2011 Updated Fantasy Football WR Rankings

Aug 5, 2011

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Here’s another updated and expanded look at the 2011 wide receiver rankings as the transactions have caused some movement.
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1.  Andre Johnson, Houston Texans:  1216 yards and eight touchdowns in 13 games. Has averaged nearly 100 yards per game over his past 54 games.
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2.  Calvin Johnson, Detroit Lions:  Recovered nicely from a down 2009 season with 1120 yards and 12 scores. Now if only Matthew Stafford can stay healthy.
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3. Hakeem Nicks, New York Giants:  Exploded for 1052 yards and 11 scores in 13 games. The scary thing is, there is still room for growth.
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4.  Roddy White, Atlanta Falcons:  Julio Jones will take some of his production, but Roddy has been a force for the past four years. I expect the Falcons to throw even more in 2011, which will offset Jones’ arrival somewhat.
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5.  Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona Cardinals:  The Cards were dysfunctional last year, but Fitz still managed 1137 yards and six scores. I expect more stability out of the quarterback position with Kevin Kolb.
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6.  Dwayne Bowe, Kansas City Chiefs:  Conditioning could be a concern, but in a contract year I think he knows he has too much to lose.
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7.  Mike Wallace, Pittsburgh Steelers:  Wallace broke out with 1257 yards and ten touchdowns showing he’s more than a deep threat. Wallace is a solid WR1.
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8.  Reggie Wayne, Indianapolis Colts:  Wayne may on the downside of his career, but after his 1355 yards and six touchdowns, he still has something left in the tank.
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9.  Vincent Jackson, San Diego Chargers:  Assuming he’s under contract or willing to play with the franchise tag, V-Jax should be nasty once again.
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10.  DeSean Jackson, Philadelphia Eagles:  Consistency can be an issue, but he can put your fantasy team on his back when he explodes.
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11.  Miles Austin, Dallas Cowboys:  I initially had Bryant ahead of Austin, but Miles is more mature and one of Romo’s favorite targets.
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12.  Marques Colston, New Orleans Saints:  I originally had Colston off this list, but with four seasons of at least 1023 yards and seven touchdowns in his five year career, I wasn’t giving him enough credit. They will run more and Brees does spread the ball around, but Colston remains his favorite target.
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13.  Greg Jennings, Green Bay Packers:  With James Jones returning, there just isn’t enough balls to go around to make Jennings a top flight WR again.
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14.  Mike Williams, Tampa Bay Buccaneers:  After 964 yards and 11 scores as a rookie he is a regression risk. I think the yardage will be up, the touchdowns down, and Williams to be a borderline WR1.
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15.  Santonio Holmes, New York Jets:  Has plenty to build on a solid Jets’ debut.
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16.  Dez Bryant, Dallas Cowboys:  His maturity concerns me, but the ability is there.
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17.  Kenny Britt, Tennessee Titans:  Like the Hasselbeck signing for Britt. He’s top 15 if he avoids suspension.
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18.  Brandon Marshall, Miami Dolphins:  Marshall only scored three touchdowns, but showed some signs at the end of the year averaging 101.7 yards over the past three games.
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19.  Percy Harvin, Minnesota Vikings:  The migraines appear to be under control. The Vikings are committed to being more creative to get Percy the ball in space. If he can stay healthy he can be a dynamic threat.
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20.  Wes Welker, New England Patriots:  What Welker did (848 yards, seven touchdowns) only a few months removed from a knee injury is staggering. Look for Brady to get him the ball early and often once again in 2011.
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21.  Brandon Lloyd, Denver Broncos:  Last year came out of nowhere and he has a run first coach.
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22.  Stevie Johnson, Buffalo Bills:  Also came out of nowhere, but he was a third-year receiver. I’m just not sure Buffalo’s offense will be as potent in 2011.
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23.  Anquan Boldin, Baltimore Ravens:  Disappointing year one numbers with Baltimore. I expect more from Boldin this year.
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24.  Jeremy Maclin, Philadelphia Eagles:  Maclin will be better soon so he climbs the ranking.
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25.  Pierre Garcon, Indianapolis Colts:  Garcon did not take advantage of Austin Collie’s absence like you would have expected. Peyton is comfortable with him so he should remain a solid threat.
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26.  Austin Collie, Indianapolis Colts:  Health is the primary concern for Collie. Concussions are no joke. When he’s on the field he’s one of Peyton’s favorite targets.
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27.  Sidney Rice, Seattle Seahawks:  He has not shown enough to convince me he can stay healthy and get it done with T-Jack or Whitehurst at QB.
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28. Chad Ochocinco, New England Patriots:  Ocho to the Patriots makes him a nice low end WR2/high end WR3.
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29.  Jerome Simpson, Cincinnati Bengals:  A.J. Green’s arrival put a damper on Simpson’s value, but the rookie will take some time to pick up the offense without the luxury of the OTAs.
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30.  Steve Smith, Carolina Panthers:  He could bounce back if he gets anything remotely resembling a quarterback in 2011. Could be traded.
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31.  Mario Manningham, New York Giants:  Even if Steve Smith returns, he’ll likely be limited early following his microfracture surgery.
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32.  Santana Moss, Washington Redskins:  Hopefully he gets better QB play in 2011.
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33.  Mike Sims-Walker, St. Louis Rams:  Like the fit.
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34.  Big Mike Williams, Seattle Seahawks:  Rice signing hurts his value.
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35.  A.J. Green, Cincinnati Bengals:  He’s a physical specimen. It’s a matter of how quickly he and Andy Dalton can pick up the offense.
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36.  Malcom Floyd, San Diego Chargers:  Possibly Baltimore Ravens? Would be a nice landing place.
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37.  Deion Branch, New England Patriots:  Brady will spread the love.
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38.  Roy Williams, Chicago Bears:  Reunited (with Martz) and it feels so good.
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39.  Julio Jones, Atlanta Falcons:  Plenty of single-coverage.
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40.  Braylon Edwards, San Francisco 49ers:  Suspension? San Francisco. Yuck.
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