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Moss' 2007 season was best among fantasy wideouts in 2000s


As we get geared up for yet another exciting fantasy football campaign, let’s take a look back at the best single-season WR performances of the last decade. Our list is based on a standard scoring system, and takes into account only the highest point totals for the WRs who had multiple enormous fantasy seasons.

Randy Moss, Patriots (2007)

One of the elite wide receivers in fantasy football for much of his career, Moss has posted 10 seasons with 1,000-plus yards and nine with double-digit touchdowns. He put up the best season ever for a fantasy wideout in 2007, posting 98 receptions for 1,493 yards and an NFL-record 23 touchdown catches. Unfortunately, his numbers, and fantasy value, have dropped significantly the last two seasons.

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Marvin Harrison, Colts (2001)

Harrison established himself as one of the NFL's top fantasy wideouts during his time with the Colts. He posted no fewer than 1,146 yards and scored double-digit touchdowns from 1999-2006. His best fantasy campaign came in 2001, when Harrison posted 109 catches, 1,524 yards and found the end zone a career-best 15 times. He would a record 143 receptions the very next season.

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Torry Holt, Rams (2003)

Holt produced several productive seasons for fantasy owners during his time in St. Louis, where he was one of the main members of the "Greatest Show on Turf." He put up the best single-season numbers of his career in 2003, recording career bests in catches (117), yards (1,696) and touchdowns (12). Overall, Holt recorded eight straight 1,000-yard seasons with the Rams before falling off the fantasy radar in 2009.

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Terrell Owens, 49ers (2001)

One of the elite fantasy wide receivers of his era, Owens has been an absolute stat-sheet stuffer since very early in his career with the 49ers. While he's had a number of huge seasons, it was with the Niners that Owens has the best single-year totals of his career. With Jeff Garcia under center, T.O. put up an impressive 93 receptions for 1,412 yards and what remains a career-best 16 touchdowns.

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Muhsin Muhammad, Panthers (2004)

Muhammad was never on the same level as the elite wide at the position, but he did have one of the best fantasy seasons among receivers in 2004. Muhammad put up career highs in catches (93), yards (1,405) and touchdowns (16) to lead all fantasy wide receivers. Unfortunately, Muhammad never had another 1,000-yard campaign.

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Steve Smith, Panthers (2005)

The year after his teammate, Muhsin Muhammad, exploded for his best fantasy season, Smith put up what remains his best statistical output. With Jake Delhomme at the helm of the offense, Smith went off for career highs in receptions (103), receiving yards (1,563) and touchdowns (12). Smith also had three consecutive 1,000-yard seasons from 2006-08 before his numbers dropped off in 2009.

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Braylon Edwards, Browns (2007)

Like many wide receivers Edwards broke out in his third NFL season with an impressive 80 receptions for 1,289 yards and a career-best 16 touchdowns. Despite that success, however, it's been all downhill for Edwards ever since. Between Cleveland and New York, Edwards has managed a combined 14 touchdowns during the last three years with zero 1,000-yard campaigns.

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Hines Ward, Steelers (2002)

Before he was winning Super Bowl MVPs or "Dancing with the Stars," Ward was putting up some major fantasy numbers. His most successful statistical campaign occurred in 2002, when Ward recorded career bests in catches (112), yards (1,329) and touchdowns (12). Ward has a total of six 1,000-yard seasons on his lengthy and impressive NFL resume.

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Larry Fitzgerald, Cardinals (2008)

If you've been playing fantasy football for the last four years, you know that Fitzgerald is one of the elite wide receivers. He was at his best from a statistical perspective in 2008, when he recorded 96 receptions and career bests in yards (1,431) and touchdowns (13). Overall, Fitzgerald has produced four consecutive seasons with more than 1,000 receiving yards.

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Andre Johnson, Texans (2009)

Johnson, arguably the top wide receiver in fantasy football, has been a stat-sheet machine since 2008. He recorded his best season in 2009 with 101 catches for 1,569 yards and a personal-best nine touchdowns. Had he not missed three games with lingering ankle problems in 2010, Johnson would have been in a position to have his best fantasy season.

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