THUNDERING BLURB » Wide Receiver rankings ANDREW GARDA'S ENDLESS TAKES ON NFL AND COLLEGE FOOTBALL Fri, 22 Oct 2010 12:30:31 +0000 en hourly 1 Fantasy Rankings: WR Fri, 25 Sep 2009 18:41:39 +0000 admin So if you’ve been reading the site, you know I’ve been doing weekly rankings for fantasy football with some of the other hosts on the Fantasy Sports Channel over at

This week I thought I would give a little insight into some of my rankings here at the Blurb site.

It took a while but FINALLY – here is some of my reasoning behind some of the wide receivers and where I ranked them.

The easy, handy-dandy sortable list of all the rankings can be found here.

As I said in the earlier post about Tom Brady, I think the Pats bounce back

Moss looks to bounce back big in Week 3

Moss looks to bounce back big in Week 3

this week – Randy Moss among those who will explode. This isn’t a damning of the Atlanta defense. This is: 1) a praising of Jets CB Darrelle Revis, who shut down Moss last week and Andre Johnson the week before and 2) a reading of Moss’ veritable outrage and denial he got shut down.Revis is THAT good folks and Colston, Steve Smith and some other WRs had better be ready for him. Moss is THAT angry folks and the Falcons lack a guy like Revis to contain him.

Moss has a chip on his shoulder this week. He’s due.

I think Greg Jennings bounces back as well, and we can just pretend that donut last Sunday didn’t happen though it does eat at the back of my mind. I don’t think we’ll see it again though.

If DeSean Jackson plays, he could have an outstanding day. I just read he

Jackson will do what it takes to get in the end zone

Jackson will do what it takes to get in the end zone

practiced Friday – with Kolb likely throwing he ball, the Eagles will air it out and I think Jackson’s groin holds up and he has a great day.

Brandon Marshall (28) is easy to explain – still struggling with the plays, too many other weapons. Eddie Royal (25) might even be too high. I covered a few concerns for him earlier this week in my Trendspotting column and as I said there, it’s a pretty big Fantasy weekend for Royal.

Bottom line – he’s got targets, he needs to catch them.

Meanwhile, Johnny Knox shot up to 34 – a pretty big jump. I’m a believer in him and I think Jay Cutler is as well. Knox could be in line for many more targets and I believe he is a receiver who combines speed with route running and hands.

He’s a slower Hester with actual wide receiver skills. I mean, Hester is still trying to figure out this whole WR thing and is getting better but Knox has the better overall tools.

Wes Welker and Antonio Bryant are two guys who could go. If they do, my feelings on them are very different.

Welker is a blue-collar worker who has proven the last few seasons that he is

Welker's return would be a welcome one for Tom Brady

Welker's return would be a welcome one for Tom Brady

a solid, reliable receiver. If he comes back, look for him to have a big impact in the game – Brady may use him as a warm comfy blanket of security to get back on track. His value will rocket up the list.

If he plays. For now, I don’t know what he will do or if he will play. So he’s down on the list.

Bryant? He is not moving. One great season do not a Welker make. Bryant has burned us more than helped us and the knee injury, leg injury Byron Leftwitch and shaky offense have me worried.

He can play all he wants but unlike Welker, he gets no benefit of the doubt.

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WR Rankings for Week 12 Sat, 22 Nov 2008 00:13:00 +0000 admin While it’s not the easiest matchup, I still say not only will Roddy White play well, but he will put up very good numbers. Worried about his back? Don’t be. he practiced fully on Friday AND the rest of the work he missed was planned – more than anything they need their go-to guy to be healthy. He will be and he should be in your offense.

Anquan Boldin also faces a tough matchup, but again, no worries. He is a key target for Warner but you can’t just double him up. If you do, Larry Fitzgerald and Steve Breaston will burn you down. Boldin makes the tough catches and will lay it all out there – to the tune of both yards and TDs.

Greg Jennings is one of those top WRs that isn’t flashy or loud but gets the job done. Some scoff when I say he is underrated but outside of the diehard fantasy guys and Packer fans, Jennings’ name does not come up often enough. Facing a shaky Saints secondary, Jennings will be able to play very well and as it is often a shootout when you see New Orleans on the field, he will have tons of opportunity to tear it up.

Now that Calvin Johnson appears to have QB who can get it to him and the team seems to have realized they can AND MUST get him the ball more often, he is on the cusp to becoming the fantastic WR we have been waiting to emerge from the cocoon of mediocrity that shrouds the franchise. Johnson can do tremendous things with few opportunities. Now he’s getting more opportunities. The sky is the limit.

