These were the top-10 fantasy wide receivers from 2006:

1. Marvin Harrison

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2. Terrell Owens

3. Reggie Wayne

4. Chad Johnson

5. Donald Driver

6. Lee Evans

7. Torry Holt

8. Steve Smith

9. Javon Walker

10. Roy Williams

The good

Marvin Harrison had a phenomenal finish to the season, scoring six touchdowns in the final three weeks to take over the No. 1 spot for fantasy receivers. Harrison has tallied double-digit touchdowns in eight straight years. Not even the great Jerry Rice did that.

Chad Johnson had a brutal first half of 2006. He managed two touchdowns and zero 100-yard games through the season's first nine weeks, but then Ocho Cinco turned it up. He ended up with 1,370 yards and seven touchdowns. Look back on that stat I gave you about Harrison. Johnson has put up double-digit TDs just once in six seasons.

Donald Driver deserves more respect from fantasy football players next season. He's piled up over 1,200 yards in three straight seasons and found the end zone eight times in 2006. However, he will be 32-years-old when next season starts.

Lee Evans was certainly the biggest surprise in the top-10. He did much of his damage in the season's final month, scoring four touchdowns in the final four weeks. Marques Colston, a seventh-round pick out of Hofstra, was tremendous for the Saints. He piled up 1,038 yards and eight touchdowns in 14 games as a rookie. Another guy who was great in his first season as an NFL receiver was Detroit's Mike Furrey, who caught an unbelievable 98 balls for 1,086 yards and six touchdowns.

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The bad

My condolences to anyone who drafted Randy Moss. Talk about brutal. Oakland's wide receiver managed an ugly 553 yards and three touchdowns in 13 games. He set career-lows in receptions, yards and touchdowns.

Then there was Chris Chambers. I was way off on this guy. Coming off a 2005 performance where he had 1,118 yards and 11 touchdowns, I thought Chambers was poised for a monster year with new quarterback Daunte Culpepper at the helm. Well, we all know how that turned out. He ended up with 677 yards and four touchdowns. It will be interesting to see where he gets selected in 2007 drafts.

Baltimore's Derrick Mason said he didn't feel appreciated in the Ravens' offense. Fantasy owners would tend to agree. Mason put together five straight 1,000-yard seasons from 2001-2005, but he managed just 750 yards and two touchdowns in 2006. The 33-year-old also set a career-low averaging 11 yards per reception.

Questions going forward

How early will Georgia Tech's Calvin Johnson get picked in fantasy drafts? He's expected to be a top-five pick in the 2007 NFL draft.

Will Terrell Owens be a Dallas Cowboy?

Can Furrey and Colston build on their breakout years in 2006?

Who should be the first WR off the board?

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