Published on August 30th, 2012 | by Timothy Makalinao0
Top 10 Best NFL Wide Receivers (WR) for 2011 Season Rankings
Top 10 Best NFL Wide Receivers (WR) for 2011 Season Rankings! One of the most important spots on the field, a good wide receiver will help any team win, especially a fantasy team! Now wondering who the Top 10 Best NFL Wide Receivers for 2011 are? Well, Numeroten here to bring you Top 10 Best NFL Wide Receiver (WR) for 2011 Season Rankings! This list isn’t just about numbers, but talent and skill to.
10. Miles Austin – 2010 Stats – Receptions 69 – Yards 1,041 – Receiving Touchdowns 7 – Average per Catch 15.1 – Rushing Touchdowns 1 – Games 16 – Age 27 – Team Dallas Cowboys
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Signed as an undrafted agent in 2006 by the Dallas Cowboys, Miles Austin has blossomed into one of the best wide receivers in the NFL. With a league packed with amazing wide receivers that can make big plays, it was very hard to decide the last few picks of this list. However, Miles Austin was put as number 10 because he truly showed what he could do this year without Tony Romo. On many top 10 wide receiver lists a lot of pressure is put into numbers, but one must consider that to get good numbers for a wide receiver also depends on how well the quarterback throws. So even with the dreadful season for the Cowboys and the shaky quarterback situation, Miles Austin was still able to make his 2nd consecutive Pro Bowl, has over 1,000+ yards, and was basically one of the only weapons the Cowboys had. Austin’s ability continues to bloom, and with Tony Romo back on the helm, hopefully at full health, Miles Austin may make a run with a 1300+ yards season.
9. Santonio Holmes – 2010 Stats – Receptions 52 – Yards 746 – Receiving Touchdowns 6 – Average per Catch 14.3 – Rushing Touchdowns 0 – Games 12 – Age 27 – Team New York Jets
Partnered with a so far inconsistent Mark Sanchez, Santonio Holmes is the best offensive weapon the New York Jets have. After serving a 4 game suspension last year (substance abuse), Holmes came back to the playoff bound Jets. A key target for Sanchez, Holmes was able to make big plays when needed. A key reason to recent playoff success for the Jets, Holmes has lead the team during the playoffs, and has consistently put up big numbers when he plays. With Sanches going into his third year in the NFL, his new garnered experience may lead him to become a better Quarterback, in turn Holmes may be able to bring out a little more of his potential, and have a breakout season with the Jets.
8. DeSean Jackson – 2010 Stats – Receptions 47 – Yards 1,056 – Receiving Touchdowns 6 – Average per Catch 22.5 – Rushing Touchdowns 1 – Games 14 – Age 24 – Team Philadelphia Eagles
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One of the main reasons the Giants didn’t make the playoffs last year, DeSean Jackson is one of the best big play wide receivers in the NFL. Averaging an amazing 22.5 yards per catch last year, DeSean Jackson didn’t make as many receptions as other top 10 wide receivers, but he made receptions for big gains. Yet, a reason why Jackson is only number 8 is his inconsistency throughout games. In some games it seems he only makes one or two catches, while in others he can breakout and make 5 or 6. Now I know the defender and quarterback also have to be weighed in for that statistic, but it seems like Jackson’s effort and aggressiveness also fall short on those days. In the end, Jackson is still the big play kind of guy, especially with plays such as the 65 yard punt return with 14 seconds left on the clock against the Giants to score the game winning touchdown.
7. Reggie Wayne – 2010 Stats – Receptions 111 – Yards 1,355 – Receiving Touchdowns 6 – Average per Catch 12.2 – Rushing Touchdowns 0 – Games 16 – Age 32 – Team Indianapolis Colts
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One of the most consistent wide receivers in the league, Reggie Wayne is part of the one two punch the colts have. The combination of Peyton Manning and Reggie Wayne has made the Colts one of the best teams in the league. Also, even though Peyton Manning’s ability to be one of the best quarterbacks is surely a factor in Wayne’s numbers, Reggie Wayne also is one of the most talented wide receivers in the league, and always finds a way to open himself up so Manning can throw to him. Next, with Peyton Manning’s status unknown for the beginning of the season, we will really get to see what Wayne can do with a backup Quarterback, and try to lead his team without Manning. Yet, no matter how great Reggie Wayne is his football years are numbered, at age 32 Wayne has already played 10 seasons, and the wear and tear is surely building up, but don’t expect Wayne to just drop off as one of the best wide receivers, it will be a slow process. Expect Wayne to still have a 1200+ yard year in the 2011 NFL Season , even without Peyton Manning in the first few games.
6. Greg Jennings – 2010 Stats – Receptions 76 – Yards 1,265 – Receiving Touchdowns 12 – Average per Catch 16.6 – Rushing Touchdowns 0 – Games 16 – Age 27 – Team Green Bay Packers
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Scoring two touchdowns to help win Superbowl XLV, Greg Jennings “Put Da Team on His Back”. (Youtube video reference check it out) Averaging 1200+ yards in his last three season, Jennings has broken out to be one of the best wide receivers in the league. Another one of the big play receivers, Jennings averaged 16.6 yards per reception last year, and along with Aaron Rodgers was key to the Superbowl win. The best target Rodgers has, his athleticism, speed, and ability to get open, Jennings consistently puts up big numbers every year. In an amazing year last year Jennings made his first Pro Bowl team, won the Superbowl, and caught a few game winning passes. With Aaron Rodgers beaming one of the premier quarterbacks, and with a target like Greg Jennings, this combination is going to have one big dominant year next year.
