Plaxico Burress, Giants – Moving Up
Just when it appeared he was going to disappear for the rest of the year he comes up with one of his best days of 2007. Obviously to be having this kind of day with the injured ankle shows his guts. The fact that he’s having days like this gives fantasy owners the glory.
Steve Smith, Panthers – Moving Down
While his status as one of the elite receivers in the game isn’t in too much danger, it does slip some. Without a good, consistent passer behind center Smith has struggled. He just doesn’t deserve a top ten ranking at the moment.
Brandon Marshall, Broncos – Moving Up
With Walker still out, Marshall showed again why he is the next big receiver in Denver. When he, Stokely and Walker all get on the field at once, he’s still going to put up some fantastic numbers. He and Cutler seem to have connected in that special QB/WR way and it should make for magic in the stats.
Shaun McDonald, Lions – Moving Up
With Williams out for a while, McDonald has the most to gain and stepped it up big on Sunday. He had some great weeks earlier in the season but had slipped some recently. He’s a great pickup now and a must start every week.
Bernard Berrian, Bears – Moving Up
He’s not going to be named Mr. Consistent anytime soon, but he’s a big play waiting to happen. He’s also the most reliable receiver on the team. Given the Bears problems at running back, they have to throw more, which only helps his value.
Anthony Gonzalez, Colts – Moving Up
What a week for Gonzo II. Manning continues to become more comfortable throwing to him and he isn’t letting the big guy down. With Harrison’s return timetable still up in the air, he should continue to be a top notch starter for the stretch run.
David Patten, Saints – Moving Up
He’s officially become the number two guy in the Big Easy, and when this offense gets going that is a great place to be. The big knock this year is that it has been feast or famine for the offense. If any consistency is gained he will climb higher.
Jabar Gaffney, Patriots – Moving Up
He’s become the number 2b option in New England, right next to Wes Welker and supplanting Donte Stallworth. He had his third productive week in a row and only looks to improve as teams worry about Moss and Welker. He’s a must start for the time being.
Dennis Northcutt, Jaguars – Moving Down
He’s a great guy for NFL quarterbacks to have out there when they need someone they can rely on. He’s a frustrating guy for fantasy owners to try figuring out. He’ll get you a few yards and a touchdown once in a while, but he’ll likely sit in limbo in the mid to bottom part of these rankings the rest of the year.
Derek Hagan, Dolphins – Moving Up
Here’s the deal. Marty Booker didn’t play this week. Hagan stepped in and did a fine job on a very, very bad team. Hagan will go back to nowhere land when Booker returns, but at the moment, that may or may not be this season, meaning Hagan steps up to a spot near the bottom of our top seventy.
Donte Stallworth, Patriots – Moving Down
He’s just not making the most of a great situation. Wes Welker and now Jabar Gaffney had been outplaying him all year and it likely means his ride on the list is near its end. He should be left on rosters in case an injury occurs to one of the two guys I mentioned, but that’s about the best you can hope for.
* Several top receivers are injured, leading me to not them with an asterisk. Note that movement with these players is limited, as they in all likelihood will regain their positions when they return.