In the world of fantasy football there are five wide receivers that have been selected ahead of the rest – Calvin Johnson, Dez Bryant, Julio Jones, A.J. Green, and Brandon Marshall. This elite group of players are among the top wide receivers in the league and all of them have the opportunity to finish number one at the end of the season. Last year Calvin Johnson was the best fantasy football wide receiver, but can he do it again or will someone else take the crown?
Bryant has been in the league since 2010, and each year his numbers have increased. Last year was Bryant’s first healthy season and he performed at a high level. He was targeted 138 times and had 93 receptions. He finished the season with 1,382 yards and 12 touchdowns. It seems Tony Romo and Bryant have finally found the chemistry that many fantasy owners were hoping for. Since these two players are now on the same page, it seems that Bryant has become the clear favorite in Dallas. Entering his fourth season, Bryant will definitely test Calvin Johnson in the battle for the number one spot.
Since coming into the league in 2011, Jones has been a fantasy football stud. He has proven that he is a reliable fantasy option the last two years and has many fantasy experts saying he could have the best season of his career this year. Last season Jones was targeted 129 times and had 79 receptions. Of those 79 receptions, Jones had 1,198 receiving yards and 10 touchdowns. For fantasy owners he is a WR1, even with Roddy White and Tony Gonzalez taking away some of his targets, Jones will produce, but will he finish as the best wide receiver in 2013?
When the Bengals need a big play, they look right to Green. In 2012, Green was targeted 164 times and caught 97 of those passes. With 97 receptions Green had 1,350 receiving yards and had 11 touchdowns. If you’re looking for a wide receiver that gets touchdowns this might be your guy. The Bengals targeted Green 19 times in the red zone and he caught seven of those red zone targets. Green is the key to the Bengals success in the air, which more than likely will not change in 2013.
Marshall was finally reunited with Jay Cutler and it seems to be a perfect match for both. Last season Marshall was targeted 194 times and caught a whooping 118 of those passes. Marshall produced 11 touchdowns and had 1,508 receiving yards.
It seems that Cutler only trusts one player in Chicago and that player is Marshall. With his size, talent, and experience he is one of the most difficult receivers to defend in the NFL. Combine Marshall’s talent and Cutler’s trust and it seems that Marshall may be in for another career year.
It’s easy to see why Matthew Stafford passes the ball to Johnson so much. Johnson is 6’5” and 238 lbs, which makes him a nightmare for corner backs to defend him. Last season Johnson was targeted 205 times last and pulled down 122 receptions. Johnson had a career high 1,964 yards receiving and he also scored five touchdowns.
One positive many fantasy football owners like is Johnson ability to stay healthy. He hasn’t missed a game in three seasons which is huge in the fantasy world. He seems to be the favorite as the best wide receiver again in 2013 and there is little reason to doubt him.
About the Author: Nate Gerst
I'm a contributor at Sports Unbiased, and a Fantasy Football and NFL writer. My goal is to bring you the facts that can help you win your fantasy league. Once the facts are provided the rest is up to you.