The Chargers secondary can play tough – they have been better the last few games. But they cannot get pressure on the quarterback and with Peyton Manning at the helm, that’s not good. Reggie Wayne is the most consistent target in the WR core and will continue to be so as Harrison is showing his age and Anthony Gonzalez is showing his inexperiance and having a down season.

  1. Roddy White, Falcons vs. Panthers
  2. Anquan Boldin, Cardinals vs. Giants
  3. Greg Jennings, Packers at Saints
  4. Calvin Johnson, Lions vs. Buccaneers
  5. Reggie Wayne, Colts at Chargers
  6. Andre Johnson, Texans at Browns
  7. Brandon Marshall, Broncos vs. Raiders
  8. Santana Moss, Redskins at Seahawks
  9. Larry Fitzgerald, Cardinals vs. Giants
  10. Dwayne Bowe, Chiefs vs. Bills
  11. Steve Smith, Panthers at Falcons
  12. Terrell Owens, Cowboys vs. 49ers
  13. Randy Moss, Patriots at Dolphins
  14. Eddie Royal, Broncos vs. Raiders
  15. Braylon Edwards, Browns vs. Texans
  16. Marvin Harrison, Colts at Chargers
  17. Antonio Bryant, Buccaneers at Lions
  18. Plaxico Burress, Giants at Cardinals
  19. Lee Evans, Bills at Chiefs
  20. Jerricho Cotchery, Jets at Titans
  21. Bernard Berrian, Vikings at Jaguars
  22. Kevin Walter, Texans at Browns
  23. Donnie Avery, Rams vs. Bears
  24. Anthony Gonzalez, Colts at Chargers
  25. Torry Holt, Rams vs. Bears
  26. Roy Williams, Cowboys vs. 49ers
  27. Wes Welker, Patriots at Dolphins
  28. Justin Gage, Titans vs. Jets
  29. Lance Moore, Saints vs. Packers
  30. Laveranues Coles, Jets at Titans
  31. Marques Colston, Saints vs. Packers
  32. Ted Ginn Jr., Dolphins vs. Patriots
  33. Matt Jones, Jaguars vs. Vikings
  34. Muhsin Muhammad, Panthers at Falcons
  35. Michael Jenkins, Falcons vs. Panthers
  36. Derrick Mason, Ravens vs. Eagles
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Top WR Performances for Week 11 Tue, 18 Nov 2008 20:46:00 +0000 admin
TJ Houshmandzedah 12/149/1 –
Despite a terrible team, Housh is a very good starter most weeks – and may even overcome his teammates this week vs Pittsburgh. But he is getting tons of targets and also making the most of them. Didn’t expect him to do this vs Philly – why not against the Steelers?

Anquan Boldin 13/189 – I cannot say enough how good he is. I don’t need to. If you have Boldin, you start him every week as Warner will find him early and often. There are plenty of targets to go around and Boldin will see a bunch week to week. Tough matchup vs NYG doesn’t phase me in the least.

Justin Gage 4/147/2 - A testament to the great play of Kerry Collins and the attention the run game gets. Gage is certainly a guy worth watching and while defenses will adjust to the Titans’ pass attack, he is playing well most weeks and certainly deserves a look at flex or Wr3 or so in many leagues.

Larry Fitzgerald 10/151 – A while ago I wondered if two Cardinal WRs in the top ten was too much, but as is being shown every week, no it isn’t. While on occasion Fitz and Boldin eat each other’s fantasy production this week and most weeks that isn’t the case. Odd man out appears to be Breaston and we’ll see if he bounces back this week. But Fitz is the other Card WR you start and never question.

Lance Moore 8/102/1 - While Marques Colston took a step back, Lance Moore jumped back to the forefront with this great performance. Most of the yards were on a 47 yard play, but he still got a significant amount of looks and can be a good WR4 off and on due to some inconsistency week to week.

Hines Ward 11/124 – In an ugly game, Ward was Roethlisberger’s best weapon through the air. A reliable redzone target, Ward is a guy you can count on every week as well.

Dwayne Bowe 7/53/2 - Bowe should be sending gift baskets to Thigpen every week. So should his owners.

Marvin Harrison 9/77/1 – What the…? Harrison was a factor in the pass game today but how often has that happened this year?

Jabar Gaffney 7/86/1 – 2 pt conv - When Moss was blanketed in coverage and Welker was getting doubled, Gaffney was the man Cassel looked to last Thursday. Unfortunately it’s only the second time he has been fantasy relevant since his 6/51/1 in week 3. Although for those of you feeling frisky, that WAS against the Phins, who they play again this week….

