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November 8, 2007


1. T.J. Houshmandzadeh (CIN) – He was able to score his 10th TD of the season in week 9 against Buffalo, extending his streak to 8 consecutive games. If Houshmandzadeh is healthy enough to play, he has a good chance to extend the TD streak to 9 games against a Ravens secondary depleted by injury and illness. (Check injury report: knee)
2. Terrell Owens (DAL) – In his last 3 games, he has accumulated 23 receptions for 343 yards and 3 TD’s. Owens was also able to find the end zone twice against the Giants in an earlier meeting this season. He is on fire and a must start in week 10.
3. Reggie Wayne (IND) – He has been one of the more consistent fantasy performers of the season, posting at least 5 receptions in 7 of 8 games. The only game in which he failed to reach that mark was a 4 catch, 84 yard performance at Houston. Expect Wayne to continue his stellar play against the Chargers 24th ranked pass defense, especially if Marvin Harrison is out again.
4. Plaxico Burress (NYG) – Burress flat out scorched the Cowboys secondary in an earlier meeting accumulating a phenomenal 144 yards and 3 scores. He has struggled a bit of late, but Burress is more than capable of repeating his week 1 performance against Dallas.
5. Lee Evans (BUF) – Evans appears to have righted the ship, and has been on a tear of late. He has compiled 19 receptions for an astounding 401 yards and 2 TD’s in his last 3 games. Evans has 6 TD’s in 6 career games against this week’s opponent, the Miami Dolphins. He should be in your starting line up in week 10.
6. Larry Fitzgerald (ARI) – He has been a favorite target for QB Kurt Warner in recent games. You combine that with the fact that the Cardinals face the Lions 30th ranked pass defense, and you have a winner in Fitzgerald.
7. Marques Colston (NO) – The Saints offense is finally clicking again, and no one stands to benefit more than Colston. He appears to be over his sophomore slump; accumulating 18 catches for 244 yards and 3 TD’s in his last 2 contests. He should continue to excel this week against the Rams in a battle of high powered offenses.
8. Santonio Holmes (PIT) – Holmes has been ripping it up lately with 22 catches for 379 yards and 5 TD’s in his last 4 games. He should further his argument as an elite fantasy wide out this week against the Browns 32nd, and worst ranked pass defense. Holmes is a likely stud for week 10 if his hamstring holds up. (Check injury report: hamstring)
9. Torry Holt (STL) – When Rams QB Marc Bulger takes the field this week against the Saints 27th ranked pass defense, the passes will be flying early and often. As Bulger’s #1 option, no one stands to benefit more than Holt. Expect a big game for “Big Game” Torry Holt.
10. Braylon Edwards (CLE) – He will be looking at one of his biggest tests of the season this week when the Browns head to Pittsburgh to take on the Steelers top ranked defense. Edwards has been one of the top fantasy WR’s out there this season, and despite a tough match up, he remains a must start for your fantasy team.
11. Greg Jennings (GB) – He has played in 6 games this season, and has 6TD’s to show for it. Jennings is quickly displacing Donald Driver as Brett Favre’s go to guy. He should continue his run of success this week against the Vikings 31st ranked pass defense, a team Jennings scored against in an earlier meeting.
12. Chad Johnson (CIN) – If he is on the field Sunday, Johnson stands to have one of his better games of the season. He matches up against a beat up Ravens secondary that he managed 95 yards and a TD against back in week 1. If healthy, he should be able to match or exceed those numbers in week 10. (Check injury report: neck)
13. Donald Driver (GB) – While Driver has had a fairly disappointing ’07 fantasy campaign, he remains a threat for a monster game any week. He had a solid week 9, and week 10 looks especially promising against Minnesota’s 31st ranked pass D.
14. Anquan Boldin (ARI) – Look for Boldin to bounce back from a mediocre week 9 performance. He matches up against a poor Lions secondary that ranks 30th and Boldin is too talented to be held in check for consecutive games.
15. Hines Ward (PIT) – He is looking at a superb match up against the league’s worst pass defense. Ward was able to find the end zone against the Browns back in week 1, and has played very well against them historically. Look for a solid performance from him in week 10, and a TD is not out of the question.
16. Roy Williams (DET) – He continues to perform on a mediocre level as a fantasy WR since scoring a TD in each of his first 3 games. Williams has not found the end zone in 5 straight contests now, but that is all the more reason to start him in week 10. If any wide out is overdue for a big game, it is Williams. At the very least, he should provide decent numbers in terms of receptions and yardage.
17. Brandon Marshall (DEN) – While he has not found the end zone in a few games, he has been very consistent in the reception and yardage categories. Despite his inability to score of late, Marshall remains a threat in that capacity, and should be a solid start for week 10 against a mediocre Chiefs secondary.
18. Derrick Mason (BAL) – Despite only 35 yards receiving, Mason did have 6 catches, and was basically the only bright spot in the Ravens passing game against the Steelers. Mason continues to show great consistency with no fewer than 5 receptions in any game this season. He should have a much easier way to go this week against a horrible Bengals secondary. He is a must start, especially in reception heavy leagues.
