Let's jump in the time machine and flash back in time to the early 2000s when
Back to the future, the
This year, you can make an argument for taking one of five, maybe six wide receivers in the first round of your draft.
If you're able to land two of those guys in the first two rounds, your team should be in very good shape, especially if you're able to pinpoint sleepers at running back and QB the rest of the way.
I'm an Andre Johnson guy, and once again he is atop my wide receiver rankings. But for the first time in a couple of summers, I had to think hard about that one. White has solidified himself as one of the top point-producers in fantasy football, and I'm a big fan of Nicks, who might have finished as the top wide receiver in fantasy football last year had he not had injury issues in the season's second half.
You can't go wrong with any of those three in Round 1, with the "if healthy" caveat, of course. And as an added bonus, your fellow owners won't mock you for not taking a running back. Doing it while wearing a visor is another story, though -- well, unless you're Steve Spurrier or you're on the LPGA tour, I suppose.
On to the wide receiver rankings…
1. Andre Johnson,
2. Roddy White,
3. Hakeem Nicks,
4. Calvin Johnson,
5. Greg Jennings,
6. Larry Fitzgerald,
7. Vincent Jackson,
10. Mike Wallace,
12. Marques Colston,
20. Dez Bryant, Cowboys: Bryant and Austin will benefit from having a healthy
22. Stevie Johnson,
23. Jeremy Maclin, Eagles: This "mystery illness" that knocked Maclin out of training camp is concerning.
24. Kenny Britt,
27. Austin Collie, Colts: This guy was on a tear last season until concussions knocked him out of the lineup.
29. Mike Sims-Walker,
30. Mario Manningham, Giants: He had 944 receiving yards and nine scores in 2010. Now he's a starter.
If you really want to draft a rookie…
Three wide receivers with sleeper potential…
1. Roy Williams: I know, I know, it’s Roy Williams. But it’s also a
2. Sidney Rice: If he plays like the receiver we saw in 2009, he will be a steal.
3. Jordy Nelson: Will he build on his strong
Three wide receivers I'd draft with caution…
2. Kenny Britt: He's on Roger Goodell's hit list, and he hasn't come close to playing up to his potential.
3. Santana Moss: