Athlon continues its 2010 college fantasy draft kit with a look at SEC wide receivers.
SEC 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. Randall Cobb, Kentucky (SR) – Bye Week – 12
Mr. Do-everything exploded onto the fantasy scene last season by scoring 15 total touchdowns three different ways. From an all-purpose standpoint, few players impacted their team like Cobb does. He rushed for 573 yards, caught 447 yards, threw 13 passes for 89 yards, returned 24 punts for 308 yards (and a score) and ran back 13 kickoffs for 345 yards. All told, that is 1,762 yards of production.
Athlon’s Take: Cobb lines-up all over the field and makes big plays from every position. The WildCobb formation allows him to run or pass — and he did loads of damage with this formation around the goal line last season. There are still questions about his quarterback — Mike Hartline or Morgan Newton — and their ability to throw him the ball consistently. However, few receivers in the nation will post as diverse a stat line as Cobb will.
2009 stats: 207.9 fantasy points
Receiving: 39 rec., 447 yds, 4 TDs
Rushing: 573 yds, 10 TDs
2. A.J. Green, Georgia (JR) – Bye Week – 12
After a brilliant freshman season (56-963-8), Green stepped back in the fantasy world with Joe Cox throwing him passes versus Matt Stafford. The quarterback question might still be an issue but Green’s ability is not. He is one of the nation’s elite talents at the position as he can do things on a football field that few (M. Floyd, J. Baldwin etc.) can match. He is the complete package, but his numbers dipped in all three major categories after Stafford left.
Athlon’s Take: After two seasons dealing with injuries, health is the only thing standing in Green’s way of leading this team in every receiving category. Orson Charles is an excellent counterpart on the interior of the formation and should help open up the defense. But it really all comes down to Aaron Murray playing consistent football. If the redshirt freshman gunslinger knows what is good for him, he will get Green the ball early and often. If he can’t, Green’s ridiculous fantasy potential may never be reached in Athens.
2009 stats: 136.6 fantasy points
Receiving: 53 rec., 808 yds, 6 TDs
3. Darvin Adams, Auburn (JR) – Bye Week – 12
Maybe no one in the SEC benefited more from a coaching switch than Adams. He played in all but two games in 2008 and caught three passes for 18 yards. Yet, his 10 TDs from 2009 is the SEC’s top returning mark for receiving scores. He had two 3-TD games, so take the good with the bad, but did a lot of damage in the final five games. After being blanked by LSU (0-0-0), Adams caught 32 passes for 553 yards and 5 TDs.
Athlon’s Take: Adams had a great season with some elite fantasy games (WVU, Furman, Alabama and Northwestern). He came on strong in the second half of the season and plays in a fantasy friendly offense. The change at quarterback creates some mystery about his value, but a repeat of his 60-1,000-10 line is certainly possible.
2009 stats: 169.5 fantasy points
Receiving: 60 rec., 997 yds, 10 TDs
4. Greg Childs, Arkansas (JR) – Bye Week – 5
Six different Hogs led the team in receptions for a game last season and Childs led the team with four of those. He led the team in receptions, yards and touchdowns last season for the year as well and has added some strength to his game in the offseason. He is an excellent deep threat who makes plays down the field.
Athlon’s Take: Separating and predicting the Arkansas receiving corps from game to game might be a complete guessing game. This will likely be the top offense in the SEC, from a fantasy standpoint, but owners will have to take the good with the bad. The lawfirm of Childs, Wright, Adams, Williams and Hamilton is a deep group that could see anyone step up on any given Saturday.
2009 stats: 150.7 fantasy points
Receiving: 48 rec., 894 yds, 7 TDs
5. Alshon Jeffery, South Carolina (SO) – Bye Week – 5
An elite high school talent, Jeffery spurned the West Coast USC to play for the home-state USC and he had a big impact in his first year on the field. Jeffery’s size (6-foot-4, 235 pounds) and leaping ability make him a nightmarish match-up for most covermen.
Athlon’s Take: After a slow start to his freshman season — five catches through his first five games — Jeffery began to shine. He caught at least four passes in all but one of the next eight games and was over the 50-yard mark in all but one game as well. He posted three 100-yard games and five TDs over that span as well. With consistency from Stephen Garcia at quarterback, Jeffery could post big numbers as a sophomore.
2009 stats: 131 fantasy points
Receiving: 46 rec., 763 yds, 6 TDs
6. Julio Jones, Alabama (JR) – Bye Week – 9
In the fantasy world, few players have been as big a waste of talent as Julio Jones. He went 364 days between touchdowns, has never caught 60 passes in a year and saw his yardage total drop almost 400-yards from ’08 to ’09. But a stretch of three straight games with a score in last November, combined with his dominating second half performance against Auburn, has Jones poised for his best season yet this fall.
Athlon’s Take: Jones is right in the mix for “Most Talented Receiver in the Nation” honors. However, he rarely saw double coverage in year one and had some concentration issues in year two. He finished strong and Nick Saban has said he wants to throw the ball more. But how much more can you throw the ball in a run-first offense when you are leading 28-0 by halftime each week?
2009 stats: 99 fantasy points
Receiving: 43 rec., 596 yds, 4 TDs
7. Deonte Thompson, Florida (JR) – Bye Week – 8
The hamstring injury waiting to happen enters his fourth year in the Gator system with a chance to be the top pass catcher. He posted a career-high five catches in two of the final four games of the year in ’09 including his best all-around game (5-63-1) in the bowl win over Cincinnati. The issue with this dynamic deep-threat has always been consistency and staying healthy.
