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Week 4 Rankings

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Week 4 Wide Receivers

Rank Player Name Opponent Notes
1 Calvin Johnson vs. CHI -
2 Dez Bryant at SD -
3 Demaryius Thomas vs. PHI -
4 Julio Jones vs. NE Questionable (knee)
5 Brandon Marshall at DET Probable (back)
6 A.J. Green at CLE -
7 DeSean Jackson at DEN -
8 Pierre Garcon at OAK -
9 Victor Cruz at KC -
10 Torrey Smith at BUF -
11 Antonio Brown at MIN -
12 Larry Fitzgerald at TB -
13 Wes Welker vs. PHI -
14 Eric Decker vs. PHI -
15 Josh Gordon vs. CIN Probable (-)
16 Andre Johnson vs. SEA -
17 Hakeem Nicks at KC -
18 Anquan Boldin at STL -
19 Marques Colston vs. MIA -
20 Vincent Jackson vs. ARZ Questionable (ribs)
21 Reggie Wayne at JAC Probable (-)
22 Stevie Johnson vs. BAL Probable (hamstring)
23 Cecil Shorts vs. IND -
24 Dwayne Bowe vs. NYG -
25 Mike Wallace at NO -
26 Roddy White vs. NE Questionable (ankle)
27 T.Y. Hilton at JAC Probable (foot)
28 Julian Edelman at ATL -
29 Brian Hartline at NO -
30 DeAndre Hopkins vs. SEA -
31 Tavon Austin vs. SF -
32 Alshon Jeffery at DET -
33 Mike Williams vs. ARZ Questionable (hamstring)
34 Santonio Holmes at TEN Probable (foot)
35 Kenbrell Thompkins at ATL -
36 Emmanuel Sanders at MIN -
37 Golden Tate at HOU -
38 Michael Floyd at TB -
39 Greg Jennings vs. PIT -
40 Chris Givens vs. SF Probable (knee)
41 Andre Roberts at TB -
42 Stephen Hill at TEN Probable (-)
43 Sidney Rice at HOU -
44 Denarius Moore vs. WAS -
45 Rueben Randle at KC -
46 Marlon Brown at BUF Probable (neck)
47 Aaron Dobson at ATL -
48 Eddie Royal vs. DAL Probable (-)
49 Brandon Gibson at NO -
50 Kendall Wright vs. NYJ -
51 Ryan Broyles vs. CHI -
52 Vincent Brown vs. DAL -
53 Rod Streater vs. WAS -
54 Donnie Avery vs. NYG -
55 Robert Woods vs. BAL -
56 Mohamed Sanu at CLE -
57 Santana Moss at OAK -
58 Harry Douglas vs. NE -
59 Nate Washington vs. NYJ -
60 Jason Avant at DEN -
61 Jeremy Kerley at TEN -
62 Davone Bess vs. CIN -
63 Leonard Hankerson at OAK -
64 Austin Pettis vs. SF -
65 Riley Cooper at DEN -
66 Terrance Williams at SD -
67 Kyle Williams at STL -
68 Jerome Simpson vs. PIT -
69 Darrius Heyward-Bey at JAC Probable (shoulder)
70 Justin Hunter vs. NYJ -
71 Keenan Allen vs. DAL -
72 Dwayne Harris at SD Questionable (hip)
73 Robert Meachem vs. MIA -
74 Kenny Stills vs. MIA -

WR Notes: Calvin Johnson scored his third touchdown Sunday. He scored his third touchdown on November 18 last season. … The Eagles’ defense misses tackles for a living. Demaryius Thomas breaks them for a living. You do the math. … Julio Jones leads the NFL in receiving yards, and is third in yards from scrimmage. His 157 yards after the catch lead the league. … DeSean Jackson’s 18.9 yards per catch led all receivers with at least 10 receptions, while his seven grabs of 20-plus yards are tied for first with Antonio Brown. … Pierre Garcon’s 39 targets are third in the league behind Cecil Shorts and Jimmy Graham. He’s caught at least seven passes in all three games.

Worried Torrey Smith doesn’t have a touchdown? You shouldn’t be. Baltimore’s No. 1 receiver has cleared 85 yards in all three games, and has six catches of 20 yards or longer. He’s overdue to get loose for a score, and Buffalo’s forest fire of a secondary provides the best opportunity for pay dirt he’ll see all season. Smith is a WR1 for Week 4. … Antonio Brown was frustrated heading into Week 3, but wasn’t exactly struggling. He’s caught at least five passes in all three games, and is now squaring off with a Vikings secondary that got torn up by Josh Gordon in Week 3, and Brandon Marshall in Week 2. Headed across the pond, the Steelers aren’t going to mess with the formula that brought them their first offensive success of the season. … Larry Fitzgerald (hamstring) is as healthy as he’s been since Week 1, but a showdown with shutdown CB Darrelle Revis curbs his WR1 appeal.

A game-time decision headed into a rough matchup, Andre Johnson (shin) has the potential to tumble down the ranks. Johnson’s durability is again an issue. … Josh Gordon’s 19 Week 1 targets were the most for any receiver in a single game this season. It’s a number he’s unlikely to match again in 2013, let alone Sunday. Needless to say, however, he proved his WR2 bonafides against the Vikings. Gordon could be a WR1 in relatively short order. … Hakeem Nicks correctly observed that he “can't throw the ball to (himself)” after his Week 3 doughnut. Expect Eli Manning to overcorrect this week. Not to placate his frustrated wideout, but because he has to if the Giants are going to avoid an 0-4 start. … Coming off three straight underwhelming efforts, Marques Colston isn’t a particularly strong breakout candidate against Brent Grimes and the Dolphins. … By the grace of garbage time, Cecil Shorts is the most targeted player in the league through the first three weeks. With Blaine Gabbert back at the controls for Week 4, not even garbage time may be enough to save Shorts from his hopeless situation.

Dwayne Bowe’s problem? He’s too good for Alex Smith, who doesn’t like looking more than 6-8 yards beyond the line of scrimmage. Bowe likes to do his work deep, which might as well be 20,000 leagues under the sea to Smith. The Chiefs are going to have to start manufacturing touches for their $56 million receiver closer to the LOS, but until they do, he’s a middling WR3, and a wasted talent. … Coming off a season-high snap count, Roddy White might finally be ready to erupt, though the Patriots’ secondary is officially legit. Playing through a high-ankle sprain, White has just seven catches on 10 targets. … T.Y. Hilton is shaping up as a boom-or-bust WR3, but the boom potential is high against the Jaguars’ undermanned and overwhelmed secondary. … With Danny Amendola (groin) still out indefinitely, Julian Edelman remains a PPR superstar, but a standard-league “meh.”

Even against the Seahawks’ tough secondary, DeAndre Hopkins will be bumped up the ranks if it becomes clear Andre Johnson (shin) will be on a snap count. … Consider Miles Austin (hamstring) iffy with a touch of doubtful. His injury history makes it hard to believe he’ll play, but for now, Dallas is insisting he will. … Tavon Austin has 18 grabs through his first three games, but is averaging just 6.6 yards per catch, and has a long of only 14. Sam Bradford isn’t getting Austin out into space. He’s a WR4, albeit one with room to grow. … The two touchdowns looked nice last week, but Kenbrell Thompkins still managed to harness just 3-of-7 targets, making him 9-of-28 on the season. Thompkins has made strides, but isn’t yet a legit starter. … Monitor Ryan Broyles this weekend.

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