Offseason fantasy football rankings: Wide receivers

Since it’s never too early to start looking ahead to the next fantasy football season, we asked Bill Bender from Fantasy Source to pay us a visit and offer his post-Super Bowl rankings for 2010. Here’s a look at wide receivers and tight ends:

2010 fantasy WRs: Check out the top 15 for free

Franchise: Andre Johnson, Texans (No. 1). Working on back-to-back, 100-catch, 1,500-yard seasons. That included 193- and 196-yard outbursts in the fantasy playoffs. Please make him the first receiver selected on draft day. Please.

Bounce-back: Calvin Johnson, Lions (No. 11). Is he a top-10 receiver? Talent-wise, yes. Who’s throwing him the ball, though? If it’s Matthew Stafford for a full season, the answer will be "yes." In that case, Johnson becomes a second- or third-round steal, like he was in ’08.

Sleeper: Michael Crabtree, 49ers (No. 26). If not for a ridiculous holdout, Crabtree would’ve led rookies in all major receiving categories. Would you draft him ahead of his very talented classmates (Hakeem Nicks, Percy Harvin, Austin Collie, Jeremy Maclin)? I would.

Bust: Roy Williams, Cowboys (No. 43). Williams’ seven touchdowns made him relevant again, but he had just one 100-yard game. He has never had 10 TDs in a season, and he has only one 1,000-yard campaign. Why do we still care?

Rookie: Brandon LaFell, LSU. Had LaFell played at Texas Tech, he would have put up Crabtree-like numbers. He caught 25 TDs in 175 receptions with a collection of shaky quarterbacks. Ask any LSU fan about Jarrett Lee. With the right landing spot, LaFell will be la bomb.

Also see: 2010 fantasy RBs | Fantasy QBs

Bill Bender writes for Fantasy Source Football. For more coverage, visit Fantasy Source Football today.

Since it’s never too early to start looking ahead to the next fantasy football season, we asked Bill Bender from Fantasy Source to pay us a visit and offer his post-Super Bowl rankings for 2010. Here’s a look at wide receivers and tight ends:

2010 fantasy WRs: Check out the top 15 for free

Franchise: Andre Johnson, Texans (No. 1). Working on back-to-back, 100-catch, 1,500-yard seasons. That included 193- and 196-yard outbursts in the fantasy playoffs. Please make him the first receiver selected on draft day. Please.

Bounce-back: Calvin Johnson, Lions (No. 11). Is he a top-10 receiver? Talent-wise, yes. Who’s throwing him the ball, though? If it’s Matthew Stafford for a full season, the answer will be "yes." In that case, Johnson becomes a second- or third-round steal, like he was in ’08.

Sleeper: Michael Crabtree, 49ers (No. 26). If not for a ridiculous holdout, Crabtree would’ve led rookies in all major receiving categories. Would you draft him ahead of his very talented classmates (Hakeem Nicks, Percy Harvin, Austin Collie, Jeremy Maclin)? I would.

Bust: Roy Williams, Cowboys (No. 43). Williams’ seven touchdowns made him relevant again, but he had just one 100-yard game. He has never had 10 TDs in a season, and he has only one 1,000-yard campaign. Why do we still care?

Rookie: Brandon LaFell, LSU. Had LaFell played at Texas Tech, he would have put up Crabtree-like numbers. He caught 25 TDs in 175 receptions with a collection of shaky quarterbacks. Ask any LSU fan about Jarrett Lee. With the right landing spot, LaFell will be la bomb.

Also see: 2010 fantasy RBs | Fantasy QBs

Bill Bender writes for Fantasy Source Football. For more coverage, visit Fantasy Source Football today.

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