Fantasy Football 101: 2010 Wide Receiver Rankings #31 - 60
We broke down the #1 and #2 receivers along with the top breakout candidates in our Top 30 Wide Reciever Rankings, we switch gears now to focus on the #3 and #4 wideouts and sleeper candidates as we rank #31-60.
Tier V: Bouncing Back and Stepping Up
31. Lee Evans, Buffalo - With the departure of Terrell Owens, Evans has his number one job back but the muddled quarterback situation and porous offensive line remains. The speedy Evans has bounceback potential if the team implements Gailey's spread style offense. A solid pickup who could perform like a #2 if things Buffalo's offense improves.
32. Kenny Britt, Tennesee - Britt established himself as the Titans number one receiver as a rookie and will look to build on that success this season. He has top 20 talent but his upside is limited by his quarterback and run first offense. Expect more touchdowns but only a modest bump in receptions and yardage.
33. Antonio Bryant, Cincinnati - Joining his 5th team in 9 NFL seasons, Bryant is looking to fulfill untapped potential playing with Carson Palmer (easily the best QB he has ever played with). If healthy and motivated Bryant could return to the 1,000 yard club. It will be interesting to see how he fits with a similar Ocho Cinco in Cincinnati's offense and whether or not his addition allows the Bengals to open up their attack this season. UPDATE: His knee problems have caused the Bengals to sign Terrell Owens which is a major blow to his stock. Either he or Owens will be limited to a Chris Henry like role this season. If we re-ranked now he would likely be flip-flopped with Terrell Owens (#77).
34. Donnie Avery, St. Louis - Coming off a disappointing sophomore season, Avery is looking to re-establish himself as the Rams number one receiver and show there is more to his game than just speed. A boom or bust selection but someone has to catches passes for a St. Louis team likely to be playing a lot of catchup.
35. Steve Breaston, Arizona - Breaston inherits Anquan Boldin's #2 receiver job but the retirement of Kurt Warner means Boldin-like numbers are not likely. Should be solid and could see a slight bump but a return to 2008 numbers (77-1,006) is probably over optimistic.
36. Julian Edelman, New England - Edelman's status depends heavily on the return of Wes Welker. As long as Welker is out, Edelman is PPR gold but if Welker returns early his value could be minimal. Ultimately, this is one you will have to follow in training camp to determine but in either case, Edelman will only have the job short term. The ideal play would be to draft both Edelman and Welker to insure a #2 caliber receiver.
37. Santana Moss, Washington - The addition of Donovan McNabb provides a bounce back opportunity for Moss but at age 31 he is no longer the playmaker of his youth. Could provide nice value as a #3 or #4 where you can play matchups and gamble with a return to form.
38. Chris Chambers, Kansas City - Midway through last season it seemed as if Chambers was finished yet he experienced a re-birth of fantasy relevance after being traded to Kansas City at mid-season where he caught 36 passes for 608 yards. While duplicating those numbers over a full season could prove difficult, the uncertainty surrounding Dwayne Bowe could allow Chambers play a prominent role once again.
39. Malcom Floyd, San Diego - Floyd should receive and early season boost due to Vincent Jackson's 3 game suspension but ultimately, he will return to being the 3rd wheel in the Chargers passing attack, a role that limited him to just one game with more than 4 catches in 2009.
Tier VI: Beauty is in the Eye of the Beholder
40. Johnny Knox, Chicago - The Bears offense will feature a revitalized passing attack this season but determining which receiver will benefit most is a crapshoot (the Bears have three receivers ranked between 40 - 58). Knox had a great rookie season and has the speed to stretch defenses in Mike Martz's quick strike attack.
41. Derrick Mason, Baltimore - Few receivers have been a remarkably consistent as Derrick Mason the past nine years but with the addition of Anquan Boldin, Donte Stallworth and two rookie tight ends, this is the year Mason finally fades into the background. Not a bad guy to have on your roster but be sure to back him up with some breakout/sleeper types in the event age finally takes its toll.
42. Wes Welker, New England - Welker is one of the hardest players to peg entering the season. Reports of his progress are positive but limited. A PPR monster when healthy, it is best to draft Welker as a package with Edelman or take a flyer on his upside if he slides. A return to the Welker of old is unlikely to occur until around mid-season.
43. Bernard Berrian, Minnesota - Hard to believe Brett Favre through for 4,202 yards last season and a healthy Berrian was the recipient of just 618 of them. Has value as a deep threat but has clearly fallen behind young up and comers Sidney Rice and Percy Harvin in the Vikings pecking order.
