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Wide Receiver Watch - Week 3
Todd Gray
September 21, 2004
Top Ten Fantasy WR ’s To Own Comment
1 MIN Randy Moss His best games rarely come against Chicago, his Week 3 opponent (67 ypg, .5 TD per game the past three seasons). Still, should start in any fantasy lineup until 2012.
2 STL Torry Holt Week 2 stats: nine receptions, 121 yards, one touchdown…Zzzzzz…
3 IND Marvin Harrison Ten grabs and 98 yards at Tennessee not a bad day’s haul. Things should get easier this week at home versus Green Bay.
4 PHI Terrell Owens Eagles struggled to get him involved until he caught Donovan McNabb’s late-game TD bomb.
5 PIT Hines Ward Not even an untested rookie QB can slow Ward down.
6 NO Joe Horn Another nice week – this time with a TD. Better yet, the Saints will be throwing gads the next month-and-a-half with the loss of McAllister.
7 CIN Chad Johnson Quiet against the Dolphins, and faces Baltimore (home), Pittsburgh (away) and a bye the next three weeks. First huge game may be a month away.
8 TEN Derrick Mason Back on track in Week 2 (8 catches, 104 yards), but still waiting for his first TD of the season. Week 3 against Jacksonville won’t be an easy way to do it.
9 STL Isaac Bruce Another 100-yard performance, another reason to move him up a spot. To date, has outproduced all but three players on this list.
10 NYJ Santana Moss Getting the catches and yards, lacking in scores.

(Note – this listing considers the rankings of WR ’s if a draft was held today)

Climbing The Ladder

Roy Williams (DET) – What a difference an injured teammate makes. Thrust into the role of No. 1 WR due to the loss of Charles Rogers in Week 1, Williams responded with four receptions for 73 yards, including two nice touchdown catches that may have gone to a healthy Rogers. Williams’ size (6-3, 212) helped him beat Houston’s undersized corners and should be an asset in most matches. Defenses will be quick to catch on to the rookie wideout, but it will be hard to keep him quiet for whole games at a time.

David Givens (NE) – Givens quickly became QB Tom Brady’s favorite target following the loss of Deion Branch (leg injury) and finished with 118 yards in his second consecutive strong second-half performance. It seems certain that Givens can be counted on as a solid No. 3 fantasy receiver and even more if he starts getting more looks than Branch, who is expected back in Week 3.

Lavernaus Coles (WAS) – Coles put together a fine game in an otherwise disastrous outing for the Redskins, snagging nine passes for 100 yards. Much of this may have been due to the play of QB Patrick Ramsey, who replaced Mark Brunell (hamstring) on Sunday and will most likely get the starting nod in Week 3. Coles was clearly Ramsey’s favorite target in 2003 and will most likely post big numbers whenever the oft-under fire Ramsey is directing the offense.

Reche Caldwell (SD) – There’s simply something not right about recommending a San Diego wide receiver, but Caldwell has managed to produce more than all but a small handful of NFL wideouts this season – including TD grabs in each of the first two games. It’s the third year in the NFL for the former second round draft pick, which is a time when many wideouts blossom into viable fantasy contributors. A very deep sleeper, sure, but he is on the radar screen.

Sliding Back

Muhsin Muhammad (CAR)- Against a depleted (and pretty sad to begin with) Kansas City defense and thrust into the No. 1 role due to the absence of teammate Steve Smith (broken fibula), Muhammad mustered only two catches and 26 yards. He’s an inspirational leader for the Panthers, but it’s been a few years since he’s been a consistent fantasy producer. In fact, he may not even be the best fantasy option on his team with or without Smith due to the emergence of rookie WR Keary Colbert.

Marty Booker (MIA) – Three players (and only one WR) caught at least five passes for the Dolphins on Sunday, and Booker – who had as many catches (1) as drops – wasn’t among them. RB Lamar Gordon and TE Randy McMichael ate up 13 passes thrown by QB A.J. Feeley, an indication that the Dolphins’ offensive line is indeed as bad as advertised. It’s going to be difficult for Booker to produce consistently – or at all, for that matter – as the No. 2 WR option on an offense with no running game, a weak offensive line and a QB that would start for few other NFL teams.

David Terrell (CHI) – Well, at least I can admit my mistakes. It’s fitting that Terrell finds a home on this list following his “On the Rise” designation in Week 1. Truth is, there will be a lot of both from Terrell this season, with highs probably not as high as his 126 yards receiving in the Bears’ season opener and lows not as low as his zero-catch, -15-yard (on a run) performance against the Packers in Week 2. In fact, his 63-yard average the first two weeks is probably a pretty fair indicator of what you’ll get from Terrell throughout the season, with a handful of TD grabs thrown in for good measure. Some weeks, he’ll be a good No. 2, and in other weeks owners will regret ever plucking him off the waiver wire.