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December 7, 2007

WEEK 14 WR RANKINGS


* WR’s that participated in Thursday’s CHI@WAS game are not included in this week’s rankings. Thursday game participants are listed separately each Wednesday.

1. Terrell Owens (DAL) – In his last 7 games T.O.’s average game has consisted of 7 catches, 123 yards, and close to 2 TD’s. No one is hotter, start him.
2. Randy Moss (NE) – Despite 2 mortal weeks in a row, Moss is still an elite fantasy option for your starting line up. He is a no brainer.
3. Reggie Wayne (IND) – With 13 catches for 224 yards and 2 TD’s in his last 2 contests, Wayne is starting to catch fire once again. He will face a tough Baltimore secondary in week 14, but we like his chances for another big game.
4. Braylon Edwards (CLE) – He is coming off of a huge week 13, and a match up against the Jets looks equally promising. The Jets secondary has shown improvement in recent weeks, but they are no match for Edwards.
5. T.J. Houshmandzadeh (CIN) – After 2 tough match ups and 2 fairly disappointing performances, expect Houshmandzadeh to bounce back against the Rams 20th ranked pass defense. (Check injury report: back)
6. Marquis Colston (NO) – After a nice stretch of big performances, Colston was a bust in week 13. He should rebound nicely against Atlanta in week 14.
7. Chad Johnson (CIN) – He has stepped up his game in a big way the last 2 weeks. Johnson could have a monster against a weak Rams pass defense.
8. Andre Johnson (HOU) – He will certainly have his work cut out for him against a very tough Tampa Bay secondary, but Johnson is a stud in his own right, and should be more than up for the challenge.
9. Greg Jennings (GB) – In 10 starts, he has 10 TD’s, and 7 scores in his last 6. He will be challenged by Oakland’s 5th ranked pass defense, but Jennings is a TD machine.
10. Joey Galloway (TB) – He is coming off a huge week 13 with 7 catches for 159 yards, and came up 1 yard short of his 7th TD of the season. He will likely back that performance up in week 14 against a very average Houston pass defense.
11. Bobby Engram (SEA) – He has become the go to guy for QB Matt Hasselbeck in recent weeks, and has a great week 14 match up against a beat up Arizona secondary.
12. Larry Fitzgerald (ARI) – He had been as hot as any fantasy WR, but a groin injury forced him into spectator status in week 13. Fitzgerald should be back against Seattle this week, and while he may still be limited a bit, he is capable of a huge game. (Check injury report: groin)
13. Torry Holt (STL) – As expected, Holt had a big week 13 with 6 catches for 135 yards and 1 TD. This week he has a very favorable match up against Cincinnati’s 26th ranked pass defense, but let it be known that he has been less productive in outdoor road games, which will be the case in week 14.
14. Roddy White (ATL) – White has been lighting it up with a combined 16 catches for 250 yards and 2 TD’s in his last 2 starts. The hot streak will likely carry over to week 14 against a poor Saints pass defense that ranks 28th. White had 8 catches for 110 yards and a TD against New Orleans in an earlier meeting this season.
15. Wes Welker (NE) – He had a very disappointing week 13, and week 14 against Pittsburgh will not be easy, but Welker is unlikely to let you down in consecutive weeks. Expect him to bounce back despite the difficult match up.
16. Laveranues Coles (NYJ) – While Coles was not spectacular in his return from injury last week, he managed to post fair numbers under the circumstances. He will likely not be 100% again this week, but he should be healthier, and with a great match up against a horrible Browns pass defense; we like his chances. (Check injury report: ankle)
17. Deion Branch (SEA) – He should get plenty of attention this week against a banged up Cardinals secondary that ranks 24th against the pass. In an earlier meeting this season with Arizona, Branch caught 7 passes for 122 yards. He has big game potential.
18. Hines Ward (PIT) – He has been on fire the last 2 games with Santonio Holmes out of the line up. Holmes will likely be back this week, but Ward should continue to be the go to guy, at least for the time being. Ward should be targeted often despite a difficult match up against New England.
19. Donald Driver (GB) – He will face a tough Oakland secondary in week 14, but Driver is a top priority in the pass heavy Packers offensive attack. The only drawback on him has been his inability to find the end zone. As often as he is targeted, the TD drought should end sooner rather than later. Driver would be an elite fantasy option if he could compliment his lofty reception and yardage totals with TD’s.
