theimitator wrote:I'd like to toss DJax (with a spotty QB?) and Deion Branch (finally the passing game focus?) into the discussion.
I'd throw D-Jax in there. When healthy he has been extremely productive and I think he at least warrants a spot in the discussion.
Branch I would leave out. He's never gone over 1,000 yards or 5 TD's. I think he'll be sharing plenty of looks with Hackett, Burleson, Engram so I can't call him the focus of the passing game until I see it.
I also think Boldin should be tossed into this grouping. He's golden as far as yardage goes but his TD totals leave a lot to be desired. 1, 7, and 4 the past 3 years, although last season was his first 16 game slate of the 3. Until he finds the endzone more I would group him in with these guys.
Of the above mentioned, I would rank them:1) Roy Williams
-Arguably the most physically gifted of the group, and with Martz running the offense he should have plenty of opportunities to match or surpass last years numbers. I'd think CJ on the other side would only benefit him, especially in the red zone.2) Javon Walker
-Fully healthy after being 2 years removed from torn knee. An elite vertical threat with a strong-armed QB who should mature more in his 2nd year. Cutler didn't look Walker's way often at the end of last year, but with training camp and the pre-season to get acclimated to one another they should build more of a rapport heading into this season.3) T.J Houshmandzadeh
-Continues to improve each year and is extremely consistent from week to week. Doesn't have the upside of the guys above but may be the safest choice.4) Donald Driver
-Underrated guy who is a virtual lock for 1,100 yards and 6 +TD's. As long as Favre is around Driver is one of the better 2nd receivers around and a #1 in deeper leagues.5) Marques Colston
-#1 on the depth chart but probably the 2nd option in the passing game behind Bush. I'll have to see another year of production before I move him up, but I think he'll post solid numbers again this year.6) Anquan Boldin
-The afforementioned TD totals slide him down the list but he rarely posts bad games and the improvement of Leinart can only be beneficial. If he does indeed take the Hines Ward role in Whisenhunt's offense than he may prove to be one of the more valuable receivers on this list.7) Lee Evans
-Losman showed a lot of improvement last year and Evans posted his best numbers yet. Losman should continue to get better, but until Evans posts a full seasons worth of good numbers rather than huge 2nd halfs, I'll keep him towards the middle of this list. Huge upside though.8) Santana Moss
-Campbell throws a good deep ball, if Moss is healthy they could develop a nice connection. Could be a good value pick this year.9) Andre Johnson
-Still no threat opposite him and an offensive line that probably won't give him time to get deep. Great in PPR, but his yardage and TD ceiling are limited by the offense.10) Darrell Jackson
-Injuries and an unproven QB lower his value, but he should get a lot of looks and becomes SF's best receiver by far.11) Plaxico Burress
-I don't like New York's offensive situation either, and his big games are offset by his duds. I'm not a Plax fan.
A lot of these guys are so close that it's hard to seperate them.