2011 Fantasy Football Composite Staff Rankings: Wide Receiver

Wide Receiver is a tricky position to rank.  Whereas the Running Back controls his own fate, the WR has to rely on his QB to get him the ball as much as possible.  Things get tricky if teams are battling in close games and want to grind out the clock with the running game, or if the WR's Stud Quarterback injures himself, thus diminishing the number of targets.  We've seen first-hand what happens when a QB goes down: Check out Carolina's Steve Smith's recent decline as evidence.  All in all, though, talent simply wins out.  The big boys will get their share of targets, double-team or not (Calvin Johnson circa 2010).

As usual, rankings after the jump compiled by the best of the best: TJ Mahoney (mahoney1213), Evan Levine (eklevine), Scott Kaliska (dukeallstar) and Kenny Stein (Humbled Fan).

If you're looking for other rankings, check out Fantasy Rundown, which provides rankings from other sources on the internet.

 

 

TM

EL

SK

KS

1

Andre Johnson, Texans

2

2

1

3

2

Calvin Johnson, Lions

1

3

3

2

3

Roddy White, Falcons

6

1

2

1

4

Larry Fitzgerald, Cardinals

3

4

10

4

5

Mike Wallace, Steelers

4

5

5

11

6

Hakeem Nicks, Giants

5

7

4

10

7

Greg Jennings, Packers

12

6

6

7

8

DeSean Jackson, Eagles

9

10

7

9

9

Reggie Wayne, Colts

11

8

8

8

10

Miles Austin, Cowboys

7

9

13

12

11

Dwayne Bowe, Chiefs

14

13

9

5

12

Marques Colston, Saints

15

14

15

13

13

Vincent Jackson, Chargers

8

11

11

30

14

Brandon Lloyd, Broncos

25

17

18

6

15

Santonio Holmes, Jets

13

15

21

18

16

Mike Williams, Bucs

20

19

12

16

17

Jeremy Maclin, Eagles

19

12

17

23

18

Dez Bryant, Cowboys

16

18

19

21

19

Percy Harvin, Vikings

17

25

26

15

20

Steve Johnson, Bills

24

20

25

14

21

Chad Ochocinco, Patriots

21

24

20

19

22

Brandon Marshall, Dolphins

10

16

14

-

23

Wes Welker, Patriots

23

22

24

26

24

Anquan Boldin, Ravens

26

26

27

20

25

Sidney Rice, Seahawks

29

23

23

31

26

Kenny Britt, Titans

18

30

16

-

27

Mario Manningham, Giants

27

21

-

17

28

Austin Collie, Colts

22

29

22

-

29

Santana Moss, Redskins

30

-

31

24

30

Johnny Knox, Bears

-

-

30

22

31

Steve Smith, Panthers

28

27

-

-

32

Braylon Edwards, 49ers

-

31

-

27

33

A.J. Green, Bengals

31

-

-

28

34

Mike Thomas, Jaguars

-

-

-

29

35

Mike Sims-Walker, Rams

32

32

-

-

36

Michael Crabtree, 49ers

-

-

-

25

37

Plaxico Burress, Jets

-

28

-

-

38

Pierre Garcon, Colts

-

-

29

-

39

Julio Jones, Falcons

-

-

-

32

40

Jacoby Ford, Raiders

-

-

32

-

 

My 2 Cents: This position is where things get tricky.  It was a neck and neck battle for supremacy between the two Johnsons.  Andre ultimately won out over Calvin, but barely.  If Schaub and Stafford stay healthy, then Calvin and Andre will both dominate; however, that is a major IF, especially in Stafford's case.  People can argue about Larry Fitz in the top 5, but with Kolb at the helm, Larry will get his.  Check out his stats last year with the likes of me and you throwing the ball to him. Roddy White may lose targets to Julio Jones, and Mike Wallace needs to capitalize on his dominant 2010 second half, but otherwise the top 6 looks great.  As shown by our own ranks above, you can go in just about any direction from that point on.  It seems to be a matter of personal preference.

Even in non-PPR Leagues, it is extremely beneficial to draft a Tier-1 WR.  This enables you to build around your reliable WR1 with starters at the other positions, and you can take a flier on the other WR's.  It's extremely difficult to pick and choose mid-level WR's as starters weekly because it's tough to determine who will break out any given week.  Drafting a top WR eliminates this risk.  Helpful RB's fly off the waiver wire each year more so than WR's do.

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