- Scott Engel, ESPN Fantasy Games
Taking all recent player moves and news into account, here are my latest pre-NFL draft fantasy wide receiver rankings.
1. Steve Smith: All he has to do is stay healthy, and no one else at the position is going to match his production. One of the most unstoppable forces in the entire league.
2. Chad Johnson: Expect more consistency in 2007, and he could come through with his best season yet. Expect two or three more touchdown receptions than he had in 2006 (seven).
3. Marvin Harrison: Expectations of his demise were obviously premature. I won't believe he is going to fall off until I actually see it happen, and he will likely deliver another terrific season in '07.
4. Reggie Wayne: If Harrison continues to flourish, it means Wayne gets open more often. A Harrison decline wouldn't necessarily mean better numbers for Wayne. Enjoy the fruits of the pairing while it lasts instead of waiting for Wayne to face more defensive attention.
5. Torry Holt: While he isn't quite as explosive as he used to be, the annual consistency is still a major positive, and the additions of Drew Bennett and Randy McMichael should help him battle fewer defenders.
6. Terrell Owens: Despite the usual controversy and personality issues, the final numbers will look very good, and you don't lose points in fantasy for dropped passes.
7. Larry Fitzgerald: He has all the skills of an elite receiver and should ultimately emerge as the top receiver in Arizona by a slight statistical margin. He is the team's best touchdown threat at the position.
8. Marques Colston: He's a big target who is quick, and he's got a lot of scoring potential over a full season. But he's going to face a lot more defensive attention in 2007, and we will have to wait and see how he responds.
9. Javon Walker: He put any lingering concerns about his health behind him in 2006, and now he is going to be the top receiving target in an improving and very balanced offense.
10. Roy Williams: Consistency and injuries have been issues for him, but Williams' true breakthrough season is still to come. He definitely has top-level potential and, there's better production to come.
11. T.J. Houshmandzadeh: He could be the most underrated wide receiver in fantasy football. Many fantasy leaguers don't quite consider him a top receiver, but the numbers say otherwise.
12. Plaxico Burress: As Eli Manning continues to improve, Burress will continue to enjoy himself. His yardage and reception totals will rise again in '07.
13. Lee Evans: He's quickly becoming a complete receiver and is on the verge of becoming a serious fantasy standout. He could easily crack the Top 10 in '07.
14. Anquan Boldin: The touchdown numbers were very disappointing this past year, but he'll improve in that department as the Cardinals find more balance on offense in '07. Defenders won't be as heavily focused on him in scoring situations as they were in '06.
15. Donald Driver: Delivered an admirable campaign in '06, catching everything thrown his way despite operating without a dependable complement. Has become a more versatile pass catcher recently and can come through with or without a notable receiving partner.
16. Darrell Jackson: When he is healthy, Jackson is a very reliable fantasy player. But injuries are an issue too often, and a rumored trade out of Seattle could hurt his value.
17. Hines Ward: Look for a rebound season as Ben Roethlisberger bounces back and Santonio Holmes begins to blossom as a quality receiving partner. He could be a good value selection.
18. Andre Johnson: He has a new quarterback, but he is still the only true playmaker in the Houston passing game, and a lack of real help is going to hurt his overall totals again.
19. Donte' Stallworth: Leaving Philadelphia could cut into his overall production when he is healthy. Tom Brady spreads the ball around a lot, and that means fewer scoring chances in the end.
20. Reggie Brown: If Donovan McNabb makes a good recovery, Brown will be his clear No. 1 target and should seize the opportunity. But if McNabb's knee continues to be an issue, quarterback instability could drag Brown down.
21. Mike Furrey: He is very comfortable in the Detroit offense and should build on a surprising breakout season in '06.
22. Joey Galloway: He is very underrated and has become a complete receiver, plus he still retains a lot of speed.
23. Randy Moss: I don't believe he has lost too much skillwise. He just needs a change of scenery or, hopefully, a new outlook under a new regime in Oakland.
24. Bernard Berrian: He emerged as a big-play man in '06, and he could become more reliable next season.
25. Terry Glenn: He'll provide his owners with another quality campaign as Tony Romo begins to settle in nicely with Dallas.
26. Matt Jones: All he has to do is steer clear of injuries, and Jones is a serious breakout candidate for '07.
27. Mark Clayton: He also could be on the verge of a breakout season in '07. Clayton is looking like a terrific value pick.
28. Laveranues Coles: The final numbers looked pretty good last year, but inconsistency was a big issue.
29. Braylon Edwards: The Cleveland quarterback situation is an obvious detriment, but he can do a lot when he gets the ball in his hands.
30. Jerricho Cotchery: He was a pleasant surprise in '06 and could continue to improve next season.
31. Santana Moss: He's coming off a very disappointing year with little hope of getting more help next season.
32. Vincent Jackson: He's big, quick and a potentially explosive playmaker. Jackson is one of the best upside picks for '07.
33. Deion Branch: Could play very well over a full season with the Seahawks in '07.
34. Chris Chambers: I've given up on him ever playing as well as once hoped, but Chambers is still capable of having some impressive outings.
35. Drew Bennett: Playing with a veteran passer in a healthy offense could revive him as a fantasy player.
36. Kevin Curtis: He'll get a chance to become a prime receiver with a new team, but it is questionable whether he can handle a starting job.
37. Santonio Holmes: He's going to become a more regular deep threat for Pittsburgh next season.
38. Devery Henderson: Has the chance to step forward, but must become more dependable.
39. Eddie Kennison: He's overrated but still the top wide receiver for the Chiefs.
40. Chris Henry: You can't rely on him, but Henry can help you win at any time.
41. Joe Horn
42. Ronald Curry
43. Wes Welker
44. Greg Jennings
45. Brandon Marshall
46. Jerry Porter
47. Reche Caldwell
48. Muhsin Muhammad
49. Marty Booker
50. Bobby Wade
Scott Engel discusses his early wide receiver rankings.