20. Brandon Marshall (DEN) – He almost never produces what would be considered monster stats, but Marshall has put up solid and consistent numbers on a weekly basis. A match up against Kansas City’s 7th ranked pass defense will not be a cake walk for him, but Marshall has proven to be a guy you can trust to produce week in and week out regardless of the match up.
21. Dwayne Bowe (KC) – While Bowe has only posted modest numbers in his last 2 games, he did play very well against Denver in week 10 with 9 catches for 105 yards. We like his chances in this week’s rematch as well.
22. Steve Smith (CAR) – It is quite clear that Smith has not played up to his potential throughout most of the season, but much of that has to do with circumstances beyond his control. He has played much better with Testaverde under center, and now that the Carolina offense seems to be reaching some level of stability again, you should see continued improvement from Smith in coming weeks. He will face top flight Jacksonville CB RaShean Mathis this week, but if Reggie Wayne could chew him up last week, so can Smith in week 14.
23. Plaxico Burress (NYG) – Burress continues to struggle with his sore ankle on a weekly basis, with the exception of a great week 12 against the NFL’s worst pass defense, he has only managed mediocre numbers. This week he faces the 19th ranked pass defense of the Eagles. Burress usually plays very well against Philadelphia, so if the ankle is not too bothersome, this could be the week he bounces back. (Check injury report: ankle)
24. Santonio Holmes (PIT) – Holmes returned to practice this week on a limited basis which is a good indication that he will play. He has been the home run threat for the Steelers offense throughout the season, but keep expectations a little lower than usual because he will likely not be 100% if he does play. (Check injury report: ankle)
25. Derrick Mason (BAL) – Mason continued his consistent play last week, and even came through with a bonus TD for fantasy owners. He will face a tough Colts pass defense this week, but he is the go to guy for the Ravens, and if he can get it done against the Pats; he should be able to do the same against Indy on Sunday night.
26. Patrick Crayton (DAL) – He is not the most trust worthy fantasy option, but when he is productive, it is generally in a big way. The match up against Detroit is very favorable, but Crayton is all or nothing, so beware.
27. Calvin Johnson (DET) – After 2 very solid weeks in a row, he was a huge disappointment in week 13. With Roy Williams out with injury, Johnson is the most likely candidate to fill the “big play” role in the Detroit passing game. If he is up to the challenge, Johnson and fantasy owners alike could reap huge benefits from the situation. This week’s match up against the Cowboys 18th ranked secondary plays in his favor.
28. Bryant Johnson (ARI) – He is not typically considered as a good fantasy option, but with key injuries to Anquan Boldin and Larry Fitzgerald, Johnson was the go to guy for the Cards in week 13. While Fitzgerald will likely be back this week, he may still be a bit gimpy, which should again open the door for another big day for Johnson. At the very least, he should get plenty of opportunities this week against Seattle. If you need WR help for your playoff run, he could be your guy.
29. Chris Henry (CIN) – After a solid return from suspension, Henry has only managed to put up very modest numbers the last 2 weeks. In his defense, the last 2 match ups were not all that favorable for him. Henry should bounce back in week 14 against the 20th ranked St. Louis pass defense.
30. Lee Evans (BUF) – While Evans did not torch the Redskins last week, he did show improvement with Trent Edwards back under center. He seems to have better chemistry with Edwards, and generally plays well against division rival Miami. He has big game potential this week, and is safer than usual, but he is still a bit risky.
31. Kevin Curtis (PHI) – He is coming off a big week 13 against Seattle where he hauled in 6 passes for 111 yards and a TD. Curtis is capable of a monster game any week, against any opponent, but he is also capable of a bust any week. He will face a decent Giants pass defense this week that held him to only 2 catches for 21 yards back in week 4. Curtis is playing well right now, but don’t get your hopes up too high for week 14.
32. Shaun McDonald (DET) – Like the rest of the Lion WR’s, McDonald should benefit greatly from the Roy Williams injury. He is already targeted fairly often, and has produced some quality games throughout the season. Do not expect a huge performance, but McDonald is capable of doing some damage against the Cowboys 18th ranked pass defense in week 14.
33. Justin Gage (TEN) – Gage has become the go to guy in the Tennessee passing without question, and has quietly produced on a very solid level for 4 straight weeks now. While the San Diego secondary gets a lot of interceptions, they also give up a lot of big plays to WR’s. Gage should benefit from that this week.
