Athlon continues its 2010 college fantasy draft kit with a look at the Big Ten wide receivers.
Big Ten Fantasy Wide Receiver Rankings and Profiles
Fantasy points based upon standard scoring system – passing touchdowns = 4 pts, rushing touchdowns = 6 pts, 25 passing yards = 1 point, 10 rush/receiving yards = 1 point, receptions = 0.5 points, 2 point conversions = 2 points
1. Keith Smith, Purdue (SR) - Bye Week - Bye Week - 5
Smith led the conference in receptions per game (7.58) and yards per game (91.7) last season and finished with six 100-yard games. He also had four double-digit reception games. The team’s co-captain missed spring ball with a bum wrist but all signs point to him be completely ready for action this fall.
Athlon’s Take: Smith is a former quarterback who has a great understanding of working coverages from his slot position. He is the team’s go-to target and will undoubtedly lead the team in every receiving category. Former Florida Mr. Football Robert Marve will take over at quarterback and is largely unknown after transferring from Miami. Marve's success will determine Smith’s ultimate fantasy value.
2009 Stats: 196.7 fantasy points
Receiving: 91 rec., 1,100 yards, 6 TDs
2. Tandon Doss, Indiana (JR) - Bye Week - 2
As a freshman, Doss caught a pass in only four games. One was a 8-catch, 107-yard performance in which he scored his only touchdown. He pushed his way into the starting line-up for good and did not disappoint last season — he was second in the Big Ten in yards-per-game (80.2) and third in receptions per game (6.42). He topped the 100-yard all-purpose mark in eight games last year.
Athlon’s Take: Doss is the playmaker and the dynamic receiving threat on this team. He will certainly lose targets to the taller Damario Belcher and senior Terrance Turner, but Doss was very impressive as only a sophomore and should be even better this season. With quarterback Ben Chappell returning, the Hoosiers will throw the ball a ton this season — especially with IU playing from behind in most games.
2009 Stats: 183.6 fantasy points
Receiving: 77 rec., 962 yards, 5 TDs
3. DeVier Posey, Ohio State (JR) - Bye Week - 10
Posey is just another extraordinary talent from the 2008 AC100 wideout class. He really began to shine in the second half of his sophomore year. In the first six games, Posey’s line was a solid 21-268-3. But as close friend Terrelle Pryor continued his development, Posey reaped the benefit. His final seven contests netted him an outstanding 39-560-5 line.
Athlon’s Take: Posey is an excellent talent who brings the complete package to the Buckeye receiving corps. He is a dangerous red zone threat, can make the tough catch over the middle or stretch the field deep. If TP2 turns into the superstar he is expected to be, Posey will be the top beneficiary. He will be an excellent draft day value.
2009 Stats: 148.1 fantasy points
Receiving: 60 rec., 828 yards, 8 TDs
4. Nick Toon, Wisconsin (JR) - Bye Week - 9
Toon will get overlooked due to the offensive system he plays in. However, the run-first Badgers offense has produced some excellent fantasy receiving options over the years. Lee Evans, Chris Chambers and Brandon Williams just to name a few. Toon might be more talented than all of them. And he is a clutch player. He is by far quarterback Scott Tolzien’s top target on third downs.
Athlon’s Take: Despite Toon’s talent, his fantasy upside will likely be limited by the offensive scheme. He will still be the top target but the receiving corps is loaded and the tailbacks will get most of the looks in the red zone. A solid uptick in receptions and touchdowns should be expected with little change in yards per game (60-70 ypg).
2009 Stats: 121.5 fantasy points
Receiving: 54 rec., 805 yards, 4 TDs
5. Keshawn Martin, Michigan State (JR) - Bye Week - 11
With first team all-conference wideout Blair White gone, Martin is poised for big things. With elite speed and elusiveness, Martin is the top open field playmaker on the Spartan’s roster averaging over 22 yards per catch while also being an excellent return man. Martin will be the player stretching the field deep but will also be used in the screen-trick play-reverse game around the line of scrimmage.
Athlon’s Take: Martin is an interesting option than Spartan fans have been hearing huge things about since his first day on the practice field. This is his year to step up. B.J Cunningham and Mark Dell will get their time but neither have the raw ability and speed of Martin. This offense is already on a lot of sleeper lists (Cousins, Caper etc.) and Martin should be considered in the same vain.
2009 Stats: 102.4 fantasy points
Receiving: 18 rec., 411 yds, 5 TDs
6. Damario Belcher, Indiana (JR) - Bye Week - 2
This is a deep and talented receiving corps but no one on the team can do what Belcher can at 6-foot-5. He is an outstanding red zone target and will be a mismatch against most every cornerback in the nation. He finished his sophomore season strongly by scoring in three of the final four games of the year. His line in those final four: 24-331-3.
Athlon’s Take: Tandon Doss is the playmaker, so Belcher is the clear No. 2, but for an offense that will be chucking the ball all over the place this fall, there is still plenty of fantasy value. He should be the go-to target around the goal line, so a jump in the scoring department should happen.
