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Team Player Analysis

Arizona Cardinals

1. Larry Fitzgerald
(Auction: $22)
Fitzgerald might be the most athletically gifted wide receiver in the league. His soft hands and leaping ability make him almost impossible to cover downfield. With Kurt Warner under center and Anquan Boldin on the opposite side of the field, Fitzgerald is positioned to post solid fantasy numbers week in and week out. The Cardinals will continue to throw the football a ton in 2009, so Fitzgerald should continue to be successful. He'll be the first wide receiver selected, likely in the second round but occasionally in the first, in the majority of fantasy drafts. Bye: Week 4

2009 Projections
Rec
Rec Yds
Rec TDs
Fumbles lost
94
1,405
13
0


Team Player Analysis

Houston Texans

2. Andre Johnson
(Auction: $21)
Johnson exploded for his fantasy owners last season, posting career bests in receptions (115) and yards (1,575) and tying his career best in touchdowns (8). A strong, physical receiver with great hands, he had eight 100-yard games and caught seven or more passes 10 times. He was second in fantasy points at his position on NFL.com behind only Larry Fitzgerald. Johnson has developed a nice rapport with Matt Schaub and is one of the most targeted receivers in the league. He should be considered one of the elite fantasy receivers. Bye: Week 10

2009 Projections
Rec
Rec Yds
Rec TDs
Fumbles lost
107
1,490
10
1


Team Player Analysis

New England Patriots

3. Randy Moss
(Auction: $21)
Moss was the unquestioned No. 1 wide receiver in fantasy football heading into last season's drafts. However, his value and production fell after the loss of Tom Brady to an injured knee in Week 1. Moss still finished with a respectable 11 touchdowns, but he was not as consistent. Now that Brady is slated to return, fantasy owners should expect Moss to rebound. There's no reason to believe he can't reclaim his spot as one of the elite wide receivers in fantasy football. Look for Moss' name to be called in the second or third round in most drafts. Bye: Week 8

2009 Projections
Rec
Rec Yds
Rec TDs
Fumbles lost
91
1,255
14
1


Team Player Analysis

Detroit Lions

4. Calvin Johnson
(Auction: $21)
Despite the fact that the Lions had a virtual carousel of quarterbacks and finished without a single win, Johnson was still able to produce enormous numbers in 2008. He recorded career bests across the board, including an impressive 1,331 yards 12 touchdowns, even while battling constant double teams. The athletic wideout from Georgia Tech will continue to be the focal point of the team’s pass attack under new coordinator Scott Linehan, whose offensive philosophies helped Randy Moss thrive while in Minnesota. Whether it’s Daunte Culpepper or No. 1 overall pick Matthew Stafford under center, Johnson proved last season that he can put up enormous numbers even with a less-than-reliable quarterback. The man who’s come to be known as “Megatron” will be a surefire second-round selection in drafts. Bye: Week 7

2009 Projections
Rec
Rec Yds
Rec TDs
Fumbles lost
85
1,395
11
1


Team Player Analysis

Carolina Panthers

5. Steve Smith
(Auction: $18)
Smith has established himself as one of the top wideouts in fantasy football. Despite missing the first two games last season, he still had 78 receptions, a career-best 18.2 yards-per-catch average and the second-highest yardage total (1,421) of his career. He finished sixth in fantasy points among receivers on NFL.com. Smith loses some of his luster with his lack of touchdowns. He found the end zone just six times in 2008 and has averaged seven scores the past three seasons. Still, he is a No. 1 wideout and will be drafted in the second or third round. Bye: Week 4

2009 Projections
Rec
Rec Yds
Rec TDs
Fumbles lost
91
1,395
8
1


Team Player Analysis

Arizona Cardinals

6. Anquan Boldin
(Auction: $18)
Boldin, who might be the toughest receiver in the NFL, produced tremendous fantasy numbers last season. Although he missed four games, he still finished with 89 receptions, 1,038 yards and a career-best 11 touchdowns. Boldin's one downfall is his tendency to get injured, but his statistical potential makes him worth the risk. With Kurt Warner at QB and Larry Fitzgerald drawing attention on the other side of the field, Boldin has advantages other receivers can only dream about. If he stays healthy, he is a lock to post 1,000-plus yards and 8-12 TDs in 2009. Bye: Week 4

2009 Projections
Rec
Rec Yds
Rec TDs
Fumbles lost
83
1,295
10
2


Team Player Analysis

Indianapolis Colts

7. Reggie Wayne
(Auction: $17)
Wayne has become a staple among fantasy's top 10 wide receivers. While his numbers fell last season compared to his 2007 totals, he will rebound in 2009. Marvin Harrison's release should mean more targets for Wayne. Of course, the presence of future Hall of Fame quarterback Peyton Manning also makes Wayne more attractive in drafts. Barring injuries, he's a virtual lock to post his sixth consecutive season with 1,000 receiving yards, with 7-9 touchdowns. Wayne, a No. 1 fantasy wideout, will come off the board in the third round on draft day. Bye: Week 6

