Rotoprofessor’s Top 15 Fantasy WR for 2009

Jul 7, 2009


Written by
Eric Stashin the Rotoprofessor

We’ve already ranked the QBs (click here to view), RBs (click here to view) and TEs (click here to view), so now it’s time to take a look at the Top 15 WRs for draft day:

  1. Larry Fitzgerald – Arizona Cardinals - How does 96 catches, 1,431 yards and 12 TD sound? He plays in a pass happy offense and with Kurt Warner back at the helm, there’s no reason to think he’s going to slow down now.
  2. Andre Johnson – Houston Texans - He led the league in catches and yards last season, his second 100+ catch campaign. The only thing stopping him from taking the top spot is the TDs, having never exceeded 8 in a season. If he could get into double-digits, he’s going to be the best in the business.
  3. Reggie Wayne – Indianapolis Colts - He’s already proven that he can be the man in the Colts offense and with Marvin Harrison jettisoned it’s his chance to officially take the reigns.
  4. Randy Moss – New England Patriots - Tom Brady is back at the helm of the Patriots offense, so that should mean huge things for Moss. When the two paired together in 2007, Moss had 98 catches, 23 of which went for TD. This could be scary.
  5. Calvin Johnson – Detroit Lions - In just his second season, he erupted for 12 TD and 1,331 yards. Of course, if Matt Stafford wins the QB job, his value could be limited, but he’s worth the risk.
  6. Anquan Boldin – Arizona Cardinals - How often do a pair of teammates rank in the Top Six WR? Even though he’s the second receiver on his team, he’s just too good to ignore.
  7. Steve Smith – Carolina Panthers - He was the first receiver since 2005 to average over 100 yards per game receiving. That certainly says a lot of his potential value. He has over 1,000 yards each of the past four seasons and there is no reason to think he’s going to stop now.
  8. Roddy White – Atlanta Falcons - In 2007 he picked up 1,202 yards and 6 TD. In 2008 he took a step forward, getting 1,382 yards and 7 TD. With his second season pairing with Matt Ryan, I fully expect him to take an even bigger step forward in 2009.
  9. Greg Jennings – Green Bay Packers - In 2007 he had 12 TD with Brett Favre throwing him the ball. With Aaron Rodgers settling in to the position, he took a huge step forward with nearly 1,300 yards, but the TD fell to 9. A second season pairing with Rodgers should mean the sky is the limit.
  10. Dwayne Bowe – Kansas City Chiefs - He was great with a myriad of below average QBs in 2008. How good could he be with Matt Cassell at the helm?
  11. Brandon Marshall – Denver Broncos - Jay Cutler is now in Chicago and Marshall is rumored to have requested a trade as well. His ultimate value is yet to be determined, so stay tuned on this one.
  12. Terrell Owens – Buffalo Bills - He’s going to be motivated to show how good he is now that he’s out of Dallas and has a QB in Trent Edwards that could be on the cusp of breaking out (click here to view our article on him). While his numbers may slip in December, he’s more than worth owning.
  13. Marques Colston – New Orleans Saints - Injuries cost him last season, limiting him to just 47 catches and 760 yards. With Drew Brees as the QB, there’s no doubt that, if healthy, he’s going to return to the 1,000+ yard, 8+ TD threat.
  14. Roy Williams – Dallas Cowboys - He is main wide receiver for Tony Romo, though TE Jason Witten may be the go-to threat. He struggled last season after being acquired, catching just 19 passes in 10 games, but more experience and a better rapport with Romo should go a long ways.
  15. Wes Welker – New England Patriots - He has 223 catches over the past two seasons and while he had just 3 TD last season, he had 8 in ‘07 with Brady as the QB.  I’d expect him to get back to that level this season.

What do you think?  Who got left out of the Top 15 that you feel should be included?  Who should be removed from the list?

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