RankingsAugust 24, 2010

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Updated Fantasy Football Rankings: WR - 6 comments

By R.J. White

Plenty has happened since we last checked in with our June rankings. Terrell Owens has found a home. Wes Welker looks on track to be ready for Week 1, while Sidney Rice is dropping fast. Popular sleepers Johnny Knox and Malcom Floyd have surfed a wave of fantasy buzz to being sneaky-good pickups as WR3s. Several other deep sleepers are also coming up behind them. Let’s break it down.

Thanks again to bungle613, joejlitz, Dan Lambskin, dream_017, flux, and bazzy_51 for submitting the initial rankings that were averaged with my own to give you these rankings.

Updated Wide Receiver Rankings

1. Andre Johnson
2. Calvin Johnson
3. Larry Fitzgerald
4. Reggie Wayne
5. Randy Moss
6. DeSean Jackson
7. Miles Austin
8. Roddy White
9. Brandon Marshall

Rather than split the WR1s up, let’s just group them together in the first tier. Other than Andre Johnson, any of these guys could go at any point in the second round. That Jackson ranking is high to me, but our panel liked him more than Austin, White and Marshall in the pre-season, and nothing’s happened that should affect any of those guys.

10. Greg Jennings
11. Marques Colston
12. Anquan Boldin

These three guys aren’t quite good enough to be ranked with the tier above, so they get a little mini-tier before we get to the clear WR2s.

13. Steve Smith (CAR)
14. Steve Smith (NYG)
15. Chad Ochocinco
16. Hines Ward
17. Michael Crabtree
18. Dwayne Bowe
19. Wes Welker (+13)
20. Percy Harvin (-5)
21. Mike Sims-Walker
22. Hakeem Nicks
23. Pierre Garcon
24. Donald Driver

Harvin has dealt with health issues this off-season, missing practice after practice, but with Sidney Rice being unavailable for at least the first half of the season, Harvin’s stock doesn’t fall, as he’s now a solid WR2 in fantasy leagues. Welker is the anti-Harvin: you can break the guy’s leg off at the hip and he’ll still be back at work in August. Which one do you feel better drafting?

25. Malcom Floyd (+26)
26. Jeremy Maclin
27. Santana Moss
28. Johnny Knox (+21)
29. Mike Wallace
30. Terrell Owens (+27)
31. Robert Meachem

Here you’ll find the major movers and shakers of August. Knox, Floyd and Owens have all emerged as credible WR3s. Floyd is going to be the No. 1 WR in San Diego, with Vincent Jackson refusing to play for the Chargers. Owens signed with the Bengals and immediately shot up the draft board (kudos to those early drafters that were smart enough to buy early). Knox is getting the most Martz-offense breakout buzz.

32. Steve Breaston (-4)
33. Dez Bryant
34. Kenny Britt
35. T.J. Houshmandzadeh (-8)
36. Braylon Edwards
37. Santonio Holmes
38. Nate Burleson
39. Devin Aromashodu
40. Lee Evans
41. Derrick Mason (-15)
42. Vincent Jackson (-30)
43. Bernard Berrian (+17)

This is the earliest I would even consider drafting Jackson. He’s likely sitting on your bench for a significant portion of the year, which gives him backup value at wide receiver. Rice falls with the news he’ll be out half the year. Treat him like you would treat Jackson, maybe even a little worse as there’s a chance Jackson beats Rice back on the field. Breaston was getting a little bit too much Cafe love in the first set of rankings, as were Houshmandzadeh and Mason.

44. Eddie Royal
45. Jerricho Cotchery
46. Austin Collie
47. Golden Tate
48. Chris Chambers
49. Mike Williams (+27)
50. Jabar Gaffney (+13)
51. Legedu Naanee (NEW)

Mike Williams has quickly become the top option in Tampa Bay, and he’s my favorite late-round flier at the position. As the No. 1 receiver in Denver, Gaffney absolutely has top-50 value. Right behind him comes Naanee, who’s emerging as the other starting option in San Diego.

52. Mario Manningham (-6)
53. Julian Edelman
54. Donnie Avery
55. Devin Hester
56. Devery Henderson
57. Demaryius Thomas (-11)
58. Nate Washington
59. Josh Morgan

Thomas has had to deal with injury thus far, hampering his chances at making a significant impact this year. Manningham falls just a bit, more because he’s on the outside looking in for a starting role than anything.

60. Sidney Rice (-51)
61. Devin Thomas
62. Davone Bess
63. Mike Thomas (NEW)
64. Laurent Robinson
65. Mohamed Massaquoi
66. Jacoby Jones
67. Anthony Gonzalez
68. Kevin Walter (-12)

Bryant lost a starting gig when the Bengals signed Owens, and with his injury problems, he’s completely ignorable in fantasy drafts. Walter drops as Jacoby Jones picks up some sleeper buzz; should Jones emerge as a starter, Walter loses fantasy relevancy.

69. Roy Williams
70. Lance Moore
71. Michael Jenkins
72. Early Doucet
73. Darrius Heyward-Bey
74. James Jones
75. Jason Avant
76. Arrelious Benn (-26)
77. Donte Stallworth
78. Antonio Bryant (-41)
79. Malcolm Kelly
80. Josh Cribbs

Benn has fallen way behind Williams in his lock to win a starting job, and he’s looking more and more like a No. 3 or No. 4 WR in Tampa Bay in his first year. Yeah, don’t draft him. Schilens is dealing with a foot injury and could need knee surgery. I’d bypass both him and Heyward-Bey to take Louis Murphy, if you absolutely must have a Oakland WR.

R.J. White is a fantasy blogger at the sports site FanHouse. Check out his work both here and there, and feel free to talk to him in the forums, where he posts under the name daullaz.
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6 Responses to “Updated Fantasy Football Rankings: WR”

  1. Treyvian says:

    I like these rankings for the most part anyways. I personally have Colston, Jennings and Massaquoi a little higher on my personal rankings.

  2. dtownsound8 says:

    I’m a little confused about Fitzgerald at #3. I’m not challenging this but rather I’m hoping you see something that I don’t. I have him on my team as my WR1 and I’m regretting not taking Roddy White instead. I started thinking about it more after my draft and I just can’t see him performing as a top 5 WR this year. Not with Lienart throwing the ball and not with ‘Q’ gone to Baltimore. Defenses are going to be able to cover him better without a threat opposite Fitz, and I just don’t think Breaston is that guy.

    Please convince me I’m wrong!

  3. darkrock76 says:

    I really thought Berrian would get moved up with the Injury to Rice and Harvin’s questionable status.

  4. User avatar bungle613 says:

    I believe these were published JUST before Rice went under the knife. The date up top is just today’s date, not the date the article was published.

  5. User avatar Nittany17 says:

    I definitely think Berrian should be moved up. He is a pretty good receiver who was injured a lot of last season. With Rice out half a year and Harvin questionable, he has to be decent at least. Also, Mike Thomas (Jags) is missing from this list. I think he will be a very late draft pick or waiver wire pickup with the potential for a break out year. And Sims-Walker is too high IMO.

  6. User avatar daullaz says:

    I agree with all the points above. I flipped Berrian and Rice’s new ranking, dropping Rice even further. I also inserted Thomas, as I feel the same about him, removing Schilens and lowering Bryant even more with word he could potentially be headed to the IR.


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