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  1. Steve Smith, Panthers
    ESPN Positional Ranking: 1.
    One year removed from catching 103 passes, 1,563 yards and 12 touchdowns. Steve Smith's numbers dropped a bit because he missed the first two games of the 2006 season. He's still one of the top wide outs in real and fantasy football.
    Projected Stats: 1,400 receiving yards. 11 TDs.
    Projected Fantasy Points: 206
    Player Value: 87

  2. Terrell Owens, Cowboys (Underrated)
    ESPN Positional Ranking: 6.
    Terrell Owens' numbers peaked with Tony Romo at quarterback; he averaged 73 receiving yards per contest with Romo, as opposed to 55.4 with Drew Bledsoe. Keep in mind that Owens was nursing an injury the entire 2006 season. For reasons I describe in my 2007 Cowboys Season Preview, I don't think Owens will be a distraction this year.
    Projected Stats: 1,200 receiving yards. 14 TDs.
    Projected Fantasy Points: 204
    Player Value: 85

  3. Marvin Harrison, Colts
    ESPN Positional Ranking: 2.
    Age could be an issue, but Marvin Harrison probably stays strong for another three years.
    Projected Stats: 1,175 receiving yards. 12 TDs.
    Projected Fantasy Points: 189
    Player Value: 70

  4. Lee Evans, Bills (Sleeper)
    ESPN Positional Ranking: 10.
    One of the top wide outs in the NFL, Lee Evans caught 82 passes for 1,292 yards and eight touchdowns last year. He's averaged eight scores throughout his career. It's amazing how underrated Evans is. If ESPN paid any attention to the Bills, he'd be a top-five receiver on most draft boards.

    I have Lee Evans ranked ahead of Torry Holt, Chad Johnson and a few other renown wide outs. Does that mean you take Evans if they're still on the board? Of course not - unless other people in your league are reading this site, chances are Evans will be available the next time you're drafting. You can end up having Evans and one of those other guys on your roster.
    Projected Stats: 1,325 receiving yards. 9 total TDs.
    Projected Fantasy Points: 186
    Player Value: 67

  5. Torry Holt, Rams
    ESPN Positional Ranking: 4.
    Definitely should be one of the first receivers taken in your fantasy league.
    Projected Stats: 1,250 receiving yards. 10 TDs.
    Projected Fantasy Points: 185
    Player Value: 66

  6. Chad Johnson, Bengals
    ESPN Positional Ranking: 3.
    Touchdowns. Celebrations. Marriage proposals. Chad Johnson does it all. Or at least he used to before the No Fun League stepped in. Still, Johnson has averaged about 1,300 yards and nine touchdowns the past four seasons. No reason that won't continue.
    Projected Stats: 1,300 receiving yards. 9 TDs.
    Projected Fantasy Points: 184
    Player Value: 65

  7. Randy Moss, Patriots (Sleeper)
    ESPN Positional Ranking: 15.
    After beginning his career with six 1,200-yard seasons, the closest Randy Moss has come to hitting that plateau is 1,005 yards in 2005. Keep in mind that Kerry Collins, Andrew Walter and Aaron Brooks were throwing him the ball the past two years.
    Projected Stats: 1,200 receiving yards. 10 total TDs.
    Projected Fantasy Points: 180
    Player Value: 61

  8. Donald Driver, Packers
    ESPN Positional Ranking: 8.
    Other than Brett Favre, the only Packer worth taking in fantasy football. Donald Driver is perennially underrated, so you may be able to obtain him a little bit later than when he should be drafted.
    Projected Stats: 1,275 receiving yards. 8 TDs.
    Projected Fantasy Points: 175
    Player Value: 56

  9. Larry Fitzgerald, Cardinals
    ESPN Positional Ranking: 7.
    Undoubtedly one of the top receivers in real and fantasy football. Once Matt Leinart gets more experience, his touchdown totals will increase.
    Projected Stats: 1,200 receiving yards. 9 TDs.
    Projected Fantasy Points: 174
    Player Value: 55

  10. T.J. Houshmandzadeh, Bengals
    ESPN Positional Ranking: 13.
    Fifth pick, sixth round, T.J. Houshmazoad. Lock it up! Houshmandzadeh actually had an incredible season last year, catching 90 passes for 1,081 yards and nine touchdowns. Here's the kicker: He missed the first two games of the season. With everyone focused on Chad Johnson, Houshmandzadeh actually has more value in terms of where you'll be able to obtain him in the draft. Championship!
    Projected Stats: 1,200 receiving yards. 9 TDs.
    Projected Fantasy Points: 174
    Player Value: 55


