Thursday, September 8, 2011

Fantasy Football Talk With Gary McClune- WR Edition

The 2 Man Weave Fantasy Football Wide Receiver Rankings

1. Roddy White 2. Andre Johnson 3. Hakeem Nicks 4. Larry Fitzgerald 5. Calvin Johnson 6. Mike Wallace 7. Greg Jennings 8. Vincent Jackson 9. Miles Austin 10. Reggie Wayne 11. Mike Williams (TB) 12. DeSean Jackson 13. Dwayne Bowe 14. Steve Johnson 15. Brandon Marshall 16. Mario Manningham 17. Marques Colston 18. Anquan Boldin 19. Brandon Lloyd 20. Austin Collie 21. Dez Bryant 22. Percy Harvin 23. Santonio Holmes 24. Kenny Britt 25. Wes Welker 26. Jeremy Maclin 27. Chad Ochocinco 28. Lance Moore 29. Julio Jones 30. Sidney Rice 31. Steve Smith (CAR) 32. Santana Moss 33. Mike Thomas 34. AJ Green 35. Jacoby Ford 36. Plaxico Burress 37. Roy Williams 38. Deion Branch 39. Jordy Nelson 40. Braylon Edwards 41. Malcom Floyd 42. Michael Crabtree 43. Mike Sims-Walker 44. Johnny Knox 45. Hines Ward 46. Mike Williams (SEA) 47. Lee Evans 48. Nate Burleson 49. Danny Amendola 50. Pierre Garcon 51. Jacoby Jones 52. Davone Bess 53. Steve Breaston 54. Jerome Simpson 55. Robert Meachem 56. Denarius Moore 57. Greg Little 58. Roscoe Parrish 59. Josh Cribbs 60. Andre Roberts

Q. First off, you have Roddy White at #1- Defend it.

A. How much defending does the leader in receiving targets need? I’ve heard more than a few White owners voice their concern over Julio Jones taking away targets. However, I think the addition of Jones balances itself out in terms of affecting Rowdy Roddy’s fantasy value. No longer will teams be able to key their secondaries on just White, taking away many of the double teams he saw last year. With all the talk of the Falcons putting less strain on Michal Turner and the ground game and using a more arial-based offensive attack, it’s easy to forget that the Falcons were already in the top 10 in passes thrown last year. Give me Roddy’s consistency and rapport with Matty Ice over Andre Johnson’s bumps and bruises and Megatron’s dependence on Stafford’s glass shoulder.

Q. With Kolb at the helm, will Fitz return to his glory day numbers from the Warner years? Or are we looking at another Derek Anderson type 1200 and 7?

A. In PPR leagues, there’s no excuse for Fitz falling outside of the top 3 wideouts drafted. The Max Hall/Derek Andersen/John Skelton trio makes Kevin Kolb look like Dan Marino in ‘84. Even in non-PPR formats (in case you hadn’t noticed, I’m spearheading a campaign to make PPR a standard scoring system) you could justify taking Fitz as the top receiver. He’s the only reliable target in that offense (Sorry, Todd Heap. Andre Roberts? Who?) and catches anything within a 5 mile radius. Putting up 90/1137/6 with a sideshow act behind center last year speaks more about his status as an elite pass catcher than anything else. My vote to lead the league in catches, pencil him in for triple digit receptions, 1300 yards and 10 scores.

Q. Who are your top WR2 guys to target this year?

A. Depends entirely on your draft strategy. In a recent 10-team league (1st pick), I managed to snag Roddy White and Calvin Johnson at the end of the 2nd/start of 3rd. If you’re able to land an elite guy, you have an array of options, as I feel there is a ton of value to be had with guys ranked anywhere from 11 to 25. Guys like Stevie Johnson, Brandon Lloyd, or Percy Harvin could return huge dividends based on their ADP. Specifically, I’m very high on Kenny Britt. Draft him as a low end WR2/high WR3 and rake in the profits. It’s easy to forget he was in the top 10 points per game last season, only playing in 12 games. Avoiding suspension and coming into the regular season with enough time to rest his hamstring, he has incredible upside.

Q. Can Ochocinco get in the endzone 8+ times this year with Brady throwing to him?

A. I just don’t see it happening. He has looked lackluster in preseason action and reports out of New England say that him and Brady are not on the same page and have yet to click. There are just so many mouths to feed in that offense. Welker will continue to be a godsend in the slot, Deion Branch is still kicking around (I shuddered as I typed that) and the duo of Aaron Hernandez and Rob Gronkowski each have a realistic possibility of finshing in the top 10 fantasy tight ends. Anything over 60-850-6 is icing on the cake.

Gary will be back later in the week to discuss TE's. Check out his Quarterback Preview, Running Back Preview and catch his weekly podcast "I Ain't Even Mad" on itunes, or by clicking here.


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