44. Santonio Holmes, NY Jets - Holmes was all across the board on our staffs rankings ranking anywhere from 31st to 61st on our staff's rankings. He is coming off a 1,248 yard breakout season but he faces a 4 game suspension and is headed to a Jets team that runs first and second. Has major red flags but could make an impact as a #2 receiver upon his return.
45. Devin Hester, Chicago - The Chicagoan on our staff had Hester rated the highest among the Bears receivers (26th WR overall) but Hester reminds more of Az Hakim, than Issac Bruce or Torry Holt.
46. Kevin Walter, Houston - An underrated possession receiver, Walter faces a training camp battle for the Texans #2 job with Jacoby Jones but as long as he keeps his starting job he should be good for a 60 catch 750-850 yard season.
47. Eddie Royal, Denver - Now that Brandon Marshall has been traded, Royal may be able to land in the Wes Welker-like role many expected last season. After last season's disappointment it will be difficult to re-invest in Royal but the upside in PPR leagues could be tremendous.
48. Devin Thomas, Washington - After two mostly disappointing seasons, Thomas will look to take advantage of an opportunity to start this season. He more so than Santana Moss will benefit from the addition of Donovan McNabb.
49. Braylon Edwards, NY Jets - In 2007, Edwards was fantasy royalty with an 80 catch, 1,289 yard, and 16 TD season. Just three years later, the king of dropped passes, has just four games to prove himself worthy of fantasy relevancy (The reprieve is courtesy of Santonio Holmes' suspension). There are better risks to take than this one.
50. Jerricho Cotchery, NY Jets - A solid but unspectacular possession receiver with limited upside. He should be good for 50-60 catches and 700-800 yards as long as he stays healthy.
Tier VII: Sleepers Worth a Look
51. Louis Murphy, Oakland - Surprisingly outplayed fellow rookie Darius Heyward-Bey last season and will look to build on his success now that the Raiders have upgraded at quarterback.
52. Dexter McCluster, Kansas City - Expect the Chiefs to find a variety of ways to get McCluster the football but his primary role will likely be as the team's slot receiver. Expect something in the area of 700-800 total yards with the potential for more.
53. Arrelious Benn, Tampa Bay - Benn possesses the physical tools you look for in an NFL receiver and should get an opportunity to play right away in a Buccaneers offense in need of receivers. Either Benn or Mike Williams will have value as rookie, pay attention in training camp for clues as to which one to own.
54. Austin Collie, Indianapolis - Collie does not wow you with physical tools but is a smart receiver with good hands who fits the Colts scheme. He has upside as the Colts slot receiver but will need to hold off Anthony Gonzales if he looks to
55. Chaz Schilens, Oakland - A big, physical receiver who shined down the stretch last season. He's not the vertical threat Louis Murphy and Darius Heyward-Bey are but he is a more polished receiver and better red zone option.
56. Golden Tate, Seattle - The Seahawks lack of receiving options and playmakers in general, should create an opportunity for Tate to shine this season. Look for him challenge for a starting job as a rookie. Coming out of Notre Dame's pro-style offense could ease his adjustment to the pro game.
57. Devin Aromashodu, Chicago - Aromashodu is the most popular sleepers in fantasy football this season after catching 22 passes for 282 yards in the last four games last season. He is arguably the Bears most complete receiver but remains a bit of an unknown given his limited playing time since entering the league as a seventh round pick in 2006.
58. Mohammed Massaquoi, Cleveland - Massaquoi is the best receiver for the receiver thin Browns but aside from his big games (13-263) against Cincinnati and Detroit he caught just 21 passes for 361 yards. His big play ability warrants consideration as a sleeper pick.
59. Nate Burleson, Detroit - Burleson will look to fill a possession receiver role and starting job opposite Calvin Johnson in an improving Lions offense. Facing single coverage he could surprise with another 800 yard season.
60. Demaryius Thomas, Denver - High upside keeper whose raw route running skills will limit him to a Devery Henderson like deep threat role as a rookie.
Note: NFLDraft101 rankings are based on: 1 point per 25 yards passing, 1 point for per 10 yards rushing/receiving, 6 points per TD (passing, rushing or receiving), 1 point per reception and -2 per interception or lost fumble.
Rankings were done by using the averaging of our staff's individual rankings and were based on a single season not a dynasty league.