NFL.com 2010 fantasy wide receiver rankings (1-15)

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Note: Projections are from the 2010 NFL.com Fantasy Football Preview Guide and will be updated throughout the preseason.

 

Houston Texans

1. Andre Johnson
(Auction: $22)
Johnson has emerged as the unquestioned No. 1 wide receiver in fantasy football. One of the most consistent and explosive players in the league, he posted double-digit fantasy points 13 times in 2009 and scored 20 or more points an impressive seven times. He has a tremendous rapport with Texans quarterback Matt Schaub, so his level of statistical success should continue in 2010. Johnson, the only wideout who is worth a first-round pick, is a superstar in both standard and PPR formats. (Bye: Week 7)

2010 Projections
Rec
Rec Yds
Rec TDs
Fumbles lost
107
1,545
10
0


 

New England Patriots

2. Randy Moss
(Auction: $19)
In 2009, Moss posted at least 80 catches and 1,200 receiving yards for the sixth time in his career. He also scored double-digit touchdowns for the third consecutive season. Although 33, he's still a nightmare for defensive backs. And in a Patriots' offense that figures to remain explosive with Tom Brady at quarterback, there's no reason to think Moss can't put up another solid season for his fantasy owners. He's a surefire No. 1 wide receiver and is worth a second- or third-round pick in drafts.  (Bye: Week 5)

2010 Projections
Rec
Rec Yds
Rec TDs
Fumbles lost
83
1,305
13
2


 

Arizona Cardinals

3. Larry Fitzgerald
(Auction: $19)
Fitzgerald finished with a solid 97 receptions and a career-best 13 touchdown catches in 2009. Those numbers were good enough to finish fourth in fantasy points at his position on NFL.com. There is a major question facing Fitzgerald in 2010, though, and that's the Cardinals' current quarterback situation. Even still, Fitzgerald is too talented to experience a major drop in numbers. He's still one of the most athletic and talented fantasy wideouts in the league, so don't be shy about taking him in the second round. (Bye: Week 6)

2010 Projections
Rec
Rec Yds
Rec TDs
Fumbles lost
91
1,200
10
0


 

Indianapolis Colts

4. Reggie Wayne
(Auction: $17)
Wayne is one of the most reliable fantasy wideouts. Since 2006, he's finished in the top six in fantasy points on NFL.com three times and has scored 35 touchdowns. He's durable, too, having made all 16 starts in each of the last seven seasons. While the Colts have a number of productive options in the passing game, Wayne remains one of quarterback Peyton Manning's first options and is likely to post 90 to 100 receptions in 2010. Consider him as a No. 1 wideout in the second or third round. (Bye: Week 7)

2010 Projections
Rec
Rec Yds
Rec TDs
Fumbles lost
93
1,325
9
0


 

Detroit Lions

5. Calvin Johnson
(Auction: $16)
Among wide receivers, there wasn't a bigger disappointment in fantasy leagues last season than Johnson, whose totals decreased across the board compared to 2008. One reason was the Lions' lack of a legitimate complement in the passing game, which meant double- and triple-coverage sets from opposing teams. There is reason for optimism in 2010, though, after the Lions signed free agent Nate Burleson to take some of the heat off Johnson. Because of Johnson's poor 2009 totals, he could be a terrific draft value for owners. (Bye: Week 7)

2010 Projections
Rec
Rec Yds
Rec TDs
Fumbles lost
75
1,285
8
2


 

Atlanta Falcons

6. Roddy White
(Auction: $16)
White is one of the most explosive, yet still underrated, receivers in fantasy football. He's increased his fantasy-point production on NFL.com in each of the last three seasons, including a 2009 campaign in which he posted a career-high 11 touchdown catches. He also was consistent, scoring 15 or more points in 10 of his 16 starts. White figures to remain a dependable option for fantasy owners in 2010. A viable second- or third-round selection, he should post 80-plus catches and 1,000-plus receiving yards again. (Bye: Week 8)

2010 Projections
Rec
Rec Yds
Rec TDs
Fumbles lost
82
1,205
9
1


 

Dallas Cowboys

7. Miles Austin
(Auction: $15)
Miles was the epitome of a sleeper in 2010. Despite an average draft position of 151.6 on NFL.com, he finished third in fantasy points at his position and was more productive than studs such as Larry Fitzgerald and Reggie Wayne. With a top QB throwing to him and an FPA rating that's second to none at his position, Austin should prove that he was no one-year wonder. Fantasy owners should consider him a solid No. 1 wideout somewhere between the second and fourth rounds. (Bye: Week 4)

2010 Projections
Rec
Rec Yds
Rec TDs
Fumbles lost
76
1,215
9
1


 

Philadelphia Eagles

8. DeSean Jackson
(Auction: $15)
Jackson broke out last season with 1,156 yards and 10 total touchdowns. While his lack of strong reception totals hurts his stock in a bit in PPR leagues, Jackson's role as one of the top options in the Eagles' pass-heavy offense has vaulted him into the top five at his position in standard formats. He also has additional value in leagues that reward players for return yards and touchdowns on special teams. Jackson has a strong FPA rating for 2010 and will come off the board no later than the third round in most drafts. (Bye: Week 8)

