Top 50 Wide Receivers For 2011: Updated as of August 24

We are halfway through the preseason and everyone’s rankings are certainly in flux.  Who is performing thus far, making us ready to push them up?  Who is struggling, sending their value plummeting?  Let’s take a look at how things currently look:

  1. Andre Johnson – Houston Texans
  2. Roddy White – Atlanta Falcons
  3. Calvin Johnson – Detroit Lions
  4. Hakeem Nicks – New York Giants
  5. Larry Fitzgerald – Arizona Cardinals
  6. Greg Jennings – Green Bay Packers
  7. Reggie Wayne – Indianapolis Colts
  8. Dwayne Bowe – Kansas City Chiefs
  9. Miles Austin – Dallas Cowboys
  10. Vincent Jackson – San Diego Chargers
  11. DeSean Jackson – Philadelphia Eagles
  12. Mike Wallace – Pittsburgh Steelers
  13. Mike Williams – Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  14. Brandon Marshall – Miami Dolphins
  15. Dez Bryant – Dallas Cowboys
  16. Wes Welker – New England Patriots
  17. Brandon Lloyd – Denver Broncos
  18. Santonio Holmes – New York Jets
  19. Anquan Boldin – Baltimore Ravens
  20. Percy Harvin – Minnesota Vikings
  21. Marques Colston – New Orleans Saints
  22. Kenny Britt – Tennessee Titans
  23. Steve Johnson – Buffalo Bills
  24. Mario Manningham – New York Giants
  25. Jeremy Maclin – Philadelphia Eagles
  26. Chad Ochocinco – New England Patriots
  27. Pierre Garcon – Indianapolis Colts
  28. Steve Smith – Carolina Panthers
  29. Julio Jones – Atlanta Falcons
  30. Austin Collie – Indianapolis Colts
  31. Braylon Edward – San Francisco 49ers
  32. Santana Moss – Washington Redskins
  33. Mike Sims-Walker – St. Louis Rams
  34. Mike Thomas – Jacksonville Jaguars
  35. Malcolm Floyd – San Diego Chargers
  36. Sidney Rice – Seattle Seahawks
  37. A.J. Green – Cincinnati Bengals
  38. Mike Williams – Seattle Seahawks
  39. Jacoby Ford – Oakland Raiders
  40. Lee Evans – Baltimore Ravens
  41. Davone Bess – Miami Dolphins
  42. Michael Crabtree – San Francisco 49ers
  43. Plaxico Burress – New York Jets
  44. Johnny Knox – Chicago Bears
  45. Robert Meachem – New Orleans Saints
  46. Lance Moore – New Orleans Saints
  47. Jerome Simpson – Cincinnati Bengals
  48. Emmanuel Sanders – Pittsburgh Steelers
  49. Steve Breaston – Kansas City Chiefs
  50. James Jones – Green Bay Packers


  • According to Matt Barrows of The Sacremento Bee (click here for the article), “He’s out of his boot but is not running yet. Looks like it will be a couple of more weeks before Crabtree rejoins practice.”  And the value just continues to plummet for Michael Crabtree.  It is impossible to draft him as a starting option and, depending on how much time he ultimately misses, his value as a reserve is declining.  He has a ton of talent, but if he can’t stay on the field he is simply useless.  In the meantime, the stock of Braylon Edwards just got a little bit higher.
  • A.J. Green has had his ups and downs through the first two weeks of the preseason.  In Week 1 he picked up 4 receptions for 29 yards with a long of just 11.  In Week 2 he had just 1 reception for 8 yards.  He has a ton of talent, but if Andy Dalton is not ready to throw the ball deep, Green’s value is going to be minimal.  Consider him a low-end WR3 in yearly formats until the team proves ready to get the ball downfield.
  • Robert Meachem or Lance Moore?  Lance Moore or Robert Meachem?  It’s really a coin flip, as we know Drew Brees and company are going to spread the ball around and get everyone involved.
  • With Mike Sims-Walker in St. Louis (which happens to be a great situation for him), the Jaguars are left with Mike Thomas as their go to receiver.  One could argue that he played the role in 2010 when he amassed 66 receptions for 820 yards and 4 TD.  Entering his third NFL season you can call him a borderline WR3, but someone you’d prefer to have as your WR4.  Regardless, he has the potential to be a solid option.
  • While Johnny Knox may not open the season as a starter in Chicago, does anyone doubt that he is not going to emerge by year’s end?  He’s the best option they have, so it is just a matter of time.  It’s impossible to draft him as a starter, but he is still worth rolling the dice on.
  • It appears that Kyle Orton is going to be the QB in Denver, despite all of the offseason speculation.  How does that affect the potential value of Brandon Lloyd?  You would have to think that it improves things, as he will actually have a steady option tossing him the ball.  While he may not match his numbers from 2010, he remains a solid WR2.
  • The stock of Vincent Jackson continues to rise.  We’ll have more on him in tomorrow’s edition of Risers and Fallers so make sure to check back for that!

Make sure to check out all of the rankings from Rotoprofessor:

Top 40 Running Backs For 2011: Updated as of August 26
Top 30 Quarterbacks For 2011: Updated as of August 22


  1. Alex says:

    I would move Dez down between Harvin and Colston. He has a ton of upside but people are hyping Austin, Bryant, Witten AND Felix Jones now. I’m sure there will fantasy point to spread around but how many elite options can we really expect from the Cowboys? Only so many points to go around. Also would move Collie up a couple notches right above Steve Smith. QB situation is awful. Then take Emmanuel Sanders off completely and go ahead and throw Danny Amendola in there. He’ll be the #1 receiver on the Rams. Other than that, agreed

  2. Alex says:

    A little confused on the Jerome Simpson thing too tbh. I just don’t see anyone on that team not being a giant frustration. Green is really the only one worth taking a risk on, IMO

  3. Ken says:

    Dwayne Bowe ahead of Mike Wallace and Vincent Jackson is way off base. Jackson and Wallace are both #1′s playing with QB’s that project to pass for over 4,000 yards. In fact I project Vincent Jackson to finish in the top 4. He and Philip Rivers are going to have monster years. Also Reggie Wayne has to be moved down due to the uncertainty of Peyton Manning. I also would definitely move Mike Thomas up a few spots.

  4. heath says:

    should i austin collie or hines ward. matt ryan or mark sanchez plz let me know asap thxxx alot

    • Are we talking about to draft or to play in Week 1? If it’s drafting, it’s Collie & Ryan without question.

      If it’s Week 1, it’s actually the same answer (even with Manning’s injury)/.

      • heath says:

        Thanks a lot, seems like Peyton Manning will not be playing in week in. I am in 2 QB league. I know I will be starting Matt Ryan, but I am not sure whether to start Mark Sanchez or pick up Kerry Collins on waiver wire. plz let me know what you think thanks a lot.

        • They are close, but I’d probably go Collins personally. If you don’t have someone to drop, though, I have them back-to-back on the rankings, so going with Sanchez wouldn’t hurt you.

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