5. Hakeem Nicks – 2010 Stats – Receptions 79 – Yards 1,052 – Receiving Touchdowns 11 – Average per Catch 13.3 – Rushing Touchdowns 0 – Games 13 – Age 23 – Team New York Giants
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The 29th overall pick in the 2009 NFL Draft, Hakeem Nicks had a breakout season with the Giants in the 2010 NFL season. One of the best, if not the best wide receiver at running routes, Hakeem Nicks has the potentials to be the number one wide receiver in the NFL. If Hakeem Nicks had played a full season last year, with the numbers he was putting up, it may have been better than wide receivers ranked higher than him on this list. However, even with that said, it still remains to be seen what he can actually do in a full season. Which is why this season will be pivotal for Hakeem Nicks to be able to gauge what we might see in him in the upcoming season, but many people including myself, believe he won’t disappoint.
4. Larry Fitzgerald – 2010 Stats – Receptions 90 – Yards 1,137 – Receiving Touchdowns 6 – Average per Catch 12.6 – Rushing Touchdowns 0 – Games 16 – Age 27 – Team Arizona Cardinals
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The 5 time Pro Bowler, Larry Fitzgerald showed what he could do without star quarterback Kurt Warner in the 2010 NFL season. Facing an uncertain time with their quarterback position in 2010, Fitzgerald was still able to have 90 receptions, 1000+ yards, and play a solid season. Yet, with a decent quarterback Kevin Kolb coming in, Fitzgerald may be able to have a 100+ reception year, 1200+ yards, and of course, he should play as consistent as he has been. The talent and ability Fitzgerald has is amazing, and can always play well with any quarterback, but if you put him with a great quart back Fitzgerald may be able to use all his talent. Regardless, Fitzgerald is one of the best quarterbacks, and it is up to Kevin Kolb to make sure he uses Fitzgerald right. The highest paid wide receiver in the NFL, Larry Fitzgerald has to keep on proving why he deserves that money.
3. Roddy White – 2010 Stats – Receptions 115 – Yards 1,389 – Receiving Touchdowns 10 – Average per Catch 12.1 – Rushing Touchdowns 0 – Games 16 – Age 29 – Team Atlanta Falcons
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Leading the NFL with 115 receptions, Roddy White has made a name for himself as one of the best wide receivers in the NFL. In 2010, White also led the NFC in receiving yards, made his 3rd Pro Bowl, and his first Alll-Pro Selection. Furthermore, in the past 3 years Roddy White has averaged more than 1300+ receiving yards and 90+ receptions. With the Atlanta Falcons led by Roddy White and star quarterback Matt Ryan, the Falcons are inline for a playoff run, and with Matt Ryan having a target like Roddy White both players will benefit and become better players by supporting each other on the field.
2. Calvin Johnson – 2010 Stats – Receptions 77 – Yards 1,120 – Receiving Touchdowns 12 – Average per Catch 14.5 – Rushing Touchdowns 0 – Games 15 – Age 25 – Team Detroit Lions
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A few years after the horrendous 0-16 season the Detroit Lions had, darkness has given birth to new stars in Detroit and Calvin Johnson is one of those bright stars. As the Detroit Lions progressively get better and better, Calvin Johnson had been holding the fort until his explosive quarterback Matthew Stafford returns. Without a strong quarterback Calvin Johnson was still able to mange with 1,120 yards, 77 receptions , and 12 touchdowns. In his previous years Calvin Johnson has been able to use his talents even without a strong quarterback to match up with him, and really exploit his talents. Yet, this 2011 NFL season, Matthew Stafford looks better than ever, and may just be the key to unlocking Calvin Johnson’s talents even further. Next, with a devastating defense and their explosive offense, the Lions are set to contend against Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers. With Matt Stafford in the helm I won’t be surprised if Johnson has a 1,500+ receiving yards year and over 100+ receptions.
1. Andre Johnson – 2010 Stats – Receptions 86 – Yards 1,216 – Receiving Touchdowns 8 – Average per Catch 14.1 – Rushing Touchdowns 0 – Games 13 – Age 30 – Team Houston Texans
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Along with Arian Foster, the Houston Texans has one of the best running backs, and in many minds the best wide receiver in Andre Johnson in the NFL. Johnson is number one all time in average yards per game at 80.7 yards, and has almost average 1400+ yards in his last 3 seasons. If Johnson had played a full year in 2010 it may have been his 3rd consecutive year with 1500+ receiving yards. A 5 time Pro Bowler and a 4 time All-Pro Selection, Andre Johnson looks to be one of the best wide receivers of all time. If Johnson plays a full year in the 2011 NFL Season, a 1,500+ receiving yards should be expected, over 100 receptions, and a good chance he stays number one as the best wide receiver in the NFL. It is going to be very hard for someone to take this spot from Andre Johnson because the man has to much talent, ability, is considered one of the best of all time, and does not look to be slowing down.