Hank Baskett, Greg Lewis and DeSean Jackson, Eagles – Sure, the Rams defense isn’t to be feared by most, but the Eagles still showed signs of a much more wide open offense, something that has been missing in past years. With Kevin Curtis out a few weeks and Reggie Brown game-to-game, these three stepped up with hundred yard outings each. Will they do that every week, no, but do they all warrant waiver wire grabs? I would contend yes, as they likely will see more action this year, assuming Philadelphia keeps up the aggressiveness on offense, than starting receivers for almost a third of the league.
Dante Rosario (TE), Panthers – With Steve Smith out, Rosario stepped up and became a star for a week at least with a huge game Sunday. The team is receiver heavy, and he’ll still have to compete every week with four or five very good receivers, but seven catches says that Delhomme is looking his way. If he keeps performing like this, and with the number of receivers battling for the #2 WR spot, Rosario could wind up second in fantasy production to Smith, which is a great place to be and a fantastic grab for fantasy owners.
Anthony Fasano (TE), Dolphins – Chad Pennington threw a lot to his backs and his tight end this week, a great sign that Fasano could be the guy you want to grab if you need a hot tight end. Miami seems to be on track to have a better offense than they did a year ago, so could be a breeding ground for ‘sleeper’ pickups of sorts. Fasano has been highly touted and now that he’s out of the shadow of Jason Witten in Dallas he is showing himself to be star material.
Antwaan Randle El, Redskins – I honestly don’t remember seeing Randle El drafted in any of the well over 15 fantasy drafts I participated in for my leagues this season. So, after leading his team in receptions (7) this week, he has to be on the moving up list. The best thing a receiver can ask for is opportunity, and when you’re getting that many throws in a game, you’re getting opportunity. While the Redskin offense has it’s issues, he looks like he’s on pace to have a quietly good season, at least solid enough for a third receiver and bye week helper.
Marvin Harrison, Colts – Marvin makes this list simply because he had a lot to prove to fantasy owners and seemingly did just that. He didn’t light it up like he has in the past, but he performed well and stayed healthy. Even more importantly, he seemed to show the same chemistry with Manning that he always did, which means he’s likely to have a very nice season, even if Wayne moves into the ‘number one’ role.
Steve Breaston, Cardinals – Someone had to fill that high profile third receiver spot vacated by Bryant Johnson and Breaston seems to be that guy for the time being with Early Doucet out with injury. Breaston won’t light up the charts, but will be a nice third or fourth receiver for any team and has huge upside when you consider the push by Boldin to be traded. If that were to happen, it is likely that Breaston would become the number two guy and would take a huge leap.
Alge Crumpler (TE), Titans – It is hard to say he’s sliding back because there were many varying opinions of how well he’d perform. However, after watching how he was used today and how the team kept turning to Bo Scaife, one has to wonder what that will mean in the future. For now he takes a big slide back and you’ll want to look elsewhere for help until he starts to prove his worth.
Tedd Ginn, Jr., Dolphins – He may not stay down long, but for a guy who is supposed to be the top guy on the squad, he didn’t do much at all. Of course, his quarterback is still learning the system, but a whole lot of receivers on his team did much better than Ginn this week, so for the time being at least one would have to slide him significantly down the list. Don’t feel compelled to drop him at this point, but a good benching is definitely called for.
Isaac Bruce, 49ers – There were some that hoped that the reuniting of Bruce with the guy who put him on the map, Mike Martz, would lead to magic. The only problem is, the Niners offense is just shy of pathetic. There is no clear cut quarterback, and the ones they have don’t seem to be able to step it up to a level needed to run this complex system. The running game is about the only saving grace, but the receivers are going to have a long season. Bruce is the big name, with the biggest expectations, so obviously takes a huge dive down in value.