Fantasy Football 2011: Top 50 Wide Receivers

Updated: 9-5-2011

Draft season is just about over.  But if your draft is still to come, you’re in luck.  With the news of Peyton Manning’s doubtful status this week (and possibly beyond), you get to make better draft decisions that actually correlate with the current NFL landscape.  Let me scream it for the millionth time: DO NOT buy fantasy football magazines.

Here’s my list of the Top 50 wide receiver.  Check it carefully as many on this list are valued significantly higher or lower than the current ADP. Feel free to agree, disagree, or just be braggart about your already drafted receiver corps.

1)   Andre Johnson, Texans

2)   Calvin Johnson, Lions

3)   Greg Jennings, Packers

4)   Roddy White, Falcons

5)   Larry Fitzgerald, Cardinals

6)   Vincent Jackson, Chargers

7)   Hakeem Nicks, Giants

8)   DeSean Jackson, Eagles

9)   Dwayne Bowe, Chiefs

10)   Brandon Marshall, Dolphins

11)   Miles Austin, Cowboys

12)   Reggie Wayne, Colts

13)   Dez Bryant, Cowboys

14)   Mike Williams, Bucs

15)   Wes Welker, Patriots

16)   Anquan Boldin, Ravens

17)   Stevie Johnson, Bills

18)   Mike Wallace, Steelers

19)   Brandon Lloyd, Broncos

20)   Mario Manningham, Giants

21)   Marques Colston, Saints

22)   Chad Ochocinco, Patriots

23)   Santonio Holmes, Jets

24)   Kenny Britt, Titans

25)   Danny Amendola, Rams

26)   Percy Harvin, Vikings

27)   Santana Moss, Redskins

28)   Danny Amendola, Rams

29)   Austin Collie, Colts

30)   Jeremy Maclin, Eagles

31)   Steve Smith, Panthers

32)   Julio Jones, Falcons

33)   Mike Thomas, Jags

34)   Malcolm Floyd, Chargers

35)   A.J. Green, Bengals

36)   Pierre Garcon, Colts

37)   Sidney Rice, Seahawks

38)   Michael Crabtree, 49ers

39)   Antonio Brown, Steelers

40)   Jacoby Ford, Raiders

41)   Plaxico Burress, Jets

42)   Mike Sims-Walker, Rams

43)   Hines Ward, Steelers

44)   Braylon Edwards, 49ers

45)   Davone Bess, Dolphins

46)   Greg Little, Browns

47)   Lance Moore, Saints

48)   Nate Burleson, Lions

49)   Lee Evans, Ravens

50)   Earl Bennett, Bears


I was hesitant to put any Bears because their receiving corps is very muddled at the moment.  I do, however, believe that Earl Bennett will emerge as the fantasy daring there.  Martz plans to run a lot of three-receiver sets with Bennett getting the first look.  And don’t forget that Cutler-Bennett Vanderbilt connection!

I have Dwayne Bowe higher than most (his ADP is WR12).  Bowe was the leading receiver last season.  Not much has changed in Kansas City.  I’m not buying the assumption that last season was a fluke.

I also have Greg Jennings at WR3 over the fantasy flavor of the month Roddy White, Larry Fitzgerald and several others that may be considered better bets.  Jennings is the AP of the group, safe and consistent.   Green Bay operates a passing master class and I want the star student.