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Wide Receivers

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SI PLAYER RANKINGS FOR 2009 with 2008 stats

RECEPTIONS

RECEIVING YARDS

RECEIVING YDS. PER GAME

100-YD. GAMES

TOTAL TOUCHDOWNS

BYE WEEK

1. Larry Fitzgerald, Cardinals

96

1,431

89.4

7

12

4

2. Andre Johnson, Texans

115

1,575

98.4

8

8

10

3. Randy Moss, Patriots

69

1,008

63

4

11

8

4. Greg Jennings, Packers

80

1,292

80.8

5

9

5

5. Anquan Boldin, Cardinals

89

1,038

86.5

3

11

4

6. Marques Colston, Saints

47

760

69.1

3

5

5

7. Steve Smith, Panthers

78

1,421

101.5

8

6

4

8. Roddy White, Falcons

88

1,382

86.4

7

7

4

9. Reggie Wayne, Colts

82

1,145

71.6

4

6

6

10. Dwayne Bowe, Chiefs

86

1,022

63.9

2

7

8

11. Calvin Johnson, Lions

78

1,331

83.2

5

12

7

12. Antonio Bryant, Buccaneers

83

1,248

78

6

7

8

13. Wes Welker, Patriots

111

1,165

72.8

4

3

8

14. Terrell Owens, Bills

69

1,052

65.8

2

10

9

15. Anthony Gonzalez, Colts

57

664

41.5

1

4

6

16. DeSean Jackson, Eagles

62

912

57

2

2

4

17. Santana Moss, Redskins

79

1,044

65.3

3

6

8

18. Brandon Marshall, Broncos

104

1,265

84.3

3

6

7

19. Santonio Holmes, Steelers

55

821

54.7

0

5

8

20. Lee Evans, Bills

63

1,017

63.6

4

3

9

21. T.J. Houshmandzadeh, Seahawks

92

904

60.3

2

4

7

22. Michael Crabtree, 49ers*

97

1,165

89.6

4

19

6

23. Eddie Royal, Broncos

91

980

65.3

3

5

7

24. Hines Ward, Steelers

81

1,043

65.2

4

7

8

25. Laveranues Coles, Bengals

70

850

53.1

1

7

8

26. Vincent Jackson, Chargers

59

1,098

68.6

3

7

5

27. Lance Moore, Saints

79

928

58

3

10

5

28. Bernard Berrian, Vikings

48

964

60.3

4

7

9

29. Jerricho Cotchery, Jets

71

858

53.6

1

5

9

30. Steve Breaston, Cardinals

77

1,006

62.9

3

3

4

31. Chad Ochocino, Bengals

53

540

41.5

0

4

8

32. Donald Driver, Packers

74

1,012

63.3

2

5

5

33. Percy Harvin, Vikings*

40

644

53.7

2

7

9

34. Derrick Mason, Ravens

80

1,037

64.8

2

5

7

35. Braylon Edwards, Browns

55

873

54.6

3

3

9

36. Devin Hester, Bears

51

665

44.3

0

3

5

37. Donnie Avery, Rams

53

674

44.9

1

3

9

38. Roy Williams, Cowboys

36

430

28.7

0

2

6

39. Nate Washington, Titans

40

631

39.4

0

3

7

40. Kevin Walter, Texans

60

899

56.2

1

8

10

41. Miles Austin, Cowboys

13

278

23.2

1

3

6

42. Justin Gage, Titans

34

651

54.3

2

6

7

43. Jeremy Maclin, Eagles*

102

1,260

90.0

7

13

4

44. Mark Clayton, Ravens

41

695

43.4

2

3

7

45. Isaac Bruce, 49ers

61

835

52.2

2

7

6

46. Michael Jenkins, Falcons

50

777

48.6

0

3

4

47. Muhsin Muhammad, Panthers

65

923

57.7

1

5

4

48. Devery Henderson, Saints

32

793

49.6

1

3

5

49. Bobby Engram, Chiefs

47

489

37.6

0

0

8

50. Nate Burleson, Seahawks

5

60

60.0

0

1

7

51. Ted Ginn, Dolphins

56

790

49.4

1

2

6

52. Earl Bennett, Bears

0

0

0

0

0

5

53. Antwaan Randle El, Redskins

53

593

37.1

0

4

8

54. Deon Butler, Seahawks*

47

810

62.3

3

7

7

55. Rashied Davis, Bears

35

445

27.8

0

2

5

56. Deion Branch, Seahawks

30

412

51.5

0

4

7

57. Steve Smith, Giants

57

574

35.9

0

1

10

58. Mark Bradley, Chiefs

30

380

31.7

0

3

8

59. Torry Holt, Jaguars

64

796

49.8

0

3

7

60. Chris Chambers, Chargers

33

462

33.0

0

5

5

61. Patrick Crayton, Cowboys

39

550

34.4

0

4

6

62. Hakeem Nicks, Giants*

68

1,222

94.0

5

12

10

63. Joey Galloway, Patriots

13

138

15.3

0

0

8

64. Harry Douglas, Falcons

23

320

20.0

0

1

4

*Rookie (collegestatistics)

TalkingPoints