RBs to come

Braylon Edwards 8/104

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Updated WR Rankings Sat, 01 Nov 2008 16:49:00 +0000 admin So LJ Smith has been ruled out for tomorrow and Jason Avant may not go – this makes DeSean Jackson a much better play than I had him ranked. Even with Kevin Curtis probably getting more looks. Either Jackson or Reggie Brown could end up in the slot if Avant is out, and regardless, I think Smith being down for the count will improve Jackson’s prospects. So I have rejiggered the rankings this morning – highlighting where I put Jackson. Right now it’s the only change I have right now – the rest should be fine.

Wide receivers

  1. Brandon Marshall, Broncos vs. Dolphins
  2. Larry Fitzgerald, Cardinals at Rams
  3. Roddy White, Falcons at Raiders
  4. Andre Johnson, Texans at Vikings
  5. Anquan Boldin, Cardinals at Rams
  6. Lee Evans, Bills vs. Jets
  7. Bernard Berrian, Vikings vs. Texans
  8. Plaxico Burress, Giants vs. Cowboys
  9. Randy Moss, Patriots at Colts
  10. Reggie Wayne, Colts vs. Patriots
  11. Greg Jennings, Packers at Titans
  12. Calvin Johnson, Lions at Bears
  13. Hines Ward, Steelers at Redskins
  14. Matt Jones, Jaguars at Bengals
  15. Donnie Avery, Rams vs. Cardinals
  16. Jerricho Cotchery, Jets at Bills
  17. Santana Moss, Redskins vs. Steelers
  18. DeSean Jackson, Eagles at Seahawks
  19. Laveranues Coles, Jets at Bills
  20. Braylon Edwards, Browns vs. Ravens
  21. Terrell Owens, Cowboys at Giants
  22. Dwayne Bowe, Chiefs vs. Buccaneers
  23. Kevin Walter, Texans at Vikings
  24. Derrick Mason, Ravens at Browns
  25. Kevin Curtis, Eagles at Seahawks
  26. T.J. Houshmandzadeh, Bengals vs. Jaguars
  27. Santonio Holmes, Steelers at Redskins
  28. Steve Breaston, Cardinals at Rams
  29. Wes Welker, Patriots at Colts
  30. Antonio Bryant, Buccaneers at Chiefs
  31. Torry Holt, Rams vs. Cardinals
  32. Rashied Davis, Bears vs. Lions
  33. Antwaan Randle El, Redskins vs. Steelers
  34. Joey Galloway, Buccaneers at Chiefs
  35. Chad Ocho Cinco, Bengals vs. Jaguars
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WR Rankings for Week 9 Fri, 31 Oct 2008 19:51:00 +0000 admin As I said on There It Is on ESPN 1230 I think Cutler has a tremendous day and Brandon Marshall will be the guy he goes to most often and most effectively. Marshall has had three weeks without a TD and hasn’t broken 100 yards receieving in that span as well. That ends here – again, the Phins have given up 9 passing TDs so far this year and Marshall should be able to overmatch the corners pretty easily.

Larry Fitzgerald had the yards, Boldin got the TDs – I think Fitz will be seeing the end zone this week along with the yards. As I said in the QB rankings, this has shootout written all over it – a veritable fantasy buffet as it were. It could be a high scoring game and the Rams have the weapons and momentum to make Arizona work for it.

Matt Ryan truly showed just how much he belongs in the NFL last week with his performance in Philly. And as I said last week, Ryan has revealed just how good Roddy White is. He is the top target of a pretty darn good rookie quarterback against the 19th pass defense in the NFL which averages 218.4 ypg allowed, with 9 passing TDs allowed. Ryan may be under pressure as the Raydahs can bring the heat (16 sacks so far) but White has been his best, most consistent target and as many yards and TDs as Oakland can give, I think White will continue to excel and emerge as a top fantasy WR.

Andre Johnson is still looking for the endzone but will accrue yards at a torrid pace anyway. The Vikes’ D gave up 386 passing yards in 2 games before the bye – they will try to turn it around but Matt Schaub is red hot right now and as hard as it is to run against the Vikings, they will need to throw the ball to even ease the pressure on Slaton and the run game. Johnson continues to play at a very high level and one only hopes that we see soem TDs soon.

The Jets have some good players in the secondary. But as good as Darrelle Revis is, you still have rookie Dwight Lowery, Justin Miller and Safeties Kerry Rhodes and Eric Smith can be erratic. On the News Stampede this morning I said Lee Evans was a decent start. Then I looked over how the Jets played last week. And again, allowing 250 net yards and 2 TDs with no interceptions to Tyler Thigpen. Really, Jets? Thigpen? I think Edwards and Lee Evans can blow past this secondary – all it will take is moving Evans around enough to avoid Revis and free him up for a few good plays. The Bills can do it and this is a huge game – they have to.

