Top 10 WR’s Heading into 2023 Season

Just under 2 weeks until we are watching real football again and we are at the deepest position in the league. The position that is referred to as being the icing on the cake, but also looked at as the “divas” on the field. If you ask any ten football fans for their top ten receivers, you’ll get ten different lists. Well, here is mine.

HM: Terry McLaurin

As a commanders fan myself, I really did want to put Scary Terry in my top ten, but I’ll leave my biased out of this one. Terry is going into a season where is playing with the best QB he has played with so he should see a jump in what has already been consistent production. His hands are among the best in the league and I do believe that after this season, he will be on a lot of people’s top ten lists.

10. AJ Brown

Ranking AJ Brown relies a lot on using the eye test. Being in an extremely run-heavy offense, he still caught the attention of everyone around the league. He is coming off his worst season out of his first three, but the eagles obviously saw the potential. AJ Brown, Scary Terry, and a few more on this list are the leaders of the new generation of wide receivers.

9. Mike Evans

Mr. Consistent himself. Since coming into the league in 2014, Mike Evans has never had under a thousand yards in a season. Not only is that impressive, but he also has 75 career TDs to go along with 9300 career yards thus far. This is also despite up and down QB play during his tenure with the Bucs. With Evans being the only receiver available in week 1 from last yard team, his usage may even increase.

8. Keenan Allen

Similiar to Mike Evans, Keenan Allen has stayed loyal to his team and hopefully it will pay off like it did for Evans. Allen is a top 3 route runner in the league and finally has a QB that puts the ball where it needs to be.

7. Tyreek Hill

One of the most dangerous weapons in the entire league, Hill is in a whole new situation where his strengths do not exactly mesh well with his new QB’s weaknesses. But as long as Hill can get the ball, no matter where it is on the field, he will make magic happen.

6.Ja’Marr Chase

After just one season, Chase is an absolute lock for being a top player at his position. After reuniting with his college Qb in Burrowm Chase racked up over 1400 yards and 13 TDs. He has to do better when it comes to drops, but Chase will be running this league for years to come.

5. Justin Jefferson

Deciding between college teammates Chase and Jefferson come down to a coin toss. I’ll go with Jefferson because of route running, fewer dropped balls, and he has been proven for one extra season. Jefferson is elite and has shown he can shine even in a loaded offense.

4. Cooper Kupp

I know a lot of people won’t agree with having someone that is coming off the NFL triple crown to be ranked at 4, but this is not a slight. Kupp is obviously special and his chemistry with QB Matthew Stafford was instant. He showed his dominance throughout the entire year last season, but these next 3 guys deserve their own praise too.

3. Stefon Diggs

Hands, route running and big play ability are what Diggs specializes in. He is also known for completely changing an offense. He is looking to go for his 5th straight 1k yard season and since arriving in Buffalo, he and Josh Allen have benefited greatly from each other. He opened the field up for Allen and has become one of the biggest deep ball threats in the league.

2. De’Andre Hopkins

Similar to Diggs, As soon as Hopkins arrived on his new team, his QB played much better. Kyler Murray didn’t have an elite option his first season in the league, but he received one in his second year in one of the most bizarre trades in recent memory. Although he is coming off of a down year and incoming suspension, Hopkin’s talent is undeniable, especially when it comes to his hands.

1. DaVante Adams

The eye test and numbers do not lie with this one. Adams is the NFL’s best when it comes to route running and his hands are amongst the best as well. He will be playing in a new offense with a new QB and coach, so he will have adjustments to make. One positive adjustment is fewer double teams since the defense will also have to focus on Waller and Renfrow.

Ranking The Top 10 RBs Heading Into 2023 Season

4 weeks remain until the start of the regular season and we are at the position that has supposedly been getting less and less important. Emphasis on supposedly. While there could be a legit argument made when it comes to the past super bowl winners haven’t had elite running play. When it comes down to the biggest stage, it seems like teams really heavily on defense, coaching and of course QB play. Even when looking at this list I made, these RBs aren’t on the teams people consider super bowl contenders, but they do make a huge impact on their respective teams.

Honorable Mention: Saquon Barkley & Ezekiel Elliot

The hardest part of making this list wasn’t the order, it was who was getting left off. As a huge Barkley fan, I just need to see a repeat of the RB we saw coming out of Penn State. This last year he played 13 games but finished with a hundred fewer carries than his career-best rookie season. Barkley has battled with injuries along with inconsistent QB and offensive line play. If he can stay healthy, Barkley is a top 5 running back so hopefully, he gets back to that.

