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November 16, 2007

WEEK 11 WR RANKINGS (Who to start)

1. Randy Moss (NE) – He torched the Buffalo secondary in an earlier meeting posting 5 catches for 115 yards and 2 TD’s. Moss has at least 1 TD in 8 of 9 starts, with 4 multiple TD games. He leads the NFL with 12 TD grabs on the season, and should be well rested after the bye week. He is simply the best fantasy WR in the league.
2. Terrell Owens (DAL) – He has been a monster of late, posting at least 1 TD in his last 4 games and at least 100 receiving yards in his last 3 games. In total, Owens has 29 catches for 468 yards and 5 TD’s in his last 4 contests. He should continue to terrorize opposing secondaries including the Redskins in week 11.
3. Reggie Wayne (IND) – With or without Marvin Harrison, Wayne is a premier fantasy WR. He is a solid choice for your starting line up this week against the Chiefs 19th ranked pass defense. Expect another big game from Wayne in week 11.
4. Larry Fitzgerald (ARI) – He is coming off of a 2 TD performance against Detroit, and this week’s match up against a horrible Bengals secondary looks equally promising. Fitzgerald is clearly the go to guy in the Cards passing game right now. You should start him with confidence.
5. Braylon Edwards (CLE) – In 3 career games versus Baltimore, Edwards has accumulated 13 catches for 281 yards and 3 TD’s. He has never failed to find pay dirt against the Ravens defense, and this is his most promising match up ever against them as their secondary is bare bones due to injury or illness.
6. T.J. Houshmandzadeh (CIN) – He failed to find the end zone for the very first time last week. You could not expect him to hit pay dirt every game, and 8 out of 9 is matched only by Randy Moss. While the return of Chris Henry will cut into his production a bit, he is still the go to guy and a fantasy stud. He faces a tough Cardinals secondary this week, but he is talented enough to come out on top.
7. Plaxico Burress (NYG) – He has been limited of late due to recurring soreness in his injury plagued ankle, and it has shown on the field. Burress has a great match up this week against a very shaky Lions secondary. If the ankle is up to the task, Burress could rebound with a monster game. We like his chances. (Check injury report: ankle)
8. Torry Holt (STL) – In his last 2 contests, Holt has 14 catches for 234 yards and a score. The Rams offense appears to be back on track with Holt as the primary beneficiary. He has a great history against San Francisco, and had 5 catches for 74 yards and a TD in a week 2 match up with the Niners. If his sore knee is not an issue, Holt stands to have a big afternoon. (Check injury report: knee)
9. Wes Welker (NE) – In his last 4 games, Welker has accumulated 6 TD’s, and is looking for his 5th consecutive game with a score. He is a very solid start against a poor Bills secondary.
10. Marques Colsten (NO) – In his last 3 games he has averaged 9 catches, 124 yards, and a TD per game. As long as Drew Brees continues to look for him first, Colsten is a top end fantasy prospect. Expect the hot streak to continue against a shaky Houston secondary.
11. Roy Williams (DET) – Williams was able to bounce back from several mediocre outings, with a 6 catch 2 TD performance in week 10. He faces a Giants secondary that was lit up by T.O. last week, and Williams shares similar attributes with Owens. He is quite capable of a comparable performance in week 11.
12. Santonio Holmes (PIT) – While he had a below par week 10, Holmes has played very well overall in recent weeks. He has a great chance to restore his top flight fantasy status this week against a weak Jets secondary.
13. Chad Johnson (CIN) – Johnson continues to post very average numbers by his standards. He is well overdue for a breakout game, and while the Cardinals secondary can be tough, Johnson has the tools to get the job done. This could be the week Ocho Cinco returns. (Check injury report: knee)
14. Greg Jennings (GB) – He may not get the number of targets that other top fantasy wide outs get, but Jennings seems to make the most out of every catch. In 7 starts this season, Jennings has produced 6 TD’s and averages 19 yards per catch.