  11. Reggie Wayne, Colts
    ESPN Positional Ranking: 5.
    Reggie Wayne will notch his fourth-consecutive 1,000-yard season. I don't have him as high as ESPN does, however.
    Projected Stats: 1,150 receiving yards. 9 TDs.
    Projected Fantasy Points: 169
    Player Value: 50

  12. Anquan Boldin, Cardinals
    ESPN Positional Ranking: 14.
    Read what I wrote about Larry Fitzgerald. Same applies to Anquan Boldin.
    Projected Stats: 1,275 receiving yards. 7 TDs.
    Projected Fantasy Points: 169
    Player Value: 50

  13. Joey Galloway, Buccaneers (Sleeper)
    ESPN Positional Ranking: 21.
    Joey Galloway recorded his second-consecutive 1,000-yard season with the Buccaneers, doing so with Bruce Gradkowski at the helm. His numbers can only increase with Jeff Garcia.
    Projected Stats: 1,150 receiving yards. 9 TDs.
    Projected Fantasy Points: 169
    Player Value: 50

  14. Roy Williams, Lions
    ESPN Positional Ranking: 11.
    Still the No. 1 receiver despite Calvin Johnson's presence. When healthy, Roy Williams is one of the top wide outs in the game.
    Projected Stats: 1,200 receiving yards. 7 TDs.
    Projected Fantasy Points: 162
    Player Value: 43

  15. Javon Walker, Broncos
    ESPN Positional Ranking: 12.
    Javon Walker started hot, but fizzled toward the latter stages of the 2006 season, coinciding with Jay Cutler replacing Jake Plummer under center. Cutler was only a rookie, so it's natural that Walker's stats declined. He'll bounce back in 2007, just as long as Cutler isn't a bust.
    Projected Stats: 1,200 receiving yards. 7 TDs.
    Projected Fantasy Points: 162
    Player Value: 43

  16. Marques Colston, Saints (Overrated)
    ESPN Positional Ranking: 9.
    Sophomore slump? Fantasy owners better hope not. Personally, I'd rather take a proven wide out, but that's me.
    Projected Stats: 1,125 receiving yards. 8 TDs.
    Projected Fantasy Points: 160
    Player Value: 41

  17. Plaxico Burress, Giants
    ESPN Positional Ranking: 16.
    Plaxico Burress takes plays off, but that doesn't mean much in fantasy football - unless Tom Coughlin decides to bench him.
    Projected Stats: 1,100 receiving yards. 8 TDs.
    Projected Fantasy Points: 158
    Player Value: 39

  18. Hines Ward, Steelers
    ESPN Positional Ranking: 18.
    I'd love to have Hines Ward on any real football team, but he may be overrated in the world of fantasy. Ward hasn't notched more than 1,004 yards since 2003. If Ben Roethlisberger is completely healthy, he could pass that mark, but who knows the status of Pittsburgh's quarterback?
    Projected Stats: 1,050 receiving yards. 8 TDs.
    Projected Fantasy Points: 153
    Player Value: 34


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  19. Santana Moss, Redskins
    ESPN Positional Ranking: 22.
    Santana Moss' stats won't be as high as they were in 2005, but definitely won't be as low as they were in a disappointing 2006 campaign.
    Projected Stats: 1,100 receiving yards. 7 TDs.
    Projected Fantasy Points: 152
    Player Value: 33

  20. Reggie Brown, Eagles
    ESPN Positional Ranking: 23.
    The Eagles love to spread the ball around, so I wouldn't expect monstrous numbers from Reggie Brown, even though he's the No. 1 wide out for the first time in his career.
    Projected Stats: 1,025 receiving yards. 8 TDs.
    Projected Fantasy Points: 150
    Player Value: 31

  21. Andre Johnson, Texans
    ESPN Positional Ranking: 17.
    If only Andre Johnson had a quarterback who actually had the time to throw him deep passes downfield. If only...
    Projected Stats: 1,125 receiving yards. 6 TDs.
    Projected Fantasy Points: 148
    Player Value: 29

  22. D.J. Hackett, Seahawks (Sleeper)
    ESPN Positional Ranking: 38.
    I already mentioned above what D.J. Hackett accomplished the final four weeks of the season. If you multiply those figures by four, you get 1,164 yards and eight touchdowns. Not bad at all. Someone's going to have to take Darrell Jackson's 10 scores. Major sleeper because no one knows about him.
    Projected Stats: 1,000 receiving yards. 8 TDs.
    Projected Fantasy Points: 148
    Player Value: 29

