Tier rankings: Wide receivers

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Tier rankings: Wide receivers
  Receiving Total
Rk Player Tm Gm Rec Yds TD Yds/Gm Yds/Rec Targets 100-Yd 2-TD
1 Larry Fitzgerald ARI 16 96 1431 12 89.4 14.9 154 7 3
Round 2 Great hands, excellent skills, reliability, durability and Kurt Warner leading a pass-happy offense make him the top fantasy receiver.
2 Randy Moss NE 16 69 1008 11 63.0 14.6 125 4 3
Round 2 Tom Brady’s return keeps Moss as one of the game’s most dangerous wideouts and a solid threat for double-digit scores.
3 Reggie Wayne IND 16 82 1145 6 71.6 14.0 130 4 0
Round 2 As long as he’s the No. 1 wideout for Peyton Manning, Wayne will be among the leaders in catches, yards and scores.
4 Andre Johnson HOU 16 115 1575 8 98.4 13.7 170 8 1
Round 2 If his QB Matt Schaub can stay healthy for an entire season, he could be fantasy’s top WR in Houston’s improving offense.
5 Steve Smith CAR 14 78 1421 6 101.5 18.2 129 8 1
Round 2 He led the NFL in 100-yard games (8) despite being suspended two contests. Needs to capitalize on more scoring chances.
6 Greg Jennings GB 16 80 1292 9 80.8 16.2 140 5 1
Round 2 Aaron Rodgers’ continued progress gives Jennings a chance to establish career highs in catches, yards and touchdowns.
7 Roddy White ATL 16 88 1382 7 86.4 15.7 148 7 1
Round 3 If he can turn last year’s drops into scores, he’ll be a scoring machine and yardage maker in Matt Ryan’s second season.
8 Calvin Johnson DET 16 78 1331 12 83.2 17.1 151 5 2
Round 3 Give him stability at QB and watch him achieve career highs in receptions, yards and scores even when the games count.
9 Marques Colston NO 11 47 760 5 69.1 16.2 88 3 1
Round 3 Has battled injuries in first three seasons, making just six starts last year. If he stays healthy, he’ll produce like 2007.
10 T.J. Houshmandzadeh SEA 15 92 904 4 60.3 9.8 137 2 1
Round 3 Changing teams is risky for a wide receiver, but a healthy Matt Hasselbeck will help him acclimate quickly into the system.
11 Wes Welker NE 16 111 1165 3 72.8 10.5 149 4 0
Round 3 Brady ensures he’ll be among league leaders in catches again and provides a better chance of reaching 10 scores.
12 Anquan Boldin ARI 12 89 1038 11 86.5 11.7 126 3 3
Round 3 He catches in traffic superbly and would still be a fantasy star without Warner or Fitzgerald. Just needs to stay healthy.
13 Dwayne Bowe KC 16 86 1022 7 63.9 11.9 157 2 1
Round 3 Ceiling is higher with a QB upgrade of Matt Cassel after playing in conservative offenses with shaky passers.
14 Terrell Owens BUF 16 69 1052 10 65.8 15.2 140 2 1
Round 3 He can still be counted on for 1,000 yards and double-digit scores despite his many drops and move to new team.
15 Vincent Jackson SD 16 59 1098 7 68.6 18.6 101 3 0
Round 3 Emerged as San Diego’s No. 1 WR after placing 11th in yards despite having the fewest catches of all 22 1,000-yard receivers.
16 Anthony Gonzalez IND 16 57 664 4 41.5 11.6 79 1 1
Round 3 Manning’s No. 2 WR can be a top 10 receiver with Wayne as shining example; Gonzalez has potential to duplicate same stats.
17 Eddie Royal DEN 15 91 980 5 65.3 10.8 129 3 0
Round 4 Finished seventh in receptions and led all rookie in yards; can be the next Wes Welker if Denver’s quarterback plays solid.
18 Hines Ward PIT 16 81 1043 7 65.2 12.9 125 4 1
Round 4 He remains a strong and elusive WR in his 12th season. He finished the last three games with 21 catches for 286 yards.
19 Lance Moore NO 16 79 928 10 58.0 11.7 120 3 3
Round 4 Was a top 15 WR by scoring the NFL’s third-most receiving TDs despite not reaching 1,000 yards and having six starts.
20 Antonio Bryant TB 16 83 1248 7 78.0 15.0 137 6 1
Round 4 Was a top 10 fantasy wideout despite playing with a new team and different quarterbacks and missing the 2007 season.
21 Brandon Marshall DEN 15 104 1265 6 84.3 12.2 181 3 1
Round 4 QB uncertainty lowers value, though new coach Josh McDaniels may elect to throw frequently, helping his cause.
22 Braylon Edwards CLE 16 55 873 3 54.6 15.9 138 3 0
Rounds 5-6 Worth drafting as a second receiver in the hope that he duplicates his great 2007 season rather than flop like last year.
23 Chad Ochocinco CIN 13 53 540 4 41.5 10.2 97 0 1
Rounds 5-6 Playing with a healthy Carson Palmer will significantly boost stats. Owns a stronger QB rapport than Laveranues Coles.
