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Week 7 Rankings

Thursday, October 22, 2009



Week 7 Wide Receivers

RankPlayer NameOpponentNotes
1Randy Mossat TB Probable(shoulder)
2Andre Johnsonvs. SF -
3Larry Fitzgeraldat NYG -
4Vincent Jacksonat KC -
5Reggie Wayneat STL -
6Marques Colstonat MIA -
7Roddy Whiteat DAL -
8Chad Ochocincovs. CHI -
9Greg Jenningsat CLE -
10Wes Welkerat TB Probable(knee)
11Steve Smithvs. ARZ -
12Hines Wardvs. MIN -
13DeSean Jacksonat WAS -
14Santonio Holmesvs. MIN -
15Donald Driverat CLE -
16Dwayne Bowevs. SD -
17Steve Smithvs. BUF -
18Steve Breastonat NYG Questionable(knee)
19Kevin Waltervs. SF -
20Miles Austinvs. ATL -
21Roy Williamsvs. ATL Probable(ribs)
22Mohamed Massaquoivs. GB -
23Sidney Riceat PIT -
24Devin Hesterat CIN -
25Braylon Edwardsat OAK Probable(quadriceps)
26Antonio Bryantvs. NE Probable(knee)
27Mario Manninghamvs. ARZ Probable(back)
28Lance Mooreat MIA -
29Pierre Garconat STL -
30Bernard Berrianat PIT -
31Hakeem Nicksvs. ARZ -
32Santana Mossvs. PHI -
33Ted Ginn Jr.vs. NO -
34Lee Evansat CAR -
35Percy Harvinat PIT Questionable(shoulder)
36Johnny Knoxat CIN -
37Jeremy Maclinat WAS -
38Earl Bennettat CIN -
39Terrell Owensat CAR -
40Devery Hendersonat MIA -
41Donnie Averyvs. IND Questionable(hip)
42Michael Crabtreeat HOU -
43James Jonesat CLE -
44Austin Collieat STL -
45Andre Caldwellvs. CHI -
46Davone Bessvs. NO -
47Isaac Bruceat HOU -
48Patrick Craytonvs. ATL -
49Mike Wallacevs. MIN -
50Josh Morganat HOU -
51Bobby Wadevs. SD -
52Mark Bradleyvs. SD -


WR Notes: There isn't anyone better at making difficult catches with defenders nearby than Marques Colston. There may be equals, but just wanted to get that off my chest. … I'd play Miles Austin over Roy Williams already. He's a more explosive player. … Hakeem Nicks has done a lot of his damage in garbage time, but he has another gear that players of his size just shouldn't have. He's going to hurt Mario Manningham's value the rest of the way. The Giants are also working Domenik Hixon into the mix. The team is good for a few vertical strikes a game, but it will be hard to predict who will get them. … For now, Anquan Boldin is not on the rankings. If he starts, it's a concern that he won't finish the game. Boldin's presence would knock Steve Breaston down the rankings.

Last week's disappearance shouldn't change your opinion of Jeremy Maclin too much. He was targeted deep twice and was a few feet away from having a big day. He's not that polished on the shorter routes, though, so he'll be a boom or bust option. … Forget what we know about Sidney Rice and Bernard Berrian from before this season. Think about what Brett Favre knows about the two players. Rice has made tough grabs; Berrian has dropped easy ones. Favre likes to throw down the seams more than down the sideline, which also suits Rice's game. The Steelers are a lot easier to throw against than run, even with Adrian Peterson, so it should be a decent day for the Vikings.

Lance Moore won't have as many explosive weeks as last year, but I think it's fair to expect a lot of five-catch, 60-yard days. He'll be a decent PPR WR3 now that he's finally healthy. … Pittsburgh's starting wideouts have basically become must-starts except for in the toughest of matchups. Minnesota is not one of those matchups. … Dwayne Bowe improves every week and gets a plus matchup this week against the Chargers. … The squeaky wheel gets the grease theory should be at play with Steve Smith of the Panthers this week, but ultimately the Panthers will run to win against Buffalo. Jake Delhomme will certainly try to get Smith more involved, but they haven't shown any ability to convert big pass plays, and Buffalo does a good job preventing them. Really. … There is a huge drop-off in the wideout rankings after the top-20 or so. Someone like Braylon Edwards is boom or bust. Mohamed Massaquoi is dropping lots of passes, but he's a safer bet because the targets will be there. Antonio Bryant isn't a bad option because the Patriots will be throwing plenty. … Ryan Fitzpatrick won't help the Buffalo receivers. Maybe last week's game, though, reminded the coaching staff how much better of a player Lee Evans is than the 2009 Terrell Owens. … Chad Henne does make Ted Ginn better. He still won't be consistent, but you could do worse for a WR3 option this week.

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Gregg Rosenthal has directed Rotoworld's football content since 2003. He co-hosts the NBC Fantasy Fix and covers the NFL for NBCSports.com and Profootballtalk.com. Catch him on Twitter.
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