  23. Mark Clayton, Ravens
    ESPN Positional Ranking: 29.
    Quietly became the No. 1 receiver in Baltimore last year, compiling 67 catches for 939 yards and five touchdowns. If Clayton were in a more pass-happy offense, he'd be able to do major damage in fantasy football.
    Projected Stats: 1,050 receiving yards. 5 TDs.
    Projected Fantasy Points: 145
    Player Value: 26

  24. Laveranues Coles, Jets
    ESPN Positional Ranking: 20.
    Broke the 1,000-yard plateau for the first time since 2003. Guess it helped to have a healthy Chad Pennington throwing to him.
    Projected Stats: 1,025 receiving yards. 6 total TDs.
    Projected Fantasy Points: 138
    Player Value: 19

  25. Jerricho Cotchery, Jets
    ESPN Positional Ranking: 25.
    Came out of nowhere to record 82 receptions, 961 yards and six touchdowns. There's no reason why Jerricho Cotchery won't stop improving.
    Projected Stats: 1,010 receiving yards. 6 TDs.
    Projected Fantasy Points: 137
    Player Value: 18

  26. Calvin Johnson, Lions (Sleeper)
    ESPN Positional Ranking: 45.
    I normally have reservations about taking rookies in fantasy football, but I think you'll be OK with Calvin Johnson.
    Projected Stats: 1,000 receiving yards. 6 TDs.
    Projected Fantasy Points: 136
    Player Value: 17

  27. Terry Glenn, Cowboys
    ESPN Positional Ranking: 24.
    With Tony Romo busy making Terrell Owens happy, Terry Glenn's touchdown ratio dipped the latter stages of the 2006 season. Still a decent fantasy receiver, however.
    Projected Stats: 1,100 receiving yards. 4 TDs.
    Projected Fantasy Points: 134
    Player Value: 15

  28. Braylon Edwards, Browns
    ESPN Positional Ranking: 27.
    If only he had a quarterback who can get him the ball. Braylon Edwards will have his wish in 2008 when Brady Quinn's a second-year signal caller. Edwards won't reach his full potential until then.
    Projected Stats: 850 receiving yards. 6 TDs.
    Projected Fantasy Points: 133
    Player Value: 14

  29. Vincent Jackson, Chargers
    ESPN Positional Ranking: 32.
    A possible late-round sleeper, Jackson caught only seven passes prior to Nov. 19. From then on, he registered 20 receptions, 357 yards and four touchdowns. Those numbers translate to 816 yards and nine scores for an entire season. He's worth a late-round pick.
    Projected Stats: 850 receiving yards. 8 TDs.
    Projected Fantasy Points: 133
    Player Value: 14

  30. Santonio Holmes, Steelers (Underrated)
    ESPN Positional Ranking: 40.
    Santonio Holmes had a nice rookie campaign (49 receptions, 824 yards, 2 TDs), with most of his production coming in late December when he was inserted into the starting lineup. If Ben Roethlisberger's at 100 percent, expect more from Holmes.
    Projected Stats: 1,000 receiving yards. 5 TDs.
    Projected Fantasy Points: 130
    Player Value: 11

  31. Ronald Curry, Raiders (Sleeper)
    ESPN Positional Ranking: 48.
    Ronald Curry, the Raiders' No. 1 receiver in 2006, managed only 727 yards and one touchdown. Doesn't sound too promising, but check out the stats he compiled the final four weeks of the season: 33 catches, 339 yards and one touchdown. Multiply each of those numbers by four and you get 132 receptions, 1,356 yards and four scores. That's not realistic, but Curry has "sleeper" written all over him.
    Projected Stats: 1,050 receiving yards. 4 TDs.
    Projected Fantasy Points: 129
    Player Value: 10

  32. Darrell Jackson, 49ers (Bust)
    ESPN Positional Ranking: 19.
    I think Darrell Jackson's a bit overrated from a fantasy perspective because lots of players will be expecting him to produce big numbers now that he's on a different team. However, Jackson will be asked to learn a new, but similar system in an offense where the ground attack is the focal point.
    Projected Stats: 900 receiving yards. 6 TDs.
    Projected Fantasy Points: 126
    Player Value: 7

