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A couple days ago I told everyone about the running back situation, and about how after the first five or six backs, there are gobs of serviceable backs. I also recommended picking top tier wide receivers instead, it’s not the first time I did such a thing, not even close.
While perusing several online lists to figure out my keepers in one 10-player dynasty league, I was surprised by some of the lists. In particular, I was surprised how people were so split on Kevin Walter, yet each list had Donnie Avery in the top 25.
Avery is one of my sleepers — I kept him in that league — and I think he’ll do well, but Walter has an impressive track record and he’ll be Andre Johnson’s Wes Welker this year when the Texans offense starts clicking.
I kept Walter, in case you couldn’t tell. Reggie Wayne, Anthony Gonzalez, Kevin Curtis and Steve Breaston were vying for the other open spots on my roster. Any one of them could have been keepers in a deep league and that got me thinking about the state of the wide receiver in the NFL.
The gap between receiver and running back continues to close, and as it does more and more receivers emerge as players who will assassinate for you.
It’s still early — training camp hasn’t even started yet — but there are several wide receivers with situations worth monitoring this summer. Besides the wide receivers I’ve already discussed, I’ve got five more to talk about today. Expect more sleepers and busts from the Ninjas as we move closer to the season.
Torry Holt, Jaguars
The unquestioned No. 1 in Jacksonville, Holt is an interesting pick. I will agree that he’s lost a step, but how much of his failure last year could be pinned on the Rams’ awfulness? We’ll find out this year.
Josh Reed, Bills
He’s not going to win your league for you, but he might just win a couple games. If QB Trent Edwards can display any kind of accuracy, Terrell Owens will draw double coverage and Lee Evans, another fantasy star, will also draw significant defensive attention. Marshawn Lynch, when he returns from suspension, will force teams to respect the ground game. As the No. 3 receiver, Reed should benefit.
Isaac Bruce, 49ers
Rookie Michael Crabtree, a legitimate big-play threat, on the other side of the field could upgrade Bruce. And the aging veteran had a respectable 835 yards with 7 TDs last year.
Kevin Curtis, Eagles
Rookie Jeremy Maclin and second-year pro DeSean Jackson get all the love, but don’t forget about Curtis. he’s averaged more than 13 yards per catch over his career, and in his first full season in Philly racked up 1,110 yards on 77 catches with six scores. Before that he romped as the St. Louis Rams No. 3 receiver.
Ted Ginn Jr./Greg Camarillo/Davone Bess, Dolphins
Bonus: Three players for the price of one! One of these guys is going to break out for 1,200 yards this year. Ginn has the college pedigree, the speed and the best opportunity.
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