34. Chris Chambers (SD) – While he is capable of a huge game, Chambers has not proven to be a major contributor to fantasy score sheets this season. He has had some nice games, but nothing to write home about. Tennessee ranks 8th against the pass, so do not expect anything huge from him again this week, although, a TD is not out of the question.
35. Donte’ Stallworth (NE) – Despite putting up modest numbers on a consistent basis, Stallworth remains a dangerous fantasy WR. He is well overdue to find the end zone, and it is only a matter of time before he has that breakout game, but based on his performance to this point; you have little choice but to limit expectations.
36. Nate Burleson (SEA) – He had a solid week 13, and so long as D.J. Hackett remains out with injury, that trend should continue. Burleson also offers value as a return specialist, and has a favorable week 14 match up against Arizona.
37. Sidney Rice (MIN) – It took most of his rookie season, but Rice is finally starting to prove to be a worthy fantasy WR with a lot of upside for the future. He has become the go to guy in the Vikings offense, and has a TD catch in 3 of his last 4 games. This week’s match up against San Francisco’s 21st ranked pass defense holds promise for Rice as well, but keep in mind; he is not at stud level yet.
38. Isaac Bruce (STL) – He has performed very well in recent weeks, and has a TD catch in 3 of his last 4 contests. While Bruce is looking at a favorable match up this week against the Bengals, he does not typically play well outdoors.
39. Mike Furrey (DET) – Furrey had a decent week 13 with 7 touches for 57 yards. This week’s match up against the 18th ranked Dallas pass defense also holds promise. He should also benefit from the absence of Roy Williams. While risky, he could make for a nice week 14 start.
40. Brandon Stokley (DEN) – He does not typically get a lot of touches, but he generally makes the most of them, and is capable of hitting pay dirt any given week. Stokley has a tough week 14 match up against Kansas City’s 7th ranked pass D. The Chiefs held him to 2 catches for 36 yards back in week 10.
41. Jerry Porter (OAK) – He has started to heat up a bit over the last 3 weeks, and could make for a decent start against the Packers 23rd ranked pass defense.
42. Arnaz Battle (SF) – He can be a risky proposition, but Battle has scored a TD in his last 2 games, and a match up against Minnesota’s league worst pass defense bodes well for him.
43. Reggie Brown (PHI) – His big play potential is matched only by his lack of consistency. Brown is capable this week against the Giants, but he is not to be trusted with a high level of confidence.
44. Amani Toomer (NYG) – He has played well in the last 2 games picking up the slack for the gimpy Plaxico Burress. Toomer has a decent match up, but he is capable of busting any week.
45. Reggie Williams (JAC) – While he has been fairly productive in recent weeks taking on a bigger role in the Jag’s passing game, Williams remains a risk for your starting line up.
46. Joe Jurevicius (CLE) – He probably won’t give you a ton of production this week against the Jets, but he should produce on a moderate level as he has done consistently throughout the season.
47. Ronald Curry (OAK) – He has proven that he has big game potential, unfortunately, it seems long ago. Curry has not found pay dirt in 7 weeks now, and while he is likely to offer some production against Green Bay, you should not expect much.
48. Josh Reed (BUF) – In his last 2 games, Reed has 11 catches for 117 yards. While he has yet to score a TD this season, he is starting to receive a lot of attention in the Bills passing game. Reed is a bit of a reach, but could be worth a shot in week 14.
49. Roydell Williams (TEN) – He is pretty much hit or miss, and more miss than hit, but he has big game potential, and could be worth a shot against the Chargers this week if you are desperate.
50. Javon Walker (DEN) – He had more involvement in the offense last week, and that should increase again this week, but his knee is clearly not 100%. Walker could provide fantasy owners with a nice game, but he has not proven to be worth the risk.

* Other potential WR options for consideration include (in ranked order):
Anthony Gonzalez (IND), Dennis Northcutt (JAC), James Jones (GB), Kevin Walter (HOU), Vincent Jackson (SD), Ted Ginn (MIA), Ike Hilliard (TB), Drew Bennett (STL), Bobby Wade (MIN), Brad Smith (NYJ), Andre Davis (HOU), Earnest Wilford (JAC), Devery Henderson (NO), Sean Morey (ARI), Michael Jenkins (ATL), Darrell Jackson (SF), Mark Clayton (BAL), Roscoe Parrish (BUF), Marty Booker (MIA), David Patten (NO), and Lance Moore (NO)

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