1. Larry Fitzgerald
Fitzgerald’s utter dominance through the 2008 postseason elevated him to another level. And now, just entering his prime, he’s going to give DBs fits for a long time.
2. Randy Moss
The return of Brady puts Moss right back at the top of fantasy receivers. Although the Pats won’t be as pass happy as 2007, at least 30 TDs should come through the air and Moss will be on the receiving end of many of those.
3. Andre Johnson
Johnson ranks No. 3 on this list because he doesn’t have the passing attack which the top two have. He’s still impossible to cover one on one and even with the increased attention paid him by opposing defenses, possesses the size, speed, and strength to post elite numbers and sit in the top three of our fantasy rankings for receivers.
4. Calvin Johnson
Johnson’s freakish athletic ability is a nightmare for any defense to handle and last year he was a man against boys for most of it. Even in double and triple coverage he still managed to score TDs. Keep an eye on the QB situation as that’s the only thing working against him but he’ll be a top scorer in fantasy football when it’s all said and done.
5. Roddy White
White’s on the verge of stardom and has the luxury of playing with one of the brightest young QBs to ever enter the league, Matt Ryan. Tony Gonzalez’s presence will keep safetys from double covering him and that should translate into a lot of catches and some long TDs.
6. Greg Jennings
Jennings is another top tier receiver entering his fourth season and second with QB Rodgers. The duo quickly developed a nice rapport in 2008 and Jennings became the big-play receiver in Green Bay.
7. Steve Smith
Smith possesses an amazing combination of speed and power and his play making ability is as good as any in the league. The only thing hindering his fantasy success is the run first system he plays in and the inconsistent QB he plays with. But even with that going against him, he’s still the Panthers’ No. 1 passing option and always puts up points.
8. Reggie Wayne
Wayne’s clearly Manning’s top guy in 2009 as Harrison is no longer with the club. Last season’s overall drop in production was because of all of the issues along the offensive line and in-continuity on the offense in general. This year that won’t be a problem.
9. Terrell Owens
T.O. is 35 and beginning to show some signs of his age. But he still keeps himself in phenomenal shape and is difficult in one on one match-ups. Although his production fell in 2008, he still managed 10 TDs. Now playing in Buffalo, he should quickly become Edwards go to guy and quietly post solid numbers.
10. Anquan Boldin
While still unhappy about his contract situation, Boldin realizes that the best way to command a big pay day is by putting up big time numbers. And in Arizona’s pass happy offense, there’s enough love to go around that he’ll have another chance to do so.