2011 Fantasy Football | Top 5 Breakout Wide Receivers
We begin our search yet again for the next Sidney Rice, Miles Austin, or Brandon Lloyd. Every year, another receiver comes literally out of nowhere, and takes fantasy leagues by storm. And every succeeding year, fantasy experts try to pin-point which up-and-coming wide receivers have a shot at being that next sensation.
Here’s our attempt at doing just that with our Top 5 Breakout Wide Receivers for 2011:
1. Dez Bryant (Dallas Cowboys)
Bryant has to be a no-brainer to breakout at this point. He showed spurts of his ability as a rookie in 2010, but with Tony Romo back and healthy, things should really take-off in 2011. He should still be third in line (for now) to Miles Austin and Jason Witten, but that doesn’t mean he can’t put up big numbers.
2. Kenny Britt (Tennessee Titans)
Britt has off-field issues and is fairly inconsistent on the field, but there’s no denying his potential. He’s a big target with nice ball skills and play-making ability that could jump his play to another level with Matt Hasselbeck coming to town.
3. Austin Collie (Indianapolis Colts)
Collie was tearing up the league before he went down with concussions in 2010. He’s still a slight injury risk, but while everyone else is putting way too much stock in Pierre Garcon, you should be drafting one of Peyton Manning’s favorite, most reliable targets. If he can stay healthy, Collie could easily vie for 1,000 yards and 10 touchdowns in 2011.
4. Percy Harvin (Minnesota Vikings)
Harvin has been solid through his first two seasons, but he hasn’t yet cracked elite status. Now the number one receiver for the Vikings, that could be about to change. With Donovan McNabb on board, Harvin could finally flirt with 1,000 yards. Aim for him at his usual WR3 value, but know that he has solid WR2 potential if everything goes right.
5. Mike Thomas (Jacksonville Jaguars)
Thomas was solid in his first major action in 2010, posting 66 receptions, 820 yards, and four touchdowns as the number two receiver. With Mike Sims-Walker gone to St. Louis, he’s officially the team’s top receiving option. He’s a tiny receiver, but he’s quick and elusive. Having no real supporting cast at receiver may hurt him, but his role makes him an interesting pick.
6. Jordan Shipley (Cincinnati Bengals)
Opps, we went over five guys again. Our bad. Shipley caught over 60 balls as a rookie, while fielding arrant throws from the now retired Carson Palmer. Whether or not it’s Andy Dalton, Bruce Gradkowkis, or a suddenly un-retired Palmer throwing him passes in 2011, this rising slot machine will get targets and he’ll make great use of them. No matter who is under center, they’ll know a sure-catch when they see it. Don’t be shocked if Shipley ends up being the first or second most heavily targeted Bengal in 2011.
7. Danario Alexander (St. Louis Rams)
Lucky number 7, Alexander has the size and ball skills to be a superstar, and he’s also getting offensive guru Josh McDaniels to help him be all that he can be. I’ll kindly offer up Danny Amendola and Mike Sims-Walker as guys who have an equally great chance to take advantage of a potentially potent offensive system, although I’ll give Alexander the leg-up due to his size and potential.