2008 Wide Receiver Power Rankings

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Here are your wide receiver power rankings for the 2008-09 fantasy football season…

Bookmark this post, it’s updated regularly! Last updated: 09/05/08
Rank Player Team Notes
Tier 1: Best of the best
1 Moss, Randy NE Will he get 23 touchdowns again? I wouldn’t count on it. He and Tom Brady clearly have some good chemistry though, so expect another monster year out of Moss
Tier 2: Best of the rest
2 Edwards, Braylon CLE Edwards had a great season last year with 16 touchdowns and I see him at least repeating, if not improving on his stats this time around.
3 Owens, Terrell DAL T.O. seems to have found a place where he feels at home and the stability can only help him out. Expect another awesome year from Owens season.
4 Wayne, Reggie IND Wayne is clearly the number one option at receiver in Indy now, with Marvin Harrison on the rapid decline. He’d be a bit higher, but he still has to split his stats with Harrison, Dallas Clark, and Anthony Gonzalez.
5 Fitzgerald, Larry ARI Who’s the quarterback here? I like Fitz even more with Warner behind the steering wheel.
Tier 3: Solid WR1 if you took RB or QB with your top one or two picks
6 Johnson, Andre HOU In the nine games he actually played last season, Johnson was nasty, averaging nearly 100 yards and a score (in the first two games he combined for 262 yards and three touchdowns!) If he can stay healthy all season long this time, expect more big things.
7 Houshmandzadeh, T.J. CIN He’s a monster in the endzone and with Ocho Cinco trying to cause a ruckus in Cincy already, I see Houshmanzilly having another big year.
8 Colston, Marques NO
9 Burress, Plaxico NYG As with Housh, Burress is a big endzone target and Eli will look his way often.
10 Marshall, Brandon DEN Up Looks like he’ll be suspended for at least two games (possibly three if he turns down counseling). I think you still have to take him at this spot though due to the stats he’ll put up from week three on and into your playoffs.
11 Smith, Steve CAR A two week suspension and a concussion isn’t going to help Smith rekindle any chemistry with quarterback Jake Delhomme. Let’s hope he picks up where he left off a few years ago when he returns in week 3.
12 Holt, Torry STL He’s not getting any younger, but he’s still Bulger’s number one target.
13 Boldin, Anquan ARI
14 Williams, Roy DET
Tier 5: WR2 territory
15 Ocho Cinco, Chad CIN Up This shoulder injury is scary as hell to anyone who is targeting Ocho Cinco in their draft (or to owners who already have drafted him…such as me!) He plans to play through the pain, but if it gets any worse, he’ll undoubtedly get season ending surgery.
16 Welker, Wes NE In PPR leagues, you obviously move Welker up quite a bit. He’ll be Brady’s most frequent target again this year, running interference for Randy Moss, and should end up with some good numbers again.
17 Johnson, Calvin DET I expect huge things out of C-Jo (does anyone call him this?) this year, so should you. Expect him to cut into Roy Williams stats and take over the top spot in Detroit soon.
18 Jennings, Greg GB Early indications are that Jennings and quarterback Aaron Rodgers are working well together, with Jennings giving Rodgers rave reviews. This could be a good sign for Jennings and a sign that his production might not drop off a whole lot from last year, if at all.
19 Holmes, Santonio PIT Two touchdowns in two preseason games so far makes me believe that Holmes is getting primed for a great season.
20 Bowe, Dwayne KC Nearly racked up 1000 yards as a rookie, will he suffer a sophomore slump? I’m starting to jump on the Bowe bandwagon this year.
21 White, Roddy ATL Can he repeat? The quarterback situation in Atlanta could hurt/help White, so he’s definitely a risky pick.
Tier 6: WR2 or WR3, depending on how the rest of your team looks
22 Chambers, Chris SD
23 Evans, Lee BUF
24 Ward, Hines PIT
25 Burleson, Nate SEA With Deion Branch already out for an extended period of time, and now Bobby Engram out for a while too, Burleson has another chance to take over as the number one receiver in Seattle. Will he step up this time?
26 Cotchery, Jerricho NYJ It’s like Christmas in the Cotchery household this morning, waking up to realize that your quarterback is no longer the Pennington/Clemens nightmare, but the one and only Brett Favre!
Tier 7: WR3
27 Harrison, Marvin IND How the mighty have fallen. Do you think Harrison can come back from the injury that ravaged his season last year? Expect WR3 numbers form Harrison, with anything more being a bonus.
28 Coles, Laveranues NYJ As with teammate Cotchery, Coles is popping the cork on a nice bottle of Cristal right about now.
29 Berrian, Bernard MIN
30 Mason, Derrick BAL
31 Driver, Donald GB
32 Galloway, Joey TB Up
33 Moss, Santana WAS
Tier 8: Bye week fill-in’s and sleepers
34 Jones, James GB As with Jennings, with Jones was en route to becoming a star, but we’ll have to wait and see how Rodgers can work with these young receivers.
35 Crayton, Patrick DAL
36 Walker, Javon OAK What a career/life Walker has lived up to this point. No matter what happens (broken leg, broken eye socket, etc), he still seems to get paid, so we’ll see if that translates to production in an up-and-coming Oakland offense this year.
37 Gonzalez, Anthony IND Can he prove that he has the skills to be a WR2 this year? I wouldn’t draft him with that thought in mind, but having him as your third receiver wouldn’t be all that bad.
38 Rice, Sidney MIN With a good quarterback I think this kid could be special, but until then, we might never find out his true potential.
39 Walter, Kevin HOU Up
Tier 9: You better not be relying on these guys on opening day
40 Jackson, DeSean PHI Up Kevin Curtis’ surgery and Reggie Brown’s hamstring injury boost the rookie’s value.
41 Stallworth, Donte CLE He didn’t produce all that much alongside Moss and Welker…maybe alongside Edwards and Winslow will be different?
42 Curtis, Kevin PHI Sports hernia surgery puts a huge damper on the expected fantasy output from Curtis this season.
43 Engram, Bobby SEA A broken bone in his shoulder will sideline him for up to a month into the regular season…and keep him away from my fantasy rosters.
44 Brown, Reggie PHI Lingering hamstring issues so far…
45 Ginn Jr., Tedd MIA Up Should be Miami’s number one option at the position.
46 Jackson, Vincent SD
Tier 10: Sleepers at best
47 Meachem, Robert NO Up After missing last season with an injury, he seems to be showing the talent in preseason that he displayed back in college at Tennessee.
48 Royal, Eddie DEN Up Rookie expected to start alongside Brandon Marshall (Darrell Jackson for the first week) when the season begins. Nice sleeper pick.
49 Curry, Ronald OAK
50 Hardy, James BUF One of our sleeper picks this year
51 Branch, Deion SEA Up Knee issues expected to keep him out at least through the first month of the season, possibly longer.
52 Porter, Jerry JAX Injured already? He’ll most most of September and takes a hit on our rankings.
53 Hackett, D.J. CAR Will he be the #2 Carolina has been searching for all these years?
54 Obomanu, Ben SEA All the injuries are opening door…
55 Williams, Reggie JAX Underachievement award nominee
56 Hester, Devin CHI He’ll need to improve on last years offensive numbers if he is going to land on a fantasy roster.
57 Bruce, Isaac SF Anything left in the tank?
58 Gage, Justin TEN Titans receivers are a joke…no wonder Vince Young’s passing numbers are atrocious.
59 McDonald, Shaun DET
60 Bennett, Drew STL