19. Bobby Engram (SEA) – He is coming off a monster week 9 with 13 receptions for 139 yards and a score. With Deion Branch likely out and D.J. Hackett limited with injuries, Engram should again be the go to guy for Hasselbeck in week 10. The way the Seahawks spread the ball around, any of the Seattle wide outs are capable of a big game or a bust game. The odds are in Engram’s favor for a big game, at least for 1 more week.
20. Chris Chambers (SD) – Chambers put up decent, but not spectacular numbers, in his second start with the Chargers. He probably would have had a better fantasy stat line, but QB Phillip Rivers struggled throwing the ball. Look for Chambers to post better numbers this week against the Colts, as they are likely to get behind early, forcing them to go to the air.
21. Kevin Curtis (PHI) – Curtis will face a Redskins secondary that he struggled against back in week 2 with only 4 catches for 28 yards. Since that time, Curtis has vastly improved his role in the Eagles offense, and has been a fairly consistent fantasy performer. He should get a sufficient number of looks to produce a solid game.
22. Roddy White (ATL) – He isn’t coming off of one of his better outings, but we like him in week 10. He destroyed the Panther secondary earlier in the year to the tune of 7 catches for 127 yards and a TD. He has a great opportunity for a repeat game against a Panthers defense that has shown no improvement since their first meeting.
23. Marvin Harrison (IND) – (UPDATE: HE'S NOT PLAYING. BENCH HIM) Despite high expectations of a return last week, Harrison was once again a scratch. Although a return in week 10 looks promising, he will likely only return in a limited role. If that is the case, it may not be wise to start Harrison this week, but even in a limited role, he is better than most WR’s that will receive full reps. If later in the week, it looks positive for Harrison to play a complete game, start him with confidence against a poor Chargers secondary. (Check injury report: knee)
24. David Patten (NO) – He is kind of risky, but with WR’s at a premium, he makes for a good start in week 10. Patten has posted solid numbers in 3 out of the last 4 weeks, and should see plenty of action against the Rams.
25. D.J. Hackett (SEA) – He returned from injury last week with outstanding fantasy results, posting 6 catches and a score. Hackett should play a large role in the Seattle offense again this week, especially with the likely absence of Deion Branch.
26. Brandon Stokley (DEN) – Stokley continues to produce solid fantasy numbers as a replacement for Javon Walker. He has 2 TD’s in his last 3 games, and should get plenty of attention against a mediocre Chiefs secondary.
27. James Jones (GB) – Jones is kind of a wild card, you never know exactly what he is going to give you, but this week’s match up against the Vikings 31st ranked pass defense is promising. He had 4 catches for 49 yards and a TD against them in an earlier meeting this season.
28. Patrick Crayton (DAL) – He is not the most reliable option out there, but he has proven to have big game potential. If Romo can carve up the Giants secondary for the second time this season, Crayton should be in the mix to have a solid day.
29. Isaac Bruce (STL) – Bruce has been off track much of this season compared to previous years, but that is mostly due to nagging injuries that have plagued him throughout his ’07 campaign. He is now completely healthy, and coming off a very solid game against Cleveland. Bruce will play the rare sleeper role in week 10 in a great match up against a shaky Saints pass defense.
30. Ronald Curry (OAK) – Curry is coming off of one of his worst performances of the season with only 2 catches for 12 yards. In his defense, he was battling a foot injury that is said to be a non issue heading into week 10. Curry should bounce back against the Bears, but do not expect anything overwhelming in terms of production against Chicago.
31. Calvin Johnson (DET) – Johnson has been a high risk-high reward fantasy prospect throughout the season. While he is a monster game waiting to happen, he generally puts up average numbers. Johnson will face a solid Arizona pass defense this week, so while he has break out potential, do not expect a lot this week.
32. Bernard Berrian (CHI) – Berrian has been fairly consistent throughout the season, but has yet to produce huge fantasy output in any one game. While the potential is there, it is hard to expect that to happen against a quality Raiders secondary in week 10.
33. Steve Smith (CAR) – Smith continued a disappointing fantasy season last week with only 3 catches for 15 yards. It is now apparent that as long as Carr is at QB, you can expect minimal benefit from Smith. There is good news and bad news for Smith going into week 10. The good news is that Testaverde will probably be under center this week. He seems to have better chemistry with Grandpaverde, and has had better output with him at QB. The bad news is that he is facing a Falcons team that has shut him down over the last couple of seasons, even at his peak. So despite his amazing talents and capabilities, it may not be the best week to start him.
34. Dwayne Bowe (KC) – After blistering opposing defenses for several weeks, Bowe was completely shut out in week 9. He has seen his fantasy value drop considerably in recent weeks, but remains a threat any given week. Much of his week 9 downfall can be attributed to a hamstring issue that hampered him throughout the game. A healthier Bowe should rebound this week, but it is difficult to expect much more than average numbers against Denver, especially if he is covered by a healthy Champ Bailey.
35. Reggie Brown (PHI) – While Brown has undoubtedly increased his fantasy value in recent weeks by playing a bigger role in the Eagles offense, he remains an unreliable fantasy option. Brown is a very capable receiver, but he has never seen a great deal of success against the Redskins including a poor 2 catch performance against them in week 2. He should easily surpass his week 2 performance against the Skins, but do not expect much.
