Fantasy Dilemmas: The Wide Receiver Edition

Well, it’s officially here – NFL season start. And that means one thing to many of us: fantasy football time. If your picks were good enough, you should encounter plenty of “booyah” moments throughout the season, rubbing your dominance in your opponent’s face.

However, in order to make the most out of your fantasy picks, you need to always make sure you’re starting the best possible players. That’s not always easy to do; and if you judge starts by stats alone, you’ll miss a lot of the “feel” that creates those golden opportunities.

Any fantasy team worth its salt is going to have at least four wide receivers. Three of those are going to make the starting roster each week. So it’s important you try to put as many scorers on the field as possible.

Fantasy football isn’t like online slots machines. There’s not really much luck involved. Calculated players, relying on solid information, usually win out when the season’s said and done.

Okay, so, let’s assume you grabbed up one of the top wide-outs with your first pick – Reggie Wayne, Randy Moss, Andre Johnson, Miles Austin, Calvin Johnson, Larry Fitzgerald, etc.

If you had any luck at all, you probably then grabbed a solid number-two from a field consisting of Roddy White, Greg Jennings, Anquan Boldin, Steve Smith, Michael Crabtree, etc.

Then you have the third receivers: Derrick Mason, Vincent Jackson, Percy Harvin, Ochocinco, Santana Moss, etc.

You get the picture. At this point in fantasy football’s tenure, we all know how the draft goes.

But let’s say you grabbed up both Derrick Mason and then skipped picking a second defense to take a chance on a player like Santana Moss. Who gets the start in week one? Which receiver here is going to be more productive for you?

The only way to look at this is to go through the pros and cons of each receiver vs. their respective opponent.

Derrick Mason

Pros:

Mason’s got great hands and 14 years worth of experience. Having a strong quarterback with something to prove in Joe Flacco always bodes well for his chances.

Boldin is now lining up opposite field of Mason, so this is going to free Derrick up at times for some big yards.

Cons:

Mason is 36 and has lost a step. He’s also only 5-10 and not Flacco’s go-to guy in the end zone.

Week one has the Ravens playing the Jets, with Pro Bowl DB Darrelle Revis patrolling the landscape looking for INTs at every turn – and Mason is too unreliable vs. a potent secondary.

The Ravens are also an old-school team if they happen to get in a goal-line situation. They want to run the ball in. This also cuts back on Mason’s TD chances, as there are three other viable options before him for pass TDs.

Santana Moss

Pros:

Here’s a guy who’s lightning-fast when out in the open with decent hands. Starting him wouldn’t be a gamble like playing on your online roulette download; and having McNabb come in as QB really opens things up, as Donovan is known to pass downfield.

Moss is a little younger than Mason at 31 and still has his wheels and overall ability to break out on routes and get into space.

Cons:

Mike Shanahan, as we all know, will want to run the ball here. Moss is still a great deep threat when out there and active, but it almost has to be in an open field, catch-and-run situation.

The Redskins are playing the Cowboys, their most hated rival, and Dallas is going to throw the book at the Skins’ offensive. They might be held to field goals for most of the game.

Moss isn’t much of a touchdown receiver to begin with. He’s a big yardage guy, but just doesn’t have the mass to own the end zone.


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3 Responses to “Fantasy Dilemmas: The Wide Receiver Edition”

  1. fantasy flukie says:

    I’m a Santan Moss guy myself. The irony is that I have both Mason and Moss on my roster. If I had to go with one I gamble and go for the big play potential of McNabb to Moss…

  2. A C Slater says:

    When is that Pollock guy going to write again?

  3. Seth Pollock says:

    A.C., my latest post is up for your reading pleasure!! Thanks for your loyal following of our site.

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