January 22, 2010
Fantasy Clicks
By Jay Clemons
Playing A Championship Sunday Hunch
Jerricho Cotchery: Derek Hingle/Icon SMI

Poor Jerricho Cotchery. He's easily the most productive wideout on the Jets these days ... and yet, Braylon Edwards commands all the hype entering Championship Weekend. He's a reasonable lock for 70-plus total yards against the Colts on Sunday ... and yet, Thomas Jones, Shonn Greene and even tight end Dustin Keller possess greater upside -- at least in the minds of fantasy owners. And even IF Cotch does score one or two TDS, thus playing a huge role in the franchise's first Super Bowl appearance since January 1969 (starring Joe Namath, of course) ... rookie QB Mark Sanchez will most certainly get the lion's share of the credit -- whether it's from fans or media in search of this generation's Broadway Joe.

There is one bright side to Cotchery's story, though, and it comes in the form of potentially carrying owners to a postseason fantasy league title -- should the Jets reach Super Bowl XLIV on Feb. 7 in Miami ... and assuming 'Survivor League' owners have the chutzpah to start Cotchery over Devery Henderson, Austin Collie, Pierre Garcon, Robert Meachem and the aforementioned Braylon Edwards this weekend. (We currently have Cotchery ranked as the No. 3 fantasy wideout for the week -- more on that later.)

Into The Great Wide Open

Since we're on the subject, here's our way-too-early listing of the top 25 wideouts in 2010:
1. Andre Johnson, Texans
2. Larry Fitzgerald, Cardinals
3. Greg Jennings, Packers
4. Anquan Boldin, Cardinals (?)
5. Vincent Jackson, Chargers
6. Reggie Wayne, Colts
7. Marques Colston, Saints
8. DeSean Jackson, Eagles
9. Brandon Marshall, Broncos (?)
10. Sidney Rice, Vikings
11. Miles Austin, Cowboys
12. Randy Moss, Patriots
13. Roddy White, Falcons
14. Calvin Johnson, Lions
15. Michael Crabtree, 49ers
16. Chad Ochocino, Bengals
17. Dwayne Bowe, Chiefs
18. Steve Smith, Panthers
19. Mike Sims-Walker, Jaguars
20. Kenny Britt, Titans
21. Jerricho Cotchery, Jets
22. Antonio Bryant, Buccaneers (?)
23. Percy Harvin, Vikings
24. Robert Meachem, Saints
25. Devon Aromashodu, Bears

Sleeper Cells

These five wideouts have a great shot at cracking the top 20 WRs next season:
1. Justin Gage, Titans
2. Brandon Tate, Patriots
3. Austin Collie, Colts
4. Jeremy Maclin, Eagles
5. Donnie Avery, Rams

'Survivor' Dream Team -- Championship Week

QB: Peyton Manning
RBs: Shonn Greene/Pierre Thomas
WRs: Jerricho Cotchery/Austin Collie
RB/WR Flex: Thomas Jones
TE: Jeremy Shockey
K: Jay Feely
D/ST: Indianapolis Colts

Divisional Playoff Picks (these players are now ineligible for other rounds)
QB: Drew Brees
RBs: Joseph Addai/Beanie Wells
WRs: Sidney Rice/Marques Colston
RB/WR Flex: Reggie Wayne
TE: Dallas Clark
K: Ryan Longwell
D/ST: San Diego Chargers

Wild Card Picks (these players are now ineligible for other rounds)
QB: Kurt Warner
RBs: Ray Rice/Cedric Benson
WRs: Larry Fitzgerald/Randy Moss
RB/WR Flex: Ryan Grant
TE: Jason Witten
K: Mason Crosby
D/ST: Cincinnati Bengals

Revised Playoff Picks

Conference Championships
Indianapolis over N.Y. Jets
Minnesota over New Orleans

Super Bowl
Minnesota over Indianapolis

QB Rankings -- Championship Week

1. Drew Brees, Saints
2. Peyton Manning, Colts
3. Brett Favre, Vikings
4. Mark Sanchez, Jets

Top 8 Running Backs -- Championship Week

1. Adrian Peterson, Vikings
2. Shonn Greene, Jets
3. Joseph Addai, Colts
4. Pierre Thomas, Saints
5. Reggie Bush, Saints
6. Thomas Jones, Jets
7. Chester Taylor, Vikings
8. Donald Brown, Colts

Top 8 Wide Receivers -- Championship Week

1. Marques Colston, Saints
2. Sidney Rice, Vikings
3. Jerricho Cotchery, Jets
4. Austin Collie, Colts
5. Reggie Wayne, Colts
6. Robert Meachem, Saints
7. Bernard Berrian, Vikings
8. Braylon Edwards, Jets

Top Kickers -- Championship Week

1. Ryan Longwell, Vikings
2. Jay Feely, Jets
3. Garrett Hartley, Saints
4. Matt Stover, Colts

Top 20 Fantasy Studs -- 2010 Rookies

Now that the list of college underclassmen declaring for the NFL draft has become official, here's our top fantasy newbies for next season (obviously, this will change greatly come late April):
1. RB C.J. Spiller, Clemson
2. RB Jahvid Best, California
3. WR Golden Tate, Notre Dame
4. WR Dez Bryant, Oklahoma State
5. WR Arrelious Benn, Illinois
6. QB Jimmy Clausen, Notre Dame
7. QB Sam Bradford, Oklahoma
8. WR Danario Alexander, Missouri
9. WR Eric Decker, Minnesota
10. RB Jonathan Dwyer, Georgia Tech
11. TE Ed Dickson, Oregon
12. WR Brandon LaFell, LSU
13. TE Aaron Hernandez, Florida
14. WR Dezmon Briscoe, Kansas
15. QB Tim Tebow, Florida
16. QB Dan LeFevour, Central Michigan
17. RB Charles Scott, LSU
18. TE Rob Gronkowski, Arizona
19. WR Demaryius Thomas, Georgia Tech
20. QB Colt McCoy, Texas

Saturday Night's Alright For Nostalgia

I wanted to leave on a quick, but oh-so-important programming note: At 8:30 p.m. EST on Saturday night, the NFL Network will be airing a special re-broadcast of Super Bowl III between the AFL champion Jets and NFL champion Baltimore Colts (approximately 16 months before the American Football League and National Football League officially merged into one entity). In my opinion, this still stands as the most significant game in professional football history ... and, quite possibly, the pre-eminent watershed sporting moment of the last 60 years. And if that's not enough to get you to tune in ... you'll love NBC's very-brief pregame show and rudimentary graphics -- along with Curt Gowdy's folksy regaling of Joe Namath's unprecedented victory guarantee leading up to Super Sunday. Amazing!

Jay Clemons can be found on Twitter, day and night (@SI_JayClemons), accessing your fantasy questions and comments. You can also read his award-winning Revelations every Sunday and Monday during the NFL season.

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