T.J. Houshmandzadeh, Bengals - Moving Up
I argued it multiple times over the past couple of years, and now it is bearing out on the field. Regardless of who the most talented guy on the field may be, T.J. is the receiver you want from the Bengals. He’s much more consistent than Johnson and now is becoming more explosive as well. Teams can’t afford to leave Johnson single teamed, so T.J. will remain that way.
Chad Johnson, Bengals - Moving Down
Not only is he not putting up the points, there is a rift between he and Carson Palmer, which won’t help things any. He’ll still put up a big game here and there and he’s still as good a talent as there is, but from a fantasy standpoint he’s not a top five guy at the moment.
Braylon Edwards, Browns - Moving Up
Wow, going into the season I knew he was good. The doubt came when one began to take a look at the QB situation in Cleveland. Well, six weeks into the season there is no doubt left – Edwards is a stud. He finds a way to get his numbers and it doesn’t seem like teams have figured out how to stop him…a thing of beauty for fantasy owners.
Donald Driver, Packers - Moving Down
The team is struggling a bit offensively and while he’s still the number one option he’s not likely to post as many big games as he once did. The team is relying more on their excellent defense, meaning the flashy offense of old is reigning it in a bit, not a good thing to hear if you own him, but it’s not the end of the road for him yet, so don’t worry too much, just temper your expectations.
Kevin Curtis, Eagles - Moving Up
It now is official, Curtis and McNabb are beginning to be comfortable together. He’s becoming the number one receiving option.
Donte’ Stallworth, Patriots - Moving Up
Stallworth is finally being heard from regularly. He, Randy Moss and Wes Welker are all benefiting from being part of what could end up being the most prolific passing offense in NFL history if the trends continue. With Moss forcing the respect of the defense, Stallworth and Welker are able to chew up the numbers.
Wes Welker, Patriots - Moving Up
Welker is taking advantage of being surrounded by Stallworth and Randy Moss and in doing so is becoming the favorite target of Tom Brady. Considering how much Brady is slinging it around this year, that’s a great place to be. He may not move much higher than this, but is a solid top twenty-five option for sure.
Reggie Williams, Jaguars - Moving Down
Reggie caught another touchdown this week. This is the good news. The bad news is he looked horrendous for much of the rest of the game. He has to stay in the top seventy simply because he’s Garrard’s favorite end-zone target, but that’s all he has going for him right now.
Jacoby Jones, Texans - Moving Up
Jones is making a case, as are a couple of other guys, to be the number two guy when Andre Johnson comes back in the next week or two. While he’s not all that flashy, he is doing a solid job and getting looks, pretty much the best you can ask for.
Devin Hester, Bears - Moving Up
The Bears finally utilized Hester in the passing game this week and it was more than successful. If this continues he could shoot up the rankings in record time, though we won’t hold our breath. Either way, if your league rewards return TDs as part of receiver stats, Hester is becoming a must start.
Kevin Walter, Texans - Moving Up
Walter had a huge week after getting better each of the past couple of weeks. Andre Johnson will be back soon which will cut into his numbers, but it is worth noting the success he’s had and rest assured he’ll be part of the mix the rest of the year and likely beyond.
Troy Williamson, Vikings - Moving Up
I watched a good bit of the Viking’s game this weekend and learned one thing. Tavaris Jackson has a heck of an arm. While the struggles will continue, there is a good possibility that Jackson and Williamson could form a pretty nice bond which would lead to some fairly decent numbers for a guy who’s been trying to live up to some big hype for a few years now.
And now a few observations…the Mark Clayton watch update is this…for the first time this year he was thrown to more than Williams, five looks to Williams’ four. Bottom line…no change. / Several top receivers are injured, leading me to note them with an asterisk (*). Note that movement with these players is limited, as they in all likelihood will regain their positions when they return. / Atlanta’s receivers are not in a good spot, of course there are two or three teams that are auditioning any and everyone to get behind center…always a death knell for the receiving corps.
Player(s) climbing: Michael Clayton, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Player(s) falling: Jerry Porter, Oakland Raiders; Nate Burleson, Seattle Seahawks; Ernest Willford, Jacksonville Jaguars