  33. Isaac Bruce, Rams
    ESPN Positional Ranking: 31.
    You should be able to get Isaac Bruce a little late because his age makes him a bit underrated. Bruce will start declining soon, but he probably has two or three solid years left in the tank. A decent No. 3 wide out in fantasy land.
    Projected Stats: 1,020 receiving yards. 4 TDs.
    Projected Fantasy Points: 126
    Player Value: 7

  34. Bernard Berrian, Bears
    ESPN Positional Ranking: 33.
    Bernard Berrian started off hot, but fizzled along with Rex Grossman, starting in the middle of October. It's a shame that Berrian doesn't have a better quarterback throwing to him.
    Projected Stats: 850 receiving yards. 6 TDs.
    Projected Fantasy Points: 121
    Player Value: 2

  35. Chris Chambers, Dolphins (Overrated)
    ESPN Positional Ranking: 26.
    It's a real crime that Chris Chambers has never played with a legitimate quarterback during his entire career.
    Projected Stats: 900 receiving yards. 5 total TDs.
    Projected Fantasy Points: 120
    Player Value: 1

  36. Deion Branch, Seahawks
    ESPN Positional Ranking: 28.
    Starting to think the Patriots got the better end of the Deion Branch trade? In my opinion, Branch was a bit overrated because he played with Tom Brady for a few seasons. Brady's capable of making Jabar Gaffney and Reche Caldwell look good. Branch is nothing more than a spot starter in fantasy football.
    Projected Stats: 830 receiving yards. 6 TDs.
    Projected Fantasy Points: 119
    Player Value: 0


  37. Devery Henderson, Saints
    ESPN Positional Ranking: 39.
    Devery Henderson is listed as the team's No. 2 receiver, but that doesn't mean I trust him. Couldn't garner more than two receptions in any December contest.
    Projected Stats: 800 receiving yards. 6 TDs.
    Projected Fantasy Points: 116
    Player Value: -3

  38. Eddie Kennison, Chiefs
    ESPN Positional Ranking: 44.
    Eddie Kennison, who's still the No. 1 wide out in Kansas City, turned 34 in January, so his skills will quickly diminish the next few seasons. His yardage dropped from 1,102 in 2005 to 860 in 2006. Looks like the end is near.
    Projected Stats: 880 receiving yards. 4 TDs.
    Projected Fantasy Points: 112
    Player Value: -7

  39. Muhsin Muhammad, Bears
    ESPN Positional Ranking: 43.
    An aging receiver in a stale offense is not something I'd be interested in.
    Projected Stats: 775 receiving yards. 5 TDs.
    Projected Fantasy Points: 107
    Player Value: -12

  40. Drew Carter, Panthers (Underrated)
    ESPN Positional Ranking: 51.
    A potential sleeper. Drew Carter will be Carolina's new possession receiver in the wake of Keyshawn Johnson's release. Carter caught eight passes for 144 yards against the Giants on Dec. 10.
    Projected Stats: 825 receiving yards. 4 TDs.
    Projected Fantasy Points: 106
    Player Value: -13

  41. Matt Jones, Jaguars
    ESPN Positional Ranking: 34.
    Caught 11 passes for 144 yards in the first two weeks of the season. Finished with only 643 yards and four touchdowns. It should be noted that Matt Jones had 320 yards in December, so he's worth a shot in the final rounds of your draft.
    Projected Stats: 750 receiving yards. 5 TDs.
    Projected Fantasy Points: 105
    Player Value: -14

  42. Brandon Jones, Titans (Underrated)
    ESPN Positional Ranking: 60.
    Brandon Jones caught five passes for 101 yards and a touchdown in Week 16. A glimmer of hope? Probably not - he had zero receptions the week before and only one catch the week after. Still, he's the No. 1 wide out. Someone has to catch the ball, right?
    Projected Stats: 650 receiving yards. 6 TDs.
    Projected Fantasy Points: 101
    Player Value: -18

  43. Mike Furrey, Lions
    ESPN Positional Ranking: 51.
    Mike Furrey's numbers will likely take a step back with Calvin Johnson on the team.
    Projected Stats: 700 receiving yards. 5 TDs.
    Projected Fantasy Points: 100
    Player Value: -19

  44. Donte' Stallworth, Patriots (Overrated)
    ESPN Positional Ranking: 30.
    If Donte' Stallworth can stay healthy, he'll be an incredible No. 2 option for Tom Brady.
    Projected Stats: 750 receiving yards. 4 TDs.
    Projected Fantasy Points: 99
    Player Value: -20

