Here are the Top 10 Wide Receivers and their projected stats for the 2009 season:
1. Larry Fitzgerald (Arizona Cardinals) – Fitzgerald is coming off a tremendous post-season and should continue his play for the upcoming season. He always seems to come up big and puts up big numbers. With Kurt Warner returning, expect for Fitzgerald to once again put up a lot of points for your fantasy team.
2009 Projected Stats: 99 Catches, 1,550 Yards, 14 TDs
2. Calvin Johnson (Detroit Lions) – Johnson had a break-out season last year despite Detroit finishing 0-16. He was tied for first in receiving touchdowns with 12 and over 1,300 yards. It will not matter if veteran Daunte Culpepper or rookie Matt Stafford is throwing him the ball, this kid is a star and will be for years to come.
2009 Projected Stats: 89 Catches, 1,400 Yards, 14 TDs
3. Randy Moss (New England Patriots) – Tom Brady will be coming back after having season ending surgery last year. This should improve Moss’s numbers so expect him to have yet again another very productive season.
2009 Projected Stats: 91 Catches, 1,300 Yards, 13 TDs
4. Andre Johnson (Houston Texans) – Houston opened up its offense more last season when runningback Steve Slaton started to get more carries. This is when Johnson had his most production. With Slaton starting the season off as the main back, expect Johnson’s numbers to increase.
2009 Projected Stats: 102 Catches, 1,450 Yards, 10 TDs
5. Reggie Wayne (Indianapolis Colts) – With Marvin Harrison gone, Wayne should have a lot more receptions and with Peyton Manning being completely healthy, he should have plenty of touchdown opportunities.
2009 Projected Stats: 90 Catches, 1,300 Yards, 10 TDs
6. Marques Colston (New Orleans Saints) – Colston should rebound from a somewhat disappointing year and an injury that lead to him missing six games. Expect his production to drastically improve from last season and he could but somewhat of a steal in the early rounds.
2009 Projected Stats: 86 Catches, 1,250 Yards, 10 TDs
7. Greg Jennings (Green Bay Packers) – Jennings’ production should increase with Aaron Rodgers having more experience and becoming more familiar with his play. He won’t get as many touches as he could though with Green Bay having several offensive weapons.
2009 Projected Stats: 79 Catches, 1,200 Yards, 9 TDs
8. Roddy White (Atlanta Falcons) – Matt Ryan proved himself to be a very capable NFL quarterback last year and with a full season under his belt, he gained a lot of experience playing with White so expect White’s numbers to have an increase this season.
2009 Projected Stats: 90 Catches, 1,300 Yards, 8 TDs
9. Steve Smith (Carolina Panthers) – Smith was suspended for two games last season and still put up very good numbers. If quarterback Jake Delhomme can stay healthy once again, Smith should have yet another productive year.
2009 Projected Stats: 81 Catches, 1,200 Yards, 8 TDs
10. Anquan Boldin (Arizona Cardinals) – After much speculation that Boldin was leaving Arizona, he remains a Cardinal and should once again produce alongside Larry Fitzgerald. If he can stay healthy, he is a solid pick-up.
2009 Projected Stats: 80 Catches, 1,100 Yards, 8 TDs