2010 Fantasy Football Rankings -- Wide Receivers

Name | Team | Bye

The Skinny


1. Andre Johnson | HOU | 7
Johnson is without a doubt the best wideout in the league, and as far as fantasy goes, the top tier of receivers is limited to Johnson alone

2. Larry Fitzgerald | ARI | 6
After Johnson, every receiver has question marks. For Fitzgerald, they are his quarterback and the absence of Anquan Boldin


3. Miles Austin | DAL | 4
Austin was one of the hottest fantasy players of 2009, catching 76 passes over his final 12 games. He has to prove he can do it again in 2010. I'm betting he will

4. Randy Moss | NE | 5
Moss had some costly no-shows last season, but still hauled in 83 catches and 13 TDs. At 33, age is a serious concern. But Moss is playing for a new deal, and you know how that sort of thing goes

5. Brandon Marshall | MIA | 5
Big, fast and physical, Marshall has topped 100 receptions in three straight seasons. If he can keep his nose clean in Miami, he should do it again

6. Roddy White | ATL | 8
White, who hasn't missed a game in his five-year career, snagged 11 touchdowns last season. If Matt Ryan takes the next step, as excepted, that total could rise again

7. Reggie Wayne | IND | 7
You know you'll get good production from Wayne -- 1,100 yards and eight to 10 touchdowns -- but his ceiling isn't as high as some of these other guys

8. Calvin Johnson | DET | 7
Hyped as a top-three wideout, injuries slowed down this Johnson in 2009. In terms of talent, he's still elite, and if Matthew Stafford cuts down on the turnovers, Johnson should be around 10 touchdowns again

9. Greg Jennings | GB | 10
His 2009 numbers were disappointing -- especially his four TDs -- but Jennings is still an excellent receiver. Besides, playing with one of the top QBs in fantasy has to count for something, right?

10. Vincent Jackson | SD | 10
If it weren't for his looming holdout, Jackson would be a few spots higher on this list. His 2010 potential is off the charts, but he has to play to tap into it


11. Marques Colston | NO | 10
Drew Brees likes to spread the ball around, but he always comes back to Colston

12. DeSean Jackson | PHI | 8
He had 1,156 receiving yards and nine receiving TDs in 2009, but his numbers will probably be affected by the QB shakeup in Philly

13. Anquan Boldin | BAL | 8
If you're in a draft with Ravens fans only, you're going to see this guy fly off the board much sooner than he should. With other mouths to feed in the Baltimore offense, this ranking seems about right for Boldin

14. Sidney Rice | MIN | 4
Rice makes me nervous. He had a killer season last year, but Brett Favre is gone and there's no telling how his performance will be affected with Tavaris Jackson as his QB

15. Steve Smith | CAR | 6
Even though there are no real threats outside of Smith, the Panthers' passing attack has to be better this season

16. Chad Ochocinco | CIN |6
The Bengals aren't paying Carson Palmer all that money to hand the ball off, so things should open up in Cincinnati. Ochocinco is no longer elite, but he's still pretty good


17. Steve Smith | NYG | 8
Smith reminds me of a younger Derrick Mason. A savvy possession receiver, Smith will give you receptions and receiving yards, but don't expect a slew of touchdowns

18. Michael Crabtree | SF | 9
Crabtree was tardy for the party last season, but still put up good numbers in his 11 games. We'll see what he can do after his first NFL training camp

19. Dwayne Bowe | KC | 4
Bowe was a fantasy bust last year after eating his way into Todd Haley's doghouse. I'm counting on a rebound -- and he has good value here

20. Mike Sims-Walker | JAX | 9
Many people are high on Sims-Walker, but his injury history is a red flag and David Garrard isn't exactly Steve Young

21. Mike Wallace | PIT | 5
Santonio Holmes was shipped out of town, and Wallace appears to be ready to fill the void. His numbers won't be great until Ben Roethlisberger returns, but when he does, look out

22. Malcom Floyd | WR | 10
I like Floyd a lot even if Vincent Jackson reports by Week 1. The 6-foot-5 Floyd is a good fit for the Chargers' vertical passing attack, and he should break out in his second season as a starter


23. Hakeem Nicks | NYG | 8
His teammate, Smith, will catch more passes, but Nicks is the Giants' home-run threat. He's good for a few monster games in 2010

24. Wes Welker | NE |5
Is he healthy? Who knows? Given Welker's track record, he's worth the gamble at this point

25. Percy Harvin | MIN | 4
Harvin is another Viking who will be affected by Favre's retirement (if it sticks, of course). They need to find creative ways to get the ball into this playmaker's hands and I'm guessing they will

26. Robert Meachem | NO | 10
As the rule goes, Meachem stepped it up in his third NFL season. If he earns a starting gig, he should be around the 1,000-yard mark

27. Santana Moss | WAS | 9
I always wind up with Santana, the other Moss, and I am usually disappointed. But with Donovan McNabb in D.C., Moss should have a decent season if his hamstrings don't explode

28. Jeremy Maclin | PHI | 8
Maclin did much better than I expected in his rookie campaign, catching 56 passes for 773 yards and four TDs. I'm not sold on Kevin Kolb, but I still like Maclin's upside


29. Pierre Garcon | IND | 7
My boy Pierre Garcon has endeared himself to Peyton Manning, which bodes well for his production in 2010 and beyond

30. Steve Breaston | ARI | 6
He had a 1,000-yard season as the Cardinals' third receiver in 2008. Kurt Warner is gone, but Breaston is a starter now. Let's see if he cashes in on the opportunity

31. Donald Driver | GB | 10
Santonio Holmes | NYJ | 7
T.J. Houshmandzadeh | SEA | 5
34. Hines Ward | PIT | 5
35. Lee Evans | BUF | 6
36. Devin Hester | CHI | 8
37. Dez Bryant | DAL | 4
38. Terrell Owens | CIN | 6
Derrick Mason | BAL | 8
40. Kenny Britt | TEN | 9
41. Earl Bennett | CHI | 8
42. Kevin Walter | HOU | 7
43. Bernard Berrian | MIN | 4
44. Jacoby Jones | HOU | 7
45. Donnie Avery | STL | 9
46. Mohamed Massaquoi | CLE | 8
47. Arrelious Benn | TB | 4
48. Eddie Royal | DEN | 9
49. Mario Manningham | NYG | 8

50. Chaz Schilens | OAK | 10

Sleeper: Mike Wallace is lightning fast and showed he has guts in 2009 by reeling in a couple of game-winning catches for the Steelers. I'm going to be gambling on him in my leagues

Bust: I expect Sidney Rice to take a major step back without Brett Favre

Rookie: No rookie has more upside than Dez Bryant, who is in a great situation in Dallas


You tell me:

How would you rank the top five receivers in fantasy football?