Calvin Johnson, Lions –
For a guy beaten up and with a back up and third string quarterback throwing to him, Johnson proved just how good he really is. After a rough start he’s continued to simply be a beast. He moves back to the place he belongs, now that he’s performing like it.
Mike Wallace/Hines Ward, Steelers –
It’s amazing how much better these guys are when they have Big Ben throwing to them. With things now ‘right’ in the Steeler world, look for them to continue to play like everyone expected them too right off the bat.
Jeremy Maclin, Eagles –
Maclin is moving up fast. Even before the injury to DeSean Jackson, Maclin was making a name for himself. He’s on pace for 1,100 yards and 16 touchdowns and there is reason to believe he could actually come close to those numbers. He’s a must start regardless of who is quarterback.
Donald Driver, Packers –
It’s not a huge dive, but Driver has been on a lighter tear the past few weeks than he was to lead off the season. He’s still on track for a solid season, just not one worthy of the higher ranking at the moment.
Deion Branch, Patriots –
It may be slightly premature, but his second coming debut with the Patriots was a smashing success. There is no guarantee he’ll keep it up, but there’s no reason he can’t. Should he continue, he’ll be in the top twenty soon.
Danario Alexander, Rams –
Alexander was signed to a four year contract off the practice squad, something pretty much unheard of, and then he popped off quite a stunning debut. The problem with him is his knees…they’re really bad. If he stays healthy he’s a great option with huge upside. A lot of high risk, high reward going on here.
Anthony Armstrong, Redskins –
Armstrong has taken over the starting spot opposite Santana Moss and doesn’t appear that he’ll give it up easily. He’s the brightest receiving option the Redskins have had (other than Moss) in quite some time, and someone who should be on fantasy rosters if he’s not already.
Kevin Walter, Texans –
Walter’s stud days for 2010 are likely over as long as Daniels and Jones stay healthy, as they’ll be options on par or ahead of him on the pecking chart. He’s still viable to a point in very deep leagues, but dropping steadily.
Deon Butler, Seahawks –
Butler seems to be the guy ready to reap the most benefits from the departure of the two starting receivers from opening day. The team seems to change personnel every week, so getting in a groove has been tough, but look for that to change now that things seem to be settled, and Butler will be the lead receiver.
Mohamed Massaquoi, Browns –
Besides getting banged up last week, Massaquoi is just stinking up the joint for fantasy owners. He’s capable, but with a revolving door at quarterback he’s just not going to be reliable for a while. Consider waiting for next year on him.