27 Laveranues Coles
The Bengals are counting on Coles to fill the void left by T.J. Houshmandzadeh, who is now in Seattle. Coles is no longer a deep threat, but he should see a lot of looks underneath. If Carson Palmer is indeed healthy and Chad Ochocinco returns to form, Coles could have a nice season and offer nice WR3 value.
28 Santana Moss
Last season Moss had three games with more than 140 yards receiving and five games with less than 30. Moss still has the speed and big-play potential, but his supporting cast give us little reason to think that he’ll be a more consistent fantasy option this year.
29 Donnie Avery
With Torry Holt in Jacksonville, Avery becomes the primary receiver in St. Louis. Marc Bulger and the Rams passing attack is less than stellar, but the lack of receiving depth does give Avery some fantasy value. He’s worth a look as a WR3 option, just don’t expect too much out of the second-year receiver.
30 Donald Driver
Driver has posted five straight 1,000-yard seasons, but in three of his last four campaigns he has scored five or fewer touchdowns. Green Bay has a lot of depth at WR and it is likely he will be in a rotation with James Jones and Jordy Nelson. Don’t expect a repeat of last years numbers.
31 Bernard Berrian
Berrian had the best season of his career in 2008 with 964 yards, however his 48 catches were his lowest mark in the last three seasons. If you are targeting Berrian, keep an eye on the QB battle between Sage Rosenfels and Tarvaris Jackson. Berrian does have an upside, especially if Rosenfels wins the job.
32 Santonio Holmes
After and impressive post-season and Super Bowl XLIII MVP, Holmes may be a bit overvalued in a lot of drafts this year. Keep in mind that Holmes did not have a single 100-yard game in 2008 and has had back-to-back games with a touchdown just twice in his three-year career. Holmes could emerge as the No. 1 receiving option in Pittsburgh, just be careful how much value you give him on draft day.
33 Lance Moore
Moore emerged to be one of the best waiver wire pickups last year as he made the most of his opportunity filling in for the injured Marques Colston. Moore could have decent fantasy value in the Saints pass-first attack, but if you are targeting Moore keep an eye on his health during camp as he suffered an offseason shoulder injury.
34 Steve Breaston
Breaston is behind Larry Fitzgerald and Anquan Boldin on the depth chart, however he will still get more looks than many starters in Arizona’s pass-heavy offense. Its hard to imagine Breaston’s numbers improving from last year without an injury to Fitzgerald or Boldin, but he’s still worth a late round reserve pick.
35 Derrick Mason
Mason returned to the Ravens less than three weeks after surprisingly announcing his retirement on July 13th. Mason was clearly Flacco’s go-to receiver last season and the second-year QB should get more passing opportunities. Mason has put up consistent, yet unspectacular numbers topping 1,000 yards in seven out of the last eight seasons.
36 Torry Holt
Holt gets a fresh start in Jacksonville, after a forgettable 2008 season with the Rams. Holt should be David Garrard’s top option and he will get a lot of looks. We expect a slight rebound year, but no miracles.
37 Kevin Walter
Walter is the No. 2 option behind Andre Johnson and the Texans should remain aggressive in the passing attack. Johnson should draw a lot of attention from opposing defenses and Walter should benefit.
38 Ted Ginn Jr.
Last season Ginn showed signs of promise with a 175-yard week against the Bills, however he was held to under 20 yards five times. In a better situation, Ginn could be an elite deep threat, but he is stuck on a run-heavy team with a weak-armed QB.
39 Devin Hester
Hester is the main beneficiary of Jay Cutler’s arrival in Chicago. Hester does have an upside, but until he can prove he can handle the attention that will come from opponents as the Bears’ only outside threat he’s just a borderline WR3 option.
40 Muhsin Muhammad
Last year Muhammad’s return to Carolina resulted in his best season since 2004 with 923 yards receiving. He does have good chemistry with QB Jake Delhomme, but at age 36 its likely Muhammad will see his numbers decline.
41 Michael Crabtree
Crabtree immediately becomes the 49ers top receiving option and is the favorite to win the starting job over Josh Morgan. We don’t expect that Crabtree will be a consistent fantasy option this season, but may he be worth a late round reserve pick especially in a keeper league.
42 Chris Chambers
Chambers is Philip Rivers’ third option behind Antonio Gates and Vincent Jackson. We do expect an improvement on his 33 receptions in 2008, however we don’t expect he will retain consistent weekly production.
43 Kevin Curtis
Curtis will likely be the second receiving option behind DeSean Jackson. Unfortunately for Curtis, Jason Avant, Hank Baskett, and rookie Jeremy Maclin also will play some part in the Eagles passing game. Curtis will still have some big weeks, but the Eagles’ depth at receiver will limit his value.
44 Isaac Bruce
Bruce’s best years are clearly behind him and he may even be pushed to the bench behind Brandon Jones this season. Bruce did have nice chemistry with QB Shaun Hill at the end of last season, however a decline in production is likely.
45 Steve Smith
Smith is likely to fill one of the two spots left by loss of Plaxico Burress and Amani Toomer. Smith led the Giants with 57 receptions last year, however he only found the endzone once. Don’t count on many touchdowns, but he will have slightly more value in a PPR league.
46 Domenik Hixon
Hixon will get more opportunity with Plaxico Burress and Amani Toomer gone. This void also gives first-round pick Hakeem Nicks a chance to emerge so monitor this position battle if you are in desperate need of a late-round WR.
47 Marvin Harrison
Harrison may offer some fantasy value if he is picked up by the right team. He’s obviously not worth the gamble if he is not signed to a team by draft day, but he’s someone worth keeping on your radar.
48 Plaxico Burress
Burress faces a felony charge that could very well lead to prison time. Even if he’s not sent to prison, he could face a suspension from the NFL. He obviously would have fantasy value if he actually plays this season.