As the Olympics roll along, maybe the Games are a good example to use when ranking the hierarchy of fantasy football a year ago. At the end of the season, which position would be standing where on the medal stand? If you're thinking like I am, wide receivers grabbed the gold a year ago in what was a record breaking and relatively healthy year at the position.
All this adds up to what for now appears to be a key season on the horizon for the leagues' best wide receivers. Early drafts are already suggesting a greater confidence in these positions when compared to years past. While running backs are teasing us with injury concerns and time shares, most of the top receivers and tight ends are in or entering their primes and doing so healthy. That said, here are some of the top pass catchers whose health you should keep an eye on as you go for the gold.
Now the injuries. Williams missed the final four games with a strained PCL. The injury has healed and Williams even caught a TD in the Lions fort preseason game. However, he's missed nine games in his four year career and only played all 16 once. He's a good bet to miss a game or two for various reasons. As for Johnson, let's not forget this guy came into the league with more hype than perhaps any receiver in ten years. For a rookie, his stats were respectable, but a strained back in Week 3 limited what may have been a special first year. The injury only forced Johnson to miss one game, but it bothered him so much that Johnson admitted there were games he needed multiple Vicodin just to play. Keep an eye on Johnson since back injuries can sometimes linger, but he's been pain free thus far in camp. Plus, with a nickname like "Megatron", don't you have to find a place for Johnson on your team?
Nagging injuries may have finally caught up with the 32-year old Ward. He played most of last season on a knee with a sprained MCL and PCL and then had offseason surgery to repair a torn meniscus. He was excused from most of the team's offseason activities to rest the knee and it seems to have worked as he's been full go in camp. Ward has only missed six games in his 10-year career, but they've all come in the last three seasons (including three last year). Few players have played through injuries the way Ward has, but is it something he can continue to do? Ward is still a nice option for the right price, but age and health are catching up. Even if fully healthy, the offense is more spread out with Holmes, rookie