Auction Drafts: The 4 Wide Receivers to Purchase

I’m always looking for a new angle when it comes to the auction draft. This year I think I may have found a pattern (not that I am rainman or anything). I typically believe in the “studs” or “scrubs” approach. However, this year I am working on a “modified” theory of a madman.

Depending on the different list in which you look I have realized that 4 WRs fall between 4-8 in typical rankings. Greg Jennings (2010 fantasy pts 280), Mike Wallace (2010 FP 253), Vincent Jackson and Miles Austin (2010 FP 231) will have the same impact. So there is no reason to get caught up in a bidding war for these players. Sit back in the auction draft and let the others go crazy spending on Fitzgerald, Calvin Johnson, Roddy White, and Hakeem Nicks. Once your leaguemates have blown their load you can sweep in and get one of these 4 at a respectable price.

Lets break down last year’s numbers:

Greg Jennings — 76 catches, 1265 yards, 12 TDs
Mike Wallace — 60 catches, 1257 yards, 10 TDs
Vincent Jackson (using 2009 numbers) — 68 catches, 1167 yards, 9 TDs
Miles Austin — 69 catches, 1041 yards, 7 TDs

Austin’s numbers will go up with a healthy Tony Romo. I firmly believe with the Cowboys having two solid WRs, a #1 fantasy TE, and a legit RB in Felix Jones that they will have a potent offense. Jason Garrett’s ass is on the line and he will let the ball “fly”. Austin has now produced for 2 years and I firmly believe he is Romo’s #1. Witten qualifies as #1A.

VJAX will easily match is 2009 output. Malcolm Floyd has garnered enough respect to keep the corners honest. VJAX’s height will make him a endzone fav. Add to that Tolbert’s up the middle pounding and the defenses will have to respect the run. This adds to VJAX’s big pass potential.

Mike Wallace – Of these 4 guys he is my least favorite. Mainly because he catches the ball less then the other 3. However, he has the most “big play” potential and could easily win you a week or two.

Greg Jennings – He has been my boy for 2 years now. He was slow to start 2010 but came on strong at the end. There is no need to quantify his abilities on the leagues leading offense.


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