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Andre Johnson and our Top 12 receivers for 2010

Posted on: December 26, 2009 2:22 am
 

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By Jamey Eisenberg

Andre Johnson is finally getting the recognition he deserves. The Texans wide receiver is finally looked at as the best player at his position.

It used to be that Johnson was mentioned after players like Randy Moss and Larry Fitzgerald. He also doesn't get a lot of attention because he's not a diva like Chad Ochocinco or Brandon Marshall.

Instead, Johnson lets his play on the field speak for itself. And he has dominated all wide receivers this year -- on the field and in Fantasy leagues.

He is enjoying his spot as the No. 1 wide receiver in the NFL.

"It is exciting," Johnson said on a conference call heading into Week 16 at Miami, which is his hometown. "You always want to try to be the best at what you do. For people to be talking about it, it lets you know that you are headed in the right direction and that what you are doing out on the field, people are paying attention to it. To be honest, I don't really care if some people may not feel I am the best because everyone has the right to their own opinion. I really don't care too much about the attention either. I have never been a guy who was big on attention."

It's hard to avoid the spotlight based on his play. He has 90 catches for 1,433 yards and eight touchdowns. With 10 more catches he will have his third 100-catch season and second in a row. He's also one touchdown away from a new career high.

In standard-scoring Fantasy leagues, Johnson has scored 186 points, which puts him ahead of Miles Austin (176), Reggie Wayne (172), Randy Moss (167) and DeSean Jackson (165). We already have Johnson penciled in as the No. 1 wide receiver in 2010.

Check that, it's written in ink -- no one is passing Johnson on that list.

The Texans know Johnson is their best weapon, and they will continue to feed him the ball as often as possible. Coach Gary Kubiak said Johnson still has room to grow, which is a scary thought for the seven-year veteran.

"Obviously he is a hell of a player -- as good as I have ever been around," Kubiak said. "For me, since I have been here, he has played his best football the last two years. So he has gotten better for me each and every year. I don't see any reason that doesn't continue to happen. Very hard worker, takes good care of himself, studies football awfully hard. When you have those traits you tend to play a long time or play well for a well long time. So I think he is well on his way."

Johnson has benefited the past two seasons from the growth of quarterback Matt Schaub. And Schaub is on his way toward starting 16 games for the first time in his three years with the Texans.

The two have developed an outstanding rapport, and Johnson credits Schaub for his success. Like Johnson, Schaub is having a tremendous year with a career-high 4,181 passing yards, 25 touchdowns and 13 interceptions.

"I remember when he first got here and we used to be in practice," Johnson said. "Every time I came back to the huddle he would tell me why he did not throw me the ball. When he would tell me, I would be like, 'Yeah, I saw the same thing.' It was kind of weird for me at first, but I was like we are out here seeing the same things so maybe we are on the same page. As time went along, the relationship became better. We became more on the same page. To this day, when we are in games, we are talking about plays. We are seeing the same things. I think it helps us out a lot when we are out on the field because we can communicate well with each other."

As Johnson and Schaub continue to get better, other teams try to take Johnson away. He sees constant double teams, which only got worse when tight end Owen Daniels (torn ACL) went down in Week 8. It doesn't help that Kevin Walter is having a disappointing season, and the Texans have struggled to run the ball.

Still, Johnson has thrived, which is what makes him so difficult to defend for opposing coaches.

"We've faced a lot of great receivers, and to me, he's one of the top guys," Dolphins coach Tony Sparano said. "I just think this guy is outstanding. He's a heck of a football player, makes all the catches, makes the really hard catches, runs through double coverage like it's easy. The guy just makes things look pretty easy out there. I have a lot of respect for this guy."

Fantasy owners have a lot of respect for Johnson also, and he will enter next year as the first player drafted at his position with either a first- or second-round pick. And if Kubiak is right and Johnson continues to improve, then he could be a dominant force in all leagues.

But first, Johnson could lead many Fantasy owners to a championship. He is the reason many of you are still in the playoffs, especially recently with 27 catches for 488 yards and three touchdowns in his past three games against Jacksonville, Seattle and St. Louis.

Not many wide receivers can post those kinds of stats. But not many wide receivers are as talented as Johnson.

EISENBERG'S PROJECTED TOP 12 WIDE RECEIVERS FOR 2010

1. Andre Johnson, Houston
2. Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona
3. Reggie Wayne, Indianapolis
4. DeSean Jackson, Philadelphia
5. Randy Moss, New England
6. Marques Colston, New Orleans
7. Vincent Jackson, San Diego
8. Wes Welker, New England
9. Brandon Marshall, Denver
10. Calvin Johnson, Detroit
11. Miles Austin, Dallas
12. Roddy White, Atlanta

RICHARD'S PROJECTED TOP 12 WIDE RECEIVERS FOR 2010

1. Andre Johnson, Houston
2. Vincent Jackson, San Diego
3. Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona
4. DeSean Jackson, Philadelphia
5. Reggie Wayne, Indianapolis
6. Brandon Marshall, Denver
7. Randy Moss, New England
8. Roddy White, Atlanta
9. Miles Austin, Dallas
10. Wes Welker, New England
11. Calvin Johnson, Detroit
12. Marques Colston, New Orleans

Comments

Since: Mar 14, 2010
Posted on: April 22, 2010 8:12 am
 

Andre Johnson and our Top 12 receivers for 2010

Wes Welker... really? I am hearing that he might not be fully healthy until November. If he comes back in November you must ask yourself: will he  be in football shape? I think not.  For now I consider Welker I.R. and a scratch from anyones list of projected season leaders.