15. Joey Galloway (TB) – In his last 2 contests against Atlanta, Galloway has accumulated 14 catches for 225 yards. This deep threat is always a contender to find pay dirt, and has a touch down in 3 of his last 4 games. He should have another solid game in week 11.
16. Hines Ward (PIT) – Since returning from injury, Ward has 26 catches and 3 TD’s in 4 games. He should easily be able to continue his recent run of success this week against the Jets, and their 24th ranked pass defense.
17. Andre Johnson (HOU) – He will finally return this week after missing much of the season. While Johnson has only played in 2 games this season, he was phenomenal in both, compiling 14 catches for 262 yards and 3 TD’s. If there are no set backs with his knee, Johnson could easily be the top fantasy performer for week 11. Since it is his first game back, there could be a little rust to knock off, which is the only thing keeping him out of the top 5. Despite a slight risk, Johnson is well worth putting in your starting line up, and should help your team tremendously from here on out. The match up against a very shaky New Orleans secondary does not hurt either.
18. Donald Driver (GB) – While Driver has not had the season many fantasy owners expected, he remains the most dangerous weapon in Brett Favre’s arsenal. He has been a victim of a Packers offense that spreads the ball around to multiple receivers, but he is still a top target, and very capable of a huge game any week. At the very least, he will make a decent contribution, more than can be guaranteed by most WR’s.
19. Laveranues Coles (NYJ) – Coles will be back this week after missing a game with a concussion. He has a tough match up against Pittsburgh, but he has had a very solid season to this point, and is the best weapon in the Jets arsenal. Despite the poor match up, Coles should see plenty of looks, and has the talent to have a solid game.
20. Brandon Marshall (DEN) – Despite his inability to find the end zone, Marshall is one of the more consistent fantasy performers. He puts up very solid numbers each week, and remains the Broncos go to guy. He only has 2 TD’s on the season, but he is capable of scoring any week.
21. D.J. Hackett (SEA) – In his 2 games since returning from injury, Hackett has been Hasselbeck’s favorite target, catching 14 passes for 159 yards and 2 TD’s. With the return of Deion Branch this week, and the fact that Hasselbeck likes to spread the wealth, it is kind of hard to say which Seahawk receiver will have the best week 11, but Hackett appears to be the most likely candidate. He should get more than enough attention in the passing game to do some damage.
22. Anquan Boldin (ARI) – He has not quite been himself since returning from injury. He did have a 2 TD game against the Redskins, but he only had 29 yards receiving in doing so, and has yet to surpass the 40 yard mark in his last 3 contests. Boldin is a very talented receiver, and while he is obviously still bothered by his hip injury, he should be able to conjure up some success this week against the Bengals 28th ranked pass defense.
23. Deion Branch (SEA) – He will be back in his familiar starting role after missing several weeks with a foot injury. Branch should be utilized early and often in the Seahawks pass happy attack this week against a very average Bears secondary.
24. Dwayne Bowe (KC) – He was able to bounce back with a solid 9 catch 105 yard performance last week after being shut out in week 9. Bowe may not be the most dependable fantasy WR out there, but he has huge potential. There are some risks involved with starting Bowe in week 11. The first being that he will be working with a new QB in Brodie Croyle, and the second being that he faces a solid Colts pass defense. Despite these potential stumbling blocks, Bowe is talented enough to get the job done.
25. Marvin Harrison (IND) - Like every week since his knee injury, Harrison is unlikely to play. If he is in the starting line up for week 11, he would only be a decent option as he will likely be limited in the number of reps he receives. You are best served to assume that Harrison will not be available for use against the Chiefs, but check his status before Sunday’s game to be sure. (Check injury report: knee)
26. Steve Smith (CAR) – If Testaverde is named the starter this week, you should probably have a fair amount of confidence in starting him. If not, he is a big gamble with Carr under center. The match up against a mediocre, 19th ranked Packers secondary is a favorable one, but Smith has yet to practice this week with a shin injury. You should make sure to check on his availability this week, and proceed with caution in starting him. (Check injury report: shin)
27. Jerricho Cotchery (NYJ) – If the Steelers secondary decides to double team Laveranues Coles this week (as many teams do), Cotchery could benefit greatly. If not, he is still a very solid receiver capable of putting up very good numbers. Cotchery has not come up huge in the scoring department this season, but he has been very consistent. A trend that should continue in week 11.