2009 Stats: 137.5 fantasy points
Receiving: 61 rec., 770 yards, 5 TDs
7. Marvin McNutt, Iowa (JR) - Bye Week - 6
McNutt did not lead the team in receptions or yards last season — that honor belongs to Derrell Johnson-Koulianos — but is by far the leading returning scorer in the receiving corps. McNutt reached paydirt eight times last season. No other returning Hawkeye caught more than two touchdowns.
Athlon’s Take: Receiving touchdowns are much less predictable than the other stats, so if McNutt expects to boost his fantasy value, he will need to become more consistent performer. McNutt had seven games of two catches or less. However, he has shown a knack for making the big play and his quarterback returns, so there is a chance he become more reliable as an upperclassman.
2009 Stats: 122.3 fantasy points
Receiving: 34 rec., 674 yards, 8 TDs
8. Jarred Fayson, Illinois (SR) - Bye Weeks - 4, 13
When Fayson transferred from Florida to Illinois, this was expected to be the final piece in an explosive offensive attack and a perfect No. 2 to Arrelious Benn. Unfortunately for the Illini, the offense sputtered last season and Fayson barely registered on fantasy radars last season. New coordinator Paul Petrino hopes to spice up the passing attack last season, but Fayson's fantasy value will hinge on the improvement from quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase.
Athlon's Take: There's no question about Fayson's talent - it's all about getting enough opportunities to make a fantasy impact. A.J. Jenkins may cut into Fayson's role as the top fantasy option for the Illini, but until the quarterback position stabilizes, don't waste your time with any Illini receiver in 120 formats.
2009 Stats: 35.9 fantasy points
Receiving: 16 rec., 218 yds., 1 TD
Rushing: 1 yd.
9. Derek Moye, Penn State (JR) - Bye Week - 7
It only took one game for Nittany Lion fans to realize that Moye was going to be an important piece to the 2009 PSU puzzle. He caught six passes for 138 yards in the first game last year and finished the season leading the team in receptions and yards. He is tall (6-foot-5) and proved to be an excellent deep threat with a knack for making the tough catch in traffic.
Athlon’s Take: Virtually the entire PSU receiving corps returns but Chaz Powell (28-366-3) might be out of the picture if he ends on defense full time. This further illustrates the coaching staff’s confidence in Moye and Graham Zug. The real issue is who will be throwing the ball in Happy Valley. The offense should have a more run-centric focus and with a first-year, underclassman taking snaps, Moye’s value could suffer.
2009 Stats: 125.7 fantasy points
Receiving: 48 rec., 785 yards, 6 TDs
10. Derrell Johnson-Koulianos, Iowa (SR) - Bye Week - 6
With a good season, DJK will become the Hawkeyes all-time leading receiver. He led the team in receptions and yards last season but only scored two touchdowns. His second half shown signs of promise — he caught 34 of his 45 passes and 549 of his 750 yards in the final seven games of the year.
Athlon’s Take: You don’t become a school’s all-time leading receiving without having some ability. The questions becomes whether or not quarterback Ricky Stanzi will look his way once inside the red zone. DJK could have a sneaky good fantasy season if he can prove he can score the touchdowns needed to be a fantasy starter.
2009 Stats: 107.2 fantasy points
Receiving: 45 rec., 750 yards, 2 TDs
11. B.J. Cunningham, Michigan State (JR)
12. Dane Sanzenbacher, Ohio State (SR)
13. Sidney Stewart, Northwestern (SR)
14. Roy Roundtree, Michigan (SO)
15. Troy Stoudermire, Minnesota (JR)
16. Mark Dell, Michigan State (SR)
17. Graham Zug, Penn State (SR)
18. Cortez Smith, Purdue (SR)
19. Terrance Turner, Indiana (SR)
20. A.J. Jenkins, Illinois (JR)
21. Martavious Odoms, Michigan (JR)
22. Jeremy Ebert, Northwestern (JR)
23. Da’Jon McKnight, Minnesota (JR)
24. Darryl Stonum, Michigan (JR)
25. Isaac Anderson, Wisconsin (SR)
26. Brandon Green, Minnesota (JR)
27. Demetrius Fields, Northwestern (SO)
28. Junior Hemingway, Michigan (JR)
29. Taurian Washington, Ohio State (SR)
30. Curtis Drake, Penn State (SO)
31. Kyle Jefferson, Wisconsin (SR)
32. Keith Nichol, Michigan State (JR)
33. Hayo Carpenter, Minnesota (SR)
34. Justin Siller, Purdue (JR)
35. Keenan Davis, Iowa (SO)
36. Gary Bush, Purdue (FR)
37. Eddie McGee, Illinois (SR)
38. Charles Brown, Northwestern (JR)
39. Brett Brackett, Penn State (SR)
40. Bryant Allen, Minnesota (SO)
41. Duwyce Wilson, Indiana (FR)
42. David Gilreath, Wisconsin (SR)
43. Jack Ramsey, Illinois (SO)
44. Colin Sandeman, Iowa (SR)
45. Kelvin Grady, Michigan (JR)
46. O.J. Ross, Purdue (FR)
47. Je’Ron Stokes, Michigan (SO)
48. Paul Chaney, Iowa (SR)
49. Bennie Fowler, Michigan State (FR)
50. Chris Fields, Ohio State (FR)