Based on my first two installments to this year’s With Leather Fantasy Football Guide – which has already won 6 Peabody Awards for excellence in mixing semi-nude women with some dude’s thoughts about stuff – it’s clear that I value running backs first and quarterbacks second this year. That leaves wide receivers and tight ends, and let’s face it – tight ends are the bass players of fantasy football. So wide receivers are the next most important players, but why no love for the paws, the big ol’ paws?
It’s because this year, receivers are just incredibly deep. After the top guy, you can take your chances, because there are so many quality guys out there, and I really believe that you can mix and match a nice trio that will be serviceable and would look great with a top QB and great RB pair. That’s not to say that there aren’t certain guys I love more than others, but unlike previous years, you don’t have to go nuts because there are so many guys that are seemingly on the verge of becoming stars.
Plus, as we’ll see after the jump, some guys just don’t have that allure that they’ve had in seasons past.
In the past, there have been a few names on the surefire stud receiver list, but when it comes to taking a WR in the first round, there’s only one this season.
Calvin Johnson – Screw the Madden Curse. This guy is just amazing. Obviously.
I used to include two other guys in that surefire group with Calvin, but questions this year have changed that. I hope to be able to return these guys to their rightful status.
Andre Johnson – Please stay healthy. Just once, for a full season, be the guy that millions of people with the 7-11 pick have expected you to be.
Larry Fitzgerald – I love love LOVE Fitzy, but I do not like his QB situation. That said, FItzy will always get his stats, regardless of who is throwing to him, but I would rather take him in the second round and get a quality RB in the first.