By Jeff Paur
Senior Fantasy Writer
Realtime Fantasy Sports
The receiver position is a lot more coveted these days, mainly because so many leagues are points per reception (PPR). This makes getting someone like Calvin Johnson a big plus for fantasy teams. Top receivers have even more value in PPR leagues. If you don't get an elite option in a PPR league, you aren't likely winning your league.
And we have some quality top options. There are about 10 or so elite fantasy receivers - guys capable of leading the league in scoring. After the top guys, though, we have a lot of similar options, which is why many wait on receivers after the elite guys are gone. It is another reason teams load up on No. 1 receivers early. You can use different strategies at the receiver spot and have success both ways.
Just like at running back, teams are looking for the next surprise. Who will be Victor Crus in 2012? There are some breakout candidates. Dez Bryant finally seems ready for that breakout season, emerging as the No. 1 option in the passing game much of last season. Torrey Smith lacked some consistency last season but sure had some big games as a rookie. If he can become more consistent, he can post huge numbers for the Ravens. Malcom Floyd just seems to produce when given the chance and should get plenty of chances as the likely No. 1 for a pass-heavy Chargers team. So there are options out there that could break through. It would be good to target one, get one on your team and hope for the best.
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