Anquan Boldin is my second guy from the Cards in the top 5 – reiterating what said with Fitz above and Warner in the QB ranks, I think this has the makings of a shootout. Boldin is a tough, hard nosed receiver who Warner targets in the redzone often. He may not ghet the yards Fitz will, but he will have a TD and enough targets to make him a very good start most weeks. Against this secodnary and in a game I think could be a very high scoring affair, Boldin has an excellent opportunity to have a huge day alongside Fitz’s big time game as well.

Other thoughts – Bernard Berrian (7) will have some work to do against a shaky Texans secondary and will need to help loosen the run D up for Peterson….. Reggie Wayne’s(9) injury has me concerned but he should play and do well…. Matt Jones(14) (KKKKKEE-YEAAAH) has a great matchup and as long as the NFL hasn’t kicked him out, you shouldn’t either…. Jerricho Cotchery (16) and Laveranues Coles(18) are ranked close together and if you look at their seasons, it mirrors that well – Favre will throw and they will have the opportunity to do well this week….. Notice Terrell Owens is barely top 20. Brad Johnson and maybe Witten being out hurts quite a bit….. Finally, if Tory Holt (30) is telling you he feels out of the offense and his stats show that as well… who am I to argue?

Wide receivers

  1. Brandon Marshall, Broncos vs. Dolphins
  2. Larry Fitzgerald, Cardinals at Rams
  3. Roddy White, Falcons at Raiders
  4. Andre Johnson, Texans at Vikings
  5. Anquan Boldin, Cardinals at Rams
  6. Lee Evans, Bills vs. Jets
  7. Bernard Berrian, Vikings vs. Texans
  8. Plaxico Burress, Giants vs. Cowboys
  9. Randy Moss, Patriots at Colts
  10. Reggie Wayne, Colts vs. Patriots
  11. Greg Jennings, Packers at Titans
  12. Calvin Johnson, Lions at Bears
  13. Hines Ward, Steelers at Redskins
  14. Matt Jones, Jaguars at Bengals
  15. Donnie Avery, Rams vs. Cardinals
  16. Jerricho Cotchery, Jets at Bills
  17. Santana Moss, Redskins vs. Steelers
  18. Laveranues Coles, Jets at Bills
  19. Braylon Edwards, Browns vs. Ravens
  20. Terrell Owens, Cowboys at Giants
  21. Dwayne Bowe, Chiefs vs. Buccaneers
  22. Kevin Walter, Texans at Vikings
  23. Derrick Mason, Ravens at Browns
  24. Kevin Curtis, Eagles at Seahawks
  25. T.J. Houshmandzadeh, Bengals vs. Jaguars
  26. Santonio Holmes, Steelers at Redskins
  27. Steve Breaston, Cardinals at Rams
  28. Wes Welker, Patriots at Colts
  29. Antonio Bryant, Buccaneers at Chiefs
  30. Torry Holt, Rams vs. Cardinals
  31. DeSean Jackson, Eagles at Seahawks
  32. Rashied Davis, Bears vs. Lions
  33. Antwaan Randle El, Redskins vs. Steelers
  34. Joey Galloway, Buccaneers at Chiefs
  35. Chad Ocho Cinco, Bengals vs. Jaguars

RBs in an hour or so…. KKKKKKKYEAH

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WR Rankings for Week 8 Fri, 24 Oct 2008 20:56:00 +0000 admin Am listening to the Fantasy Sports Channel on as I type this, something I don’t get a ton of time to do lately. Do like to listen to the other folks on the channel and see what else folks are thinking out there.

Again, as I said on There It Is this morning (ESPN 1230 on your Bakersfield AM dial) Andre Johnson is a no-brainer here. Yes, I know he can’t find the end zone right now, but I think we’re looking at a change this week. The Bengals are tied with 10 TDs given up against the pass so far. While they are not awful against the pass, they do give up the scores. And it will be all they can do to stop the run game, thereby opening things up for the pass. Johnson will have a good game here, even if the run is going off.

Yes, Anquan Boldin appears poised to re-emerge and yes Carolina is very good versus the pass, but I still believe Larry Fitzgerald will play well this weekend – in fact, Boldin may make life better for Fitzgerald. He’s enough of a threat to draw coverage from Fitz regardless of health. And as much as I think Breaston will not be as much of a factor as he has been, he will be a threat as well. You can’t cover them all and I think Fitz will find plenty of room to move.