2009 Projections
Rec
Rec Yds
Rec TDs
Fumbles lost
98
1,335
8
1


Team Player Analysis

Atlanta Falcons

8. Roddy White
(Auction: $17)
White proved that he was no one-season wonder, posting his second consecutive 1,000-yard season as the top option in the Falcons’ pass attack in 2008. Even with a rookie in Matt Ryan under center, White finished with career best across the board and produced seven 100-yard performances. He also finished with more fantasy points on NFL.com than Randy Moss and Terrell Owens, so White has shown that he belongs in the upper echelon of wideouts. With the continued development of Ryan, the addition of Tony Gonzalez and an offense that has an effective ground game with Michael Turner, there’s no reason to believe White’s statistical success won’t continue this season. Bye: Week 4

2009 Projections
Rec
Rec Yds
Rec TDs
Fumbles lost
85
1,245
8
1


Team Player Analysis

Green Bay Packers

9. Greg Jennings
(Auction: $17)
For the first time in his career, Jennings played in all 16 games last season. He took over as the top wide receiver in Green Bay, posting career bests in receptions (80) and yards (1,292) to go along with an impressive nine touchdowns. He was fourth in fantasy points at the position behind only Larry Fitzgerald, Andre Johnson and Calvin Johnson. The Packers will continue to throw the football and utilize Jennings as the top option in the passing attack. He should be seen as a No. 1 fantasy starter in most leagues. Bye: Week 5

2009 Projections
Rec
Rec Yds
Rec TDs
Fumbles lost
77
1,260
8
1


Team Player Analysis

Kansas City Chiefs

10. Dwayne Bowe
(Auction: $16)
Fantasy owners looking to target a breakout wide receiver should look to Bowe. A third-year wideout, he is positioned to have his best season. The addition of new coach Todd Haley, who has had a lot of success with wide receivers in the NFL, is a good reason to expect big numbers from Bowe. Haley's offense is certain to feature Bowe in a passing attack that also includes Matt Cassel, who will take over as the team's top quarterback. A low-end No. 1 fantasy wideout with the tools to reach an elite level, Bowe will be a hot name in 2009. Bye: Week 8

2009 Projections
Rec
Rec Yds
Rec TDs
Fumbles lost
92
1,235
8
1


Team Player Analysis

New England Patriots

11. Wes Welker
(Auction: $16)
Welker has established himself as one of the best fantasy options in PPR leagues. The durable veteran has averaged 111.5 catches and 1,170 yards in two seasons with the Patriots, and his stock won't fall with Tom Brady back under center in 2009. Welker isn't the sort of wideout who will put up explosive numbers like teammate Randy Moss, but he's a reliable possession receiver who isn't afraid to make the tough catches. While his lack of TDs leaves much to be desired, Welker's overall level of production makes him a valuable option in all formats. Bye: Week 8

2009 Projections
Rec
Rec Yds
Rec TDs
Fumbles lost
107
1,215
7
1


Team Player Analysis

New Orleans Saints

12. Marques Colston
(Auction: $15)
Over the 2006 and 2007 seasons, Colston averaged an impressive 84 receptions for 1,120 yards and close to 10 scores. He took a step back last season, as knee problems limited him to 11 games and required an arthroscopic procedure during the offseason. Colston is expected to be 100 percent in time for training camp, so the ailment shouldn't alter his value. In fact, he'll still be seen as a borderline No. 1 or 2 fantasy wideout while playing in a pass-heavy offense. He is almost certain to come off the board in the first four rounds. Bye: Week 5

2009 Projections
Rec
Rec Yds
Rec TDs
Fumbles lost
82
1,130
8
1


Team Player Analysis

Cincinnati Bengals

13. Chad Ochocinco
(Auction: $14)
Ochocinco was one of the biggest disappointments in fantasy football last season. He had significant statistical decreases across the board and was active in just 23 percent of NFL.com leagues during fantasy's championship week. The loss of Carson Palmer for most of the season was a big reason for his hardships, so the quarterback's return will improve the wideout's stock in 2009. With Palmer back and Laveranues Coles on the other side of the field, Ochocinco should get back over the 1,000-yard mark. He could turn out to be a steal as a No. 2 fantasy wideout if you land him in the middle rounds. (Bye: Week 8)

2009 Projections
Rec
Rec Yds
Rec TDs
Fumbles lost
85
1,200
7
1


Team Player Analysis

Dallas Cowboys

14. Roy E. Williams
(Auction: $13)
Williams' numbers decreased across the board last year, when his season was split between the Lions and Cowboys. But after Terrell Owens' offseason release, Williams is once again a top wideout. He is extremely talented and possesses great hands, and an increased role in a productive Cowboys' offense bodes well for his draft value. In fact, it would be a shock if he didn't post 70 receptions, 1,000-plus yards and 7-9 TDs in 2009. He has had injury problems and comes with some risk, but it will be hard to pass on him once the truly elite receivers are off the board. Bye: Week 6

2009 Projections
Rec
Rec Yds
Rec TDs
Fumbles lost
73
1,155
8
2


Team Player Analysis

Buffalo Bills

15. Terrell Owens
(Auction: $13)
Owens' stock has fallen after a tumultuous 2008. T.O., who turns 36 in December, saw his reception, yardage and touchdown totals decrease last season. While the Bills are certain to throw more often, the development of Trent Edwards will have an impact on what Owens can accomplish. T.O. has also dropped more passes in recent seasons, and few wideouts have found success at his age. He's worth drafting as a No. 2 wideout, but with the combination of a young passer and windy, cold weather, owners should temper expectations. Bye: Week 9

2009 Projections
Rec
Rec Yds
Rec TDs
Fumbles lost
71
1,070
8
1


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