This year, more than any other year it is important to get a clear cut #1 receiver on your team. I think there are 9 #1 fantasy receivers this year, after that the available options get pretty slim.
1. Andre Johnson, Hou – I hate following what everyone else says, but he’s the clear cut #1
2. Randy Moss, NE – Until he gives a reason he shouldn’t be #2, he’s #2.
3. Miles Austin, Dal – Roy Williams is terrible and I don’t think Dez Bryant is ready for prime time
4. Roddy White, Atl – Had 1153 yards even though they had a terrible run game from week 9 on. The return of Harry Douglas helps as well
5. Larry Fitzgerald, Ari – The knee sprain doesn’t bother me, Matt Leinart does
6. Brandon Marshall, Mia – He only had 3 100 yard games last year, but Chad Henne is a big step up from Kyle Orton
7. Calvin Johnson, Det – Has the ability to be the most prolific fantasy receiver, but can Nate Burleson draw away coverage?
8. Greg Jennings, GB – Had a “down year” last year, but still finished with 1,113 yards. He will improve on the 4 TDs from last year
9. Reggie Wayne, Ind – Faded in the 2nd half last year and has Pierre Garcon hot on his heels
10. Marques Colston, NO – Drew Brees is still his QB, right? He was also third in red zone targets last year
11. Anquan Boldin, Bal – His TDs will increase from the 4 he had last year. Ray Rice running the ball well will help him a lot
12. Steve Smith, NYG – The “other Steve Smith” will easily outshine the “real Steve Smith” this year
13. Michael Crabtree, SF – If Alex Smith can get the ball to him he will get to 1,000 yards
14. Sidney Rice, Min – The hip injury concerns me a little bit, but Rice catches everything thrown his way
15. Steve Smith, Car – I like Matt Moore throwing to him, but who will draw coverage away from him?
16. Hines Ward, Pit – He’s not a sexy pick, but he’s nearly a lock for at least 4 catches a game
17. DeSean Jackson, Phi – I think Maclin comes on strong this year to steal some of Jackson’s thunder
18. Pierre Garcon, Ind – Peyton Manning has never had a problem supporting 2 great fantasy receivers
19. Wes Welker, NE – Welker is as tough as they come and he’ll be on the field week 1, catching 120 balls again
20. Chad Ochocinco, Cin – With TO in town Ocho’s targets will go down and so will his production
21. Hakeem Nicks, NYG – Nicks has great hands and surprisingly has a QB who threw for 4,000 yards last year.
22. Jeremy Maclin, Phi – Maclin was inconsistent last year, but that’s expected from a rooking joining a spread offense, with a better handle on the playbook this year he will shine
23. Mike Wallace, Pit – Wallace’s value will be lower with Big Ben out, but once Roethlisberger is back Wallace will be a top 15 WR
24. Mike Sims-Walker, Jac – His numbers last season were good overall, but he scored 4 or less fantasy points in 8 games last year
25. Dwayne Bowe, KC – If he’s committed this year he can be great, if not then he’ll end up with 589 yards again
26. Vincent Jackson, SD – He’ll miss the first 3 weeks and maybe more, but he had 6 100 yards games last year
27. Donald Driver, GB – The “he’s old” talk started last year and Driver responded with his usual 70 catch 1,000 yard season
28. Percy Harvin, Min – Harvin’s migraines worry me a little bit, but he’s a spectacular talent that should see some time in the backfield as well
29. Malcom Floyd, SD – Vincent Jackson’s suspension is great for Floyd who will get a lot of time with Rivers in the first 3 weeks of the season.
30. Johnny Knox, Chi – Knox will be playing split end in a Mike Martz offense
31. Terrell Owens, Cin – The hate on Owens has gone too far, his QBs were atrocious last year and he still managed 829 yards
32. Kenny Britt, Ten – Vince Young has to throw to someone and Britt will be that guy
33. Derrick Mason, Bal – Mason won’t get you 100 yards in many games, but he’ll consistently get you 4 catches and 60 yards every week
34. Early Doucet, Ari – Doucet will take over Boldin’s spot in the offense this year and be the #2 WR in Arizona
35. Devin Aromashodu, Chi – Once he got in the lineup he was Jay Cutler’s favorite target
36. Mohamed Massaquoi, Cle – Massaquoi had the 3rd highest yards per catch last year with terrible QB play
37. T.J. Houshmandzadeh, Sea – The running game is weak and Matt Hasselbeck is continuing to decline, Housh is great in PPR leagues though
38. Robert Meachem, NO – Meachem will work off of his strong second half last year when he proved his status as a former #1 pick
39. Braylon Edwards, NYJ – If you got bonus points for drops he’d be the #1 fantasy receiver
40. Steve Breaston, Ari – After 3 100 yards games in 2008 Breaston only had 3 games with more than 77 yards last year
41. Santonio Holmes, NYJ – Holmes is ranked this low based on his inability to make smart decisions
42. Bernard Berrian, Min – Berrian had an injured hamstring all year last year, being healthy will help him this year
43. Santana Moss, Was – He had 1 100 yard game last year and without any legitimate #2 WR on the roster expect a lot more bust weeks this year for Moss.
44. Jerricho Cotchery, NYJ – The ability is there it just hasn’t translated well onto the field lately
45. Lee Evans, Buf – Someone has to catch passes when the Bills are down 40-0 every week
46. Dez Bryant, Dal – I wanted to rank him higher, but I just don’t see it this year. There are too many options on the Cowboys offense
47. Chaz Schilens, Oak – If he’s healthy he’s worth of a bench spot, if not he’s unownable
48. Josh Cribbs, Cle – In terms of fantasy points as a WR Cribbs will probably rank 70th or lower, but factor in his QB and RB play and he could be worthy of a flex spot some weeks
49. Jacoby Jones, Hou – Jones will take over as the start opposite Andre 3000, he averaged 16.2 yards per catch last year
50. Sammie Stroughter, TB – Someone will step up in Tampa Bay this season and I don’t think it will be Mike Williams or Arrelious Benn.