Randy Moss, New England Patriots - Moving Up
It’s not a fluke. Watching Moss and Brady (and the rest of the Patriot’s team) carve up a pretty good San Diego team solidified the fact that Moss is indeed the best receiver out there, bar none. Sure, others are very close, and plenty of arguments can be made, but to me the case is pretty much closed.
Andre Johnson, Houston Texans - Moving Up
Houston is better than many thought they would be and Johnson actually has a quarterback with a strong and accurate arm. After moving up some last week, he moves up even more after watching him bust out for the second straight week. Considering how far he dropped in many drafts, there are a bunch of owners out there who are really happy about now.
Joey Galloway, Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Moving Up
After two weeks it is obvious that Galloway and Jeff Garcia have teamed up as savvy veterans to show the young kids how it is done. While there aren’t many passes thrown in Tampa, Galloway makes the best of the ones he gets. Considering he wasn’t a high pick, he looks like a solid top twenty receiver at the moment and should continue it throughout the season.
T.J. Houshmandzadeh, Cincinnati Bengals- Moving Up
He had to be bumped up a couple of spots considering the production he’s had so far. He was a much more consistent producer last season than Chad Johnson, and he at least looks to be close to matching him this year. Either way, everyone should know he’s a target you want to have on your team.
Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona Cardinals - Moving Down
We gave the benefit of the doubt last week, but it appears the Arizona passing game isn’t quite what it used to be. While the dynamic duo won’t be dropping out of the top forty anytime soon, they don’t belong in the top twenty right now. Obviously not good news for those who took them in the third round, but it is what it is…they just aren’t putting up number one numbers right now.
Lee Evans, Buffalo Bills - Moving Down
Ok, one week we drop a little, two weeks we drop a lot. It is becoming obvious that the passing game of the Bills is in trouble. Evans has proven what he can do, but at the moment it’s unclear as to whether the offense can get him the chance to get it done. We’ll be monitoring this one closely as he was a consensus high draft pick that a bunch of owners are probably pretty bummed about right now.
Anquan Boldin, Arizona Cardinals - Moving Down
Same thing as his counterpart Fitzgerald, the numbers just aren’t there. About a hundred yards in two games on eight receptions is not good enough for someone who was projected a top 15 pick in about every pre season prognostication out there. You still have to start him, but there are a bunch of guys better right now.
Marques Colston, New Orleans Saints - Moving Down
Not sure what to say here. The ‘Aints are back and they’re bad as ever. I don’t know if the ship will right itself or not, because I’m not sure anyone knows what the problem is in New Orleans. Colston is definitely the go to guy, so he won’t drop much farther, but for now he’s not the top guy he was drafted as.
Derrick Mason, Baltimore Ravens - Moving Up
Having spent a lot of the last week arguing about the Raven’s receiving corps and general situation on the message boards, it was obvious that Mason had to move up this week. He’s been a target almost a dozen times a week and any receiver who gets thrown to that many times each game becomes a top guy by default. They may not do much offensively, but Mason looks to be the top producer as long as he’s healthy.
Dennis Northcutt, Jacksonville Jaguars - Moving Up
He’s not getting the press, but he’s become David Garrard’s favorite target, and while he’s not scoring TDs he is getting quite a few yards on a team that spreads it around. He won’t end up in the top twenty for the year, but could have 900 yards receiving and a half dozen touchdowns, not bad numbers for someone who likely wasn’t drafted in your league.
Joe Jurevicius, Cleveland Browns - Moving Up
Of course we’re not going to see offensive explosions out of Ceveland every week like we did in week two, however, they proved they can move the ball. They also proved that Joe ain’t dead yet. While he’s not likely to climb much higher, he is worth having for the once in a while start or for a third or fourth receiver in deep leagues.
Amani Toomer, New York Giants - Moving Up
He’s fragile, we all know that. He’s also really good and a great fit for this team. He’s being utilized well and looks to be on pace for a solid season. He’s likely been picked up already, but if he is still on your waiver wire, don’t let him get away, he’ll be gone after this week.
