Wide receivers have always been the neglected stepchildren in fantasy football leagues. While top running backs ring up over 20 touchdowns, the best wide receivers are happy to get 10 touchdown receptions.
However, over the years more fantasy football leagues are turning to a PPR format, which stands for points-per-reception. In a PPR league, a top flight wide receiver like Andre Johnson goes from a solid starter to a bonafide keeper.
Projections for a receiver like Johnson add over 100 points to his season total, or almost six points a week. This almost makes up for the touchdown deficiency between receivers and running backs. Here are the top 10 wide receivers to target in your 2010 fantasy football draft in a PPR league.
1. Andre Johnson – Andre Johnson has slowly become the best receiver in the NFL and the most consistent producer in fantasy football. With the exception of an injury plagued 2007, Johnson averaged 106 receptions, 1,430 yards and 7 touchdowns since 2006. In basic PPR scoring leagues, with touchdowns counting as 6 points, Johnson averages 18 ppg. As the only real receiving threat on a team with one of the best quarterbacks in football throwing him in ball, it is no brainer to call Andre Johnson the best fantasy football wide receiver in the NFL.
2. Randy Moss – Last year at this time, Randy Moss was the second best fantasy football receiver on the New England Patriots team. He is the most flamboyant and outspoken but always fell short of Wes Welker in receptions and fantasy football points. With Welker’s horrific knee injury ending his 2009 season during a meaningless regular season finale, Moss has the chance to step forward and lead the team into 2010. It has been three years since Moss hauled in 23 touchdown receptions but he still has the talent and with Tom Brady fully recovered from his 2008 injury, expect the two to light it up again in 2010.
3. Reggie Wayne – While Reggie Wayne has three other younger receivers joining him in the Indianapolis Colts lineup, he is still Peyton Manning’s favorite target. Twice in the past three seasons, Wayne has caught over 100 passes and scored 10 touchdowns. His yardage totals dropped in 2009, thanks to double teaming while his younger teammates learned the NFL game. With Anthony Gonzalez returning and both Austin Collie and Pierre Garcon more comfortable in their roles, Wayne will get every chance in the world to return to the 1,500 yard mark.
4. Roddy White – Matt Ryan is comparing Roddy White’s development to that of Andre Johnson, and that is very high praise. He has averaged over 80 the past three seasons and his touchdown totals have risen consistently, with 11 in 2009. As Matt Ryan continues to develop as a starting quarterback, White’s numbers will continue to go up as well. The Falcons are predicting Andre Johnson’s numbers for White this season and fantasy football owners will reap the rewards if this comes true.
5. Larry Fitzgerald – Larry Johnson has been a top fantasy football contributor since his rookie year. He has score double digits for touchdowns and broke 1,000 yards in four seasons, while catching over 100 passes twice. The problem with Fitzgerald this season is the departure of Anquan Boldin and Kurt Warner. Without Boldin, teams will double team Fitzgerald all season and Matt Leinart has not proven to be a quality NFL quarterback in his four years in the league. Fitzgerald has an uphill battle but he makes the list based on his pure talent and game breaking skills.
6. Wes Welker
7. Miles Austin
8. Terrell Owens
9. Calvin Johnson
10. Brandon Marshall