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Wide Receivers
DAVID SABINO
August 10, 2009
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August 10, 2009

Wide Receivers

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I can see Anthony Gonzalez doubling his numbers from last season now that Marvin Harrison isn't in Indianapolis anymore.

• The Eagles like to spread the ball around, which is generally bad for owners of a receiver on such a team. But Philly's offense is so good that it's worth buying into, and DeSean Jackson is the team's most dangerous wideout.

Brandon Marshall is a top five talent, but if you don't think a player's immaturity can kill a fantasy team, just ask owners who had Plaxico Burress last year.

Eddie Royal, on the other hand, will benefit anytime Marshall falls into disfavor, and he'll also be helped by Denver's coaching change. He's a Wes Welker type who should catch a lot of balls in former New England coordinator Josh McDaniels's offense.

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Percy Harvin is a guy I'll want. He could be the player everyone thought Reggie Bush would be—a speedster who will get the ball in a variety of situations and go all the way.

Braylon Edwards had 16 TDs in 2007. He had a league-high 16 drops in '08. That'll sink you in the rankings. Yes, it will.

• The ultimate tear-your-hair-out receiver: Devery Henderson. He has good season stats, but he's so boom or bust from game to game that you're afraid to play him. I would bet he leads all receivers in points scored while sitting on fantasy benches.

When you get down this low on the list, it's time to take a chance on a guy like Ted Ginn, who has tremendous upside. He's the Dolphins' No. 1 receiver, and while he didn't do much in his first two seasons, remember that he came into the league very raw as a route runner. The third year is when it clicks for many receivers.

Earl Bennett caught zero passes in 10 games as a rookie, but he could be set to move up in Chicago's thin receiving corps now that Jay Cutler, Bennett's college teammate at Vanderbilt, is the Bears' new QB.

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