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Road to the Super Bowl: Review of Third Year WRs & 2009’s Third Year WRs

What an exciting and historic week this is. On the week of the historic inauguration of our new president, we have two teams that are preparing to win the greatest award in sports, the Lombardi Trophy and the NFL Super Bowl Championship. The Steelers return to the Super Bowl; they were 2005 champions. The Cardinals are looking for their first championship and have been one of the biggest surprises during the playoffs. They will find themselves faced with playing the role of underdogs in the title game.

In this edition we will look at this year’s third-year wide receivers. One of fantasy football’s strategy is to single out the WRs who will be in their third year. That is when these young receivers tend to grasp the offense their team is running, adjust to the speed of the game and excel. Some debate that this theory does not hold up anymore so we will look at this year WRs to see if they have made the transition we hope they would make.

 

 

2008 THIRD-YEAR WRs

 

 

 

2008 Stats

2007 Stats

 

NAME

REC

ReYD

ReTD

+/-

    Rec

+/- ReYDs

+/- ReTDs

1

Greg Jennings

80

1292

9

+27

+372

-3

2

Brandon Marshall

104

1265

6

+2

-60

+1

3

Santonio Holmes

55

821

5

+3

-121

-3

4

Marques Colston

47

760

5

-51

-442

-6

5

Devin Hester

51

665

3

+31

+366

+1

6

Greg Camarillo

55

613

2

+47

+453

E

7

Domenik Hixon

43

596

2

+42

+591

+2

8

Hank Baskett

33

440

3

+17

+298

+2

9

Jason Avant

32

377

2

+9

+110

E

10

Miles Austin

13

278

3

+8

+272

+3

11

David Anderson

19

241

2

+7

+110

+1

12

Demetrius Williams

13

180

1

-7

-110

+1

13

Sinorice Moss

12

153

2

-9

-72

+2

14

Ruvell Martin

15

149

1

-1

-93

-3

15

Derek Hagan

6

102

0

-23

-271

-2

16

Brad Smith

12

64

0

-20

-261

-2

17

Jeff Webb

5

46

0

-23

-267

-1

18

Glenn Holt

3

26

1

-13

-117

E

19

Maurice Stovall

3

25

0

-7

-61

-1

20

Chad

Jackson

1

19

0

+1

+19

E

21

Steve Sanders

1

18

0

+1

+18

E

22

Brian Clark

1

12

0

-7

-34

E

23

Marques Hagans

1

7

0

-7

-94

E

24

Skyler Green

0

0

0

-4

-40

E

25

Sam Hurd

0

0

0

-19

-314

-1

26

Adam Jennings

0

0

0

-6

-62

-1

27

Wallace Wright

0

0

0

-6

-87

E

 

 

 

 

 

 

When looking at the results of these WRs, you must also take into account factors that may affect their performance such as trades, draft picks, coaching changes and injuries.

Brandon Marshall missed one game due to his suspension while Marquie Colston missed six games due to injury and Demetrius Williams missed the final nine games of the season.

Let’s look at the WRs that will be in their third year for 2009:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2009 THIRD YEAR WRs (with 2008 stats)

 

 

 

NAME

REC

ReYD

ReTD

 

 

1

Calvin Johnson

78

1331

12

 

 

2

Dwayne Bowe

86

1022

7

 

 

3

Steve Breaston

77

1006

3

 

 

4

Ted Ginn, Jr.

56

790

2

 

 

5

Anthony Gonzalez

57

664

4

 

 

6

Steve Smith

57

574

1

 

 

7

Johnnie Lee Higgins

22

366

4

 

 

8

Chansi Stuckey

32

359

3

 

 

9

Jason Hill

31

319

2

 

 

10

Robert Meachem

12

289

3

 

 

11

James Jones

20

274

1

 

 

12

Mike Walker

16

217

0

 

 

13

Syndric Steptoe

19

182

0

 

 

14

Sidney Rice

15

141

4

 

 

15

Dwayne Jarrett

10

119

0

 

 

16

Derek Stanley

6

119

1

 

 

17

Aundrae Allison

10

109

0

 

 

18

Courtney Taylor

9

98

0

 

 

19

Dominique Zeigler

5

97

0

 

 

20

Jacoby Jones

3

81

0

 

 

21

Legedu Naanee

8

64

0

 

 

22

Craig Davis

4

59

0

 

 

23

Laurent Robinson

5

52

0

 

 

24

Yamon Figurs

1

43

1

 

 

25

Logan

Payne

3

39

0

 

 

26

Chris Davis

2

31

0

 

 

27

David Clowney

1

26

0

 

 

28

Isaiah Stanback

2

24

0

 

 

29

Brandon Middleton

1

23

0

 

 

30

Roy Hall

1

9

0

 

 

31

Paul Williams

1

7

0

 

 

32

Dallas Baker

1

6

0

 

 

33

Johnathan Holland

0

0

0

 

 

34

Justin Jenkins

0

0

0

 

 

35

Jordan Kent

0

0

0

 

 

 

 

Calvin Johnson heads this list and he shined this season despite the ineffectiveness of his team and an 0-16 season. Steve Breaston and Anthony Gonzalez put up good numbers even though they were the third options on the team. For the receivers in the Top 10 in this list, most of them have a bright 2009 ahead of them while the rest still have plenty of question marks.

Congrats to those playing in the Super Bowl and enjoy the festivities.

Cheers!

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