28. Donte Stallworth (NE) – He is certainly not as consistent as fantasy owners would like him to be, but he has big game potential. Stallworth was limited in a previous meeting with the Bills, but he is now a bigger part of the Patriots game plan, and could explode against Buffalo’s 26th ranked pass defense. He is a gamble, but we believe it is a risk worth taking.
29. Lee Evans (BUF) – While Evans has undoubtedly turned his season around in a big way, he may be a risky start for week 11. He faces a very good Patriots defense that held him to 1 catch for 7 yards in an earlier meeting. Evans has played at a much higher level as of late, and you should certainly expect more from him this time around, but do not expect a monster game by any means.
30. Chris Chambers (SD) – With the San Diego offense struggling since his arrival, Chambers’ numbers have suffered. It is only a matter of time before Phillip Rivers and the Chargers offense gets back on track, and Chambers stands to benefit greatly. This could very well be the week against a Jacksonville pass defense that ranks 27th.
31. Chris Henry (CIN) – Henry had a very solid first week back from his suspension catching 4 balls for 99 yards. He is a dangerous addition to an already potent Bengals passing game. He should have another solid effort against the Cardinals in week 11.
32. Bobby Engram (SEA) – Engram will likely fall back into his #3 slot position with the return of Hackett and Branch. While he is likely to see a reduction in his looks and touches, Engram remains a valuable and capable part of the Seahawks passing game. Even as the #3 guy, Engram could easily be Seattle’s top receiver against the Bears in week 11.
33. Patrick Crayton (DAL) – Crayton remains a high risk – high reward fantasy starter. It is very difficult to gauge what he will do with any certainty. Much of his success and lack there of, depends heavily on the amount of attention the opposing defense pays to Terrell Owens. With Owens on a hot streak, expect the Redskins to pay close attention, which should open the door for Crayton in week 11.
34. Roddy White (ATL) – White continues to post decent numbers on a consistent basis. He has a difficult match up against Ronde Barber and the Bucs secondary, but he should be targeted early and often as usual. He is over due to find the end zone, so a TD is not out of the question for him in week 11.
35. Bernard Berrian (CHI) – He is coming off of a very nice week in which he scored his 2nd TD of the season. Berrian has a good match up in week 11 against a very mediocre Seahawks secondary that ranks 20th, so a repeat of last week is a possibility. At worst, he should provide a decent stat line.
36. Kevin Curtis (PHI) – While the Dolphins defense is horrible as a whole, they do have a very solid secondary that ranks 5th in the NFL. Curtis may have a difficult time finding space in week 11, but he is a deep threat and very capable of taking the long ball to the house.
37. Shaun McDonald (DET) – He is one of the more under rated and overlooked fantasy performers of the ’07 season. He has 5 or more receptions in 6 of his 9 games this season and has a TD in 4 of 9 games. McDonald is not a lock by any means, but he should make another solid contribution in week 11.
38. Ronald Curry (OAK) – He has done very little as of late, but Curry has a very favorable match up against the NFL’s worst pass defense. He could step back into the spotlight in week 11 against the Vikings.
39. Reggie Brown (PHI) – After a horrible start to the ’07 season, Brown has posted decent numbers. He has really stepped up in the Eagles passing game, but he faces a 5th ranked Miami pass defense in week 11. If McNabb continues to get him the ball, he could have a productive fantasy outing, but there is no guarantee of that. The Eagles will likely spend much of the game running the football.
40. Derrick Mason (BAL) – The Baltimore passing game has really struggled of late and Mason has felt the effects more than anyone. The return of a healthy Mark Clayton has also had an effect on the veteran wide out’s production. Mason looks to rebound this week with Kyle Boller under center, but that is not a big upgrade for this fading offense. Mason does have a great match up against an awful Browns secondary, and he did have 10 catches for 78 yards against them in an earlier meeting, but Mason and this offense are in a completely different place then they were in week 4.