24 Santana Moss WAS 16 79 1044 6 65.3 13.2 138 3 0
Rounds 5-6 He only scored one TD with zero 100-yard days in the final eight games but remains Washington’s top playmaker at receiver.
25 Roy Williams DAL 15 36 430 2 28.7 11.9 82 0 0
Rounds 5-6 Doubts remain about his ability to be a consistent No. 1 WR for an entire season, but he will be given the chances to star
26 Torry Holt JAC 16 64 796 3 49.8 12.4 119 0 0
Rounds 5-6 Aiming for his ninth 1,000-yard season in 10 years. Will rebound with a strong quarterback, line and running game for support.
27 Jerricho Cotchery NYJ 16 71 858 5 53.6 12.1 11 1 1
Rounds 5-6 Unsettled QB situation makes it more difficult for him to be the Jets’ top WR. Needs to prove he can handle No. 1 role, too.
28 DeSean Jackson PHI 16 62 912 2 57.0 14.7 121 2 0
Rounds 5-6 He’ll drop fewer passes in second season. Can reach 1,000 yards after he finished second among all rookies in yards.
29 Laveranues Coles CIN 16 70 850 7 53.1 12.1 116 1 1
Rounds 5-6 Has reached 1,000 yards only once in the last five seasons, but Palmer can help boost stats. Also plays nearly every game.
30 Santonio Holmes PIT 15 55 821 5 54.7 14.9 114 0 0
Rounds 5-6 Postseason heroics aside, he’s never reached 1,000 yards or had more than 55 catches. Also had no 100-yard regular games.
31 Derrick Mason BAL 16 80 1037 5 64.8 13.0 121 2 0
Rounds 5-6 Someone will be Joe Flacco’s No. 1 WR, and he remains the best choice if he doesn’t retire. More big days will follow with Flacco’s progress.
32 Donald Driver GB 16 74 1012 5 63.3 13.7 115 2 0
Rounds 7-8 Clock is ticking at age 34, but he’s still clicking with five straight 1,000-yard seasons and a different quarterback.
33 Lee Evans BUF 16 63 1017 3 63.6 16.1 102 4 0
Rounds 7-8 Posted two 1,000-yard seasons in last three years with little help. He’s now free to outrun single coverage deep.
34 Bernard Berrian MIN 16 48 964 7 60.3 20.1 95 4 0
Rounds 7-8 Striving to reach 1,000 yards for first time in career after surpassing 900 yards in past two years. Addition of Brett Favre further enhances value as a legit deep threat.
35 Donnie Avery STL 15 53 674 3 44.9 12.7 103 1 0
Rounds 7-8 He owns the great speed and receiving skills to be a consistent deep threat. Just needs steady quarterback play and help from other receivers.
36 Devin Hester CHI 15 51 665 3 44.3 13.0 91 0 0
Rounds 7-8 Unlike Chicago’s difficulties last season, Cutler will often connect deep with Hester. First 1,000-yard season is possible.
37 Steve Breaston ARI 16 77 1006 3 62.9 13.1 113 3 0
Rounds 7-8 He was only one of 22 receivers to reach 1,000 yards last year in his breakout season, and he did it as a No. 3 wideout.
38 Kevin Walter HOU 16 60 899 8 56.2 15.0 95 1 2
Rounds 7-8 Clone of Ed McCaffrey set career bests last year and remains Houston’s No. 2 receiver. Has played every game last 2 years.
39 Ted Ginn, Jr. MIA 16 56 790 2 49.4 14.1 93 1 0
Rounds 7-8 Will only improve entering magical third season for wideouts. Needs to be reliable and convert more big plays for touchdowns.
40 Jeremy Maclin PHI 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Rounds 7-8 Has speed (4.48) and skills to be McNabb’s No. 1 WR. Also had great college stats (102 catches for 1,260 yards and 13 TDs).
41 Justin Gage TEN 12 34 651 6 54.3 19.1 74 2 1
Rounds 7-8 Is too inconsistent to be a fantasy starter, but departure of Brandon Jones and Justin McCareins leaves him as likely Titans’ No. 1 WR.
42 Chris Henry CIN 12 19 220 2 18.3 11.6 46 0 0
Rounds 7-8 A deep threat who is aiming to best his career 2006 season for catches (36), yards (605) and scores (9).
43 Michael Crabtree SF 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Rounds 7-8 Likened to Anquan Boldin with his raw power and catching skills. Had 2-year college stats of 231 rec, 3,127 yards and 41 TDs.
44 Deion Branch SEA 8 30 412 4 51.5 13.7 59 0 2
Rounds 7-8 Never has recorded a 1,000-yard season in seven-year career. Yet if he and Matt Hasselbeck can remain healthy, Branch will be a late-round bargain.
45 Muhsin Muhammad CAR 16 65 923 5 57.7 14.2 108 1 0
Round 9-10 Had better stats with Carolina but has reached 1,000 yards only once in the last eight seasons. May see a steep decline.
