Well it’s time to dive into the next 10 of the top wide outs on fantasy boards. This group tends to run deep with players that are right around must owns, but not quite worth reaching for in the earlier rounds. So if you plan on drafting 2 running backs and a quarterback in the first 3 rounds, not in that particular order necessarily, these should be some of the wide receivers you will be eying. Translation, value picks.
11 – DeSean Jackson – I have DeSean at this position, but to be honest it is very possible he could be taken a little earlier than this pick depending on the system your league is under. He is a deep threat and Michael Vick’s safety blanket. He has enormous value in his versatility as a wide out, rusher, and returner, though it raises a flag on durability concerns due to an increase in hits on the smaller receiver (175 lbs).
Point: Big play ability. Big time points.
Counterpoint: Can sometimes disappear in games.
12 – Chad Ochocinco – Not the position I had Ocho at earlier in my rankings, but the Brady effect will definitely improve on his 67 reception, 831 yard, and 4 TD season from a year ago. Though I think he may slip in some drafts due to sheer neglect, he will likely be a hot pick around this area with many managers looking for numbers similar to the spike that Randy Moss had his first year in New England, though I would aim slightly lower than that.
Point: Chad has high upside and potential for top 5 production with Brady throwing to him.
Counterpoint: Brady rediscovered his love of spreading the ball around last season to incredible results. Could cut into Ochocinco’s numbers.
13 – Vincent Jackson – Jackson will report to training camp and will be a lock as the WR1 in San Diego. He exploded for one game last season for 3 TDs, but didn’t produce much after that. There was obvious rapport between Jackson and Rivers, and there reports that Antonio Gates is still suffering form Planter Fasciitis. This could lead to more red zone targets for Jackson who stands a lofty 6’5.
Point: Jackson will be a big target in a great offense.
Counterpoint: Another player with a tendency to disappear in games.
14 – Marques Colston – Since his breakout rookie campaign there has been a ton of hype behind Colston each season, especially with Brees at the helm. However, the returns have generally been mediocre, save for a great 2007 season, where he has hoovered around 1,000 yards and has averaged about 7 TDs.
Point: Without an injury it’s safe to expect steady, but not eye popping numbers. Again, 1,000 yards and around 7 TDs.
Counterpoint: Drew Brees likes to spread the ball around, meaning less looks for Colston.
15 – Brandon Marshall – Marshall is a beast in PPR, even with an under achieving QB in Miami he hauled in 86 receptions. Unfortunately, the Dolphins haven’t brought in much help at the QB position with Matt Moore. If they bring in Kyle Orton, then Marshall’s value should increase.
Point: Great PPR value and huge upside if he gets help at the quarterback.
Counterpoint: Marshall has never been a big red zone target.
16 – Steve Johnson – This should be about the right spot for Johnson. He has spend 3 seasons in the NFL before emerging in a big way last season with 5 straight games with a TD due in large part to Ryan Fitzpatrick airing it out. This is a good spot to take him in order to see if Johnson can continue his numbers, as well as to see if Fitzpatrick can continue to throw the ball the same way he did last season. Johnson has great upside as a good possession guy and red zone threat.
Point: Could be a great value in the early mid rounds.
Counterpoint: Is he a one year wonder?
17 – Jeremy Maclin – The Eagles under Andy Reid are a pass happy team and Maclin will be one of the benefactors. DeSean Jackson is their likely deep threat, the shorter possession passes will likely float Maclin’s way. He had the tendency to take over games and floated around WR1 status and then be all but phased out in others making him a high-risk/high-reward player.
Point: Probably the more talented of the 2 wide receivers and has high value if Jackson gets hurt.
Counterpoint: If Vick can’t throw deep, he still has a tendency to run.
18 – Austin Collie – He blindsided a lot of fantasy owners last year with near elite numbers in the first 6 games before suffering multiple concussions. Manning clearly has a comfort level with Collie and looks to him often in games and in a high powered offense with Manning throwing to him along with a lack of a true run game there is huge upside for Collie. He did return for the last game of the season to post 8 receptions, for 87 yards, 2 TDs.
Point: 44 receptions, 503 yards, and 6 TDs in six games. Imagine the potential.
Counterpoint: Concussions are very serious and could have lingering effects.
19 – Wes Welker – He wasn’t quite himself after returning quicker than most would from a terrible ACL injury and his numbers were a bit down. He is still a good bet in PPR leagues and after a year to truly recover from his injury, Welker should pick back up where he left off 2 seasons back and can only improve with the presence of Chad Ochocinco.
Point: Brady likes him, hence the high target numbers (around 150 each season).
Counterpoint: Outside of PPR his numbers don’t stand out too much.
20 – Dez Bryant – The Cowboys seemed to really push to get Bryant involved in the offense last season, and he seemed to overtake Miles Austin garnering 3 more total targets total in the season. That may not seem like much unless you factor in the fact that Bryant played 4 less games than Austin. He has big time fantasy ability if he can stay healthy, keep focused, and not complain when he doesn’t get the ball enough.
Point: He has the tools. He has the talent.
Counterpoint: His ego and off the field issue could translate over into games. Be careful.
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Written by David Willow
My name is David Willow. Your NFL and Fantasy Jedi. I have lived in Dallas, TX most of my life. I have been following both football and basketball since I was a child. I love being able to research and analyze different players and teams. I've been a fantasy sports enthusiast for around 8 years with some titles to back that. I have a Bachelors degree in History with a minor in English. Other hobbies include me being part of an acting workshop for five years, playing guitar, and working out. Hit me up with any comments, questions or opinions.