Moss, Wayne, Owens
The only three receivers I would consider drafting in the first round of a 12 team draft. Moss and Owens need no introduction but
I know the TD’s for
Fitzgerald, Houshmandzadeh, C.Johnson, A. Johnson, Edwards, Colston, S.Smith, Welker, Burress
The only difference I see between this tier and the first is that these guys have been a little more inconsistent either with touchdown production or receptions. Edwards did post a whopping 16 TD’s last season but I need to see another year of double digit scores before he gets serious consideration for the top tier. Steve Smith’s top level production depends on the health of Jake Delhomme. Welker will get his touches and the passing scores in New England should continue in abundance. The passing offense goes through Andre Johnson in
Boldin, Roy Williams,
These are receivers who could easily finish with #1 receiver numbers but each has questions surrounding their situation which clouds their value. Holt is another year older in an offense without a clear #2 receiver, Williams seems to get banged up a lot,
he will still be an excellent receiver in a great passing attack.
Calvin Johnson, Bowe, Chambers, Driver, White,
Galloway, Berrian, Mason,
The tier features some of the better #2 receivers in the league and some #1’s on mediocre passing teams. Holmes is one of the most polished young receivers in the league and
, Curtis, Gonzalez, V.Jackson,
R. Williams, Bruce,
D. Bennett, Porter, Burleson, D.Jackson, Brown, Rice,
Talent-wise Santana Moss deserves to be in the next tier up but only once in his 8 year career has he started all 16 games and that has to factor into his value. Reggie Williams is intriguing because he finally seemed to improve last year when he posted 10 TD’s but those came on only 38 catches! That was enough to convince the Jags to sign Jerry Porter. Another guy who could do well is Ronald Curry but he seems to be injury prone. Crayton has a great opportunity now that Terry Glenn is on his last legs. This is a true sleeper tier as some of these guys will
emerge as great fantasy starters. I wouldn’t be surprised if one of the veteran receivers who recently switched teams (DJax, Bruce, Walker, Stallworth, Porter) has a great year.
, Gage, Hardy, Sweed, E. Bennett, Desean Jackson,
A lot of unproven receivers and rookies make up this tier. In this tier, I highlighted guys who have some experience in the league and possibly their best opportunity to produce. Steve Smith attempts to build off his playoff contributions, Wilford will be competing for the #1 receiver role in
DJ Hackett could be the guy for the Panthers to finally draw some coverage from Steve Smith. Of the rookies, I think Bennett has the best chance to put up numbers right away. Re
ceivers from this tier should be considered bye week fill-ins and backups on most squads. They probably shouldn’t be counted on for weekly point production.
Draft Strategy –
Ideally, choose one of the big three from tier 1 without using a first rounder on them. If that doesn’t pan out, grabbing two receivers from tier 2 will make a formidable pass catching nucleus. For most of us, getting one receiver from each of tiers 2 through 4 will make for a very solid receiving corps on game day. For a number of factors, players from tiers 5 and 6 may not produce on a regular basis but could make solid bye week starters.