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Week 8 Rankings Update

Friday, October 30, 2009

Week 8 Wide Receivers

RankPlayer NameOpponentNotes
1Andre Johnsonat BUF Probable(chest)
2Vincent Jacksonvs. OAK -
3Reggie Waynevs. SF Questionable(groin)
4Larry Fitzgeraldvs. CAR -
5Marques Colstonvs. ATL -
6Roddy Whiteat NO -
7Calvin Johnsonvs. STL Questionable(knee)
8DeSean Jacksonvs. NYG Probable(foot)
9Brandon Marshallat BAL -
10Mike Sims-Walkerat TEN -
11Miles Austinvs. SEA -
12Greg Jenningsvs. MIN -
13Donald Drivervs. MIN -
14Anquan Boldinvs. CAR Questionable(ankle)
15Steve Smithat ARZ -
16Steve Smithat PHI -
17Sidney Riceat GB -
18Derrick Masonvs. DEN -
19Devin Hestervs. CLE -
20Nate Burlesonat DAL -
21T.J. Houshmandzadehat DAL -
22Mohamed Massaquoiat CHI -
23Kevin Walterat BUF -
24Steve Breastonvs. CAR Probable(knee)
25Lee Evansvs. HOU -
26Jerricho Cotcheryvs. MIA Questionable(hamstring)
27Hakeem Nicksat PHI -
28Michael Crabtreeat IND -
29Torry Holtat TEN -
30Percy Harvinat GB Questionable(flu)
31Jeremy Maclinvs. NYG Probable(foot)
32Lance Moorevs. ATL -
33Mario Manninghamat PHI Questionable(shoulder)
34Johnny Knoxvs. CLE -
35Braylon Edwardsvs. MIA -
36Donnie Averyat DET Probable(shoulder)
37Earl Bennettvs. CLE -
38Austin Collievs. SF -
39Eddie Royalat BAL -
40Pierre Garconvs. SF -
41Devery Hendersonvs. ATL -
42Terrell Owensvs. HOU -
43Bernard Berrianat GB Questionable(hamstring)
44Mark Claytonvs. DEN -
45Roy Williamsvs. SEA -
46Kenny Brittvs. JAC -
47Patrick Craytonvs. SEA -
48Nate Washingtonvs. JAC Probable(quadriceps)
49James Jonesvs. MIN -
50Ted Ginn NYJ -
51Davone Bessat NYJ -
52Josh Morganat IND -
53Dennis Northcuttvs. STL -
54Brian Hartlineat NYJ -
55Jabar Gaffneyat BAL -
56Greg Camarilloat NYJ -
57Justin Gagevs. JAC -
58Isaac Bruceat IND -
59Deion Branchat DAL -

WR Notes: New Orleans' comeback wouldn't have happened last week without Davone Bess' fumble, but Ted Ginn's long stretch of drops and mental errors has him in the doghouse. He's not worth holding on to. Bess, Brian Hartline, and Greg Camarillo will all likely get roughly equal time, even if Camarillo is coming off the bench. I still love what I'm seeing in Chad Henne, but the Dolphins don't have a vertical presence and Miami's still a running team. It seems unlikely any of the 'Phins will be consistent enough to use regularly. … Marques Colston could have had four touchdowns last week if things had happened just a little differently. Drew Brees loves throwing to him in the red zone and the Saints get plenty of chances. Colston would be my choice to lead wideouts in scores this season.

Terrell Owens may be able to out-produce Roy Williams, but not Lee Evans. The last two weeks should be a reminder for the Bills that Evans is easily the superior talent at this stage of their careers. Ryan Fitzpatrick hasn't been playing well, but a game against the Texans gives Evans a good chance for a third straight big week. … The longevity shown by Hines Ward and Donald Driver is one of the most remarkable trends of the year. Throw in Mason, and there were a lot of undervalued boring old veterans taken as WR3s that are far exceeding their draft slot.

The new Lance Moore isn't an every-week star like last season. Some days, he'll give up targets to Devery Henderson, Jeremy Shockey, and Reggie Bush. There are just too many quality options in New Orleans. But Moore will still have enough up weeks and 4 for 50's to be a solid WR3 in PPR leagues the rest of the way. … I mentioned Massaquoi above. He's getting enough opportunities that there should be another few big weeks, but the Browns passing attack won't allow it to be consistent. Imagine Vincent Jackson or Brandon Marshall trying to carry their teams as rookies. Massaquoi isn't quite at their level of pure physical talent, but he's closer than you think and a great dynasty guy to own. For later.

Derrick Mason has gained 88 yards in three of his last four games. He's too steady to sit, even against a quality matchup like the Broncos. … I'm still curious if Mason's teammate Mark Clayton can put something together this season. He gets his fair share of opportunities and he's the closest thing the Ravens have to a vertical threat. Clayton has five plays over 20 yards in six games. That doesn't sound crazy, but there are a few quarterbacks (Marc Bulger, Matt Hasselbeck) who only have one or two more. … I'm going to keep saying to remain patient with Greg Jennings until I see something different from the Packers attack. He's been very close to big plays a few times and still has his usual speed. Jennings might not have the same skills as a Roddy White/Reggie Wayne-type number one receiver, but he's not far off.

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