Chris Wesseling

Goal Line Stand

print article archives RSS

Updated Week 4 Rankings

Sunday, September 30, 2012



Week 4 Wide Receivers

Rank Player Name Opponent Notes
1 Calvin Johnson vs. MIN -
2 Julio Jones vs. CAR Probable(hand)
3 A.J. Green at JAC -
4 Percy Harvin at DET -
5 Larry Fitzgerald vs. MIA -
6 Andre Johnson vs. TEN Probable(groin)
7 Demaryius Thomas vs. OAK -
8 Brandon Lloyd at BUF -
9 Jordy Nelson vs. NO -
10 Roddy White vs. CAR -
11 Wes Welker at BUF -
12 Vincent Jackson vs. WAS -
13 Steve Smith at ATL -
14 Eric Decker vs. OAK -
15 Victor Cruz at PHI -
16 Torrey Smith vs. CLE -
17 Jeremy Maclin vs. NYG Probable(hip)
18 Greg Jennings vs. NO Probable(groin)
19 Brandon Marshall at DAL -
20 Marques Colston at GB -
21 Dez Bryant vs. CHI -
22 Stevie Johnson vs. NE -
23 Dwayne Bowe vs. SD Expected to play
24 Miles Austin vs. CHI -
25 Malcom Floyd at KC -
26 Lance Moore at GB -
27 DeSean Jackson vs. NYG -
28 Denarius Moore at DEN -
29 Nate Washington at HOU -
30 Santonio Holmes vs. SF -
31 Danny Amendola vs. SEA -
32 Sidney Rice at STL -
33 Michael Crabtree at NYJ -
34 Pierre Garcon at TB On a pitch count?
35 Brandon LaFell at ATL -
36 Anquan Boldin vs. CLE -
37 Leonard Hankerson at TB -
38 Kendall Wright at HOU -
39 Mike Williams vs. WAS -
40 Jerome Simpson at DET -
41 James Jones vs. NO -
42 Randall Cobb vs. NO -
43 Ramses Barden at PHI -
44 Nate Burleson vs. MIN -
45 Brian Hartline at ARZ -
46 Robert Meachem at KC -
47 Titus Young vs. MIN Questionable(knee)
48 Kevin Ogletree vs. CHI -
49 Davone Bess at ARZ -
50 Greg Little at BAL -
51 Jon Baldwin vs. SD -
52 Andrew Hawkins at JAC -
53 Domenik Hixon at PHI Probable(concussion)
54 Laurent Robinson vs. CIN Probable(concussion)
55 Justin Blackmon vs. CIN -
56 Derek Hagan at DEN -
57 Dexter McCluster vs. SD Questionable(elbow)
58 Alshon Jeffery at DAL -
59 Damian Williams at HOU -
60 Donald Jones vs. NE -
61 Mario Manningham at NYJ -
62 Josh Morgan at TB -
63 Andre Roberts vs. MIA -
64 Golden Tate at STL -
65 Jeremy Kerley vs. SF -
66 Rod Streater at DEN Questionable(neck)

 

WR Notes: Calvin Johnson flat-out took over the game in the fourth quarter and overtime, making a series of acrobatic grabs in heavy traffic. It doesn’t feel like he’s truly exploded yet, but he has 58 more yards than the next-closest receiver. … Speaking of which, Green is second in yards and first in fantasy points. His brilliant performance versus the Redskins could have been even more rewarding for fantasy owners had an 11-yard reverse not been stopped a foot shy of the end zone.

 

As we suspected before the season, Harvin is essentially slump proof. There’s no more electric NFL player in space, and coordinator Bill Musgrave is pulling out all the stops to get the ball in his hands after struggling as a play-caller in his Minnesota debut last season. Harvin leads the league in receptions and is second only to Brandon Myers in catch percentage. … Don’t think Andre Johnson was lucky to reel in a 60-yard bomb from Matt Schaub last week. He got open deep downfield two other times. The first resulted in a drop on a perfectly placed ball, and the other was a near-catch in the end zone on the play that resulted in Schaub losing a portion of his ear to a vicious Joe Mays hit.

 

Play Thomas and Decker with confidence this week. The Raiders secondary is that bad, and both receivers are in the top-20 in targets. … The Bills allow the fourth-most fantasy points to opposing wide receivers, and the duo of Lloyd and Welker is coming off huge games in Week 3. … Jordy Nelson is due to go off in a potential shootout with the Saints. I’d trust him more than Jennings, who is still not back to first-half 2011 form. … Vincent Jackson has a dream matchup against a Redskins defense that has allowed 10 touchdown passes already.

 

Steve Smith has made the most of his four targets in each of the past two games. … Dwayne Bowe, on the other hand, has been targeted at least 15 times in each of the past two weeks. … Marshall has a daunting matchup against a Cowboys defense that used shadow corner Brandon Carr and essentially a box-in-one on Vincent Jackson last week. … Dez Bryant doesn’t have a red zone target. That’s largely because only three teams have run fewer red zone plays than Dallas.  … Since Week 11 of last season, the Eagles are 7-0 when Maclin plays and 0-3 when he sits.

 

Britt was targeted 11 times and just missed several plays. Matchups guru Evan Silva believes a breakout is coming, but it will likely have to wait a week with lockdown corner Johnathan Joseph in coverage Sunday. … Holmes is averaging a healthy 11 targets per game. … Denarius Moore has been Carson Palmer’s favorite target in the two games he’s played, averaging nine per. … Sidney Rice had just one target in Week 3, as the Seahawks are clearly trying to hide their rookie quarterback. … Alex Smith has only passed six times in the red zone, and his primary read there is Vernon Davis -- not Crabtree.

 

I wouldn’t hold out much hope for Garcon this week. If he sits, move Hankerson up a half-dozen spots. … Jones and Cobb are flex-worthy this week in what projects as one of the highest-scoring games. … Titus Young’s snap count skyrocketed in Week 3 because Tony Scheffler was out; the Lions ran fewer two-tight end sets. … Barden will play a minor role with Hakeem Nicks due back. … Kerley has yet to be targeted more than four times in a game.

Sunday Update: Dropped Dwayne Bowe, bumped Jeremy Maclin and Ramses Barden. Added Dexter McCluster.


continue story »
Chris Wesseling is a senior football editor and Dynasty league analyst for Rotoworld.com. The 2011 NFL season marks his fifth year with Rotoworld and his third year contributing to NBCSports.com. He can be found on Twitter @ChrisWesseling.
Email :Chris Wesseling



Highest Searched Players over the last 7 days



Video Center

  •  
    Levitan: Drop options

    Levitan: Drop options
  •  
    Levitan: Biggest flukes

    Levitan: Biggest flukes
  •  
    Wednesday

    Wednesday's Fantasy Minute
  •  
    Levitan: Is Knile top waiver?

    Levitan: Is Knile top waiver?
  •  
    Draft Profile: Devin Funchess

    Draft Profile: Devin Funchess
  •  
    Tuesday

    Tuesday's Fantasy Minute
  •  
    Monday

    Monday's Fantasy Minute
  •  
    Friday

    Friday's Fantasy Minute