Steve Smith is the flipside of this matchup between the Cards and Panthers and while I think the Cards will keep Delhomme hopping (one of the teams with the most sacks vs one of the teams who doesn’t give them up) Smith will get open against Arizona’s questionable secondary.

Clinton Portis will get the ball a lot sure, but expect Santana Moss to see the ball a lot too. The Lions are poor in both aspects of the defense – in every way. They have given up the second most TDs (11) and have only 1 INT this year. Moss might get held back by Portis’ success but frankly I think they use the pass early then burn clock with the run the rest of the game. That’s good for Santana. And as I said in the QB post – if Orlovsky finds Furrey and Calvin Johnson, you might see the Skins throw more than we expect.

Finally we have Lee Evans. Like I have said a few times this week, Lee Evans and Calvin Johnson have similiar issues – neither is getting the ball enough. Difference is, Evans has a decent Qb and a good team around him. Miami is 27th against the pass and also loves to give TDs up. Evans will get yards and a TD – but how many passes will he get? I think more than average. They HAVE to get him the ball. Regardless, I think he can break one long even if it’s out of two catches.

Jets update – Coles is probable and Cotchery is questionable and a GTD. At this point you have to be a little worried if you are a Cotchery owner as you have to know they can win this without him. They may rest him or play him and then not use him much – they can just run Thomas Jones and Leon Washington all day against a pathetic run D. It’s too good a matchup to bench either one – they could very well go off. I’m just saying I am worried.

I extended the usual top 35 or so, because we have so many injury issues and question marks. Guys like Camirillo, Stuckey and a reminder that Steve Breaston exists seemed to be necessary this week.

Wide receivers

  1. Andre Johnson, Texans vs. Bengals
  2. Larry Fitzgerald, Cardinals at Panthers
  3. Steve Smith, Panthers vs. Cardinals
  4. Santana Moss, Redskins at Lions
  5. Lee Evans, Bills at Dolphins
  6. Reggie Wayne, Colts at Titans
  7. Randy Moss, Patriots vs. Rams
  8. Calvin Johnson, Lions vs. Redskins
  9. Plaxico Burress, Giants at Steelers
  10. Hines Ward, Steelers vs. Giants
  11. Terrell Owens, Cowboys vs. Buccaneers
  12. Anquan Boldin, Cardinals at Panthers
  13. Braylon Edwards, Browns at Jaguars
  14. Wes Welker, Patriots vs. Rams
  15. Roddy White, Falcons at Eagles
  16. Antwaan Randle El, Redskins at Lions
  17. Matt Jones, Jaguars vs. Browns
  18. T.J. Houshmandzadeh, Bengals at Texans
  19. Vincent Jackson, Chargers at Saints
  20. Jerricho Cotchery, Jets vs. Chiefs (QUESTIONABLE)
  21. Laveranues Coles, Jets vs. Chiefs (PROBABLE)
  22. Antonio Bryant, Buccaneers at Cowboys
  23. Marques Colston, Saints vs. Chargers
  24. Devery Henderson, Saints vs. Chargers
  25. Muhsin Muhammad, Panthers vs. Cardinals
  26. DeSean Jackson, Eagles vs. Falcons
  27. Dwayne Bowe, Chiefs at Jets
  28. Derrick Mason, Ravens vs. Raiders
  29. Chris Chambers, Chargers vs. Saints
  30. Kevin Curtis, Eagles vs. Falcons
  31. Torry Holt, Rams at Patriots
  32. Kevin Walter, Texans vs. Bengals
  33. Lance Moore, Saints vs. Chargers
  34. Josh Morgan, 49ers vs. Seahawks
  35. Marvin Harrison, Colts at Titans
  36. Isaac Bruce, 49ers vs. Seahawks
  37. Roy Williams, Cowboys vs. Buccaneers
  38. Amani Toomer, Giants at Steelers
  39. Donnie Avery, Rams at Patriots
  40. Mike Furrey, Lions vs. Redskins
  41. Greg Camarillo, Dolphins vs. Bills
  42. Anthony Gonzalez, Colts at Titans
  43. Chad Ocho Cinco, Bengals at Texans
  44. Chansi Stuckey, Jets vs. Chiefs
  45. Steve Breaston, Cardinals at Panthers
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WR Rankings for Week 7 Fri, 17 Oct 2008 15:03:00 +0000 admin Like I said for the QBs – we’re very pressed for time today as a few last minute things came up – so today there is no ranking explanation, just the rankings themselves. Sorry about that but weddings=chaos. If I get the chance this afternoon/evening will follow up these with a brief synopsis of each position but I can’t count on having the time.