Now for Elliot, it’s a little different. He has suffered a little bit from the injury bug, but he still has been pretty consistent when it comes to suiting up. The other difference is Elliott’s team may have already found his replacement in Tony Pollard. Pollard is younger and cheaper which Jerry Jones prefers. If Both Barkley and Elliot are healthy, and get a normal workload they are both still elite running backs in my eyes.

10. Austin Ekeler

Ekeler is an underrated dual-threat back that I expect to have a big season this year. He finished last season with over 1500 yards and 20 TDs and he could be featured even more with the Chargers on the rise.

9. Aaron Jones

Aaron Jones will be looking to bounce back after a down year last year, and the Packers will rely on him heavily without Davante Adams there. Although, Jones is similar to Zeke when it comes to having his possible replacement breathing down his neck in young running back AJ Dillon, he will still carry a heavy workload. Compared to the year before, Jones played 1 more game, had 30 less carries and 300 less yards. I believe that Joneswill have a season similar to that of two years ago rather than repeating last year’s performance.

8. Joe Mixon

Mixon is coming off a career high in both rushing and receiving yardage so this ranking isn’t about having a knock on Mixon. The players ahead of him just have a right to be in their position as well. Mixon may have been slightly overlooked as the Bengals made a run to the Super Bowl because of the instant success of the young studs in Burrow and Chase. At 26 years old Joe Mixon is in the middle of his prime and should have another strong season behind a hopefully improved offensive line.

7. Najee Harris

Is it to anyone’s surprise that an Alabama running back came into the league and fit right in on day one? I surely wasn’t. Harris is a big physical back who ran for an even 1200 yards in his rookie season. His workload will be the same if not more with his team still having battles at the QB position. Some say I am too high on Harris, but I think he will prove doubters wrong.

6. Alvin Kamara

Kamara would be higher on this list if it wasn’t for a possible upcoming suspension. Rumors are it could be around six games, but nothing is official yet. Kamara is one of the hardest players to tackle as his style seems a bit “slippery”. Surprisingly

5. Christian McCaffrey

When healthy, is one of the most electrifying players in the league. The problem is, we haven’t seen thatg since 2019. I was tempted to put him on my honorable mention with Barkley, but because of their play styles, I have a little more faith in CMC bouncing back.

4. Dalvin Cook

Dalvin Cook has been consitent in these last 3 years including a 1900 yard season the year before last. He is another dual threat back who hasn’t had to miss to many games since his rookie season. The Vikings offense is still loaded, but Cook will produce.

3. Jonathan Taylor

At 23 years old, Jonathan Taylor is already one of the best running backs in the entire league. Coming off of an 1800 yard season with 18 TDs, there is no denying his greatness. The Colts may pass a little more often than last season but Taylor is still the focal point of that offense.

2. Nick Chubb

Nick Chubb and Jonathan Taylor is really a coin toss decision, but I chose to give Chubb the number 2 spot. Chubb had 600 less yards, but he also had Kareem Hunt sharing carries with him. With Hunts recent trade request, we could see Chubb put up much greater numbers.

1. Derrick Henry

Was there any way he wouldn’t take the top spot? Henry is absolutely dominant. He was still leading the league in rushing for multiple weeks after his foot injury and w on pace to break the NFL single season rushing recotd. Or at least hit 2k. With questions all over the field for the Titans, Henry workload maybe even heavier and that is saying alot.

Which NBA Players Need a Fresh Start for 2023 Season

We are deep into the NBA offseason, but there are still a lot of moves left to be made. There are players still available via trade as well as a good amount of free agents with something still left in the tank. There are also some teams that haven’t filled all their needs and some teams that are still waiting on certain dominos to fall. I have kept my eye on some names that I’m surprised haven’t been moved by now, but these are just some landing spots I would personally like to see.

4 Team Trade gives NY their Spida-man

Cavs receive Tim Hardaway Jr and Evan Fournier, and Cam Reddish

Mavs receive Kevin Love and Collin Sexton

Jazz receive Lauri Markannen, Cam Reddish, Obi Toppin, Josh Green, Frank Ntilikina and Immanuel Quickley and picks

Knicks receive Donovan Mitchell

This one is a lot to follow, but that’s why I’ll start off with this. Obviously picks have to be involved to make this happen, but I took care of the players side of it. I can already hear people laughing this off, but trust me, it makes some sense for all teams involved. Lets start with the Cavs. Garland, Jarret Allen, and Evan Mobley seem to be the main core for the Cavs. Sexton is a solid scorer but having Levert there makes Sexton expandable. His fit next to Garland was never perfect and Rubio showed he was pretty good as the secondary playmaker before getting injured last season. With the Cavs also having Allen and Mobley for the foreseeable future, Kevin Love and Markkanen are not key pieces for this team either. Getting some shooting next to those bigs and Garland does make sense though.

