Choosing wide receivers in fantasy football is not an easy task. There are so many options and available receivers at the beginning of year and choosing the absolute best one is basically a shot in the dark. Wide receivers are not like any other position in terms of fantasy. For starters, most fantasy teams start 3 wide receivers (or two and a flex), which is more than any other position. The reason it is harder to draft stud wide receivers or over a stud quarterback is because you need more of them. Many fantasy experts will say there are consistently 5-8 elite quarterbacks in the league and about the same running backs. As for receivers, there a only a handful.
Sometimes going into a season, there are only 3 top tier wideouts and having the best one is a huge advantage. Going into the 2011 season, many familiar wideouts graced the top of many fantasy owners list’s. Names like Andre Johnson, Calvin Johnson, Roddy White and Larry Fitzgerald are consistently the best and most reliable receivers in the world of fantasy football. But every year someone breaks through and provides that one lucky owner the fantasy spark that everyone hopes and wishes for, and this year, that player is Wes Welker.
According to standard scoring fantasy football leagues, Wes Welker of New England Patriots is the top scoring wide receiver. He is also one of two receivers to have over 100 fantasy points in just 6 games. The other receiver is Calvin Johnson A.K.A Megatron of the Detroit Lions. After 6 games, Welker has 6 more fantasy points that Johnson with the next closest receiver behind Johnson by 25 points. Wes Welker was not pre-ranked by many experts and fans as a top 10 receiver in the league but after the first 6 games, he has easily proven himself to be along the elite in the NFL. In 4 of the 6 games so far this season, Welker has had over 120 yards and has put a touchdown per game. While Calvin Johnson has more touchdowns so far, his total yards and receptions don’t even match up to Welker’s. For those owners who play in a PPR league (point per reception,) Wes Welker would be considered a fantasy gold mine with the amount of catches he has already had in this young season.
Granted the season is still young, the Patriots and Wes Welker don’t appear to be slowing down anytime soon, which is a good sign for Welker’s future fantasy projections. Not only does Welker have all-pro hands, his speed and yards after the catch are what has made him the best fantasy wide receiver in the NFL up to this point. Like stated before, there a few other wide receivers who are chomping at the bit to take over the league’s top spot, but the 5′ 9″ former Texas Tech Red Raider has all the tools to be fantasy dynamite for the remaining 11 weeks of the season.