Created on Mar 31, 2013 5:32 PM EST
Cruz finished the 2012 fantasy season as the 13th highest WR but finds himself in the Top 10 for 2013. The four names bumped for Cruz are Eric Decker, who we discussed and is the most hurt by Welker’s arrival, Wes Welker himself, Marques Colston and Vincent Jackson. VJax is the name that sticks out the most as he finished sixth last year. The main reason Cruz jumps back into the Top 10 and Jackson slides out is QB play. Eli Manning had his worst season since 2008, and all Giants receivers were affected. Hakeem Nicks couldn’t stay healthy, and without Nicks or a reliable third option to deflect attention, Cruz struggled to replicate his terrific 2011 season. All of those reasons are why Cruz will return to greatness though. Nicks will be 100 percent, Manning will bounce back and Reuben Randle appears ready to become a solid third WR. Meanwhile, Josh Freeman put up his best passing numbers of his career and still only topped Manning by 16 FP. If you compare Cruz’s and Jackson’s last two seasons, you see fantasy outputs of 206/169 and 170/188, respectively. Jackson may be a bit more consistent (albeit, certainly not game-to-game), but Cruz easily has more upside and wins the close battle.