100 Fantasy Football Tips in 100 Days, Day 54: More on Speed for WRs
Yesterday, I mentioned that I think 4.55 is around the speed cutoff that wide receivers need to excel in the NFL. I value size much more than speed for the position, but there are only a handful of receivers who’ve run slower than 4.55 and still been successful. Davis Mattek, a contributor at rotoViz, broke it down more:
The list of wide receivers who put together top 30 seasons while running slower than 4.56 40 since 1999 is: Anquan Boldin, Mike Clayton, Koren Robinson, Plaxico Burres, Mario Manningham, Bernard Berrian, Chad ‘Ochocinco’ Johnson, Antonio Bryant and Darrell Jackson.
So what do these players have in common that makes them special compared to the other, slower wideouts? Well, they are all taller than 6″2′. The only ones who weighed less than 188 pounds were Mario Manningham and Bernard Berrian, and 15 of the 31 top-30 seasons came from players who weighed more than 209 pounds.
It’s never good to be slow in the NFL, but if you aren’t a blazer at wide receiver, you better have size. For fantasy purposes, I typically target big, physical receivers who can consistently score touchdowns over small players with lots of speed.