Since: May 14, 2007
Posted on: January 14, 2010 6:25 pm
 

Andre Johnson and our Top 12 receivers for 2010

I used to watch in awe as Andre Johnson gobbled up pass after pass at Greetree Practice field at the University of Miami. He has tremendous size and bulk for a 6'2" receiver. He is a posession and deep threat rolled into one. He single habdedly beat Nebraska with 7 catches for 199 yards and 2 touchdowns for the 2001 National Championship. He is getting better with age and is well deserving of being labeled the best wide receiver in football.

After Johnson, I think that there's no other receiver who is as consistent as another Hurricane, Reggie Wayne. He plays with the best quarterback in the league in Peyton Manning. As long as Manning and Wayne are both playing for the Colts, the stats are going to be there, guaranteed.

Next, I would pick Fitzgerald, Brandon Marshall (imagine if he had a QB to throw it to him), Desean Jackson, Moss, Calvin Johnson, Roddy White, then Miles Austin and Colston. I'm not sold on Vincent Jackson being an elite WR yet. One more year like this year and, yes, he will have arrived. The latter part of the list are basically interchangeable as they all produce at a high level.




Since: Sep 6, 2006
Posted on: December 30, 2009 10:17 am
 

Andre Johnson and our Top 12 receivers for 2010

PZAB:

Boldin doesn't get as much recognition because he struggles with injuries EVERY YEAR.  He's played 16 games in a season one time in the last 6 years. 

Furthermore, he absolutely does not put up the same stats as Fitzgerald.  This year, he has fewer catches and yards, and EIGHT fewer touchdowns.  Not even close, especially in terms of fantasy production.

Leaving him out of the top-12 is indisputably correct.



Since: Oct 13, 2008
Posted on: December 29, 2009 3:13 pm
 

Andre Johnson and our Top 12 receivers for 2010

Boldin is injured...or plays injured for too many of his games.  He is a top 3 receiver when on the field, but if you're looking for consistancy, Roddy White needs to be in at least the top 10 if not the top 5.  Over the past three seasons he has over 80 catches and 1300 yards.  His touchdowns have also increased with the drafting of Ryan.  In fantasy it is about consistant play over the season.  For example, two years ago it was Ronnie Brown, this year it was Slaton. 



Since: Dec 28, 2009
Posted on: December 28, 2009 4:45 pm
 

Andre Johnson and our Top 12 receivers for 2010

cutler is on a team that usually runs better than it throws, and it cant run very well. if boldin is whining in az, wait til he tries to play in chi.i used breaston once in a game when boldin was out-he did nothing. breaston is not the answer for boldin, 



Since: Nov 29, 2006
Posted on: December 28, 2009 3:17 pm
 

Andre Johnson and our Top 12 receivers for 2010

Yeah, I see Boldin to the Bears as an obvious move, and one that would vault both Boldin and Cutler into top 10 at their position.

Breaston should be able to just step right in and deliver Boldin like numbers.



Since: Oct 14, 2007
Posted on: December 28, 2009 2:10 pm
 

Andre Johnson and our Top 12 receivers for 2010

i hope people back off Megatron next year.  i'll take him again.  he's been banged up but it's hard to ignore a guy who is a top deep threat and a top red zone threat.  i was able to get DeSean, Colston, and Hester (who was good earlier) for cheap so it didn't kill me that i spent so much on him ($29 out of a $210 cap).<br />also, being an Eagles fan it's hard to admit but Miles Austin would probably be #1 if he'd been more involved in the offense the first 3 weeks.  i'll count week 4 as a start cuz he got 8 targets, and since then he's averaged 16.8 per week in my league which is quite a bit better than Dre's 15.0.




Since: May 11, 2007
Posted on: December 28, 2009 10:03 am
 

Andre Johnson and our Top 12 receivers for 2010

i think that statement about C Johnson being good is a little extreme.  C Johnson will be good, however, i don't think he deserves to be a top 12 WR at this point.  He is on a dud team and has been injury prone.  If i owned him as a #1 wr this year i would have been pretty upset.  A lot of people drafted him that high too.  Until he puts together a full, consistent season I don't think you can mention him with these guys. 




Since: Jun 20, 2009
Posted on: December 28, 2009 9:52 am
 

Andre Johnson and our Top 12 receivers for 2010

...You just said Calvin Johnson will never be good.  Are you freaking kidding me?  This isn't the NFL rankings dude.  Do you play Fantasy?  Were you in the league last year?  He's got huge big-play potential, what a joke this post is.



Since: Sep 4, 2009
Posted on: December 28, 2009 9:47 am
 

Andre Johnson and our Top 12 receivers for 2010

i fully agree with this, last year in my league, boldin has the HIGHEST points per game.
this year although plagued by injury in the fact he missed some games, and played some with tough injuries.
he has finished as the #20!! reciever. i drafted him this year as my #1 wr, was slightly disapointed, but if u pay
attention and sit players likeboldin who are going to play through high ankle sprains, those dud games dont
affect you and actually helped me rapidly search the waiver wire and hit gems like
steve smith(ny) and miles austin. boldin should be a top 12 projection. with a full season healthy, he can be top 5.


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