In 2010, the game of fantasy football has evolved so that wide receivers are more important than ever. In my opinion, it is now vital to lock up at least two top receivers in order to have success in your league, so here are my top 20 wide receivers for 2010.
1.) Andre Johnson, Houston Texans: He has become the man to get at wide receiver, and if you miss out on the first four running backs, I can’t argue against taking Johnson with the No.5 pick. Missing out on a top WR early will hurt you, so if you’re sitting in the fifth spot, going with Johnson can be a smart decision.
2.)Miles Austin, Dallas Cowboys: Austin came out of nowhere last year and emerged as one of the best WRs in fantasy. Now the secret’s out, and Austin could go in the second round.
3.)Reggie Wayne, Indianapolis Colts: Peyton Manning is still his QB, and Wayne’s still talented. Don’t pass on Wayne.
4.)Randy Moss, New England Patriots: Moss’ worst season as a Pat came with Matt Cassel at the helm, and he shined when Brady returned last season. It could be his last season as a Pat, but expect another great season for Randy in 2010.
5.)Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona Cardinals: I’m not buying a drop-off for Fitz with Leinart now at the helm. In fact I wouldn’t be surprised with a bit of a bounce back season from Larry, who didn’t gain as much yardage in ’09 as expected, but still managed a career high in TDs (13).
6.)Sidney Rice, Minnesota Vikings: As long as Favre comes back, Rice will be productive again. I managed to snag Rice late in ’09 and reaped the benefits. Don’t expect to land Rice past the fourth round at the very latest this year.
7.)DeSean Jackson, Philadelphia Eagles: He’ll be Kolb’s No.1 target, and after a breakout sophomore season, the sky’s the limit here.
8.)Brandon Marshall, Miami Dolphins: Marshall joins Henne in Miami, and he seems happy to be away from Denver. He’s a definite top 10 WR.
9.)Greg Jennings,Green Bay Packers: He has fantasy’s best QB throwing to him, and if he can find the end zone more in ’10 (four TDs in ’09), he can be a top five WR. However, be wary of Jennings’ inconsistencies he showed last season.
10.)Calvin Johnson, Detroit Lions: It was a disappointing season for Megatron in ’09, but with the acquisitions of Nate Burleson and Tony Scheffler, defenders at least have someone else to glance at besides Johnson…right?
11.)Roddy White, Atlanta Falcons: Draft White with confidence, as he’s less risky than many of the guys on this list.
12.)Marques Colston, New Orleans Saints: Brees has so many options to throw to that Colston, the No.1 WR, is sometimes overlooked. That’s really the one downside to Colston, and he’s still a solid top 15 WR selection.
13.)Chad Ochocinco, Cincinatti Bengals: It’s a circus over in Cincy with the addition of T.O., but he’ll help Chad’s production. Expect another solid season from the man who should be known once again as Chad Johnson, if only he had kept his word.
14.)Steve Smith, New York Giants: The man formerly known as “The other Steve Smith” had such a great season in ’09 that the Panthers’ Steve Smith may now be the one referred to as “the other.” After 1,220 yards, seven TDs and the development of a connection that made him Eli’s go-to-guy, Smith could be in for an even better season in 2010. The only thing slowing him down is the emergence of Hakeem Nicks, as well as the prescence of Mario Manningham as a big play threat. Oh, and Victor Cruz looked pretty impressive in the Giants preseason game against the Jets didn’t he? Too bad he’s more likely to become the David Clowney of the Giants than anything else.
15.)Anquan Boldin, Baltimore Ravens: The move to Baltimore hurts, but here’s hoping he took his talent with him from Arizona.
16.)Steve Smith, Carolina Panthers: Here’s that other guy we were talking about before. Delhomme hurt his production last season, and he could be on the decline. However, he’s still considered the No.1 in Carolina, and maybe Matt Moore can strike a cord with him.
17.)Derrick Mason,Baltimore Ravens: After retiring before the ’09 season, Mason returned to post another 1,000 yard season. The arrival of Boldin can help him, or hurt him, but he’ll still put up numbers.
18.)Percy Harvin,Minnesota Vikings: Harvin burst onto the scene in his rookie year, and he looks to improve on that in ’10.
19.)Devin Aromashodu, Chicago Bears: He turned into a stud the last four weeks in ’09, and with the help of Mike Martz, he and Cutler could become a formidable duo.
20.)Michael Crabtree, San Francisco 49ers:After a long holdout, Crabtree played well in 11 games for the Niners. A full season should do him, and his fantasy owners, some good.