Never wake Andre Johnson when he's sleep walking, ask Cortland Finnegan
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Each of us were asked to submit their Top 80 or so Wide Receivers for the 2011 fantasy football season. These rankings are for non-PPR formats. House rules apply, any large differences in rankings will be settled with an episode of Beef the Series. The Sons of Roto 2011 composite WR rankings await after the jump.
Updated August 26th, 2011
|Andre Johnson||1||1||1||1||1 (1.00)|
|Calvin Johnson||2||2||2||2||2 (2.00)|
|Larry Fitzgerald||3||6||3||3||3 (3.75)|
|Hakeem Nicks||4||3||4||5||4 (4.00)|
|Roddy White||6||4||5||4||5 (4.75)|
|Mike Wallace||5||5||6||8||6 (6.00)|
|Vincent Jackson||8||11||7||6||7 (8.00)|
|Miles Austin||7||10||10||7||8 (8.50)|
|Reggie Wayne||9||9||9||10||9 (9.25)|
|Greg Jennings||12||8||11||9||10 (10.0)|
|DeSean Jackson||10||12||8||14||11 (11.0)|
|Brandon Marshall||11||15||12||11||12 (12.3)|
|Mike Williams (TB)||16||7||23||12||13 (14.5)|
|Dez Bryant||17||13||14||16||14 (15.0)|
|Dwayne Bowe||13||20||15||13||15 (15.3)|
|Santonio Holmes||19||19||13||18||16 (17.3)|
|Percy Harvin||21||22||16||19||17 (19.5)|
|Stevie Johnson||15||21||24||20||18 (20.0)|
|Wes Welker||25||16||26||15||19 (20.5)|
|Mario Manningham||20||25||17||21||20 (20.8)|
|Brandon Lloyd||14||23||25||22||21 (21.0)|
|Anquan Boldin||23||17||21||23||22 (21.0)|
|Jeremy Maclin||18||18||19||30||23 (21.3)|
|Kenny Britt||22||14||22||27||24 (21.3)|
|Austin Collie||26||27||18||29||25 (25.0)|
|Marques Colston||29||30||20||24||26 (25.8)|
|Chad Ochocinco||27||31||28||17||27 (25.8)|
|Santana Moss||28||24||30||28||28 (27.5)|
|Sidney Rice||31||33||27||26||29 (29.3)|
|Julio Jones||24||36||29||32||30 (30.3)|
|Steve Smith (CAR)||30||28||38||25||31 (30.3)|
|Pierre Garcon||38||35||31||31||32 (33.8)|
|Mike Thomas||41||29||32||41||33 (35.8)|
|Danny Amendola||43||26||41||36||34 (36.5)|
|A.J. Green||35||39||39||44||35 (39.3)|
|Malcom Floyd||36||37||42||43||36 (39.5)|
|Robert Meachem||45||34||34||48||37 (40.3)|
|Lance Moore||42||32||33||55||38 (40.5)|
|Michael Crabtree||39||42||49||35||39 (41.3)|
|Braylon Edwards||32||53||43||38||40 (41.5)|
|Mike Sims-Walker||33||59||40||40||41 (43.0)|
|Jordy Nelson||37||44||50||42||42 (43.3)|
|Jacoby Ford||44||61||36||37||43 (44.5)|
|Johnny Knox||46||45||54||33||44 (44.5)|
|Plaxico Burress||34||41||44||66||45 (46.3)|
|Lee Evans||48||43||35||59||46 (46.3)|
|Hines Ward||49||48||37||51||47 (46.3)|
|Davone Bess||50||49||45||46||48 (47.5)|
|Nate Burleson||47||47||47||58||49 (49.8)|
|Mike Williams (SEA)||51||54||55||39||50 (49.8)|
|Jerome Simpson||54||69||56||34||51 (53.3)|
|Greg Little||40||66||46||64||52 (54.0)|
|Jacoby Jones||58||50||59||50||53 (54.3)|
|Denarius Moore||52||40||66||61||54 (54.8)|
|Andre Roberts||53||55||51||63||55 (55.5)|
|Roy Williams||67||60||48||49||56 (56.0)|
|James Jones||64||46||61||54||57 (56.3)|
|Devin Hester||62||38||64||65||58 (57.3)|
|Emmanuel Sanders||68||51||72||45||59 (59.0)|
|Steve Breaston||76||58||68||53||60 (63.8)|
|Jabar Gaffney||55||79||74||62||61 (67.5)|
|Eric Decker||60||57||80||73||62 (67.5)|
|Donald Driver||63||67||73||68||63 (67.8)|
|Mohamed Massaquoi||94||68||69||67||64 (74.5)|
|Jordan Shipley||81||78||76||77||65 (78.0)|
|Steve Smith (PHI)||84||-||52|
@ErikArcher FantasyTom I know I build my rankings with PPR in mind because, let's face it, that IS the standard these days. If anybody is in a league fucking with no PPR, they need to upgrade. That said, I do agree with Fitz not getting a ton of love. He's a great talent and does work regardless of his QB, but I think Mike Wallace and co. beat him out in terms of fantasy points this year. Fitz will get all the attention from opposing Ds and as great as he is, I think that helps keep him out of the top 5.