2010 Projections
Rec
Rec Yds
Rec TDs
Fumbles lost
67
1,205
10
1


 

Miami Dolphins

9. Brandon Marshall
(Auction: $14)
Marshall endured a roller-coaster ride of a 2009 season. After being suspended by the Broncos during the preseason, he went on to post his third straight season of at least 100 receptions and 1,100 yards. He also set the NFL's single-game record for catches (21), scored a career-best 10 touchdowns, and finished 10th among wideouts in fantasy points on NFL.com. Now in Miami after an offseason trade, Marshall still has No. 1 fantasy receiver value and has even greater appeal in all PPR formats. (Bye: Week 5)

2010 Projections
Rec
Rec Yds
Rec TDs
Fumbles lost
92
1,180
9
1


 

New Orleans Saints

10. Marques Colston
(Auction: $12)
Colston posted his third season with at least 70 catches and 1,000-plus yards in 2009 and finished 13th in fantasy points among receivers on NFL.com. While he can be inconsistent due to the Saints' depth of offensive playmakers, Colston did produce 13 or more fantasy points eight times and scored 9 touchdowns. Playing in an offense that will continue to lean on quarterback Drew Brees and the passing game, Colston is likely to post similar numbers again in 2010. He remains a low-end No. 1 fantasy option. (Bye: Week 10)

2010 Projections
Rec
Rec Yds
Rec TDs
Fumbles lost
74
1,135
9
2


 

Green Bay Packers

11. Greg Jennings
(Auction: $12)
Jennings entered last season as one of the top-ranked receivers in fantasy football, but his reception, yardage, and touchdown totals all decreased compared to his 2008 numbers. He saw fewer targets in the offense, dropped a larger percentage of his passes, and wasn't nearly as explosive with an average of 6.53 yards after the catch. But with fellow Packers receiver Donald Driver entering this season at age 35, Jennings should rebound as quarterback Aaron Rodgers' top wideout. He'll be a solid No. 2 fantasy wide receiver. (Bye: Week 10)

2010 Projections
Rec
Rec Yds
Rec TDs
Fumbles lost
73
1,210
8
1


 

Baltimore Ravens

12. Anquan Boldin
(Auction: $12)
Boldin is one of the most well-rounded receivers in the league, but he can also be a frustrating player to own. He finished just 23rd in points at his position on NFL.com last season, and failed to produce double digits in almost half of his games. He also has missed nine games over the last three seasons due to a variety of bumps and bruises. Despite these shortcomings, Boldin also possesses all the tools to produce good numbers. Now with the Ravens, he is a strong No. 2 option with added value in PPR formats. (Bye: Week 8)

2010 Projections
Rec
Rec Yds
Rec TDs
Fumbles lost
87
1,160
8
2


 

Carolina Panthers

13. Steve Smith
(Auction: $11)
He won't be the first Steve Smith taken in fantasy drafts anymore, but the Panthers' receiver is still a valuable asset for his owners. Had he not broken his forearm late last season, Smith likely would have finished with his sixth 1,000-yard season since 2003. He has quickly developed a rapport with quarterback Matt Moore, and the two teamed for a combined 378 yards and 3 touchdowns in four late-season games in 2009. Barring a setback in his return from offseason arm surgery, Smith will be a nice No. 2 fantasy option on draft day. (Bye: Week 6)

2010 Projections
Rec
Rec Yds
Rec TDs
Fumbles lost
77
1,105
8
1


 

New York Giants

14. Steve Smith
(Auction: $11)
One of the best fantasy draft values of 2009, Smith emerged as the top receiver in the Giants' offense and set a club record with 107 catches. The sure-handed wideout was a PPR owner's dream, catching 6 or more passes 11 times, including three games with 10 or more receptions. With the Giants throwing the football more often, Smith will continue to get his chances to catch the ball. He's a borderline No. 1 or 2 WR in standard leagues with added value in formats that award points for receptions. (Bye: Week 8)

2010 Projections
Rec
Rec Yds
Rec TDs
Fumbles lost
88
1,090
7
0


 

San Francisco 49ers

15. Michael Crabtree
(Auction: $10)
Crabtree is one of the most intriguing wide receivers heading into this season. Despite a holdout that cost him training camp and the early part of the 2009 regular season, he still posted very respectable numbers in 11 games as a rookie. He showed promising skills as an intermediate threat and will only improve as a vertical option in the 49ers' pass attack with a full complement of preseason work. He is a nice sleeper candidate who is worth a middle-round pick. He has a favorable FPA rating, too, and could turn into a high-end No. 2 option. (Bye: Week 9)

2010 Projections
Rec
Rec Yds
Rec TDs
Fumbles lost
74
1,035
7
2


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