41. Isaac Bruce (STL) – With the apparent resurgence of the Rams offense, Bruce should return to old form. He is coming off of his second best fantasy performance of the season with 4 catches for 62 yards and a TD. Bruce is a TD threat any week with this offense in gear. He has a good match up against a somewhat poor 49ers pass defense. (Check injury report: hamstring)
42. Calvin Johnson (DET) – While he has the potential to explode any given week, Johnson’s fantasy stock has dropped after 3 consecutive mediocre games in a row. He is one of those guys that will do very little, but as soon as you bench him, he goes off, and you end up kicking yourself for benching him. The match up is decent this week, but with a multitude of potential targets in the Lions passing game, Johnson may get lost in the shuffle once again.
43. Ike Hilliard (TB) – Hilliard has had a nice season to this point, and has a team leading 46 receptions to prove it. Unfortunately, he has only found the end zone one time this season which really limits his fantasy value. He has a decent match up against a shaky Falcons defense in week 11.
44. Brandon Stokley (DEN) – After 3 fairly productive fantasy weeks in a row, Stokley’s numbers took a hit in week 10. He will look to rebound against the Titans on Monday night.
45. Mark Clayton (BAL) – He appears to be completely healthy for the first time this season and last week’s 8 catch 107 yard performance proved it. He even took center stage over fellow WR Derrick Mason, who has been a solid fantasy performer in his own right. Clayton may be just what the Ravens offense needs to get a jumpstart after struggling big time in the last few weeks. He has a great match up against a pathetic Browns secondary and a new QB in Kyle Boller. Clayton may be this week’s big sleeper.
46. Drew Bennett (STL) – After being beat up for much of the season, Bennett has put together 2 solid efforts in a row, even finding the end zone in week 10. With the Rams offense once again firing on at least 7 cylinders, Bennett should see plenty of attention again this week at San Fran.
47. Mike Furrey (DET) – Like the rest of the Lions receivers, it is really a guessing game as to what he will do any given week, but he has had several somewhat productive games throughout the season. He probably will not provide huge numbers this week against the Giants, but he will almost certainly produce something.
48. Muhsin Muhammad (CHI) – He has been an all or nothing fantasy performer throughout the season which makes him very risky as a starter. Muhammad faces a very mediocre Seattle pass defense in week 11, and he could produce one of his better games, but let it be known that you are gambling by inserting him into your starting line up.
49. David Patten (NO) – While Patten has a decent week 11 match up against the Texans, he has proven to be extremely inconsistent. He has also proven that he can have a big game any week, but you can never just expect it. Proceed with caution when using Patten.
50. Amani Toomer (NYG) – While Toomer has only had 2 or 3 fantasy performances worth mentioning this season, we like his chances in week 11. With Burress having trouble making plays on his bad wheel, Toomer could easily become the go to guy against a poor Lions secondary that has been torched by the only 2 NFC East teams they have faced this season. It’s a risky proposition, but one that could very well pay off.

* Other WR’s worth consideration for week 11 include (in ranked order): Jerry Porter (OAK), Kevin Walter (HOU), Arnaz Battle (SF), James Jones (GB), Santana Moss (WAS), Eddie Kennison (KC), Andre Davis (HOU), Joe Jurevicius (CLE), Antwaan Randle El (WAS), Craphonso Thorpe (IND), Justin Gage (TEN), Devery Henderson (NO),Vincent Jackson (SD), Marty Booker (MIA), Nate Washington (PIT), Nate Burleson (SEA), Dennis Northcutt (JAC), Ted Ginn (MIA), James Thrash (WAS), Keenan McCardell (WAS), Reggie Williams (JAC), Brandon Jones (TEN), Roydell Williams (TEN), Bobby Wade (MIN), Darrell Jackson (SF), Josh Cribbs (CLE), Bryant Johnson (ARI), Derek Hagan (MIA), Aaron Moorehead (IND), and Lance Moore (NO)

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