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Wide receivers of the decade


The best: Randy Moss
The next: Terrell Owens
The rest: Marvin Harrison, Torry Holt, Chad Ochocinco

Picking the best fantasy wide receiver of the decade was by far the most difficult among all the positions. The final decision came down to Terrell Owens and Randy Moss, and you could make compellng arguments for either one.

Moss was the better fantasy wide receiver by a razor-thin margin because of availability. During the 2000s, both players had similar receiving numbers, but Moss played in 153 games to 141 for Owens, who missed time when fantasy owners needed him most.

Take the 2002 season, when Owens missed the final two games. That's the fantasy playoffs in every league. Meantime in the final two games of 2002, Moss had 109 and 110 yards receiving, respectively.

The following year, Owens missed the final game of the season while Moss had 56 yards and one touchdown, good for 11 points in standard-scoring formats. Then in 2004, Owens missed the final two games with an ankle injury. Moss missed three games that season, but he was back for the fantasy playoffs and had nine and 12 points in the final two weeks, respectively.

In 2005, the Eagles were so sick of Owens that Coach Andy Reid sent him home for the final nine games of the season even though Owens was averaging 109 receiving yards per game and had six touchdowns.

Moss played his first season with Oakland in 2005, and although he had a down year with 1,005 yards and eight touchdowns, he finished with 116 yards and two touchdowns in the final game. Those are statistics any fantasy owner gladly would take in his league title game.

Then there's this season in which Moss continues to produce while Owens is stuck in a terrible offense in Buffalo. With one game left, Moss has 1,189 yards and 13 touchdowns, including three in Week 16. Owens has 764 yards and four touchdowns.

Moss is leading the NFL in receiving touchdowns, and if he finishes at the top, it will be the fourth time this decade he has done so. Moss and Owens each has led the league in touchdown receptions three times in the 2000s.

By Gene Wang  |  December 30, 2009; 10:00 AM ET  | Category:  Fantasy Football Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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