I put Welker up reasonably high because... well, Ocho sucks in this offense and even with the two TEs having crazy ability and red zone favortism, Welker's burst is back and I expect him to see a ton of targets and do more with them this year.
@donnypump Dude, I just came back from Buffalo and you are right... most Bills fans are mad pessimistic, but I value him a little bit more than you. Yes he will get a ton of attention and Fitzpatrick is underwhelming, but Stevie J will get a ton of targets and the dude is talented enough to make plays after the catch even with double-coverage. He won't be as good as last year, but barring an injury, he'll be top 25 material.
@ErikArcher YES! I DONE BLEW UP THE MIKE WALLACE MARKET. Mad high on that dude right now (pause).
Larry Fitzgerald was 8th in receiving yards (1,137) with nobodies at QB. He averages over 9 TD per season. He's basically a lock for 1,200 yards and 10 TD. I almost pushed him to No. 2.
Starbonell is right with Fitz at 6. Any higher and you're simultaneously buying that Kolb is a borderline top 15 qb, I think. PPR sure, but in standard you have to drop him to 6. And I like Welker as much as the next guy, but in non-PPR we're talking about a max 1000 yards and maybe 6-7 tds. Gotta have Manningham, Britt, and Colston (assuming health) ahead. Even Plax and Burleson might come in ahead due to TDs (at least 1-2 more) and similar yardage.
Lee Evans? The guy that had 500 yards receiving? I guess Lee has the ability to run straight down the field, but Fitzpatrick wasn't scaring anyone with the deep ball. Stevie put up over 1,000 yards and 10 TD when he (and his QB) entered the season as back ups. The Bills will be throwing the ball. Brad Smith is not leading any comebacks. The pack of gum Lee Evans was traded for will come in handy, in case Rowdy Roddy shows up with a police issue shotgun and crazy sunglasses. Bad o-line = pass. They were bad last year, no deep balls to Lee.
Stevie Johnson for life.
Here's a PFF article about him, you may like: http://www.profootballfocus.com/blog/2011/06/30/fantasy-2011-gems-buffalos-steve-johnson/
Stevie Johnson is your 15th WR MDS? Let me help a brother out here. As a resident of Rochester, NY, home of the Buffalo Bills training camp and full of idiotic (and probably suicidal) Bills fans, the team will be a joke this year. The offensive line might be the worst in the league. Fitzpatrick may not survive the season. They will run the ball and utilize the wildcat extensively this year (Brad Smith formally of the NYJ getting lots of action). Lee Evans was traded for a pack of gum, and it hurts Johnson big time. Evans stretched the field and commanded more attention from the defense, now all the attention goes on Stevie. Under no circumstances should he be considered a borderline WR1/top end WR2. I'd slot him more in the 25-30ish range, which is still good but much more realistic.
@andrewakamds No question Fitz is a beast. And Kolb, whether good or not, is an upgrade. But even in Warner's last year (even with Boldin to take coverage away), he still had 97-1092-13. The variable has been the td's. And in Kolb's 1st full season, will he step in and be able to produce at the level Warner did or will he be closer to last year's crew? I side with the latter more than the former. So taking an average of sorts and even bumping his avg, we're probably looking at 95-1200-9. That would be nasty but it also has him about 6th in my ranking. In PPR he's a beast, but in standard he falls outside the top few guys.
Even without improvement, Wallace would have more yards and td's (the only important numbers). And even Nicks will probably put up better numbers in his first 14 games. I love me some Fitzgerald, but he doesn't have a potential HOF throwing to him anymore. And as we've seen time and again, it is hard for even a star WR to maintain elite consistency without a really good QB.
@FantasyTom Why would he fall in standard leagues? Did you miss the part where I said he averages over 9 TD per season and had over 1,100 yards with Von Suckington at QB? Name some wide receivers who have done that over a handful of seasons. I'd rather have a Matt Hasselbeck than a Kurt Warner. Matty was throwing every ball to BMW last year, every ball. You don't need a HOF QB to be a good WR. You just need someone who is competent and loves the WR, which Kolb does. You're reaching the bounds of my imagination Tom, you're venturing into crazy town.
Hmm, would the Kerry Collins/Wayne in IND be similar to Kolb/Fitz? I guess better question is how exactly does that affect IND playmakers?
@andrewakamds That's a real good point about Warner. He was good because he spread the ball, while guys like Hasselbeck zone in on a guy. And Kolb is more than likely THAT type of guy. I'll be changing my rankings with those thoughts in mind, thanks.