Friday, September 26, 2008

WR Rankings for Week 4

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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