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The Neutral Zone – The Only ’09 Fantasy Football Cheat Sheet You’ll Need – Wide Receivers

Larry FitzgeraldWhen I compiled my fantasy cheat sheet of running backs, I made mention of how all three draft guides that I was using for reference material had Adrian Peterson and Michael Turner one-two respectively in my fantasy football rankings. I broke the trend there and placed Michael Turner ahead of Peterson on my fantasy football chart. I now face a similar dilemma with the wide receivers.

This is the third of a five-part series this week. I will provide you with the ultimate draft cheat sheet. All of the sheets were developed by myself and a few members of the South Jersey Fantasy Football League, collectively. Special thanks to Ricardo Martinez and Will McCafferty for their input. Printing these articles is encouraged.

Sports Illustrated, NFL.Com Magazine, and ESPN the Magazine each list Larry Fitzgerald and Andre Johnson one-two in fantasy football drafts. I must admit my slight bias towards Andre Johnson. I love the guy and he’s an absolute monster. He led my fantasy team, Your Girls Favorite Team, to a strong second place finish in the South Jersey Fantasy Football League last year. He posted career bests last year in receptions and yards while tying his career best for touchdowns. He bested Fitzgerald by 19 receptions and 144 yards.

Unless you’re in a league where points for receptions and yards are higher than touchdowns, however; you simply cannot pass on Larry Fitzgerald. He is the number one wide receiver in football. He’s 26 years old and is just now entering the prime of his career. Kurt Warner is back and so is Anquan Boldin, for now. The Cardinals will once again be a pass first team. Fitzgerald is very fast, can jump as high as anyone in the league, and has soft hands. Unless you are Andre Johnson or one of his family members, there’s no reason why he should come off the board before Larry Fitzgerald.

1. Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona
2. Andre Johnson, Houston
3. Randy Moss, New England
4. Greg Jennings, Green Bay
5. Reggie Wayne, Indianapolis
6. Anquan Boldin, Arizona
7. Calvin Johnson, Detroit
8. Steve Smith, Carolina
9. Roddy White, Atlanta
10. Marques Colston, New Orleans
11. Wes Welker, New England
12. Dwayne Bowe, Kansas City
13. Chad Ochocinco, Cincinnati
14. Terrell Owens, Buffalo
15. Roy Williams, Dallas
16. Brandon Marshall, Denver
17. DeSean Jackson, Philadelphia
18. Bernard Berrian, Minnesota
19. Braylon Edwards, Cleveland
20. Vincent Jackson, San Diego
21. Devin Hester, Chicago
22. T.J. Houshmanzadeh, Seattle
23. Hines Ward, Pittsburgh
24. Antonio Bryant, Tampa Bay
25. Santana Moss, Washington
26. Lee Evans, Buffalo
27. Donald Driver, Green Bay
28. Anthony Gonzalez, Indianapolis
29. Michael Crabtree, San Francisco
30. Eddie Royal, Denver
31. Lavernues Coles, Cincinnati
32. Lance Moore, New Orleans
33. Santonio Holmes, Pittsburgh
34. Jerricho Cotchery, New York Jets
35. Derrick Mason, Baltimore
36. Steve Breaston, Arizona
37. Patrick Crayton, Dallas
38. Torry Holt, Jacksonville
39. Ted Ginn Jr.
40. Domenik Hixon, New York Giants

Rising Star – Dwayne Bowe. Did anyone notice what this guy did last year with Tyler Thigpen, Damon Huard, and Brodie Croyle? In case you didn’t, he had a breakout year with 86 receptions, 1,000-plus yards, and 7 touchdowns. Now, in walks new head coach, Todd Haley. Haley comes over from Arizona and groomed two guys named Boldin and Fitzgerald. Add in new starting quarterback Matt Cassel and Bowe has the opportunity to make himself one of the top receivers in the league. Apologies to: DeSean Jackson, Devin Hester, Vincent Jackson, Anthony Gonzalez, and Michael Crabtree.

Sleeper – Devin Hester. 36, 34, and 37. That’s where my three reference guides have Devin Hester rated. I have him at 21. That makes him my sleeper. Hester is the number one wide receiver in Chicago. Now that Jay Cutler is there, the Bears will pass more than they have in a long time. If Jay Cutler can turn Eddie Royal from a nobody to a somebody, then he absolutely can with the fastest man in the NFL. My three reference guides all released their lists prior to the preseason. Thus far, Cutler and Hester have hooked up 4 times in maybe 10 total minutes of football. Cutler has been looking for Hester first on almost every passing play. Apologies to: Chad Ochocinco, Bernard Berrian, Lance Moore, and Torry Holt.

Brett Clendaniel is 25 and married to an awesome girl named Tashia. Brett has a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration and Marketing. Brett currently works for QBC-TV2 of South Jersey and 1240AM WSNJ. Sports are his passion and Philly teams are what he religiously follows. Brett is also a big fan of the Red Sox and the Cincinnati Bengals. Brett also have great passion for professional wrestling and mixed-martial arts. Brett loves to talk about any of them all the time. “I am flattered to be asked to share my opinions with all of the loyal readers of the Camel Clutch Blog! I hope you enjoy my articles.” Please e-mail him any time with questions, comments, or feedback of any type at [email protected].

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Eric is the owner and editor-in-chief of the Camel Clutch Blog. Eric has worked in the pro wrestling industry since 1995 as a ring announcer in ECW and a commentator/host on television, PPV, and home video. Eric also hosted Pro Wrestling Radio on terrestrial radio from 1998-2009. Check out some of Eric's work on his IMDB bio and Wikipedia. Eric has an MBA from Temple University's Fox School of Business.

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