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Player Trends Report - Receivers - Week 5
Tim Van Prooyen
September 30, 2008
Quarterbacks  |  Running Backs  |  Receivers
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RISING

Steve Breaston, Cardinals – Breaston, along with most of the Arizona receivers, had a great week 4.  He’s been mentioned here before, but he’s becoming more comfortable and involved in the offense and now with the possibility that Boldin could miss a game or two after being carted off the field at the end of the game, Breaston’s value is moving up even more than it was.  Should Boldin’s injury be more serious than currently thought, he’d vault in value, as it is, hold a tempered approach.

Jerheme Urban, Cardinals – This one obviously goes hand in hand with Breaston’s situation.  Urban had a ‘coming out’ party as it were, and it became clear that if and when the team gets down a bit that Urban will at a minimum be the fourth guy in the four receiver set.  It is also obvious that he’ll be used.  Should the situation with Boldin go bad, and even if he’s only out a week or two, Urban is someone to watch and maybe stash on your bench just in case if you can afford the spot.

Lance Moore & Robert Meachem, Saints – With Marques Colston out, David Patten should have been the man to step up and post big numbers, but Lance Moore apparently has decided now is the time to make his argument to move in on the number two role in New Orleans.  On a passing offense such as this, Meachum also is moving up.  He was drafted with much hope that his speed and ability would bring lightning to the Big Easy, but was derailed early on.  Now he’s back, healthy and evidently on the same page as the team, and is taking advantage of the opportunity to show what he can do.  It would appear quite likely that when Colston comes out Moore, not Patten, would be the second starter, with Meachum getting more and more action as the year progresses.  Something else worth remembering, injuries to offensive players seem to be commonplace in New Orleans, so opportunity could continue to show itself for both of these guys.

Jason Avant, Eagles – Conventional wisdom said that Avant would have gone backwards in production with the return of Reggie Brown, but after having at least two catches each of the first three weeks, he had his best outing of the season in week four, against the Bears even.  It’s tough to say that this will continue, especially when Kevin Curtis returns, but for now, he’s producing points every week, and especially in PPR leagues hold at least some bye week value.  The way McNabb is sharing the rock this year, on any given week a number of the Philly receivers will have some value, but it would appear, at least for now, that Avant is at least one of the more consistent ones.

Miles Austin, Cowboys – He’s making the most of what he’s getting, which so far is only two or three passes a game.  However, he’s scored in back to back weeks and is becoming a go to guy for Romo.  He hasn’t taken the number two spot away from Crayton yet, but could if he keeps playing as well as he has.  He’s a star on the rise and is a valuable addition to your team if you can still grab him.

FALLING

Greg Lewis, Eagles – While many of the Philly receivers are seeing their numbers move up each week, Lewis is just the opposite.  With all the opportunity due to injuries, it appears others have stepped up and Lewis hasn’t.  He’s playing, so he’ll get a catch or two, but for now, he should barely be on a roster, much less on a starting lineup.

Hines Ward, Steelers – Not sure what is to blame, but after a hot start, Ward has slipped in the weeks following.  Perhaps it is the emergence of Santonio Holmes as he took a step toward the production that was expected of him when the season began.  Either way, while he’s still a must start on potential alone, he is definitely slipping in overall production and seems to be settling into the groove expected of him when the season began.

Dante Rosario (TE), Panthers – After a lights out week one, Dante was the hot pick up.  Since then he’s been almost invisible, with one or two catches each week.  Carolina does like to mix it around and loves using their tight ends, but it appears he’s sunk into the group and doesn’t seem like he’ll be a standout too many more times.  If you need a spot start for bye week purposes he is worth a start in the right match up, however, other than that he should be avoided.

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