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Top 15 Fantasy Football Wide Receivers for 2013
1. Calvin Johnson DET - Detroit Lions, Bye: Week 5
2. Larry Fitzgerald ARI - Arizona Cardinals, Bye: Week 10
3. Roddy White ATL - Atlanta Falcons, Bye: Week 7
4. Andre Johnson HOU - Houston Texans, Bye: Week 8
5. Steve Smith CAR - Carolina Panthers, Bye: Week 6
6. AJ Green CIN - Cinsinnati Bengals, Bye: Week 8
7. Wes Welker NE - New England Patriots, Bye: Week 9
8. Jordy Nelson GB - Green Bay Packers, Bye: Week 10
9. Victor Cruz NYG - New York Giants, Bye: Week 11
10. Brandon Marshall CHI - Chicago Bears, Bye : Week 6
11. Dwayne Bowe KC - Kansas City Chiefs, Bye: Week 7
12. Mike Wallace PIT - Pittsburgh Steelers, Bye: Week 4
13. Greg Jennings GB - Green Bay Packers, Bye: Week 10
14. Marques Colston NO - New Orleans Saints, Bye: Week 6
15. Hakeem Nicks NYG - New York Giants, Bye: Week 11
Second Tier Starter with Upside: Pierre Garcon, Washington Redskins
After the premiere pass catchers are off the board, shrewd draftniks are looking to that second tier of wide receivers to find one that can produce like at an elite level. Last year in Indianapolis, Garcon began to overtake Reggie Wayne as the goto guy in the Colts offense. Garcon is slightly undersized but his speed and route running ability after years of working with Peyton Manning will make him an ideal target for rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III. RGII is expected to have a year similar to Cam Newton’s 2011 campaign and Pierre Garcon with be the primary benefactor.
Sure to Disappoint: Dwayne Bowe, Kansas City Chiefs
Dawyne Bowe is a supremely gifted athlete with a work ethic problem. Over the course of his five year career in Kansas City he has shown flashes of brilliance, but they that were marred by periods of indifference. Bowe is entering the last year of his six year deal with Kansas City and the Chiefs have ignored his demands for a multiyear contract. Many believe that they’ve grown tired of Bowe and expect that this will be his last season in a Chiefs uniform. I would devalue Dwayne Bowe on my draft boards at this time. Second year man Johnathan Baldwin is looking for his opportunity to shine.
Next great Fantasy Pass Catcher: Brian Quick, St. Louis Rams
Drafted out of Appalachian State in April’s 2012 NFL draft, this unheralded rookie has the opportunity to grow with Sam Bradford into one of the league’s elite TD combinations. His rare combination of size and speed allowed the St. Louis Rams to pass on their top-rated WR prospect, Justin Blackmon, in order to take Quick with the first pick of the third round. The Rams will be playing from behind in a lot of games and Sam Bradford is desperate for a goto guy.
What I said in 2011 ...
Premiere Pass Catcher : Roddy White, Atlanta Falcons
In 2010, Roddy White dominated NFL defenses unlike any other player at his position posting 10 TD's on 115 receptions for 1389 yards. Fighting through double teams and reeling in passes from strong armed sophmore quarterback Matt Ryan, the future looks bright for the Atlanta Falcons. By adding rookie wide out Julio Jones, the Falcons boast one of the best one-two tandens at the wode receiver position in the league. Jones will help open up the field for White who will post another exceptional year for fantasy owners.
Most Overrated Wide Receiver: Anquan Boldin, Baltimore Ravens
The Ravens brought in the former #2 Arizona Cardinals receiver to help spark this Joe Flacco led offense. Boldin is a physical presence at the wide receiver position, with excellent run-after-catch ability, but Joe Flacco continues to look Derek Mason's way as he spreads the ball around in this dink-and-dunk west coast offense. Although Boldin's pro game works for the Ravens, it simply doesn't translate to fantasy gold for owners looking to draft a solid number one. Furthermore, Boldin doesn't get into the end zone enough to be an elite option.
What I said in 2010 ...
