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By Nick Falana

“Small Wide Receivers Making Big Impact Across NFL.”

“Short Or Tall, You Need Both.”

Google up “Big WR,” and this is the hype you get.

But don’t call it a comeback. We remember the small WR’s precisely because they are the exception. Big WR’s have been fantasy football’s PPR (and TD) smorgasbord for years. And that ain’t changing.

It’s OK to grab an exception in the sixth round of your rookie draft — like the Steelers did with Antonio Brown. Quality late round drafting is the stuff NFL and fantasy championships are made of. Do it all day, like you’re disciplining your child southern style.

Just don’t buy the hype. Sure Brown, TY Hilton, and even Julian “Wes Welker” Edelman have been pouring on the fantasy stats of late but the fact remains they’re news because they’re the exception.

That “Short Or Tall, You Need Both” article’s argument in favor of the little guy? “Nine of the Top 20 WR are 6’1″ or under. And this in a time when everyone wants to love the Tavon Austins of the world.

Do the math. Two thirds of those Top 20 WR are Big Receivers. And this doesn’t even speak to career longevity — which is where things get a whole lot less complicated.

Of the Top 5 WR is NFL history, precisely one is UNDER 6’3″. His name happens to be Jerry Rice and he happens to be 6’2″. Even Chris Carter is a munchkin of the bunch at 6’3”.

Sure the game is changing. Quarterbacks wear skirts and receivers can’t be hit higher than their pretty little titties. But who are the sad old dudes hanging on to fantasy relevance? Boldin, Colston, Andre Johnson.

So give me the guys who will be the sad old fantasy has beens “only worth a late second” in ten years — Jordan Matthews, Allen Robinson, and Mike Evans.

Which brings us to the real issue. Concussions.

Most people associate G-Force with those sexy Tom Cruise fighter pilots from 80’s movies. But the fact is (according to Popular Mechanics) that G-Force can be used to rate every type of physical interaction humans have.

Simply walking down the street in your khakis rates out at 1.0 G. Sneezing causes hurts in your pretty little head (clocking in with nearly 3 times as much G-Force as walking!). And a concussion rates at 100 G’s.

An extreme football impact — think Sean Taylor times the speed of probation squared — scores 150 G’s. Of course, all of us are familiar with the equation 4.42 second 40 yard dash times 210 pounds of NFL safety in his contract year equals one ton of decapitating force or we wouldn’t be playing fantasy football… right?

The fact is bigger dudes can take more hits, can hold onto more balls, can have longer careers. So if there’s a small guy (like 5’11” Odell Beckham) take a chance on him no doubt.

But at the end of the day, the majority of your successful NFL receivers (fantasy or otherwise which still means fantasy) are going to be Big Receivers.

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