2008 in Review: Judging Our Preseason WR and TE Rankings

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With the fantasy football season winding down, we decided to take a look back at our preseason rankings and see how we did.

Naturally you'll see quite a few where we messed up terribly, but others where we seemed to be clairvoyant.

Wide Receivers

Randy Moss, New England Patriots - Decent season, but definitely missed Brady.

Terrell Owens, Dallas Cowboys - Spent more time complaining than scoring.

Marques Colston, New Orleans Saints - The new oft-injured Andre Johnson type?

Braylon Edwards, Cleveland Browns

Braylon is arguably the biggest bust of the 2008 fantasy football season.

One of the first three wideouts taken in the majority of drafts, Braylon struggled to even hang on to the ball as the Browns went the final 16 quarters of their season without scoring a touchdown. Add in his disparaging comments about the fans and Edwards may be looking for a new home before it's all said and done.

It's going to take a long time before fantasy owners can ever trust him again.

Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona Cardinals - Should have been in the top three.

Reggie Wayne, Indianpolis Colts - Consistency is king.

Anquan Boldin, Arizona Cardinals - Should have been in top 3 with Fitz.

Plaxico Burress, New York Giants - Need I say anything?

Torry Holt, St. Louis Rams - How the mighty have fallen.

T.J. Houshmandzadeh, Cincinnati Bengals - Imagine what he could do on a good team?

Andre Johnson, Houston Texans - Top five wideout in 2009 without question.

Calvin Johnson, Detroit Lions

Despite already possessing perhaps the coolest nickname in the NFL (Megatron), it's time we give Johnson a new one: Houdini.

Because only Houdini could make a 1,300 yd, 12 TD season magically appear with Dan Orlovsky, Jon Kitna, Daunte Culpepper, Drew Stanton and Drew Henson at quarterback during this season.

This kid has all the tools to become one of, if not the best wide receiver in the game.

Chad Johnson, Cincinnati Bengals - 'Ocho Stinko'.

Brandon Marshall, Denver Broncos - Too inconsistent, this was right.

Wes Welker, New England Patriots - In PPR leagues he's a beast.

Marvin Harrison, Indianapolis Colts - Knew he was in decline, but this bad?

Santonio Holmes, Pittsburgh Steelers - Disappointing season, way too high here.

Steve Smith, Carolina Panthers - Say it with me: I'll never doubt Steve Smith again.

Roy Williams, Detroit Lions Dallas Cowboys - Expected more from him on a new team.

Bernard Berrian, Minnesota Vikings - Fell just short of a 1,000 yd season, 7 TD's helped.

Dwayne Bowe, Kansas City Chiefs - With, gulp, Tyler Thigpen, the sky is the limit.

Lee Evans, Buffalo Bills - Until they find a QB, Evans is going to plummet.

Greg Jennings, Green Bay Packers - Not just a speed threat, solid all around. Higher on this list next year.

Roddy White, Atlanta Falcons

Man, did I blow it on this kid.

Pairing White with Ryan was a stroke of genius by the Falcons front office and this relationship has the chance to become similar to the best combinations in the game. Big play ability and a great set of hands make White the complete package.

Jerricho Cotchery, New York Jets - Blame this one on Favre.

Donald Driver, Green Bay Packers - Mr Reliable is a solid WR3 for any team.

Joey Galloway, Tampa Bay Bucs - Wouldn't even be on the list here.

Vincent Jackson, San Diego Chargers - The deep threat the Chargers never knew they had.

Hines Ward, Pittsburgh Steelers - Not a prototypical WR1, but a great WR2.

Nate Burleson, Minnesota Vikings - Ha, terrible.

Chris Chambers, San Diego Chargers - Twisted ankle killed his season.

Laveranues Coles, New York Jets - Frost relationship with Favre did him in.

Santana Moss, Washington Redskins - The regression of Jason Campbell is the story here.


Tight Ends

Antonio Gates- San Diego Chargers - Never found a rhythm in 2008.

Jason Witten- Dallas Cowboys - Steady as ever. Too may targets per T.O.

Kellen Winslow- Cleveland Browns

What happened to this guy being a soldier?

Winslow can definitely talk the talk but has stumbled in every one of his attempts to walk the walk. Crawl and then face plant would probably be more accurate. There were a ton of better options than this underachieving Browns tight end and fantasy owners everywhere will think twice before entrusting Winslow with this position again.

Tony Gonzalez- Kansas City Chiefs - The best tight end in football.

Dallas Clark- Indianapolis Colts - You can never go wrong with the TE/WR hybrid.

Chris Cooley- Washington Redskins - Made a ton of catches, but just one TD.

Jeremy Shockey- New Orleans Saints - Terrible trade. Shockey never delivered.

Heath Miller- Pittsburgh Steelers - Big Ben forgot all about Miller until it was too late.

Vernon Davis- San Francisco 49ers - Big time bust. New Off. Coor. might help.

Alge Crumpler - Tennessee Titans - Not even the best TE on his own team.

Tony Scheffler- Denver Broncos - Started off hot, but that's about it.

Zach Miller- Oakland Raiders - Best receiver in Oakland.

Benjamin Watson- New England Patriots - Losing Brady killed his season.

Owen Daniels- Houston Texans

This kid is the real deal and a trusted target in the Texans offense. The only thing we'd like to see more of is touchdowns. That and a healthy Matt Schaub tossing him the ball for an entire season.

He fell 128 yds short of reaching 1,000 yds on the season and is undoubtedly one of the top five tight ends in fantasy football. Daniels will be rated very high come draft time in 2009.

Greg Olsen- Chicago Bears - The Bears have only scratched the surface of his potential.

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