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October 3, 2008

Fantasy Football Week 5 WR Rankings

1. Larry Fitzgerald (ARI) – A week 5 match up against the Buffalo Bills’ 6th ranked pass defense would probably be problematic for most NFL wide outs, but it should be a walk in the park for the elite Fitzgerald. He will gain additional fantasy value this week if the very dizzy Anquan Boldin sits this one out, which appears likely. In addition, the Bills may also be without their top CB Terrence McGee due to a sprained knee. Fitzgerald should have a monster week 5.

2. Terrell Owens (DAL) – He was able to rebound nicely in week 4 and a week 5 match up against the Bengals looks to be even better. While Cincinnati does boast the NFL’s #4 ranked pass defense, it is a bit deceiving considering the caliber of talent they have faced to this point. Owens should easily torch this secondary all day and we expect a huge game from him.

3. Brandon Marshall (DEN) – He continues to light it up on a weekly basis. In spite of being suspended for the first game of the season, Marshall still ranks in the top 5 in almost every receiving category, and has a TD grab in each of his 3 starts. He will face a ball hawking Tampa Bay pass defense in week 5, but the Bucs are susceptible to giving up big plays in the passing game, so Marshall will succeed in this match up. He is a must start each and every week.

4. Reggie Wayne (IND) – The great thing about Reggie Wayne is that even his bad games are pretty good compared to other WR’s. Fortunately, you should have little concern that Wayne will have one of his “bad” outings in week 5. He will face off against a Texans secondary that has played well to this point, but they have yet to face a QB and WR combo that even comes close to Manning and Wayne. In his last game against Houston, Wayne hauled in 10 passes for 143 yards and a TD.

5. Greg Jennings (GB) – First off, this ranking is highly dependent on the availability of QB Aaron Rodgers this week. If Matt Flynn gets the start at QB, Jennings fantasy value will take a fairly significant hit, but he is still worth starting. As we expected, Jennings finally found the end zone in week 4, but we were surprised to see him get there twice. He is off to a monster start to the season with an NFL leading 482 receiving yards which comes out to around 120 yards per game. If Aaron Rodgers gets the start, Jennings will torch a young Falcons secondary on Sunday. UPDATE: QB Aaron Rodgers will be a game time decision on Sunday with regard to his sprained shoulder


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