By: Brian McLaughlin
In the final installment of this 3 part 2011 fantasy football preview I will feature the top 30 Wide Receivers along with the top 12 tight ends, kickers, and Defenses. At the end there will also be a top 100-cheat sheet. This should get have you prepared and ready to dominate your upcoming draft!
Wide Receiver is almost as important a position as running back in fantasy football. You may not want to reach for a receiver but you also do not want to sleep on them either. Everyone will go after running back and quarterback, but receiver can be the position that make or break your fantasy team. Here is the top 30 for 2011:
- Andre Johnson- Johnson might be the top wide out in all and football and this year he will also be the top wide outin fantasy football. Last year Johnson compiled 1,216 yards and added 8 tds. I fully believe that Johnson will top those numbers this season as I look for Houston to have a better season overall and Johnson will be a very big part of that. Do not be afraid to go after Johnson in the bottom of the first round in your draft.
- Roddy White- 2010 was the breakout year that everyone had waited for from White. He had 115 receptions good for 10 tds and 1,389 yards.While it may be tough to top those gaudy numbers, White should have another monster season. Matt Ryan is coming into his prime, and the Falcons added Julio Jones which should help create less double teams and more one on one situations for White. I look for around 12 tds and over 1200 yards in 2011 from White.
By: Brian McLaughlin
The most important position in fantasy football is running back but it also may be the toughest position to draft. Here are the top 40 running backs for 2011
1. Arian Foster- Foster came out of nowhere last season to take the fantasy world by storm posting 16 rushing tds and adding 1614 yards. He did slow down toward the end of the season but I do not see that continuing this season. Houston has a very good system for a running back to succeed as we saw last season. Also this team should be better than they were last year and have a soft schedule, which bode well for Foster. Throw out the 1 year wonder he is a legitimate fantasy force and will continue his success this season expect 13-16 tds and to be right around the 1600 yard mark again this season.
2. Jamaal Charles I like Charles a lot this season, he really became a fantasy force and should only get better this season. He had 1467 yards last season but only five scores. Charles should be an even bigger part of the Chief’s offense this season as Thomas Jones is year older and should be less of a factor this season. They did add Le’ron Mcclain that could take some goal line carries away, but Charles will be the focal point of an offense that is on the rise. Look for Charles to be right around 1500 yards and get into the end zone 10-12 times in a career year.
1. Michael Vick- Vick is coming into his second year with Philly and was a fantasy gold mine for owners last season. Vick didn’t even come into last season as the starter and should continue to get better. He not only has great value as a passer in Andy Reid’s throw first offense, but we all know what he brings with his legs as well. Vick is the number one QB heading into 2011.
2. Aaron Rodgers- Rodgers had a terrific year last season throwing 28 tds and should be even better this year. The packers bring all of their weapons from last year back and will have even more weapons this year with the return of Jermichael Finley and the emergence of James Starks. Rodgers will go over 30 tds with ease this season.
3. Drew Brees- Brees is still a Fantasy juggernaut and a top three Fantasy QB. He still has the weapons and with Mark Ingram now in the fold a running game should only help open up things for Brees this season. The Saints did not address their defense to the lengths they needed so expect more shootouts and more of the same production from Brees.