by Inside the Redzone staff – Bill Seng and JF
11. DeSean Jackson, Phi – Things are slightly murky for DJax, who just returned from a hold out. Jackson is a big home run hitter for the Eagles and a dynamo punt returner. Just think back to the Giants game last year. Michael Vick throwing to Jackson and Maclin (if healthy) to go along with McCoy, the Eagles have one of the most electric offenses in the NFL.
12. Dwayne Bowe, KC – Bowe is a big target for Cassel. But, he is also third in line of the receivers of the game’s emerging class of top boom or bust receivers (behind DJax and Mike Wallace). With Jamaal Charles taking some of the focus off the passing game and the addition to Steve Breaston, Bowe will be given some room to work. Look for solid numbers and a repeat in double digit touchdowns.
13. Mike Williams, TB – Mike Williams and Josh Freeman clicked from week 1, when the rookie caught his first of 11 touchdowns in the 2010-2011 campaign. Williams final numbers were 65, 964, and 11. The schedule gets tougher in 2011, but you can’t stifle that great chemistry between the QB and its go-to receiver.
14. Santonio Holmes, NYJ – He has a little of everything. He’s got big play ability, hands, route running, and clutch all in one. Think Holmes might be a better ‘real’ receiver than ‘fantasy receiver’ though, especially with Sanchez still learning the nuances of being an NFL QB with a strong running game, the Jets offense can rely on. Due to suspension, he played in only 12 games last year and put up 52, 746, and 6-touchdowns.
15. Marques Colston, NO – Our staff often jokes that maybe Yahoo! had it right the first time when they made him a tight end in their league scoring during his rookie year. On most years he barely gets to 1,000 yards in a 16-game schedule and puts up solid touchdown numbers. For a top TE1 that’s perfect. For a wide receiver, he would be a solid second receiver. Draft him as such as he has only gone over 1,100 yards only once in his career. UPDATe: Already missing practices because of another sore knee.
16. Steve Johnson, Buf – A lot of fantasy pundits are thinking this guy is a one-year wonder. Why? Last we checked he had great rapport with Ryan Fitzpatrick, who last we checked, is the starting QB of the Bills. Also Chan Gailey is still the head coach. Gailey is the Don Nelson of the NFL. He wants to out shotgun, spread formation Bill Belichick. He wants to have more passing attempts per game than Jason Garrett. We still like Steve Johnson who put up 82, 1073, and 10 touchdowns last season and so should you.
17. Dez Bryant, Dal – Bryant has a touch of Michael Crabtree to him, but with actual blue-chip talent. In last year’s rookie campaign, Dez Bryant put up decent numbers with mostly Kitna throwing to him, 45 catches, 561-yards, and most importantly, 6-touchdowns. However, the Crabtree in him, shows that he doesn’t run the greatest routes and relies more on physical ability than the nuances of mastering the wide receiver skill set. That said, everyone can agree, he is very talented.
18. Anquan Boldin, Bal – He disappointed fantasy owners in his first year with Baltimore. Some of that has to do with the philosophy of continually pounding the ground game and Flacco’s propensity to checking down to Ray Rice. However, Boldin also was the focal point of most pass defenses. He no longer had Larry Fitzgerald drawing away coverage. Unfortunately, we see more of the same in 2011, since the Ravens couldn’t lure a deep threat. Boldin is an above average WR2.
19. Brandon Marshall, Mia – Like Anquan Boldin, the tough as nail receiver, had a disappointing fantasy season with his new team. Marshall never clicked with Henne, especially near the red zone. A tall QB passing to a tall, tough WR should be money. It was not. It went sour quick. Even Johny Knox outscored him in 2010. 1,000+ yards, 3-touchdowns, and some missed games will not help anyone win. This big name could be ignored unless you can get him for value.
20. Jeremy Maclin, Phi – We’ve got Maclin down to number 20 because of the mystery that surrounds his health and playing status. We can say, that he is the more consistent of the Eagles WR tandem and a quality WR2 if healthy.