There might not be a more important statement than the headline above when it comes to 2009 fantasy football drafts.
Everyone knows to get a RB and there are enough studs this year to make sure everyone gets one. However, you really need an elite receiver, or two, if you want to dominate this season.
I’ve run a couple 12-team mock drafts and in every draft where I went RB-RB or RB-QB or QB-RB, I felt my team was weak at WR.
My favorite team? I picked Larry Fitzgerald sixth overall, then followed up with Greg Jennings and Dwayne Bowe in rounds two and three. Yep, WR-WR-WR in a play two WRs with a RB/WR flex position. Results will vary – this was an ESPN mock draft, so I wouldn’t recommend WR-WR-WR in every league and format, just that it worked for me there. If it wasn’t a mock draft, I might not feel quite as good about it either.
But I still ended up with Joseph Addai, Knowshon Moreno, Julius Jones, Chris Wells, Tim Hightower, Donovan McNabb and Carson Palmer to round out the top of the rest of my skill spots. Those aren’t top-tier guys – you could argue for or against Addai and Moreno as top 10 backs and McNabb and Palmer as top 10 QBs – but they’ll be more than serviceable on a team anchored by two or three of those stud WRs at a time. All I need is for one of my RBs to outplay his draft spot and two others to meet expectations and I’m a title contender.
So, which receivers should you target in your draft?
I’ve got three different elite rankings below. Elite players are no-doubt elites in my mind, five throwing star players that will be gone within the first three rounds of your draft. The second ranking is for players who have one cut against them, one issue that could keep them from being elite. Then, I’ve got the longshots – they might have five throwing stars, they just haven’t unleashed them yet, or again in some cases.
Poised to break out