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Top 10 Fantasy Wide Receivers for Next Season
By Tyler_Waddell

1. Calvin Johnson, Detroit Lions
Megatron was the No. 1 fantasy receiver in 2011 and if his quarterback (Matthew Stafford) can continue to stay healthy there's no reason he can't do it again next season. He had a league-leading 16 touchdown receptions and was third in targets (158). His combination of size, speed and strength allows him to be the most dynamic receiver in the NFL. And at 26, he's just getting started.

2. Hakeem Nicks, New York Giants
Nicks' offensive outburst in the playoffs show just how explosive he can be when healthy. Eli Manning loves to target his 10-1/2 inch hands, as he did so 133 times in 15 games. He'll ride his postseason momentum into 2012 and have his best season of his young career.

3. Wes Welker, New England Patriots
Not your ordinary receiver, Welker (5'9", 185 pounds) won't dominate by overpowering his defender, but rather dejecting the opponent with his many, many, MANY sideline to sideline catches. Welker's 11.1 yards per reception is low for a No. 1 receiver, but he has led the NFL in catches two of out the last three seasons. Oh, and his quarterback his Tom Brady.

4. Julio Jones, Atlanta Falcons
The rookie from Alabama had an outstanding rookie season and showed why the Falcons were smart when trading up for him in last year's draft. His 17.8 yards per reception is very impressive, along with eight touchdowns off 98 targets. Roddy White is 30 years old and looks to be on the decline in his career. This gives Jones the perfect opportunity to become a huge go-to-guy in the Falcons' offense.

5. Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona Cardinals
Despite the inconsistency from QBs Kevin Kolb and John Skelton, Fitzgerald ended up with a great fantasy year. He's one of the most talented and dedicated players in the league, and will always be a top pick at his position. Kolb will return healthy and should be (somewhat) better after a year in the system, and since Fitzgerald is the only premier WR on the roster, he'll get plenty of chances to rack up catches in 2012.

6. Percy Harvin, Minnesota Vikings
The former Gator quietly had a big fantasy year with three different quarterbacks throwing him the ball. His 181 points ranked seventh among all receivers and in six of his final seven games, he put up at least 15 FP. Christian Ponder is still developing as the Vikings' franchise QB, but seems to have a special chemistry with Harvin. This could mean big things for the speedster in 2012.

7. Mike Wallace, Pittsburgh Steelers
Antonio Brown comes close to making this list, but Wallace will continue to be the top producer from the Steelers' receiver corps. He hauled in eight TDs in 2011 and should improve this number next season now that opponents are aware of Brown's abilities.

8. Andre Johnson, Houston Texans
His health is a concern, as Johnson missed nine regular season games for the Texans in 2011. However, he did return with a bang in the playoffs (13 rec, 201 yds, TD in two games) with third-string rookie QB Tyler Yates under center. Matt Schaub will be back from a foot injury and Johnson will still be the No. 1 target on the team.

9. Jordy Nelson, Green Bay Packers
Who would have thought that a guy like Jordy Nelson would finish second among all receivers in fantasy points? Not this guy, that's for sure. His 15 touchdown catches beat his former career-high by 13, but he finished with just 68 receptions. It worked out okay in 2011, but in Aaron Rodgers' aerial offense, it's a good possibility that Nelson could be a bust next season. Still, Nelson benefited when teams focused on Greg Jennings, and I wouldn't be surprised if it happened again.

10. Victor Cruz, New York Giants
Where did this guy come from? Seriously. Cruz is a second-year player from the University of Massachusetts and saw action for the first time this season. He finished in the top 10 in all major receiving categories, averaging 12.9 fantasy points per game (4th overall). His 25 receptions of 20-plus yards portrays his big-play abilities, but my question is if he can do it again. Cruz's breakout season reminds me of DeSean Jackson's 2009 year, when he had 62 receptions for 1,156 yards (18.6 ypc) and nine touchdowns. Since then, he's caught 105 balls for 2,017 yards (19.2 ypc) and 10 TDs (two seasons).

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