36. Chris Henry (CIN) – He will return to the team this week after serving an 8 game suspension for various run ins with the law. Henry’s return could not have come at a better time for a Bengals offense struggling to regain its high powered status. He has been practicing with the team for several weeks, so he should be able to step right in and contribute. He is a decent starting option in week 9, and could have a big game if Chad Johnson is unable to play.
37. Shaun McDonald (DET) – He is quietly having a solid fantasy season. McDonald was able to find the end zone last week for the 4th time this year, and continues to see plenty of attention in the Lions passing game. Receptions and yards will not come easy this week against the Cardinals 7th ranked pass D, but he has proven himself to be worthy of a potential starting spot on most fantasy rosters, depending on your other options.
38. Amani Toomer (NYG) – He has been one of the more inconsistent WR options out there. Despite his tendency toward unreliability, we like his chances for a solid game against a Dallas secondary that he lit up earlier in the season with 9 catches for 91 yards.
39. Santana Moss (WAS) – He has shown some improvement over the last couple of games, but he is still far from being the player we are used to seeing. It is hard to say what the future holds for Moss, but as of right now, he has little fantasy value. If healthy, he may be worth considering for week 10. He posted solid numbers against the Eagles in week 2 with 6 catches for 89 yards. (Check injury report: heel)
40. Drew Bennett (STL) – He is coming off of one of his better games with a 6 catch for 63 yards effort against the Browns. Like that game, The Rams offense should be in pass mode early and often, making Bennett a guy to watch for week 10.
41. Muhsin Muhammad (CHI) – This guy runs very hot and cold, but leans more to the cold. He does have 3 TD’s in his last 5 starts, but little else. He faces a tough Oakland secondary in week 10.
42. Deion Branch (SEA) – After a solid start to the ’07 season Branch has missed several games due to a foot injury. He is optimistic for a week 10 return, although chances are he will not play this week, and even if he does, it will be in a limited role. Do not expect his usual if he starts, and make sure to follow his progress before starting him yourself. (Check injury report: foot)
43. Arnaz Battle (SF) – You can never expect much from Battle, but he almost always manages some production, and is very capable of finding pay dirt any given week. He has a nice match up against the Seahawks 25th ranked pass defense.
44. Mike Furrey (DET) – He is pretty much hit or miss this season, but he is coming off of a solid performance in which he scored a TD. Detroit WR’s seem to run in streaks, so he may be worth a look as a decent candidate to find pay dirt again in week 10.
45. Joe Jurevicius (CLE) – He is slowly becoming more than a bye week fill in. Jurevicius is starting to show value as a fantasy receiver in a capacity that exceeds his risky red zone appeal. Although he is starting to produce on a larger scale, he is probably not one of your better options this week against a monster Steeler defense.
46. Jerry Porter (OAK) – He is unlikely to provide anything special in terms of fantasy production, but he has been somewhat reliable in recent weeks for decent numbers, which is more than you can say for a lot of WR’s. He should see a fair share of looks against the Bears.
47. Eddie Kennison (KC) – He has pretty much missed the entire season with a hamstring injury. Kennison has fully participated in practice this week, and seems probable to return in week 10. At this point, he will likely be rusty and play second fiddle to Dwayne Bowe, but his talent and veteran know how make him worth consideration against the Broncos. (Check injury report: hamstring)
48. Antwaan Randle El (WAS) – While he has sparingly shown bursts throughout the season, his inconsistency outweighs his worth. He has also been bothered by a hamstring injury which helped limit him to only 1 catch last week. Randle El has the tools to produce, but he should only be used if healthy and only as an emergency option. His biggest upside this week lies in his return skills, so if you are in a league that does not account for return stats, he is probably not worth much consideration. (Check injury report: hamstring)
49. Marty Booker (MIA) – With a season ending injury to Ronnie Brown, and Chris Chambers being shipped off to San Diego, many fantasy owners expected Booker to step to the forefront of the Miami offense. So far, that has not happened. He has the chance to prove himself against the Bills 29th ranked pass defense in week 10.
50. Ted Ginn (MIA) – Ginn is still a long way from being a fantasy stud, but as his role slowly increases in the Dolphins offense, so should his production. He is coming off of a game in which he scored his first career TD, and has explosive potential as both a receiver and return man. He has a nice match up against a Buffalo secondary that ranks 29th. Ginn is high risk at this point, but he may be worth the gamble if you are desperate.

* Other potential WR options worthy of consideration for week 10 include: Nate Washington (PIT), Vincent Jackson (SD), Reggie Williams (JAC), Mark Clayton (BAL), Nate Burleson (SEA), Darrell Jackson (SF), Dennis Northcutt (JAC), Lance Moore (NO), Brandon Jones (TEN), Michael Jenkins (ATL), Bobby Wade (MIN), Roydell Williams (TEN), Josh Reed (BUF), Sidney Rice (MIN), Anthony Gonzalez (IND),Derek Hagan (MIA), and Justin Gage (TEN)

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