Bold Prediction: Wide receivers

The meek may inherit the Earth, but they aren't likely to win your fantasy league. When it comes to claiming virtual hardware on the fantasy football field, you have to go big, or expect to go home. With that in mind, I asked my fellow Yahoo! fantasy experts (Andy Behrens, Brad Evans, Scott Pianowski, Dalton Del Don and myself) to peek into their crystal balls and offer up their most eye brow-raising visions pertaining to the running back position for the coming season - check out our Bold Predictions for Quarterbacks and Running Backs:

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Chris Givens out-targets and outperforms ballyhooed rookie Tavon Austin. The second-year target emerges with 60 receptions for 1,000 yards and six touchdowns. (Evans)

Chris Givens is a more valuable fantasy wideout than his more hyped rookie teammate Tavon Austin. (Del Don)

Chris Givens tops 1,000 yards, scores 10 times, or both. This is the Rams receiver you want. (Pianowski)

Golden Tate emerges as Seattle's clear cut No. 1 wide receiver and breaks out in a big way, finishing as a top 20 fantasy wide receiver. (Del Don)

Golden Tate is a top 20 receiver, as the seas part open for him. Percy Harvin is already hurt, and Sidney Rice always seems to be. (Pianowski)

Pierre Garcon keeps the injury imp at arm's length, suits up all 16 games and establishes new career benchmarks across the board - 85 receptions for 1,250 yards and does an end-zone jig 10 times. (Evans)

Torrey Smith, Pierre Garcon and DeSean Jackson all have career-years, finishing with more fantasy points than Andre Johnson, Roddy White, Dwayne Bowe and Marques Colston. (Del Don)

Justin Blackmon is a top 15 receiver over the final six weeks of the fantasy season. I hate playing the stash-and-hope game, but he might be worth an exception. (Pianowski)

Justin Blackmon returns from suspension in Week 5 and delivers top 20 wideout numbers from that point on. (Evans)

Dez Bryant scores four more touchdowns than any other receiver. (Pianowski) Miles Austin tops 1,000 receiving yards and scores 8 touchdowns, finishing among the top 20 fantasy receivers. (Funston)

Next year, we'll be drafting Rueben Randle six rounds earlier than he went this year. (Behrens)

Rueben Randle takes advantage of Hakeem Nicks' inability to stay healthy, posting 800 receiving yards and 6 touchdowns. (Funston)

Antonio Brown is a top 10 fantasy wideout, leading the Steelers in targets by a mile and scoring a sneaky 8-10 touchdowns. (Pianowski)

T.Y. Hilton tops all Indy skill position players with 10 touchdowns, more than Reggie Wayne and DHB combined. (Funston)

Michael Floyd will double-up Malcom Floyd's fantasy production in 2013. (Behrens)

Anquan Boldin tops 900 yards, eight touchdowns, or both. A terrific value in the middle-to-late rounds. (Pianowski)

The year's best ACL comeback story may not be RG3, but Ryan Broyles. He'll give us 70 catches. (Behrens)


Mike Wallace impersonates the Miami Marlins and delivers underwhelming results in his debut with the Dolphins. Terribly inconsistent and largely unreliable, he fails to surpass 850 receiving yards and finishes outside the WR top 25. (Evans)

Based upon ADP, Mike Wallace goes down as the biggest bust among fantasy wide receivers in 2013. (Del Don)

By the end of the season, we'll all agree that Cecil Shorts was the subject of so many "underrated" features that he became overrated. (Behrens)

We won't see Percy Harvin back in action until the summer of 2014. (Sorry, Brandon.) (Behrens)

Kenbrell Thompkins is on most waiver wires at some point in October. Undrafted free agent, offense that spreads it around. The buzz is out of control. (Pianowski)

After three consecutive 1,000-yard seasons, Stevie Johnson falls victim to circumstance (Bills QBs) and fails to reach 800 receiving yards. (Funston)

Anquan Boldin posts his worst per game fantasy numbers of his career. (Funston)

DeSean Jackson scores four times or less, and misses several games. He's still afraid to go over the middle. (Pianowski)

Andre Johnson again posts high-quality numbers in PPR settings, but proves to be frustrating to own in standard leagues. He fails to score six times, extending his sub-10 TD streak to 11 seasons. (Evans)

When it comes to commonly targeted sleeper receivers, Ryan Broyles, Vincent Brown, Kenny Britt and Denarius Moore all disappoint badly. (Del Don)


In his first season with the Broncos, Wes Welker's production falls off Pike's Peak. His final 70-750-3 tally makes him barely roster-worthy in 12-team and deeper leagues. (Evans)

Kenny Britt has two games with multiple scores, and otherwise doesn't find the end zone at all. Good luck with Jake Locker, Tennessee. (Pianowski)

Greg Jennings will make you long for the Bernard Berrian era, Minnesota. (Behrens)

Reggie Wayne doesn't score many more fantasy points than either of his teammates, T.Y. Hilton or Darrius Heyward-Bey. (Del Don)

Larry Fitzgerald, who finished outside the top 40 fantasy wide receivers a year ago, remains outside WR1 status even with Carson Palmer in the fold, failing to crack the top 15 fantasy wideouts in '13. (Funston)

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