For the Mavs, this seems easy. Mavs lost Brunson so Sexton would be a great contributor behind Luka and would give another consistent scoring option. The hardest part of this entire trade is the Mavs landing Love as well. Love’s fit next to Christian Wood would be interesting but at the very least, you are giving Luka a better chance at winning.

For the Jazz, they really do not need to make any moves. Mitchell hasn’t requested a trade and he is still under contract, but it seems like the question is when will he and not if he will. But if they do, they will be receiving a haul. They already got a huge package in return for Rudy Gobert who wasn’t really looked at the star of the team, so what can the star go for? As mentioned earlier, I didn’t put the picks in the trade details, but obviously the Jazz would be receiving at least 3 in return. They’ll get an ample amount of young talent as well to help the rebuild. The problem with them is making roster space in spereate trades from all the players that were already on the roster in addition to the ones acquired in the Gobert trade.

Finally for the Knicks, why not? You get a young star to pair with Brunson, Barrett and Julius Randle. No matter how many picks it takes, I don’t see why the Knicks don’t make a move for Mitchell.

Jazz embrace a rebuild

Jazz receive Devonte Graham, Larry Nance Jr, and Garrett Temple

Pelicans receive Mike Conley and Rudy Gay

One thing you can count on during a rebuild is the team will always look to trade away all the vets they possibly can along with any long term money. After trading away Gobert to get younger, keeping Conley and Gay doesn’t make too much sense. Neither one has high trade value Conley only averaged 13.7 PPG which is his lowest in over a decade. Rudy Gay at this point in his career his a role player and veteran presence. This gives the Pelicans another reliable ball handler and a little bit of veteran depth which is good when your stars are young. A lineup of Conley, CJ, Ingram, Zion and Jonas would be a very exciting team to watch and should definitely guarantee a playoff spot even in the rejuvenated west.

The Jazz would be receiving 2 young-ish players in return and Garrett Temple who they could either keep to have a veteran presence in such a young locker room or cut him. Getting Graham reunites him with his former teammate before the NBA in Donvovan Mitchell. Larry Nance gives them an athletic big that knows and plays his role. I see this as a win-win.

*If this trade doesn’t work, the Pels could also be in the market for another Jazz guard in Patrick Beverly.

Hornets steal the Lakers trade

Pacers Receive Gordon Hayward and Mason Plumlee and 2 1st round picks

Hornets Receive Buddy Hield and Myles Turner

Haywards inability to keep him on the floor as well as the Hornets style of play make it easy to look to trade the 32 year old forward. What makes it hard is his contract. He still has 2 years and roughly $60 mil owed. Similar to Westbrook, Hayward will most likely have to be packaged with picks.

The Pacers, who are currently rebuilding would love the picks and may even keep Hayward instead of buying him out. Hayward and Plumlee would both be returning home to Indiana to play and neither one is a star so they may not affect the rebuilding process.

The Hornets would be getting much needed help at the center position and shooting next to Lamelo. Between Lamelo, Rozier and Hield, not much defense will be played but at least now you will have a shot blocker in the paint.

Tobias bounces around again

Philly Receives Doug Mcdermott, Brandon Clarke and Dillon Brooks

Memphis Receives Tobias Harris and Josh Richardson

San Antonio Receives Steven Adams, Danny Green and a future 1st round pick

Out of all of these wild trade scenarios and proposals, this maybe the least likely to happen since Philly and Memphis already had one trade with each other this offseason. If it were to happen though, I think it works for every team involved.

Memphis would be getting a proven scorer in Harris and would possibly be sliding JJJ to the 5 which would help spread the floor for Ja. Josh Richardson would also help on picking up the tough defensive assignment along with Desmond Bane. Getting rid if Brooks and Clarke may hurt, but it could prove to be worth it.

Philly would be getting off of Tobias contract as well as adding depth and shooting which is always a good move when your team is centered around Embiid and Harden.

Spurs are just helping facilitate, but really speeding up their rebuild by getting a pick and getting off longer contracts

Other Possible signings

Kemba goes to Dallas to replace Brunson

Kemba showed flashes last year of having just a little left in the tank and what he showed is enough to get him on another team. Although the Mavs had Dinwiddie, they still would like another playmaker next to Luka and Kemba could be that guy off the bench.

Boogie goes to backup Embiid

Boogie has been through a long and tough journey. From being the most dominant big in the game still looking for a team to stay on and only being only 31 years old. He has been playing backup for the last few seasons so why not go to the team where the starting center is going to miss some time and you have a chance to win. The question is, would boogie and Harden mesh after Harden’s Houston exit?

Comment or email any suggestions or trade ideas you have!