  45. Marty Booker, Dolphins (Bust)
    ESPN Positional Ranking: 63.
    Not much to like, fantasy-wise. Marty Booker's an average receiver with a sub-par quarterback throwing to him.
    Projected Stats: 750 receiving yards. 4 total TDs.
    Projected Fantasy Points: 99
    Player Value: -20

  46. Brandon Marshall, Broncos (Sleeper)
    ESPN Positional Ranking: 58.
    Like Tony Scheffler, Brandon Marshall played better with Jay Cutler at the helm. With Jake Plummer, Marshall caught only six passes. Paired with Cutler, Marshall had 14 receptions, 233 yards and a touchdown. Take him in the latter stages of your draft as a sleeper.
    Projected Stats: 800 receiving yards. 3 TDs.
    Projected Fantasy Points: 98
    Player Value: -21

  47. Arnaz Battle, 49ers
    ESPN Positional Ranking: 56.
    Arnaz Battle picked up his production after Nov. 12, catching 21 passes in December. He'd be a sleeper if San Francisco's aerial attack were more potent.
    Projected Stats: 725 receiving yards. 4 TDs.
    Projected Fantasy Points: 96
    Player Value: -23

  48. Greg Jennings, Packers (Overrated)
    ESPN Positional Ranking: 35.
    I like Greg Jennings, although the following stat concerns me: Jennings caught only nine passes in December after registering 10, 11 and 15 receptions the previous three months. Rookie wall, or defenses finally catching on?
    Projected Stats: 700 receiving yards. 4 TDs.
    Projected Fantasy Points: 94
    Player Value: -25

  49. Joe Horn, Falcons
    ESPN Positional Ranking: 42.
    Joe Horn missed six games and still had more receiving yards (679) than any Atlanta wide out. That said, Horn has broken the 1,000-yard barrier only once since 2002. Playing with Vick or Harrington won't change matters.
    Projected Stats: 650 receiving yards. 4 TDs.
    Projected Fantasy Points: 89
    Player Value: -30

  50. Reggie Williams, Jaguars
    ESPN Positional Ranking: 49.
    Like Jones, Reggie Williams showed some promise the first two weeks of the 2006 campaign, catching 14 passes for 142 yards and a score. However, he finished with only 616 yards and four touchdowns. And this guy was a No. 1 pick?
    Projected Stats: 625 receiving yards. 4 TDs.
    Projected Fantasy Points: 86
    Player Value: -33

  51. Devin Hester, Bears
    ESPN Positional Ranking: N/A.
    No one's really sure how Ron Turner will utilize Devin Hester, but it should be fairly obvious that he won't put up huge numbers.
    Projected Stats: 200 rushing yards. 400 receiving yards. 4 TDs.
    Projected Fantasy Points: 84
    Player Value: -35


  52. Kevin Curtis, Eagles (Overrated)
    ESPN Positional Ranking: 37.
    The numbers Kevin Curtis garnered in St. Louis were the product of Mike Martz's system. Notice that his production declined last year with Scott Linehan on the sidelines.
    Projected Stats: 600 receiving yards. 4 TDs.
    Projected Fantasy Points: 84
    Player Value: -35

  53. Drew Bennett, Rams
    ESPN Positional Ranking: 52.
    Drew Bennett is taking the spot of Kevin Curtis, who registered 40 receptions for 479 yards and four scores in 2006. Bennett had 737 yards and three touchdowns with the Titans. Either way, he's not worth drafting.
    Projected Stats: 600 receiving yards. 4 TDs.
    Projected Fantasy Points: 84
    Player Value: -35

  54. Bryant Johnson, Cardinals
    ESPN Positional Ranking: 61.
    We have no idea how good this guy really is because he's stuck behind Fitzgerald and Boldin. We caught a glimpse when Fitzgerald was injured; Johnson had a career-high 740 yards and four touchdowns in 2006. Worth taking in a deep league just in case one of the top wide outs goes down.
    Projected Stats: 650 receiving yards. 3 TDs.
    Projected Fantasy Points: 83
    Player Value: -36

  55. Eric Parker, Chargers
    ESPN Positional Ranking: 59.
    Parker actually had more yards than Keenan McCardell, but like the veteran wide out, he couldn't get into the end zone. That should change with a more experienced Rivers at the helm, but I still wouldn't draft him.
    Projected Stats: 700 receiving yards. 2 TDs.
    Projected Fantasy Points: 82
    Player Value: -37

