So my first of 5 drafts is this evening. I took this time to organize the information I have gathered from the 20 fantasy football blogs that I read daily. Yes I am mentally ill. But that is why you read this website. Because you all know that I have more issues then you.
This list is every fantasy WR that I think will have some form of impact this year in the NFL. Understand this list is in no particular order but I will emphasize those players I truly believe in. Just so you know how sick I am I watched 7 preseason games this week and I watched EVERY minute. There is nothing worse then preseason football. The only reason I torture myself is for you the readers and to find those fantasy sleepers no one else will care to find.
Laurent Robinson WR STL – He is the #1 WR at the moment in St Louis. Did he luck into this role? YES. Do I care? NO. Bottom line is that Donnie Avery is hurt and will be out for at last another 3 weeks. Robinson by default is the #1 receiver in St Louis. They have to throw the ball somewhere other then to SJACK (yes, I am ALSO very high on Jackson this year but he isn’t a sleeper). Robinson came over via trade from Atlanta. He is tall and lanky and has looked GREAT in the preseason. Even when Avery returns Robinson will still be the #2 WR in the field. Take him round 12 or later. He will be there and YES I am high on him this year.
Earl Bennett WR CHI– I will say this name again, EARL BENNETT! Get to know this name because he will be a household name by the end of this year. He was a WR with Cutler at Vanderbilt and has looked great in preseason. He is a great deep threat option. He is taller then Hester and we all know that Cutler likes to throw the ball down field as opposed to checking down to a RB (Orton’s favorite thing to do). Hester isn’t a great WR to throw to deep. Hester is better coming back to the ball (hence the Cutler comments that got him in hot water after the first preseason game). Earl Bennett will be the steal of the draft. Very similar to what Eddie Royal was last year. Yes, I called Eddie Royal last year and he was great for me early on. Speaking of Eddie Royal, he is a good 6 round pick this year. He will be the Wes Welker of Denver. For PPR leagues this is VERY valuable.
Kelly Washington WR Bal– I am not very high on him but the Baltimore WILL have injury issues this year with their WR core. Their starting WR are very close to the crypt and Washington is quick. He may turn into a solid #2 WR by the end of the year. I’m cool to him though so don’t grab him unless it’s towards the end of the draft.
Troy Williamson WR JAX – I originally was all about Mike Walker in JAX this year but because of all his injury issues I have shifted my thoughts over to Williamson. Just like how Robinson is the #1 in STL by default Williamson is the #2 in JAX by default. He has had a MONSTER of a preseason and Garrard likes throwing the ball deep his way. Lets hope the Williamson breaks the label of a fantasy bust from his three years in MIN. I take him as a late round flier this year.
Miles Austin WR DAL– With TOTOTOTO gone (I can’t help but the sing the TO song in my head) Roy Williams is the #1. Crayton is listed as the #2 but has been moved to the slot for this unknown Miles Austin who has only caught a handful of passes in the NFL. Austin is going to line up opposite of Roy Williams. That being the case the ball will be thrown his way. He has a chance to put up the same type of numbers that Tery Glenn put up when TO lined up opposite of him. This is based on Roy Williams being able to perform to his potential. I’m high on Austin. He is definitely worth a 12/13 round pickup.
Percy Harvin WR MIN– There is no doubt here. Draft him round 8-9. He is the only rookie WR that is worth taking under round 10. MIN has designed plays just for him. Favre will make him a rock star. He is the only receiver on that team that can catch the DEEP BALL. DRAFT HIM.
Josh Morgan WR SF– He is the only WR of ANY VALUE on SF. I doubt that Michael Crabtree will play this year and Isaac Bruce has one foot in the grave. Josh Morgan will put up solid numbers this year. Draft in round 6-7.
Chaz Schillens WR OAK– Yes, I know he is hurt and out 4-5 weeks. By then OAK will have lost EVERY game and Russell will either be hurt or on the bench. That being said Jeff Garcia is ranked as the #1 backup QB in fantasy. I see week 5 with a Garcia/Schillens connection. Draft Schillens in the last round of the draft. No one will go for him now that he is hurt and the shear fact that OAKLAND is THAT BAD.
Brian Robinskie WR CLE– Someone has to start opposite of Braylon Edwards. Why not Robinskie? The competition is still up in the air. He has good steady hands. Take him in the last round if you are bored. I’m cool to him as well.
David Clowney WR NYJ– This is a tough one. Mark Sanchez will make mistakes this year and it looks like Rex Ryan is going to run a three headed monster at RB. So that means that there isn’t much left for the passing game. That being said the NYJ will be behind in a TON of games and Sanchez will have to throw somewhere. Cotchery is past his prime and Sanchez seems to like Clowney. Worth a last round stab in the dark.
Austin Collie WR IND – He is a rookie and he will be the slot receiver. Roy Hall is hurt and Garcon is backing up Reggie Wayne. Payton likes to throw the ball around and a #3 WR in Indy is a #2 WR on any other team. Take him in round 15/16. I’m luke warm to him. Has the potential to be like Matt Jones in JAX last year. Might be open for TDs because they will be too busy covering Wayne, Gonzo, and Clark.
Deon Butler WR SEA– Rookie from Penn State. He has tons of speed and if the WR crew gets decimated like last year he will play. Nate Burleson looks good in camp and is practicing without a brace. He is probably a waiver wire pickup later in the season.
Davone Bess WR MIA– He is the #2 WR at the moment. Greg Camarillo is taking it slow coming off the knee injury from last year. Bess put up good numbers down the stretch last year when Camarillo went down. Take him in round 13.
Malcolm Kelly WR WAS– Was a HUGE disappointment last year and has some nagging injuries in the preseason. If Randal-El doesn’t perform well Kelly will get some time while shifting Randal-El to the slot. Kelly is a bigger WR then El, 6’4 s 5’10, so this could be another reason he gets some time. He is a waiver wire pickup at best.
More rankings to come this week. Next I will break down the top 40 players to take in a TD only league and follow that with the top 10 QB-RB combos for this year.