Fantasy Sleeper WR Preseason Battles 2011

There are two WR battles that matter. Both happen to take place in the great state of New York.

The first battle is between Domenik Hixon  and Victor Cruz for the #3 WR on the NYG. I have said since the jump that I thought this gig would go to Hixon. With Steve Smith and Kevin Boss gone someone needs to catch the ball over the middle. With the way the passing offense is constructed one of these players is going to make an impact. When I mean an impact I place the winner as a high WR#3— a bye week replacement player. However, it looks like Victor Cruz has taken the lead in this contest. In last night’s game neither receiver distinguished himself. Both were targeted 4 times. Hixon caught 1 ball for 7 yards and Cruz caught 2 balls for 14 yards. As far as I’m concerned it’s still a crap shoot.

 The second battle wouldn’t have occurred if it wasn’t for Donald Jones getting his bell rung. Buffalo is turning into an interesting team full of bye week replacement players. Between Brad Smith, CJ Spiller, and now the dynamic duo of second rate WRs Donald Jones and Mr No Name himself Marcus Easley. Either Jones or Easley is starting opposite of Stevie Johnson. Whoever that receiver is will have some good weeks. Whether that translates into fool’s gold is yet to be determined….

 I’m now venturing out of NY into the gritty steel town of Pittsburgh. I’m a firm believer in Antonio Brown. Remember Eddie Royal’s rookie season? Antonio Brown will surpass that. I’m going on the record now. He is going to be “the big show” in the NFL. Hines Ward is a legend but even legends slow down. Wallace is now the #2 WR and with that comes safety help over the top. Brown is going be be the third WR in all sets. He is a burner and is faster then Wallace. He can find open space and can capitalize on mismatches. Look to grab Brown in the late rounds and get the steal of the draft.

 In JAX Jason Hill won the #2 WR job. This is more a victory by default then anything else. Mike Thomas is the go to guy on this roster. The problem being he is more suited for the slot then as the #1. He is short and that will affect his TDs. That is the only spot Jay Hill has an advantage— he is just a bit taller at 6’0. Jason has no value in any fantasy leagues. As AC Slater (a fellow FSG reader) has suggested it is just a matter of time until Hill gets benched for the rookie Cecil Shorts. That is not an upgrade as Shorts has a long way to go until he reaches the ranks of “NFL receiver.”

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