May 26, 2006


by JJ Cameron

They don't put up numbers as big as running backs in most leagues - and it's the deepest position in the game. But nabbing a top wide receiver may still mean the difference between basement-dwelling and champagne-popping. Let's take a look at the best choices:

  1. Terrell Owens: We don't wanna say it, trust us. But look at his numbers from his first season in Philly? Especially under the eye of Bill Parcells, Owens could find the endzone over 15 times in 2006.
  2. Steve Smith: Last season wasn't an aberration for Smith. He'll account for a wide majority of Carolina's passing yards and scores again this year. The addition of Keyshawn Johnson can only help spread the field for him, as well.
  3. Chad Johnson: The most entertaining player in sports could easil vie for the top spot if the Files were sure Carson Palmer would be back for the opener. If an All-Pro is under center, Johnson won't just score a lot this year, he'll find waChris Chambers i ys to celebrate each and every touchdown.
  4. Marvin Harrison: His numbers have gone down as Reggie Wayne has emerged, but Indy should throw the balll even more often this season. Harrison is always a safe selection, guaranteed for close to 10 scores and over 1,000 yards.
  5. Randy Moss: Okay, so Aaron Broks could break triple digits in interceptions in Oakland. But he'll also float a handful of bombs down the field every game - Moss will bounce back from a sub-par 2005 and catch most of them.
  6. Larry Fitzgerald/Anquan Boldin: Don't ask us to choose betwen them. Fitzgerald probably has the most potential, but each of these receiver could catch 100 balls in an offense that now features Edgerrin James.
  7. Hines Ward: The Super Bowl MVP simply produces. Every year. Without Jerome Bettis, Pittsburgh may take to the air a bit more in 2006. Ward is a reliable target.
  8. Javon Walker: Look for a new life for Walker in Denver. Jake Plummer and his play-action performance will simply grow with the addition of this former Packer, a mere two years removed from a 1,500-yard season.
  9. Torry Holt: You know he'll see a lot of passes in St. Louis. Marc Bulger should be back from injury and Holt is as consistent a WR as their is in football.
  10. Chris Chambers: He'd be higher up if Daunte Culpepper weren't a question mark. But Chambers was the game's best wide receiver - if not player - at the end of last season. And that was with Gus Freotte at QB.

Keep in mind … Santana Moss flying down the field in DC; Plaxico Burress with a seasoned Eli Manning in New York; Joe Horn finding the endzone in New Orleans; Joey Galloway sprinting around in Tampa Bay …


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