• A very clearNo. 1 in Larry Fitzgerald, the only receiver worth a first-round pick.

• Greg Jenningsis the lead receiver in a pass-first offense, and he's great at deep balls—aleague-best eight catches of more than 40 yards last year.

HANGIN' ON

• His productiondipped a couple of seasons ago; his team has been relying more on the run; andlast year he was suspended for the first two games. But look at the stats hehad in 2008, working with a so-so quarterback. They're a tribute to how goodSteve Smith still is.

• True, TampaBay's quarterback situation is uncertain, but I still like Antonio Bryant.After all, the Bucs' QB options are better than what they were last year, whenBryant had his breakout season.

• Honeymoon timefor Terrell Owens again. He was great in his first years in Philadelphia andDallas, and everything should be rosy for at least one season in Buffalo.

ON THE RISE

• I can seeAnthony Gonzalez doubling his numbers from last season now that Marvin Harrisonisn't in Indianapolis anymore.

• The Eagles liketo spread the ball around, which is generally bad for owners of a receiver onsuch a team. But Philly's offense is so good that it's worth buying into, andDeSean Jackson is the team's most dangerous wideout.

• BrandonMarshall is a top five talent, but if you don't think a player's immaturity cankill a fantasy team, just ask owners who had Plaxico Burress last year.

• Eddie Royal, onthe other hand, will benefit anytime Marshall falls into disfavor, and he'llalso be helped by Denver's coaching change. He's a Wes Welker type who shouldcatch a lot of balls in former New England coordinator Josh McDaniels'soffense.

ROOKIE TOWATCH

• Percy Harvin isa guy I'll want. He could be the player everyone thought Reggie Bush would be—aspeedster who will get the ball in a variety of situations and go all theway.

• Braylon Edwardshad 16 TDs in 2007. He had a league-high 16 drops in '08. That'll sink you inthe rankings. Yes, it will.

• The ultimatetear-your-hair-out receiver: Devery Henderson. He has good season stats, buthe's so boom or bust from game to game that you're afraid to play him. I wouldbet he leads all receivers in points scored while sitting on fantasybenches.

• When you getdown this low on the list, it's time to take a chance on a guy like Ted Ginn,who has tremendous upside. He's the Dolphins' No. 1 receiver, and while hedidn't do much in his first two seasons, remember that he came into the leaguevery raw as a route runner. The third year is when it clicks for manyreceivers.

• Earl Bennettcaught zero passes in 10 games as a rookie, but he could be set to move up inChicago's thin receiving corps now that Jay Cutler, Bennett's college teammateat Vanderbilt, is the Bears' new QB.

BUYER BEWARE

• The Giantsdrafted Hakeem Nicks in the first round, but that doesn't mean he will start inplace of the departed Plaxico Burress. Don't forget that New York has otheryoung guys, like Domenik Hixon and Mario Manningham—and when was the last timea rookie receiver produced for the Giants?

• Joey Gallowayis tempting. He's a proven receiver joining a productive offense. Still, he'llbe Tom Brady's third wideout, behind Randy Moss and Wes Welker. At 37, in NewEngland's "Jabar Gaffney" slot, it's hard to believe Galloway willproduce consistently.

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CHUCK BURTON/AP (SMITH)

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COURTESY OF INDIANAPOLIS COLTS (GONZALEZ)

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COURTESY OF MINNESOTA VIKINGS (HARVIN)

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EVAN PINKUS/NEW YORK GIANTS (NICKS)