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October 10, 2008

Fantasy Football Week 6 WR Rankings

1. Larry Fitzgerald (ARI) – Fitzgerald and fantasy owners alike probably couldn’t ask for a better set of circumstances heading into week 6. For starters, Anquan Boldin will likely be out again this week making Fitzgerald the obvious go to guy for Kurt Warner. Next, you factor in a favorable match up against Dallas’ 17th ranked pass defense that has allowed 6 receiving TD’s in 5 games. Then you take into account that the Cowboys will be without their best cover CB Terence Newman, who is injured, and finally, you figure in Fitzgerald’s obvious top flight talent and you have yourself a legitimate must start fantasy WR for week 6.

2. Brandon Marshall (DEN) – Marshall had embarrassed every defense he’d faced since returning from a week 1 suspension, that is until the tides turned in week 5 against Tampa. Even the best WR’s are entitled to an off week, but they typically bounce back quickly, and that is exactly what we anticipate for Marshall in week 6. He should have a field day against Jacksonville’s 26th ranked pass defense. The Jaguars have allowed 9 receiving TD’s in 5 games, and they were torched by the Steelers wide outs last week. Marshall will likely be paired up with CB Rashean Mathis. While Mathis is a big time player, he likes to gamble a lot in man coverage and if he does, Marshall will eat him alive. We would be surprised if Marshall didn’t rebound with a big week 6 fantasy performance.

3. Terrell Owens (DAL) – Just because Owens is a basket case doesn’t mean he should give fantasy owners reason to crack up as well. It must be torture having T.O. on your fantasy roster of late. While he has posted strong fantasy numbers in each of his last 2 games, the majority of his production has come late in the 4th quarter of both games. Talk about sweating it out. Regardless, Owens remains one of the best, if not the best, fantasy WR’s to own. He hasn’t been ripping it up from a reception or yardage standpoint, but he is tied for the most receiving TD’s in the NFL with 5. We think he is well overdue for a monster game, and a week 6 match up against a shaky Arizona pass defense looks promising.

4. Greg Jennings (GB) – He is arguably the most consistent and complete fantasy WR in the NFL. Jennings has had at least 90 yards receiving, a TD, or both in every game so far this season. Needless to say, we like his chances for another strong fantasy effort in week 6. Jennings will face the struggling 25th ranked pass defense of Seattle. The Seahawks have been torched through the air in most of their games this season allowing 7 TD receptions in just 4 games. Aaron Rodgers should find an open Jennings early and often in this one.

5. Andre Johnson (HOU) – Fantasy owners breathed a sigh of relief as Johnson finally broke out of a two game slump with a monster week 5 performance. He will face the 15th ranked Miami pass defense in week 6. The Dolphins have shown great improvement against opposing passing games of late, but they have still been very kind to stud WR’s so far in 2008. We like Johnson’s chances for yet another standout fantasy performance in week 6.


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