  56. Chris Henry, Bengals
    ESPN Positional Ranking: 69.
    If arrests and rehab sessions count, take him in the first round of your draft.
    Projected Stats: 500 receiving yards. 5 TDs.
    Projected Fantasy Points: 80
    Player Value: -39

  57. Amani Toomer, Giants
    ESPN Positional Ranking: 57.
    Amani Toomer's receiving yardage since garnering 1,057 in 2003: 747, 684, 360 (8 games). At age 33, Toomer's essentially done.
    Projected Stats: 500 receiving yards. 5 TDs.
    Projected Fantasy Points: 80
    Player Value: -39

  58. Derrick Mason, Ravens
    ESPN Positional Ranking: 46.
    Derrick Mason has had a respectable career, but at age 33, his skills and stats appear to be in decline. Nothing more than a solid fantasy backup at this point.
    Projected Stats: 675 receiving yards. 2 TDs.
    Projected Fantasy Points: 79
    Player Value: -40

  59. Michael Clayton, Buccaneers
    ESPN Positional Ranking: 62.
    What happened to this guy? Michael Clayton had 1,193 yards and seven touchdowns in 2004. Since then, only 728 yards and one score. Take him late if he's still available because you never know.
    Projected Stats: 600 receiving yards. 3 TDs.
    Projected Fantasy Points: 78
    Player Value: -41

  60. Demetrius Williams, Ravens
    ESPN Positional Ranking: 100.
    I think Demetrius Williams is going to be a rising star who will make a great impact in the NFL down the road. Problem is, he currently plays in an offense that can be really stagnant at times.
    Projected Stats: 600 receiving yards. 3 TDs.
    Projected Fantasy Points: 78
    Player Value: -41

  61. Roddy White, Falcons
    ESPN Positional Ranking: 67.
    Had 99 yards against Cleveland, 104 versus Dallas and 90 at Philly. During the same period, also had one reception against Carolina, New Orleans and Baltimore, and no catches at Detroit and Washington.
    Projected Stats: 600 receiving yards. 3 TDs.
    Projected Fantasy Points: 78
    Player Value: -41

  62. Bobby Engram, Seahawks
    ESPN Positional Ranking: 137.
    Bobby Engram, a decent backup receiver for years, just turned 34 in January. Look elsewhere.
    Projected Stats: 600 receiving yards. 3 TDs.
    Projected Fantasy Points: 78
    Player Value: -41

  63. Nate Washington, Steelers
    ESPN Positional Ranking: 80.
    Nate Washington and Cedrick Wilson will battle for the No. 3 wide out position. I think the former will win it, but that has no bearing on fantasy football, unless you're doing an AFC-only league, or something.
    Projected Stats: 600 receiving yards. 3 TDs.
    Projected Fantasy Points: 78
    Player Value: -41

  64. Bobby Wade, Vikings
    ESPN Positional Ranking: 106.
    A mediocre receiver catching passes from a quarterback who can't throw. Hmmm...
    Projected Stats: 550 receiving yards. 3 TDs.
    Projected Fantasy Points: 73
    Player Value: -46

  65. Patrick Crayton, Cowboys
    ESPN Positional Ranking: 78.
    Nothing to get excited about in terms of fantasy football.
    Projected Stats: 600 receiving yards. 2 TDs.
    Projected Fantasy Points: 72
    Player Value: -47

  66. Hank Baskett, Eagles
    ESPN Positional Ranking: 91.
    Started five games as an undrafted rookie. Hank Baskett has a lot of potential, but I wouldn't expect him to do anything fantasy-wise this season.
    Projected Stats: 530 receiving yards. 3 TDs.
    Projected Fantasy Points: 71
    Player Value: -48

  67. Michael Jenkins, Falcons
    ESPN Positional Ranking: 54.
    Somehow caught seven touchdowns in 2006. Can you say fluke? Had only seven receptions the final four weeks of the season.
    Projected Stats: 525 receiving yards. 3 TDs.
    Projected Fantasy Points: 70
    Player Value: -49

  68. Wes Welker, Patriots
    ESPN Positional Ranking: 53.
    Unless your league counts points on special teams for receivers, Wes Welker's not worth drafting; his actual value is far greater than his fantasy value.
    Projected Stats: 500 receiving yards. 3 TDs.
    Projected Fantasy Points: 68
    Player Value: -51

