It is time to start getting ready for the 2009 fantasy football season (if you haven’t already). Time to spend half of your work day researching this year’s Fantasy football cheat sheet. Standard philosophy for success is get running backs and get them early however with more and more teams going to a running back by committee wide receivers are becoming more and more crucial to winning the championship. If you look around at the champions from last year you will be hard pressed to find one that did not have at least one stud receiver on their team when in the past you would be able to get by with mediocre WR as long as you had decent running backs. Not anymore. Here are six questions to help you with this yearâ€™s season.
Q) Many of the leagues big-name receivers have either changed teams (T.O.) or might soon do so (Boldin, Edwards). Who of this bunch is the most interesting this season?
A) Anquan Boldin. It will be very interesting to see if there will be a drop off in production when he leaves the pass happy offense with the best wide receiver in the league on the other side of him drawing double coverage.
Q) There are always certain players that everyone is overly high on despite their inability to put of the numbers. Who is this seasonâ€™s most overrated wide receiver?
A) Antonio Bryant. This guy has had one good season after 6 seasons of almost nothing. He needs to show me more than one good season in a decade to make me a believer.
Q) On the flip side, there are also players who, no matter how well they produce, people are always looking for the to fall on their face. Who is the wide receiver that get the least respect from the pundits?
A) Steve Smith (CAR) â€“ The guy is a mighty mouse. He is small in stature but big in heart. He averaged over 100 yards per game last year and some rankings still have him out of the top 10 receivers, absurd! He should be top 3, maybe top 2.
Q) With 3 big name college wide outs taken in top 20 in the this yearâ€™s draft, there will be endless debate over who is the best in class. So , which rookie is best, this year and long-term?
A) Michael Crabtree is the most naturally talented of the rookie crop and Heyward-Bey is the fastest, but Jeremy Maclin is this yearâ€™s impact rookie. With Curtis more suited to the slot and Jackson being a pure burner, Philadelphia was in need of a playmaker at WR2, and they got one in Maclin. Philly is also the only team in question whose QB has proven he can deliver the rock. Long term production, will depend greatly on the Bay Area teams developing a QB.
Q) Which projected No. 3 wide receiver is this yearâ€™s best bet to take a flier on in late rounds?
A) Without question, it is Steve Breaston. If Boldin does stay Breaston will remain the third guy but will get more looks than the number 2 wide out on most teams. If Boldin leaves, Breaston become the WR2 in the most pass crazy offense in the league.
Q) Each season brings a player who people have said has lost a stepâ€¦.and they are wrong. Who will be the comeback wide receiver of the year?
A) TJ (whose your mama?) Houshmandzadeh. One of the most productive fantasy wide receivers in the last half decade, he is now in a heavy passing offense and finally the number one guy.