Wide receivers

  1. Andre Johnson, Texans vs. Lions
  2. Reggie Wayne, Colts at Packers
  3. Brandon Marshall, Broncos at Patriots
  4. Steve Smith, Panthers vs. Saints
  5. Greg Jennings, Packers vs. Colts
  6. Plaxico Burress, Giants vs. 49ers
  7. Terrell Owens, Cowboys at Rams
  8. Randy Moss, Patriots vs. Broncos
  9. Lee Evans, Bills vs. Chargers
  10. Jerricho Cotchery, Jets at Raiders
  11. Hines Ward, Steelers at Bengals
  12. Santana Moss, Redskins vs. Browns
  13. Braylon Edwards, Browns vs. Redskins
  14. Calvin Johnson, Lions at Texans
  15. T.J. Houshmandzadeh, Bengals vs. Steelers
  16. Bernard Berrian, Vikings at Bears
  17. Laveranues Coles, Jets at Raiders
  18. Marques Colston, Saints at Panthers
  19. Vincent Jackson, Chargers at Bills
  20. Marvin Harrison, Colts at Packers
  21. Kevin Walter, Texans vs. Lions
  22. Santonio Holmes, Steelers at Bengals
  23. Chris Chambers, Chargers at Bills
  24. Dwayne Bowe, Chiefs vs. Titans
  25. Devin Hester, Bears vs. Vikings
  26. Torry Holt, Rams vs. Cowboys
  27. Wes Welker, Patriots vs. Broncos
  28. Anthony Gonzalez, Colts at Packers
  29. Antwaan Randle El, Redskins vs. Browns
  30. Chad Johnson, Bengals vs. Steelers
  31. Isaac Bruce, 49ers at Giants
  32. Lance Moore, Saints at Panthers
  33. Donald Driver, Packers vs. Colts
  34. Muhsin Muhammad, Panthers vs. Saints
  35. Roy Williams, Cowboys at Rams
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WR Rankings for Week 6 Fri, 10 Oct 2008 23:48:00 +0000 admin I like Roddy White this week – if he plays. He may not, suffering from a concussion. So he isn’t listed but figure he would be somewhere in the 15-20 range.

Brandon Marshall disappointed me last week, but the Jags are vulnerable in the secondary and Cutler will find his favorite target and more than once at that…. Larry Fitzgerald faces a similarly challenged Cowboys secondary and has the added bonus of there being a distinct likelyhood of a shootout if the Cards want to stay in this game…. The Bus are not a bad defense but they can be thrown on and I expect Jake Delhomme to find Steve Smith for some good yards and maybe a touchdown…… As I mentioned with Larry Fitz, the Cards secondary is more than a little suspect and while Terrell Owens seems to be in an occasional funk yardage-wise, expect some good yards for TO without the tears…… As Aaron Rodgers proved last week, you cannot count him out and that’s great news for Greg Jennings as he continues to prove his worth as a top fantasy wide receiver…..

I added Marques Colston and would love to have him higher on the list, but let’s not overthink it – would rather rank him too low and see him overproduce than get over-excited and have him see too few snaps….. With Dan Orlovsky throwing the ball, Roy Williams and Calvin Johnson take a hit – there may be garbage yards, but Minny is going to make things miserable for the Detroit offense as Peterson grinds the clock against the sorry Lions D…..

Wide receivers

  1. Brandon Marshall, Broncos vs. Jaguars
  2. Larry Fitzgerald, Cardinals vs. Cowboys
  3. Steve Smith, Panthers at Buccaneers
  4. Terrell Owens, Cowboys at Cardinals
  5. Greg Jennings, Packers at Seahawks
  6. Randy Moss, Patriots at Chargers
  7. Andre Johnson, Texans vs. Dolphins
  8. Plaxico Burress, Giants at Brown
  9. Santana Moss, Redskins vs. Rams
  10. Reggie Wayne, Colts vs. Ravens
  11. Jerricho Cotchery, Jets vs. Bengals
  12. T.J. Houshmandzadeh, Bengals at Jets
  13. Bernard Berrian, Vikings vs. Lions
  14. Braylon Edwards, Browns vs. Giants
  15. DeSean Jackson, Eagles at 49ers
  16. Donald Driver, Packers at Seahawks
  17. Bobby Engram, Seahawks vs. Packers
  18. Vincent Jackson, Chargers vs. Patriots
  19. Steve Breaston, Cardinals vs. Cowboys
  20. Marques Colston, Saints vs. Raiders
  21. Calvin Johnson, Lions at Vikings
  22. Matt Jones, Jaguars at Broncos
  23. Muhsin Muhammad, Panthers at Buccaneers
  24. Torry Holt, Rams at Redskins
  25. Derrick Mason, Ravens at Colts
  26. Amani Toomer, Giants at Browns
  27. Laveranues Coles, Jets vs. Bengals
  28. Isaac Bruce, 49ers vs. Eagles
  29. Wes Welker, Patriots at Chargers
  30. Kevin Walter, Texans vs. Dolphins
  31. Roy Williams, Lions at Vikings
  32. Chad Johnson, Bengals at Jets
  33. Lance Moore, Saints vs. Raiders
  34. Marvin Harrison, Colts vs. Ravens
  35. Patrick Crayton, Cowboys at Cardinals
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WR Rankings for Week 4 Fri, 26 Sep 2008 18:04:00 +0000 admin I fully expect the Jets to play tough in the secondary – and I fully expect Warner to light them up anyway. Warner – and with him, Boldin and Fitzgerald – will have very gooddays Sunday, much to my chagrin as a Jets fan. There is more than enough love to go around from Warner and I expect Fitz to get both the yards and TDs needed to be the top Fantasy Wideout this week. Fitz has been playing very well and this week he will be at his best.

