.O. did not get a job until training camp, so I think that he will want to show the other 31 teams that he is still good and can make any team better.
Lone Star Superstars – Miles Austin (Dallas Cowboys) and Andre Johnson (Houston Texans) are the top receivers on their teams. Miles had a very impressive season last year and looks to build on that this year. Andre is the highest paid receiver in the NFL. In the past two seasons he has accumulated close to 1,600 receiving yards. This is the reason that the Texans ensured that he was going to stay in Houston. You should consider applying the same reasoning to your team.
OK, it’s going down on Monday. Heels & Helmets Fantasy Football League Draft on September 6 online at noon! Who will you pick?
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