Friday, October 31, 2008

WR Rankings for Week 9

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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