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Player Trends Report - Receivers - Week 4
Tim Van Prooyen
September 23, 2008
Quarterbacks  |  Running Backs  |  Receivers
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RISING

Greg Camarillo, Dolphins – Camarillo is finding a groove with Chad Pennington and has emerged as quite possibly the Dolphins most consistent receiver in this young season.  With 3, 4 and 4 receptions in each of the first three weeks respectively he is steady, something fantasy owners look for, especially in their depth players.  He hasn’t scored a touchdown – yet, but that is bound to change with the opportunities he’s being given.  With the Dolphins having a bye week in week four he may go unnoticed, giving you the chance to grab him in either of the next two weeks to use as bye week depth when your big guns take their day off.

Antonio Bryant, Buccaneers – Against a good defense, taking advantage of Joey Galloway’s injury, Bryant stepped in with a huge day this week.  It may or may not transfer into making him an every week threat, but it wouldn’t be too hard for him to jump into a go to role with this offense, and the obvious connection with Greise can’t hurt his chances.  This type of situation has helped many a lesser receiver step into the common name discussions among fantasy football connoisseurs – maybe it is finally Bryant’s ‘time’.

Isaac Bruce, 49ers – Sliding down after week one, the cagy vet has had solid outings two weeks in a row, making him a fantasy option yet again.  His injury history makes fantasy owners edgy, but at the moment, the San Fran offense seems to be clicking on all cylinders, regardless of the caliber of defense it is facing.  In a way it is beginning to look a little bit like the St. Louis offense of a few years back, where Bruce had his best days.  He isn’t going to have the gaudy stats he had when he was younger, but he’s a big part of the playbook and barring injury should finish with a very solid fantasy campaign.

Josh Morgan, 49ers – A star earlier in the year, the San Fran rookie missed some time and didn’t get going until week two.  However, it is obvious he factors big in the teams plans – now.  He’s being thrown to a lot, and remember, in Mike Martz’ schemes three or four receivers can be top starts at any given time.  In keeper leagues this guy is a must grab, as it is clear he has a top spot in line at the chance to be the teams long term star.

Kevin Boss (TE), Giants – This is one to take very carefully.  Boss filled in very well last year for a couple of weeks when Shockey was hurt.  Many felt he could be a dark horse sleeper this year and were very surprised when he put up goose-eggs in the first two weeks of the season.  He was finally ‘rediscovered’ in week three with three catches and a TD.  With the bye week ‘season’ upon us, there are worse options to be had, and now that Eli has remembered the young tight end, there could be good days ahead.

Billy Miller (TE), Saints – Speaking of Shockey, he’s now hurt again and out for a while, meaning Miller will be the likely recipient of his action.  He won’t be a fantasy stud by any means, but steps into the position by default for the next five or six weeks more than likely.  This fits in nicely with the bye season, so you could get some spot start help here and possibly more.

FALLING

Reggie Brown, Eagles – Granted he’s missed time with injury, but it is becoming glaringly obvious that the receiver drought that Philly has experienced in the past couple of years is very much over.  With guys like DeShaun Jackson, Hank Baskett, Greg Lewis and Kevin Curtis (when he returns) coming into their own, Reggie is in danger of becoming the odd man out.  He’s in the mix, but the odds are not in his favor going forward.  If you have him, you might want to be looking to see what your other options might be, because hoping for anything of note from Brown may end up being fruitless.

James Hardy, Bills – Hardy has looked at moments like he was ready to step up and jump into a featured role on an up and coming team.  The facts are, however, that he’s really not done much in the first three weeks.  While he remains a serious keeper league option, his value right now is extremely limited.  With bye weeks coming up, he may warrant an emergency start or two, but don’t expect much.

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