Brandon Marshall may only be limited by how easy it is to run against the Chiefs. And run they will, but Marshall will get his targets and do what he has been doing every week – dominating. Did you know that he is 4th in the league in targets with 31 to Bush and Calvin Johnson’s 32 and Dwayne Bowe’s 34? Stunning when you realize he is catching many of them and he did it with one less game than they did.

Steve Smith is back to being active now and is facing a middle of the road pass defense in the Falcons. Remember Detroit torched them eventially in week one and they are still learning as they go to be a cohesive unit. Carolina’s line faltered last week both by allowing sacks and pressure and getting flagged often. They should step back up this week and Smith should find the end zone for his first TD against them. Expect better yards than last week as well.

Jake Steven asked me this morning on his 1230 ESPN show what I thought about TO’s non-involvement last weekend and whether I think it will affect him and the Cowboys long term. I think he has matured and like Randy Moss last year, he can smell that Super Bowl. He will play the team player and not make whining noises as long as they play well and win. I think Romo will look back his way this week and TO will get the targets he needs and be very productive against a team that can give the big play up, and being at home only fuels the Dallas offense (and TO) more.

Two Cardinals in the top five? Madness or brilliance? We’ll find out on Sunday but as I have preached for weeks, there are more than enough passes to go around. Boldin has played incredibly well – ever the professional despite his contract woes. He was very quiet last week (3/25/1) but I think Warner will throw a ton in this one and we’ll see both WRs do very well.

Dwayne Bowe (12) is a guy to watch – the most targeted receiver in the NFL, he just needs to hang onto the ball. I think he does this week with Damon Huard in charge and I think people are overlooking him. How banged up is Big Ben Roethlisberger? Banged up enough to downgrade Hines Ward (23) and keep Santonio Holmes (18) struggling. Especially against a tough Ravens D. I have Houshmandzadeh ranked 8th right now and Ocho-Cinco 21st. I know, he CAN break out but he’s a #3WR until he does. On of these guys go off this weekend – my bet is Housh. 85 will play well enough to be a value for you, but he won’t be back to top dog status yet. Chansi Stuckey sneaks in at 33 – a TD each week? Constant targets by Favre? I like him this week in a shootout…..

Wide receivers

  1. Larry Fitzgerald, Cardinals at Jets
  2. Brandon Marshall, Broncos at Chiefs
  3. Steve Smith, Panthers vs. Falcons
  4. Terrell Owens, Cowboys vs. Redskins
  5. Anquan Boldin, Cardinals at Jets
  6. Lee Evans, Bills at Rams
  7. Greg Jennings, Packers at Buccaneers
  8. T.J. Houshmandzadeh, Bengals vs. Browns
  9. Chris Chambers, Chargers at Raiders
  10. Braylon Edwards, Browns at Bengals
  11. Andre Johnson, Texans at Jaguars
  12. Dwayne Bowe, Chiefs vs. Broncos
  13. Santana Moss, Redskins at Cowboys
  14. Jerricho Cotchery, Jets vs. Cardinals
  15. Donald Driver, Packers at Buccaneers
  16. Vincent Jackson, Chargers at Raiders
  17. Roddy White, Falcons at Panthers
  18. Santonio Holmes, Steelers vs. Ravens
  19. Torry Holt, Rams vs. Bills
  20. Laveranues Coles, Jets vs. Cardinals
  21. Chad Johnson, Bengals vs. Browns
  22. Isaac Bruce, 49ers at Saints
  23. Hines Ward, Steelers vs. Ravens
  24. DeSean Jackson, Eagles at Bears
  25. Eddie Royal, Broncos at Chiefs
  26. Bryant Johnson, 49ers at Saints
  27. Antonio Bryant, Buccaneers vs. Packers
  28. Bernard Berrian, Vikings at Titans
  29. Arnaz Battle, 49ers at Saints
  30. Patrick Crayton, Cowboys vs. Redskins
  31. Matt Jones, Jaguars vs. Texans
  32. Muhsin Muhammad, Panthers vs. Falcons
  33. Chansi Stuckey, Jets vs. Cardinals
  34. Robert Meachem, Saints vs. 49ers
  35. Antwaan Randle El, Redskins at Cowboys
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WR Rankings Week 3 Fri, 19 Sep 2008 05:29:00 +0000 admin I love me some Brandon Marshall. Will he get 18 catches again. Probably not, but the Saints secondary is still shaky and the D has let up 256 yards and a pair of TDs. Against Denver – THAT’S the FLOOR. Marshall will continue his great work this week.

