While a few other WR’s have made noble efforts, Johnson, Johnson, and Fitzgerald are generally viewed as the class of the WR world. All three are spectacular freaks of nature that dominate on the real field. Given the choice, it’s a tough call predicting which player will come out on top this year in the fantasy world.
Calvin Johnson – Calvin Johnson should be in line to at least match his 12 TD, 1120 Yd., 77 Rec. performance of last year. He survived most of last year with Shaun Hill filling in at QB and still performed reasonably well. If… BIG IF… Matthew Stafford can stay healthy, Johnson will likely improve on his numbers from last season. Even if Stafford doesn’t stay healthy, its reasonable to expect Johnson to maintain his performance or improve a bit as he continues to mature.
Andre Johnson – Andre Johnson’s outlook for this season is likely little changed. He put up 8 TD, 1216 Yd., 86 Rec. last year. The key pieces of the Houston offense remain largely the same and the same coaching staff is in place. He is still in the prime of his career and similar numbers should be expected. The only downside for Johnson could be potential improvements for the Houston defense, meaning Houston might not have to play from behind quite as much.
Larry Fitzgerald – Of the big three, Fitzgerald would seem to be the biggest candidate for improvement. Last season he put up good numbers, 6 TD, 1137 Yd., 90 Rec. , in a bad situation. After the quarterback chaos he experienced last season, Kevin Kolb almost certainly has to be a significant improvement. Fitzgerald would seem likely to improve on his 6 TD’s, at least approaching the double digit figures he had put up in four out of the previous five years. Though Kolb probably is not Kurt Warner and, good or bad, Fitzgerald has now lost both of his two sidekicks (Anquan Boldin and Steve Breaston) from a few years ago, Fitzgerald seems to have the most upside.
Personally, given the choice I would go for Fitzgerald, particularly in a PPR league. In a non-PPR league, I would still have to think long and hard about taking a WR if any of the top workhorse RB’s were still on the board.