It's been a while, but here is the third installment of the Monsters Inc series, by Mike Grabowski (Not related to the green-eyed monster).
This might be the last Monsters Inc top-10 until next year, but please check out my other articles.
I'm also working on a weekly podcast!
But, without further ado....
Wide receivers are amazing human beings. They're some of the fastest people on the planet.
Some, aren't as fast though, but they are even more slippery to cover and try to defend.
I'm going to tell you who I believe will dominate this upcoming year, in my Top 10 Beast Wide Receivers.
No. 1 Calvin Johnson Jr.
Calvin Johnson is obviously 1st on the list. Not only has he led the league's receivers the past two years in fantasy, but also in skill.
In 2012, he broke the receiving yardage record. How can you tell me this guy is not the best? They call him Megatron for a reason. He's dominant. Powerful. HUGE.
There's no downside to him. He catches anything you throw his way, no matter if he's double covered or not. H*ll, he can do it with one hand if he wants to! He's hands down the best receiver in the league.
No. 2 Brandon Marshall
Last season, Brandon Marshall said a quote that was very true about himself. He said, "I've been good for six years now. It's time to be great." And he was. He is. I picked him up in the 3rd round of my fantasy league last year, (which I could've gotten him later) and he played at a top 5 level.
Half the season, he played double covered, and yet he still ended up with the third most receiving yards and the fourth most touchdowns. He's a force that can't be stopped. You may think he's too high on this list, but he's a great receiver, and deserves to be here.
No. 3 Andre Johnson
Who can argue with this? People underestimate this giant until he gashes them for yards. Last year, he was second in yards to the almighty Megatron. He's getting older (31), but he's still a dominant player.
He doesn't get a lot of touchdowns, but he's a very effective asset to the Texans' offense. He'll be a great player until the day he retires, so don't forget his name. Like anyone could anyways...
No. 4 A.J. Green
A.J. Green is a star. Him and Andy Dalton clicked right out the gate. He's young. He's a great player. He can easily go up and snatch the ball over defenders. He's going to be one of the best for a while, especially with Dalton increasing in skill.
They're going to go far as a pair. Green already had some of the best stats in the league. He's has topped 1,000 yards both years in the league, and he's totaled 18 touchdowns so far. He's just going to get better as he goes into his third year and on. Expect him to be one of the best for quite a while.
No. 5 Larry Fitzgerald
I've already written an article explaining why he's going to be a top-5 receiever again. He finally has someone to throw him the ball, atleast decently accurate. Fitz is arguably the best wide receiver in the league.
He hasn't had much of a chance to prove it, due to lousy quarterbacks. He's got hands made of glue and he jumps like there's zero gravity. With someone like Brady as his quarterback, he could (in my opinion) break every record known to wide receiver kind. That's how good he is.
No. 6 Roddy White
Roddy White was a star, but he's being overshadowed. I want everyone to look at his stats really quick. Here is a link. He's a monster. He's never missed a game. AND! He's never had a season with less than 1,150 yards since being a starter. He's insane.
He averages around 8.16 touchdowns per year. If you think Julio Jones is a better wide receiver, then you are bonkers.
The only thing Jones had better than White is a .5 better yards-per-catch average and 3 more touchdowns.
White last year had 150 yards more than Julio with 1,351 yards and 7 touchdowns. He's underrated, even if he's already recognized as one of the best.
No. 7 Vincent Jackson
Vincent Jackson is hitting his stride later in his career. He's got a very nice yards-per-catch average, at 17.8. The past five years, he's had an average of 7.2 touchdowns, and 8.25 if you don't count when he only played for five games in 2010.
He's a deep-threatening monster. With Josh Freeman stepping up in Tampa Bay, this wide receiver will be looking up for the rest of his days. He's gotten over 1,000 yards four of his eight years, and the other four were due to not being a starter and injury. He's a great wide receiver, and constantly one of the best.
No. 8 Demaryius Thomas
Demaryius Thomas is a very good wideout, especailly under the wing of his legendary quarterback, Peyton Manning. Thomas has had a bad injury history, missing nine games in his first two years.
If he can keep himself healthy, he can continue being the receiver with 1,434 yards and 10 touchdowns. He hasn't proven himself yet, because it's only one year. How will he do without Manning? Will he get injured again?
Thomas is a great receiver, could be a great one, and could've even been higher on this list with his great stats, but he hasn't proven himself yet. One healthy season isn't something to go crazy over.
No. 9 Dez Bryant
Dez Bryant is not one of my favorite receivers. At all. He reminds me of Jermichael Finley. Lots of talk. Not much of the walk. He's coming into his 4th year, but the last two were pretty good. My problem with him is the Finley-like dropped passes.
He makes good catches, and then others he just completely loses. While 1,382 yards and 12 touchdowns in amazing, he could've done so much better without the dropped passes. I didn't want to even put him on this list, because he's a cocky punk, but he obviously deserves to be here. But he needs to step up if he wants to be any higher on this list.
No. 10 Julio Jones
Julio Jones is great. In his 2nd year, he became one of the best receivers in the league. He got 1,198 and a whopping 10 touchdowns. If he continues to play at a high level, he'll go places.
The analysts say that he's better than Roddy White, but you've already read what I had to say about that. He's good, but not the best. He can be, with time, but he needs to prove that he can play at a high level for a while.
He probably won't be as good as Roddy, but who knows. He definitely deserves a spot on this list. He's a threat to any defense, and his name is heard in households around the country. Expect them to be saying it a little louder as time goes on.
This is going to be my last one for the season. I could do tight ends, or defenses, but I feel there are way too many diverse players in the league. Plus, these guys are all you care about anyways! If you have any comments or think I'm an idiot, please let me know in the comment section! I always love to hear your opinions!
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