Oh those Wide Receivers, they just want to have fun. They also want the damn ball, more money and they don’t want you talking about their quarterback like that (it’s not fair). In a draft, I would prefer to have two or three WR after the 6th Round. In an auction, I’ll likely spend $40-$50 on three starters, depending on how much I blew on the RB position and how I plan to attack the QB and TE position. It’s all relative, but in a three WR league, you need to have two guys you can depend on. Selecting a dependable WR gets to be a tough task after the first 20-25 have been drafted. My third WR will usually be a sleeper type pick (Donnie Avery last year) because I play deeper leagues and we have to save money somewhere. The following tiered rankings have been set up for a PPR league (.50 points per reception). These ranks are the most likely to change in time, between the four major positions. Onto the tiers!
Tier 1 Andre Johnson, Randy Moss
Tier 2 Reggie Wayne, Brandon Marshall, Calvin Johnson, Roddy White, Sidney Rice, Larry Fitzgerald
Tier 3 DeSean Jackson, Miles Austin, Marques Colston, Greg Jennings, Ochocinco, Steve Smith x2
Miles Austin is great, but I am not paying for his 421 Yards and 4 TD from two games vs KC and ATL. Technically, that is Steve Smith (Car) ahead of Steve Smith (NYG), pending further news of the formers broken arm.
Tier 4 Anquan Boldin, Hakeem Nicks, Mike Sims-Walker
There are mixed reactions to Hakeem Nicks. Some think Smith is the team’s go to receiver so Nicks will be overrated. Some think Nicks will become the Giants go to WR. I would have him ranked closer to Smith if this weren’t for PPR purposes. I love me some MSW, but he does have the injury issues. I gave Nicks the edge b/c of the Giants superior passing game.
Tier 5 Michael Crabtree, Hines Ward, Percy Harvin, Jeremy Maclin, Houshmandzadeh, Derrick Mason, Mike Wallace, Santana Moss, Dwayne Bowe
I was a little surprised by how high Yahoo has Crabtree o-ranked (49, ahead of Ochocinco). I don’t think I will be rostering him. Hines Ward spit in the faces of everyone who said he is going to slow down. Can he do it again? I think I’ll have a few shares of Maclin this year. I like Mike Wallace’s deep game, it’s a shame he’ll have a slow start without Worthlisberger. I was originally down on Santana Moss (he regressed while Campbell improved), but the Tackle upgrades and McNabb’s ability to create time may get Moss back into the 1,000 yard club. I do not like Dwayne Bowe, which is a shame because I’d like to name one of my teams after him and Debo from Friday.
Tier 6 Pierre Garcon, Dez Bryant, Robert Meachem, Donald Driver, Wes Welker, Julian Edelman, Lee Evans
Here we go. Bump Pierre up a tier if Anthony Gonzalez doesn’t reclaim much of his previous role. I like Garcon’s chances and will target him. Dez Bryant will be another target of mine. Robert Meachem got the shaft here b/c of his toes. If he can’t practice/play, he will likely cede targets to Lance Moore. Donald Driver had surgery done to both of his knees, the old man has to give sometime (enter James Jones). Wes Welker could move way up these ranks if we get positive news about his rehab. Last I heard, ESPN speculated that we won’t see Wes until week six. This makes Julian Edelman a desirable object for the first few weeks in PPR leagues. Julian is essentially a lock to catch 6-10 passes per week while Wes is out. Lee Evans, the forgotten one. The Buffalo pass game should be sick (in a bad way), but Lee is talented and doesn’t have to compete with TO for targets.
Tier 7 Devin Hester, Johnny Knox, Devin Aromashodu, Eddie Royal, Jabar Gaffney
Duh Bears. I don’t know who will be the Bears best WR when all is said and done, but I’ll go ahead and guess it’ll be Johnny Knoxville. Eddie Royal? Sigh, yes. Jabar Gaffney caught 14 passes for 213 yards when Brandon Marshall sat out week 17 vs KC. There is reason for hope.
Tier 8 Malcom Floyd, Vincent Jackson
Yikes, Jackson is suspended and unhappy. He wants someone to show him the money. I want to show him the bottom of my rankings. I will not draft Vincent Jackson unless he costs me pennies on the dollar. I wouldn’t have a problem ranking Malcom Floyd above the Bears and Broncos mess above. That will likely happen here in the future.
Tier 9 Santonio Holmes, Braylon Edwards, Jerricho Cotchery
Who wants a piece of the Jets pass game? Not me.
Tier 10 Mike Williams, Lance Moore, Donnie Avery, Kenny Britt, Mohamed Massaquoi, Nate Burleson, Chaz Schilens, Mario Manningham, Chris Chambers, Steve Breaston
Sleeper time. Mike Williams was a first round grade that slipped to round four. Word is, he is impressive (more so than A.Benn). Lance Moore will look to recapture his glory from 08 (79-928-10) if Meachem cannot get on the field. I have a feeling, Lance will be on at least one of my teams. Donnie Avery, my old flame. He is fast, but he seems to be brittle. Britt and Massaquoi are held down by their QB play. Burleson is out of SEA and will play the sidekick role to Calvin Johnson. He did a good job of this back in his Viking days with Randy Moss. I do not like Chris Chambers or Steve Breaston. I will not roster a ARI WR this season.
Tier 11 Davone Bess, James Jones, Laurent Robinson, Arrelious Benn, Devin Thomas, Golden Tate, Anthony Gonzalez, Austin Collie, Mike Thomas, Demaryius Thomas
I just need to read the word “setback” regarding Driver’s knees and I’m bumping James Jones way up the ranks. Laurent Robinson looked like he could steal the No.1 role from Donnie last year. I have a fascination with Demaryius Thomas. Maybe it is curiosity. I’m not sure, but I’d like to have him on at least one team.
Tier 12 Dexter McCluster, Devery Henderson, Nate Washington, Terrell Owens, Roy Williams, Brandon Lafell, Earl Bennett, Louis Murphy, Legedu Naanee
Tier 13 Damian Williams, Joshua Cribbs, Torry Holt, Ted Ginn Jr, Demetrius Williams, Early Doucet, Juaquin Inglesias, Jerheme Urban, Chansey Stuckey, Emmanuel Sanders, Jarrett Dillard, Andre Caldwell