Premiere Pass Catcher : Andre Johnson, Houston Texans
As predicted last year, Andre Johnson and Matt Schaub picked up when they left off the year before. With 101 receptions, 1569 yards, and nine touchdowns in 2009, Andre Johnson has proven his worth as an elite pass catcher in the National Football League. He has prototypical size and speed with exceptional run after catch (RAC) ability. Johnson will continue to outrun defenses in 2010
Most Overrated Wide Receiver: Hines Ward, Pittsburgh Steelers
Hines Ward has been too old to be an elite wide receiver for the last three years, but every year he steps up and performs admirably. Not in 2010. Ward will unfortunately be infected by several factors that are out of his control. With the suspension of Ben Roethlisberger for six games, the Pittsburgh Steelers will resume playing Pittsburgh Steeler football, winning games with defense and a strong ground attack. This emphasis on the run game coupled with his age will take its toll on his 2010 numbers.
2010 Fantasy Sleeper: Kenny Britt, Tennessee Titans
I liked Kenny Britt as a rookie last year. He was going to a team in Tennessee that desperately needed wide receiver help and he just seemed to have a knack for being around the football and making plays. Over the course of the 2009 season, he seemed to grow into his role in the Titans passing offense. I expect him to become Vince Young's primary target this year and pay big dividends to fantasy owners that select him in the later rounds.
Sure to Disappoint: TJ Houshmanzadeh, Seattle Seahawks
Housmandzadeh is a #2 receiver. There's no getting around that. For the 2010 NFL season I expect that he'll continue to put up very average numbers and that's just not good enough in fantasy football. Coupled with the fact that Matt Hasselbeck is an aging quarterback that's entering the twilight of his career, you're looking at a recipe for disaster. I won't be drafting this guy early.
The Next Great Fantasy WR: Mike Williams, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Mike Williams has been a pleasant surprise at Bucs training camp this year. Coaches rave about his work ethic and raw talent. With second round pick Arrelious Benn underperforming and not much on the Bucs roster at the wide receiver position, Williams sits alone at the top of the depth chart. This situation screams sleeper. Williams is a guy you can grab late in the draft who will perform at a high level by midseason.
What I said in 2009 ...
Premiere Pass Catcher : Andre Johnson, Houston Texans
With 115 receptions, 1575 yards and 8 touchdowns on 2008, Andre Johnson's time has come. If Matt Schaub can stay healthy this year, considering the emergnce of a solid ground game with Steve Slaton, I expect the most dominant receiver of 2008 to maintain his crown.
Most Overrated Wide Receiver: TJ Houshmanzadeh, Seattle Seahawks
I just have a problem taking a #2 wide receiver and trying to make him a #1. Housh served as an exceptional compliment to Chad OchoCinco all those years in Cincinnati, but unfortunately he is just that, a complimentary #2 receiver. Now in Seattle, with an aging Matt Hasselbeck at quarterback and a weak looking ground game I just don't see much success in Seatle for Housh.
2009 Fantasy Sleeper: DeSean Jackson, Philadelphia Eagles
I know I called hiim out an my fantasy sleeper last year, but I gotta tell you I like what Philadelphia has be doing with their offense this offseason and I honestly believe that DeSean Jackson is in a position become a large beneficiary of most of these changes. Trading for Left Tackle Jason Peters from Buffalo, drafting Jeremy Maclin and LeShonn McCoy, bringing in Michael Vick. The Eagles are posturing for a Super Bowl birth and Jackson's speed and ability to get deep will offer Donovan McNabb lots of opportunities to air it out.
Sure to Disappoint: Antonio Bryant, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Call me a hater, but I just don't have a whole lot of confidence in Antonio Bryant. True he had an exceptional breakout year last year in Tampa forcing the Bucs to place their franchise tag on him, but this is the same Antonio Bryant that underperformed in Dallas, Cleveland and San Francisco before landing in Tampa. I wish him the best, but I don't expect 2009 to be too kind.
The Next Great Fantasy WR: Hakeem Nicks, New York Giants
I really like the situation that Hakeem Nicks finds himself in in New York. With Plaxico Burress serving a prision sentence for gun possession, the New York Giants receiving corps is looking for a leader to step up and become a number one receiver. Given time Hakeem Nicks can be that guy.
What I said in 2008 ...
Overrated Wide Receiver: Steve Smith, Carolina Panthers
Fantasy Sleeper: Vincent Jackson, San Diego Chargers
Disappoint: Santana Moss, Washington Redskins
Great Fantasy WR: Calvin Johnson, Detroit Lions