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Johnson, Austin take home receiver awards

Andre Johnson (left) wins the 2009 TSN Fantasy Receiver of the Year Award.
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - Looking back on the past NFL season to evaluate what went right and what went wrong is always a valuable tool. So today, in the third-part of the series, we take a look at the receiver position and check performance with expected value which in this case is measured by Average Draft Position (ADP).

Bargain - DeSean Jackson, Miles Austin, Sidney Rice, Steve Smith (NYG), Percy Harvin, Robert Meachem, Mike Sims-Walker, Hakeem Nicks

DeSean Jackson was certainly a highlight show star, but Austin turned in the best valued performance in 2009 for any receiver. Barely on the radar screen in August, Austin assumed the role the Cowboys originally had for Roy Williams when they traded a 2009 first, third and sixth-round draft choice for his services. While Williams' name can be found in the "bust" category, Austin wins the wide receiver 2009 TSN Best Bargain Award.

If Austin hadn't had such a great season, the "Best Bargain" trophy would have gone to Sidney Rice, who came out of nowhere to post great numbers. From a 15- catch, 141-yard season in 2008 to production of 83-catches, 1,312-yards, eight touchdowns shows the value of hard work and a great quarterback.

Meachem finally took advantage of the high-powered New Orleans offense to get himself on the fantasy map and Sims-Walker took over the No.1 job in Jacksonville from Torry Holt with a solid 63-reception, 869-yard, seven-TD effort.

Fair Market Value - Andre Johnson, Randy Moss, Wes Welker, Reggie Wayne, Brandon Marshall, Larry Fitzgerald, Roddy White, Vincent Jackson, Hines Ward, Santonio Holmes, Chad Ochocinco, Derrick Mason, Donald Driver

You paid a steep price for Andre Johnson (ADP 15.4), but he was worth every penny leading all receivers with 275 fantasy points. After a couple of injury- prone years, Johnson has gone back-to-back seasons without missing a game and should no longer be considered an "injury-risk." The Houston wideout wins the 2009 TSN Fantasy Receiver of the Year Award.

Overpaid - Greg Jennings, Marques Colston, Calvin Johnson, Steve Smith (CAR), Anquan Boldin, Santana Moss, Jerricho Cotchery, Bernard Berrian, Laveranues Coles, Donnie Avery, Lance Moore, Justin Gage, Torry Holt

A lot was expected from Jennings (ADP 21.8) back in August and though he cracked the 1,000-yard mark, he certainly left a lot to be desired. Yards were down slightly and TDs cut in half from nine-to-four leaving owners wanting more.

Bust - Terrell Owens, Anthony Gonzalez, T.J. Houshmandzadeh, Roy Williams, Braylon Edwards, Dwayne Bowe, Antonio Bryant, Eddie Royal

Owens talks a good game, but did nothing for 14 of the 16 weeks. Seems like he keeps "trading down" at quarterback from Steve Young/Jeff Garcia to Donovan McNabb to Tony Romo to Ryan Fitzpatrick/Trent Edwards. Who's next for the "reality TV star," Aaron Garcia of the Jacksonville Sharks in Arena Football One?

Gonzalez was felled by an injury in Week 1 of the season and might never get his job back after youngsters Pierre Garcon and Austin Collie took over the roles opposite Reggie Wayne. Meanwhile, Bowe was slowed by a four-game suspension in the middle of the season and Bryant suffered leg/groin injuries and never continued the promise he displayed in the 2008 fantasy playoffs. The remainder of the "busts" simply didn't show up this season.

2009-10 Wide Receiver Statistics
PlayerTeamADPPTS
Andre JohnsonTEN15.4275
DeSean JacksonPHI63.9269
Miles AustinDAL152.5262
Randy MossNE12.9259
Wes WelkerNE32.4243
Reggie WayneIND19.5239
Brandon MarshallDEN38.4229
Larry FitzgeraldARI11.7225
Roddy WhiteATL26.2225
Sidney RiceMIN188.9213
Steve SmithNYG133.7212
Vincent JacksonSD63.2211
Percy HarvinMIN163.9200
Hines WardPIT61.3196
Greg JenningsGB21.8187
Santonio HolmesPIT58.5184
Chad OchocincoCIN52.5181
Marques ColstonNO29.8180
Derrick MasonBAL99.6178
Calvin JohnsonDET16.0167
Steve SmithCAR21.7165
Donald DriverGB79.1164
Anquan BoldinARI28.4163
Robert MeachemNO248.6163
Mike Sims-WalkerJAC210.9155
Hakeem NicksNYG138.4139
Josh CribbsCLE283.0138
Terrell OwensBUF38.3137
Santana MossWAS68.2134
Jerricho CotcheryNYJ74.7128
Mario ManninghamNYG236.0128
T.J. HoushmandzadehSEA32.8127
Jeremy MaclinPHI145.7125
Nate BurlesonSEA171.4124
Ted Ginn Jr.MIA123.7123
Mike WallacePIT238.0123
Chris ChambersKC113.3120
Johnny KnoxCHI268.0120
Patrick CraytonDAL129.2118
Devin HesterCHI113.8118
Jacoby JonesHOU256.0118
Pierre GarconIND242.0118
Austion CollieIND247.0116
Devery HendersonNO233.5114
Danny AmendolaSTL*112
Roy E. WilliamsDAL45.2110
Kenny BrittTEN189.6108
Davone BessMIA144.5106
Lee EvansBUF79.4103
Braylon EdwardsCLE/NYJ44.2103
Steve BreastonARI100.4102
Earl BennettCHI171.798
Dwayne BoweKC36.197
Nate WashingtonTEN192.795
Jabar GaffneyDEN258.094
Mohamed MassaquoiCLE284.092
Antonio BryantTB63.591
Bernard BerrianMIN83.990
Josh MorganSF139.988
Louis MurphyOAK267.087
Laveranues ColesCIN88.384
Donnie AverySTL83.784
Malcom FloydSD245.583
Dominik HixonNYG94.680
Michael CrabtreeSF106.479
Eddie RoyalDEN60.978
Kevin WalterHOU113.677
Torry HoltJAC80.576
Devin AromashoduCHI231.064
Julian EdelmanNE*61
Deion BranchSEA125.757
Justin GageTEN122.054
Lance MooreNO86.827
Darrius Heyward-BeyOAK163.717
Anthony GonzalezIND54.90
* were drafted in less than 5% of all leagues


Comments? Criticism? Applause? Contact Steve Schwarz at sschwarz@sportsnetwork.com.

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