  69. Antwaan Randle El, Redskins
    ESPN Positional Ranking: 89.
    Should have better numbers now that Jason Campbell has a year of experience under his belt. Not well enough to warrant fantasy consideration, however.
    Projected Stats: 500 receiving yards. 3 TDs.
    Projected Fantasy Points: 68
    Player Value: -51

  70. Maurice Stovall, Buccaneers
    ESPN Positional Ranking: 88.
    Could be a decent wide out for the Buccaneers down the road. Maurice Stovall didn't make a single catch till December. Had seven receptions for 102 yards that month.
    Projected Stats: 450 receiving yards. 3 TDs.
    Projected Fantasy Points: 63
    Player Value: -56

  71. Roscoe Parrish, Bills
    ESPN Positional Ranking: 124.
    Disappointing. I don't expect much improvement.
    Projected Stats: 450 receiving yards. 3 TDs.
    Projected Fantasy Points: 63
    Player Value: -56

  72. Ted Ginn, Dolphins
    ESPN Positional Ranking: 111.
    I wouldn't recommend drafting any rookie wide out this year, with the exception of Calvin Johnson. They're just too unreliable.
    Projected Stats: 500 receiving yards. 2 total TDs.
    Projected Fantasy Points: 62
    Player Value: -57

  73. Dwayne Bowe, Chiefs
    ESPN Positional Ranking: 83.
    There have been a few rookie wide outs who have maintained Pro Bowl status in the NFL, such as Anquan Boldin and Marques Colston. However, receivers of that ilk are extremely rare. Keep in mind neither had a rookie quarterback throwing to them. Brodie Croyle could be in by Week 11.
    Projected Stats: 500 receiving yards. 2 TDs.
    Projected Fantasy Points: 62
    Player Value: -57

  74. Ernest Wilford, Jaguars
    ESPN Positional Ranking: 50.
    After notching 681 yards and seven touchdowns in 2005, Ernest Wilford saw his stats drop to 524 and two. Very disappointing.
    Projected Stats: 500 receiving yards. 2 TDs.
    Projected Fantasy Points: 62
    Player Value: -57

  75. David Givens, Titans
    ESPN Positional Ranking: 71.
    Vastly overrated. Should have stayed with New England. Tom Brady transformed this very mediocre wide out into what looked like an emerging star. No fantasy value here.
    Projected Stats: 500 receiving yards. 2 TDs.
    Projected Fantasy Points: 62
    Player Value: -57

  76. Kevin Walter, Texans
    ESPN Positional Ranking: 66.
    This guy is Houston's No. 2 receiver? What!? Why!?
    Projected Stats: 475 receiving yards. 2 TDs.
    Projected Fantasy Points: 59
    Player Value: -60

  77. Peerless Price, Bills
    ESPN Positional Ranking: 75.
    Should have never left Buffalo the first time around.
    Projected Stats: 400 receiving yards. 3 TDs.
    Projected Fantasy Points: 58
    Player Value: -61

  78. Ruvell Martin, Packers
    ESPN Positional Ranking: 103.
    Came out of nowhere to catch seven passes for 118 yards the final week of the season. A sign of things to come? Keep him on your radar screen.
    Projected Stats: 450 receiving yards. 2 TDs.
    Projected Fantasy Points: 57
    Player Value: -62

  79. Ashley Lelie, 49ers
    ESPN Positional Ranking: 73.
    It's hard to believe Ashley Lelie's only two years removed from a 1,084-yard, seven-touchdown season. What happened to this guy? It was worth the risk of bringing him in, but this could be his last chance to revitalize his career.
    Projected Stats: 450 receiving yards. 2 TDs.
    Projected Fantasy Points: 57
    Player Value: -62

  80. Joe Jurevicius, Browns (Bust)
    ESPN Positional Ranking: 47.
    A weak No. 2 receiver with a weak quarterbacking corps.
    Projected Stats: 450 receiving yards. 2 TDs.
    Projected Fantasy Points: 57
    Player Value: -62

  81. Samie Parker, Chiefs
    ESPN Positional Ranking: 64.
    In his first season as a full-time starter, Samie Parker caught 41 passes for 561 yards. Not going to cut it in fantasy or in real life. No wonder the Chiefs drafted Dwayne Bowe.
    Projected Stats: 480 receiving yards. 1 TD.
    Projected Fantasy Points: 54
    Player Value: -65

  82. Robert Meachem, Saints
    ESPN Positional Ranking: 86.
    The second-coming of Marques Colston? Rookie wide outs are very unpredictable.
    Projected Stats: 400 receiving yards. 2 TDs.
    Projected Fantasy Points: 52
    Player Value: -67