Athlon’s Take: Thompson’s raw ability is obvious and he should be the guy to stretch the field. The two issues to remember are the depth and ambiguity of the Gator’s receiving corps and the emergence of quarterback John Brantley. If Andre Debose, Carl Moore or Chris Rainey become the go-to receiver, that seriously would hurt his value. If Brantley is the cerebral, down-the-field passer many think he can be, Thompson could post a huge season. We are leaning toward the latter.
2009 stats: fantasy points
Receiving: 24 rec., 343 yds, 4 TDs
8. Joe Adams, Arkansas (JR) – Bye Week – 5
Six different Hogs led the team in receptions for a game last season and Adams earned that right only once. He missed three games to a stroke but still matched the team lead in receiving touchdowns with seven. And like Childs, Adams is excellent down the field as his 19.6 yards-per-catch (good for sixth nationally) can attest. He might be the most talented receiver on the team but he needs to stay healthy.
Athlon’s Take: (This may sound familiar) Separating and predicting the Arkansas receiving corps from game to game might be a complete guessing game. This will likely be the top offense in the SEC, from a fantasy standpoint, but owners will have to take the good with the bad. The lawfirm of Childs, Wright, Adams, Williams and Hamilton is a deep group that could see a different name step-up each Saturday.
2009 stats: 120.8 fantasy points
Receiving: 29 rec., 568 yds, 7 TDs
Rushing: 31 yds, TD
9. Terrance Toliver, LSU (SR) – Bye Week – 9
The 6-foot-5 target finished second on the team in all three major receiving categories last season. He should be No. 1 this year. He needs to eliminate the zero production games if he expects to accomplish that, however (see La. Tech and Arkansas). Although, the LSU receiving corps isn’t deep, Rueben Randle and Russell Shepard help make this a talented trio.
Athlon’s Take: Randle and Shepard should help keep the defenses focused on Toliver, however, a major step in the development of quarterback Jordan Jefferson must take place if he expects to be an every week starter in 120-formats. Jefferson (and the offensive line for that matter) must play better football. If they do, every fantasy option on this offense could turn in some excellent fantasy games.
2009 stats: 106.9 fantasy points
Receiving: 53 rec., 735 yds, 3 TDs
10. Chris Rainey, Florida (JR) – Bye Week – 8
The small, speedster ran the ball 173 times over the last two years while only catching 13 passes. A switch to receiver full-time this season could do interesting things to his fantasy value. His play-making ability is stellar no matter the position — he scored five rushing, one receiving and one punt return touchdowns last season.
Athlon’s Take: How Rainey is used will determine his ultimate fantasy value. If he is just another burner who gets 3-6 touches per game, he might not be worth owning — especially if John Brantley is working the ball down the field more to Carl Moore and Deonte Thompson. If he is used like Percy Harvin was two seasons ago, he could be a fantasy monster. He can handle the workload of the option game and would be dangerous in the open field with bubble screen-, short cross-, end around- and trick play-part of the Gator spread attack.
2009 stats: 108.6 fantasy points
Receiving: 10 rec., 161 yds, 1 TD
Rushing: 575 yds, 5 TDs
11. Chad Bumphis, Mississippi State (SO)
12. Andre Debose, Florida (FR)
13. Jarius Wright, Arkansas (JR)
14. Gerald Jones, Tennessee (SR)
15. Russell Shepard, LSU (SO)
16. Terrell Zachery, Auburn (SR)
17. Chris Matthews, Kentucky (SR)
18. Markeith Summers, Ole Miss (SR)
19. Marquis Maze, Alabama (JR)
20. Tori Gurley, South Carolina (SO)
21. John Cole, Vanderbilt (SO)
22. Tavarres King, Georgia (SO)
23. Carl Moore, Florida (SR)
24. Rueben Randle, LSU (SO)
25. Denarius Moore, Tennessee (SR)
26. Kodi Burns, Auburn (SR)
27. Lionel Breaux, Ole Miss (SR)
28. Cobi Hamilton, Arkansas (SO)
29. Jason Barnes, South Carolina (JR)
30. DeAngelo Benton, Auburn (SO)
31. Frankie Hammond Jr., Florida (SO)
32. Emory Blake, Auburn (SO)
33. Darius Hanks, Alabama (SR)
34. Leon Berry, Mississippi State (SR)
35. Marlon Brown, Georgia (SO)
36. Jesse Grandy, Ole Miss (SO)
37. Da’Rick Rogers, Tennessee (FR)
38. Udom Umoh, Vanderbilt (JR)
39. Marsalis Teague, Tennessee (SO)
40. La’Rod King, Kentucky (SO)
41. Chris Dunkley, Florida (FR)
42. Omarius Hines, Florida (SO)
43. Dion LeCorn, South Carolina (SR)
44. Earl Alexander, Alabama (SR)
45. Jordan Matthews, Vanderbilt (FR)
46. Tray Herndon, Vanderbilt (JR)
47. Brandon Heavens, Mississippi State (SO)
48. Trovon Reed, Auburn (FR)
49. Chris Tolliver, LSU (SO)
50. Stephen Alli, Florida (FR)
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