So the off-season doldrums continue and the latest headlines include Maurice Jones Drew assaulting a bouncer in Miami, and former NFL wide receiver Keyshawn Johnson chasing down Justin Beiber in a Prius….Seriously the season needs to hurry up and get here, not sure how much more NFL TMZ I can take. I mean what kind of self-respecting bouncer gets assaulted by a guy that is 5’7” coming of a Lisfranc injury? And what is self proclaimed tough guy doing driving a Prius in the first place! I’m just going to leave this to Mike Ditka and give this month a big old Stop It!
Enough about that, let’s talk about some wide receivers that actually matter as in ‘receivers that you could be targeting in your dynasty start up drafts, rookie drafts, waiver wire additions and trades.’ The big news as of late is the Achilles injury of Michael Crabtree that could be absolutely devastating to owners. Sky does a great job breaking down the extent of the injury here and what it means for 2013, but my take in terms of dynasty would be to wait patiently and not to go sell Crabtree for pennies on the dollar as he was Colin Kaepernick’s favorite target in 2012. The injury was a ruptured Achilles tendon and my with my general research – mostly watching a bunch of episodes of House – I have drawn my conclusion or guess that he could make a full recovery in 6 to 12 months. These types of injuries are scary but I’m not counting out the marvels of modern medicine as seen in the bounce back of Peyton Manning and Adrian Peterson.
So what about the rankings? Well I will tell you that this has been an extremely difficult task, as I still haven’t completely made up my mind. Please note that these are my personal opinions and my rankings are more geared toward players that can help you sooner rather than later, which is usually not the case. Wide receivers unlike running backs have a very long shelf life in the NFL and once they find their place they can carve out a major role in an offense from anywhere between 10 and 15 years or even longer as seen with some of the greats like Randy Moss or Jerry Rice which make them very valuable to your team. On the other side of this most wide receivers take at least a few years to develop so tread with caution when drafting young receivers that you count on being immediate assets to your teams. Lets take a look at what I feel are the top 100 receivers at this point in time.