During the typical fantasy football draft, there is a surge in the second, third and fourth rounds to grab the best wide receivers in the NFL. Owners stress the importance of drafting a receiver who is number one on his team and likely to get them the most points throughout the year.
But, there is somewhat of a stigma attached to owning the second receiver on that same NFL team as well. Many fantasy owners ask how it could possibly benefit them to have two players who are essentially competing for catches, assuming that on any given week, one is going to trump the other, leaving their second man obsolete.
A quick look at the past, though, will tell you this is not always the case. Just last year, you’d have been dancing with the fantasy trophy if you had Victor Cruz and Hakeem Nicks from the Giants on your squad. The 2010 season saw the emergence of Pierre Garcon teaming up with Reggie Wayne in Indianapolis. And it is hard to forget the fantasy numbers put up in 2009 by New England’s pair of Randy Moss and Wes Welker or 2008’s Cardinals duo of Larry Fitzgerald and Anquan Boldin.
But even with the lessons from the past, very few fantasy teams own the number one and two receivers from any given NFL team. Now in the middle of the season, it might be time at looking to tap into that market however.
There are four NFL teams right now vying for the title of best fantasy football WR duo. Green Bay’s Randall Cobb and James Jones are the surprising leaders of the pack, tied with Eric Decker and Demaryius Thomas from the Broncos with 186 combined fantasy points. Not far behind them lies a more expected pair of receivers from Atlanta: Roddy White and Julio Jones with 179 combined points.
And, sitting comfortably in a tie with the Falcons is another NFC South combination that you likely wouldn’t expect if you were reading this post on any other website: Vincent Jackson and Mike Williams of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Consider this: In the past four weeks, Josh Freeman has thrown for 1,257 yards and 11 touchdowns. Jackson and Williams have accounted for 691 of those yards and seven of the touchdowns. That is 111 fantasy points between the two of them, in just four weeks. Meaning that if you were starting both Vincent Jackson and Mike Williams, your two WR positions would have accounted for 27.75 points per game. If you look at your starting lineup over the past four weeks, you will almost certainly find a number smaller than that each week.
Over the past few years, we have seen the passing games in the NFL take off. We can see the reflection in fantasy football with quarterbacks being drafted higher and higher, but we can’t forget about the adjustment to the wide receiver position as well. With QBs regularly topping the 300 yards per game mark, how can it possibly be a bad thing to corral his top two receivers, all but guaranteeing that you will lock up more than of the team’s passing statistics each and every week.