  83. Rod Smith, Broncos
    ESPN Positional Ranking: 70.
    Prior to last year, Rod Smith notched at least 1,000 receiving yards eight times since 1996. He managed only 512 yards and three scores in 2006. At age 37, Smith's skills are quickly diminishing. This could be his final year if he struggles again.
    Projected Stats: 400 receiving yards. 2 TDs.
    Projected Fantasy Points: 52
    Player Value: -67

  84. Anthony Gonzalez, Colts
    ESPN Positional Ranking: 102.
    Definitely worth an early pick in a keeper league, or a late selection in a traditional league. Don't expect miracles this season.
    Projected Stats: 450 receiving yards. 1 TD.
    Projected Fantasy Points: 51
    Player Value: -68

  85. Travis Taylor, Raiders
    ESPN Positional Ranking: 99.
    It's pretty sad when a free agent sitting out there on the market for three months is better than all but one receiver on your roster.
    Projected Stats: 450 receiving yards. 1 TD.
    Projected Fantasy Points: 51
    Player Value: -68

  86. Dwayne Jarrett, Panthers
    ESPN Positional Ranking: 65.
    I'm not sure exactly how much Dwayne Jarrett will contribute this season. Rookie wide outs are so difficult to predict.
    Projected Stats: 400 receiving yards. 1 TDs.
    Projected Fantasy Points: 46
    Player Value: -73

  87. Steve Smith, Giants
    ESPN Positional Ranking: 120.
    Should be a good wide out for the Giants down the road - but probably not right away.
    Projected Stats: 300 receiving yards. 2 TDs.
    Projected Fantasy Points: 42
    Player Value: -77

  88. Sidney Rice, Vikings
    ESPN Positional Ranking: 123.
    Expect Sidney Rice to do great things once there's a real quarterback in the backfield.
    Projected Stats: 350 receiving yards. 1 TD.
    Projected Fantasy Points: 41
    Player Value: -78

  89. Jerry Porter, Raiders
    ESPN Positional Ranking: 41.
    Not sure what to expect here. Will Jerry Porter play? Will he get kicked off the team? Stay away regardless; Porter has never reached 1,000 yards in his career.
    Projected Stats: 400 receiving yards. 0 TDs.
    Projected Fantasy Points: 40
    Player Value: -79

  90. Craig Davis, Chargers
    ESPN Positional Ranking: 130.
    Worth a late second-, early third-round selection in a keeper league. If you're playing traditional fantasy football, look into Vincent Jackson if you really want a Charger receiver.
    Projected Stats: 300 receiving yards. 1 TD.
    Projected Fantasy Points: 36
    Player Value: -83

  91. Aundrae Allison, Vikings
    ESPN Positional Ranking: N/A.
    Just see what I wrote about Sidney Rice.
    Projected Stats: 250 receiving yards. 1 TD.
    Projected Fantasy Points: 31
    Player Value: -88

  92. Brandon Lloyd, Redskins
    ESPN Positional Ranking: 76.
    Other than Santana Moss, don't bother drafting a Redskins receiver.
    Projected Stats: 300 receiving yards. 0 TDs.
    Projected Fantasy Points: 30
    Player Value: -89

  93. Tim Carter, Browns
    ESPN Positional Ranking: 104.
    Had just 253 yards with Eli Manning. What's he going to do with a rookie and a no-talent?
    Projected Stats: 200 receiving yards. 1 TD.
    Projected Fantasy Points: 26
    Player Value: -93

  94. Paul Williams, Titans
    ESPN Positional Ranking: N/A.
    Could be worth a late-round pick in keeper leagues, but don't expect anything from this rookie wide out this season.
    Projected Stats: 250 receiving yards. 0 TDs.
    Projected Fantasy Points: 25
    Player Value: -94

  95. Jacoby Jones, Texans
    ESPN Positional Ranking: 132.
    Could be worth a late-round pick in keeper leagues, but don't expect anything from this rookie wide out this season.
    Projected Stats: 150 receiving yards. 0 TDs.
    Projected Fantasy Points: 15
    Player Value: -104

  96. Mike Williams, Raiders
    ESPN Positional Ranking: 94.
    If your fantasy league offers points for donuts eaten in the offseason, take Mike Williams in the first round. Otherwise, stay away.
    Projected Stats: 125 receiving yards. 0 TDs.
    Projected Fantasy Points: 12
    Player Value: -107



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