Chris Wesseling

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Friday, May 06, 2011




Wide Receiver

1. Julio Jones, Falcons
2. A.J. Green, Bengals
3. Greg Little, Browns
4. Randall Cobb, Packers
5. Torrey Smith, Ravens
6. Leonard Hankerson, Redskins
7. Vincent Brown, Chargers
8. Jonathan Baldwin, Chiefs
9. Greg Salas, Rams
10. Titus Young, Lions
11. Edmond Gates, Dolphins
12. Tandon Doss, Ravens
13. Denarius Moore, Raiders
14. Jerrel Jernigan, Giants
15. Dwayne Harris, Cowboys
16. Austin Pettis, Rams
17. Kealoha Pilares, Panthers
18. Aldrick Robinson, Redskins
19. Cecil Shorts, Jaguars
20. Niles Paul, Redskins
21. Jeremy Kerley, Jets
22. Kris Durham, Seahawks
23. Terrence Toliver, UFA
24. DeAndre Brown, UFA
25. Ricardo Lockette, UFA
26. Vidal Hazelton, UFA
27. Stephen Burton, Vikings
28. DeMarco Sampson, Cardinals
29. Ronald Johnson, 49ers
30. Ryan Whalen, Bengals

Full disclosure: A.J. Green is a better prospect than Julio Jones. I have the two head-and-shoulders above the rest of the crowd and near coin-flip territory for Dynasty drafts. When push comes to shove, I'll take the one catching passes from Matt Ryan on a team run by the two-time NFL Executive of the Year over the one catching passes from Andy Dalton on a team run by the worst owner in sports -- the one who created the Loyalty Clause to keep "Bengalized" victims such as Carl Pickens, Corey Dillon, Takeo Spikes, Chad Ochocinco, and now Carson Palmer in stripes. As the most dysfunctional franchise in the NFL over the past 20 years, the Bengals can hit tailspin mode in any given year.

GM Thomas Dimitroff is confident that Jones has zero bust factor. Roddy White is entering his age-30 season. Within 2-3 years, I'd bet on Jones outproducing White as Ryan's favorite target. I can't fault Dynasty owners for sticking with Green's talent edge, but I can't recommend him over Jones if I'd be reluctant to touch the situation in Cincinnati for the next few years.

Baldwin was overdrafted by the Chiefs. More problematic, he's behind Dwayne Bowe in the Chiefs' run-first offense with an often scattershot QB. … Cobb is a poor man's Percy Harvin. … Hankerson has a shot to enter the season as the Redskins' No. 1 receiver pending the free agent process. … Brown was drafted to be a starter in San Diego, though that may take a year or two with free agents Vincent Jackson and Malcom Floyd likely returning. … Salas has a better chance than Pettis of emerging as the Rams' top possession receiver. … Gates is considered a destitute man's Mike Wallace. … Jernigan is overrated as both a prospect and a fantasy factor.

Tight End

1. Kyle Rudolph, Vikings
2. Lance Kendricks, Rams
3. Virgil Green, Broncos
4. Jordan Cameron, Browns
5. D.J. Williams, Packers
6. Luke Stocker, Buccaneers
7. Rob Housler, Cardinals
8. Julius Thomas, Broncos
9. Charles Clay, Dolphins
10. Daniel Hardy, Buccaneers

Rudolph is the consensus top all-around talent at the position, but he won't be an instant impact fantasy factor alongside Visanthe Shiancoe. … Always the willing acolyte to his mentor, Josh McDaniels drafted Kendricks with visions of Aaron Hernandez dancing in his head. … Green was the best receiving tight end in the draft and should start stretching defenses vertically as a rookie. … This year's Jimmy Graham, Cameron has a Todd Heap ceiling in Cleveland. … Williams will need a Jermichael Finley injury to make an impact. … Stocker won't threaten Kellen Winslow for at least a couple of years. … Housler went to an offense that hasn't seen a tight end go past 25 catches or 250 yards in a season under Ken Whisenhunt. … Clay is a speedy field-stretching H-back to complement Anthony Fasano.

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Chris Wesseling is a senior football editor and Dynasty league analyst for Rotoworld.com. The 2011 NFL season marks his fifth year with Rotoworld and his third year contributing to NBCSports.com. He can be found on Twitter @ChrisWesseling.
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