TO has a matchup that isn’t quite as tasty, but Owens still will be in a situation where Romo and the offense will throw a lot and TO will get his. Why they stopped throwing to him much if at all in the second half against Philly is beyond me. He’ll be good for yards and TDs this week.

Reggie Wayne is flourishing in the #1 spot and while Manning is still not 100% Manning, the Jags coughed up 210 yds and a TD to Trent Edwards who, while I like, is no Peyton Manning. Wayne will have a significant day this Sunday.

Steve Smith returns and faces a Vikes secondary which is vulnerable . Unable to cause turnovers or pressure and sack the QB, Delhomme will have time to work and get his top WR up to speed and into the game plan. Smith will have a lot to prove and should get near – if not more than – 100 yards and a TD.

Why isn’t Randy Moss higher? Cassel is still not looking for him enough or being allowed to air the ball out. Why isn’t he lower then? He’s Randy Moss. The Pats will get him more involved, Cassel will be allowed to throw more and the Phins are giving up 272 passing yards per game and a total of 5 passing TDs so far this season.

On the low side, I am tempted to have Vincent Jackson (28) a little higher as I think Chambers will get a lot of attention against a tough secondary pairing in Darrell Revis and rookie Dwight Lowrey. Jerricho Cotchery (25) could be higher if his targets tick up more. The Chargers secondary is vulnerable and Cotchery could be the benificiery. Muhsin Muhammad (33) and DJ Hackett (not listed) will see a big drop in targets and catches with Smith back.

More rankings and ADP/LT news later!

Wide receivers

  1. Brandon Marshall, Broncos vs. Saints
  2. Terrell Owens, Cowboys at Packers
  3. Plaxico Burress, Giants vs. Bengals
  4. Reggie Wayne, Colts vs. Jaguars
  5. Steve Smith, Panthers at Vikings
  6. Randy Moss, Patriots vs. Dolphins
  7. Larry Fitzgerald, Cardinals at Redskins
  8. Calvin Johnson, Lions at 49ers
  9. Andre Johnson, Texans at Titans
  10. Anquan Boldin, Cardinals at Redskins
  11. Lee Evans, Bills vs. Raiders
  12. Greg Jennings, Packers vs. Cowboys
  13. Eddie Royal, Broncos vs. Saints
  14. Santonio Holmes, Steelers at Eagles
  15. Braylon Edwards, Browns at Ravens
  16. Hines Ward, Steelers at Eagles
  17. Donald Driver, Packers vs. Cowboys
  18. Anthony Gonzalez, Colts vs. Jaguars
  19. Roy Williams, Lions at 49ers
  20. Chris Chambers, Chargers vs. Jets
  21. Torry Holt, Rams at Seahawks
  22. Wes Welker, Patriots vs. Dolphins
  23. Santana Moss, Redskins vs. Cardinals
  24. DeSean Jackson, Eagles vs. Steelers
  25. Jerricho Cotchery, Jets at Chargers
  26. Dwayne Bowe, Chiefs at Falcons
  27. Roddy White, Falcons vs. Chiefs
  28. Vincent Jackson, Chargers vs. Jets
  29. T.J. Houshmandzadeh, Bengals at Giants
  30. Isaac Bruce, 49ers vs. Lions
  31. Chad Ocho Cinco, Bengals at Giants
  32. Amani Toomer, Giants vs. Bengals
  33. Muhsin Muhammad, Panthers at Vikings
  34. David Patten, Saints at Broncos
  35. Laveranues Coles, Jets at Chargers
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