46 Hakeem Nicks NYG 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Round 9-10 Had better stats with Carolina but has reached 1,000 yards only once in the last eight seasons. May see a steep decline.
47 Joshua Cribbs CLE 15 2 18 1 1.2 9 7 0 0
Rounds 9-10 Has the talent to be a gamebreaker but just needs the opportunities to prove it.
48 Isaac Bruce SF 16 61 835 7 52.2 13.7 108 2 1
Rounds 9-10 He’s so ancient that he played for the Los Angeles Rams. Entering his 16th season, he’s still producing 100-yard games.
49 Bobby Engram KC 13 47 489 0 37.6 10.4 80 0 0
Rounds 9-10 If he can stay healthy, he has the skills and experience to reprise role of Wes Welker in New England for Matt Cassel.
50 Patrick Crayton DAL 16 39 550 4 34.4 14.1 70 0 0
Rounds 9-10 Has been a big disappointment. Without T.O., it will be more difficult to post better stats, but will be given chance to do so.
51 Michael Jenkins ATL 16 50 777 3 48.6 15.5 81 0 1
52 Percy Harvin MIN 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
53 Kevin Curtis PHI 9 33 390 2 43.3 11.8 63 0 0
54 Chris Chambers SD 14 33 462 5 33.0 14.0 64 0 1
55 Brian Robiskie CLE 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
56 Kenny Britt TEN 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
57 Juaquin Iglesias CHI 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
58 Nate Washington TEN 16 40 631 3 39.4 15.8 78 0 0
59 Greg Camarillo MIA 11 55 613 2 55.7 11.1 83 1 0
60 Joey Galloway NE 9 13 138 0 15.3 10.6 28 0 0
61 Steve Smith NYG 16 57 574 1 35.9 10.1 82 0 0
62 Domenik Hixon NYG 16 43 596 2 37.3 13.9 72 1 0
63 Bryant Johnson DET 16 45 546 3 34.1 12.1 75 0 0
64 Mark Clayton BAL 16 41 695 3 43.4 17.0 83 2 0
65 Antwaan Randle El WAS 16 53 593 4 37.1 11.2 87 0 0
66 Jordy Nelson GB 16 33 366 2 22.9 11.1 54 0 0
67 Mark Bradley KC 12 30 380 3 31.7 12.7 63 0 0
68 Davone Bess MIA 16 54 554 1 34.6 10.3 75 0 0
69 Reggie Brown PHI 10 18 252 1 25.2 14.0 34 0 0
70 Chansi Stuckey NYJ 15 32 359 3 23.9 11.2 45 0 0
71 Jabar Gaffney DEN 16 38 468 2 29.3 12.3 65 0 0
72 Bobby Wade MIN 16 53 645 2 40.3 12.2 88 0 0
73 Troy Williamson JAC 8 5 30 1 3.8 6 13 0 0
74 Miles Austin DAL 12 13 278 3 23.2 21.4 23 0 0
75 Brandon Jones SF 16 41 449 1 28.1 11.0 62 0 0
76 Limas Sweed PIT 11 6 64 0 5.8 10.7 10 0 0
77 Malcom Floyd SD 13 27 465 4 35.8 17.2 37 0 0
78 Brian Finneran ATL 16 23 320 1 20.0 13.9 39 0 0
79 Devery Henderson NO 16 32 793 3 49.6 24.8 57 1 0
80 Nate Burleson SEA 1 5 60 1 60.0 12.0 9 0 0
81 Dwayne Jarrett CAR 9 10 119 0 13.2 11.9 19 0 0
82 Josh Reed BUF 13 56 597 1 45.9 10.7 80 0 0
83 Darius Heyward-Bey OAK 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
84 Laurent Robinson STL 6 5 52 0 8.7 10.4 6 0 0
85 Keenan Burton STL 13 13 172 1 13.2 13.2 29 0 0
86 Pierre Garcon IND 14 4 23 0 1.6 5.8 4 0 0
87 Austin Collie IND 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
88 Brad Smith NYJ 15 12 64 0 4.3 5.3 19 0 0
89 Jerheme Urban ARI 16 34 448 4 28.0 13.2 51 0 0
90 Brandon Stokley DEN 15 49 528 3 35.2 10.8 85 0 0
91 Sidney Rice MIN 13 15 141 4 10.8 9.4 31 0 0
92 Robert Meachem NO 14 12 289 3 20.6 24.1 20 0 0
93 Shaun McDonald PIT 12 35 332 1 27.7 9.5 66 0 0
94 Maurice Stovall TB 5 3 25 0 5.0 8.3 8 0 0
95 Josh Morgan SF 12 20 319 3 26.6 16.0 43 0 0
96 Earl Bennett CHI 10 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0 0 0
97 Sammie Stroughter TB 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
98 Devin Thomas WAS 16 15 120 0 7.5 8.0 27 0 0
99 Malcolm Kelly WAS 5 3 18 0 3.6 6.0 11 0 0
100 James Hardy BUF 14 9 87 2 6.2 9.7 24 0 0
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