Brandon Lloyd, Broncos –
It’s not a huge drop down, really, but certainly a tempering of expectations. Denver’s had two ‘down’ weeks in a row, and Lloyd hardly was looked at this past week. He’ll have some good games, but expecting too many more weeks like he had for a stretch will disappoint owners.
Austin Collie/Pierre Garcon, Colts – /
Collie is hurt but the team says he’ll be back, just not when – conventional wisdom would guess late November. When he gets back he’ll take his job back and move back up, but until then Garcon will get his catches, moving up his rest of the year expectations.
Dez Bryant, Cowboys –
Dallas’ season is pretty much in the tank, so they are going to give Bryant a lot of work to get him experience for next year. He’s had three touchdowns the past two weeks and Kitna knows how to get his receivers the ball, so don’t expect anything but improvement here moving forward.
Dwayne Bowe, Chiefs –
With close to 200 yards and 4 TDs in the past two weeks Bowe’s stock has to move up, but only a bit. This still isn’t a team with a great passing offense and Bowe’s been known to have a great week or two and then disappear, so it could happen again. In the meantime fantasy owners have to ride him until he quits performing.
Donald Driver/James Jones, Packers – /
Driver slips some, simply because he’s hurt and may miss another game or two at least. In the mean time, Jones has been playing great and will have better stats on the year as he’ll sub during Driver’s absence. Don’t get overly excited about Jones yet though, this job is Driver’s when he’s healthy.
Kenny Britt, Titans –
Britt had an amazing day last week that could have been even more astonishing if a couple of passes had been just a bit better thrown. Vince Young will start when he comes back, but at least for one more week Collins is likely to be behind center, which is fantastic news for Britt. He’s building the team’s confidence and still will be viable when Young comes back, just with a bit more limited upside.
Steve Johnson/Lee Evans, Bills – /
Both of these Bill receivers are benefiting from the excellent play of Ryan Fitzpatrick. There were skeptics until the team put up big numbers against the Ravens, now there is bona fide respect. Johnson is becoming a must start, an astonishing thing to say about a Bill receiver lately, and Evans looks to be regaining his promise.
Louis Murphy, Raiders –
Murphy’s injury woes continue and now he’s going to miss at least one game. He has six catches in the past four games after a nice start to the season. For now he stops his slide still in our top 70, but he’ll need to get back and stay healthy to stay there.
Mike Williams, Seahawks –
Since Branch was traded to the Patriots, Williams has been the primary target for Hasselbeck. It appears that the Seahawks are makeing an effort to push Williams into the #1 WR role on the team, and for the time being it's working. Williams has been targeted 31 times in the past two games, more than any other wideout. If the trend continues his value will increase.
Brandon Gibson, Rams –
Gibson is averaging almost six targets a game in the five games he’s played this year and looks as though he’s going to remain a fixture in the Ram’s passing game. While he won’t be a stud, he’s got big upside and makes a nice fill in on bye weeks. It can be argued that he’s Bradford’s second favorite target after Danny Amendola (among WRs)
David Gettis, Panthers –
Gettis breaks the top 70, but with only one big performance and a very questionable passing game, he doesn’t get pushed too high. There is a ton of upside here, but the quarterback situation isn’t conducive to WRs being very consistent, so don’t take him to the bank until you know he’s going to start getting it done every week.