Ike Hilliard, Tampa Bay Buccaneers- Moving Up
He and Galloway actually are being thrown to about the same number of times. He’s more of a possession guy, so won’t be getting the deep balls, but he’s worth a roster spot after his first two showings. He has had a history of injury, so beware, but for now he’s a solid guy for a deep league start.
Roydell Williams, Tennessee Titans - Moving Up
He moves up quite a bit this week based on the fact that it appears Vince Young actually can throw the ball and will…to Williams. He is not going to light things up every week, but this was a very good Indianapolis defense he was facing and he looked pretty solid. It appears that if there is going to be a ‘go to’ guy in Tennessee it may very well be R.W.
Reggie Brown, Philadelphia Eagles - Moving Down
One week is one thing, two weeks is another. Curtis is getting all the looks, so Brown suffers. He may rebound, but top twenty five he isn’t at the moment. Overall the Philly passing game isn’t scaring anyone, so keep that in mind when submitting your lineups.
Dwayne Bowe, Kansas City Chiefs - Moving Up
Playing for KC is bad enough, but even though his numbers aren’t huge, he’s getting the key touches…in the end zone. This makes him worth a notice on the top seventy. The fact that he’s a rookie gives him upside.
Muhsin Muhammed, Chicago Bears - Moving Down
The team is struggling, surprise, on offense. However, while some are struggling, Muhammed is flat out being left in the cold. His age and whatever else is happening in Chicago are teaming up to drop his value. It’s not likely he’s going to rebound at this point to even have a semi valuable season. He’s not dropping out of the top seventy yet as he’s still a starter with potential, but it won’t be long if the team doesn’t start utilizing him better.
Brandon Stokley, Denver Broncos - Moving Up
He’s made the most of his opportunity in Denver, teaming up with Walker and Marshall to make quite the three receiver tandem. He could possibly be available on your waiver wire, so it’s worth trying to grab him if you can. He won’t be a stud, but he’ll do better than most week in and week out.
Ernest Wilford, Jacksonville Jaguars - Moving Down
While most receivers on the Jags team are moving up, Wilford is moving down. For whatever reason, he’s becoming the odd man out. If you have him, it could be time to find someone else to drag along.
Reggie Williams, Jacksonville Jaguars - Moving Up
He’s gone from future star to the last guy on the depth chart. He had a TD this week and was part of the game plan at least to an extent. He may not last long in the top 70, but the Jags, while not as potent an offense as Detroit, they seem to be spreading the ball among receivers in much the same way. This gives opportunity and keeps everyone worthy of a roster spot.
Matt Jones, Jacksonville Jaguars - Moving Up
Note the comments for Reggie Williams regarding the Jags passing game. Jones has stuck around and was thrown to more than any receiver but Northcutt this weekend. As I’ve stated before, if your number is continuously being called more than the other guys, you’re going to have opportunity and good things should happen.
And now a few observations…Last week there was a lot of hubbub about a player dropping from the twenties to outside the top seventy. To avoid this in the future I’ll try to address anything I believe could be cause for concern. The player in question last week was Mark Clayton of Baltimore. He did play this week as he did in week one, though evidently is still ‘banged up’ a bit…if you want to believe that. The bottom line is, he was thrown to twice this week which was three less times than Demario Williams and nine less times than Derrick Mason. If you want to have a guy like that on your starting lineup, sure, keep hoping he’ll bust out…he still could. However, at the moment, it doesn’t look like 2007 is going to be the bust out year many had expected. Another name dropping off the list this week was Terry Glenn. He’s not going to be playing for a few weeks, and since he won’t be playing, he won’t be in the top seventy. With his age, an injury that keeps you out of the lineup a while can just as easily cost you your spot in the starting lineup, so no reason to hope he’ll be a top receiver this season.
Players climbing toward top 70: Nate Washington, Steelers; Sam Hurd, Cowboys; Bobby Engram, Seahawks.
Players falling: Troy Williamson, Vikings; Bobby Wade, Vikings; Greg Jennings, Packers.