Fantasy Football Rankings Report

by Charles Roberts on September 11, 2009 @ 00:00:00 PDT's fantasy football rankings are fluid from week to week - and even on a daily basis if news dictates such. To keep you in the loop, our long-standing NFL Grapevine series has a new moniker and fresh look, but the flavor remains as tasty as ever. Track the changes in a snapshot approach by using KFFL's Fantasy Football Rankings Report, released at least once each week throughout the draft season.

Players on the rise

Percy Harvin, wide receiver, Minnesota Vikings

Percy Harvin, Minnesota Vikings
Harvin: Movin' on up

Reason: The release of wideout Bobby Wade has essentially solidified Harvin's role as the third receiver. Dynamic and explosive, Harvin is likely to be worked into the offense with a lot of screen passes and handoffs. His fantasy value is that of a No. 4, but he may be frustrating to play most weeks due to an expected erratic amount of targets.

Malcolm Kelly, wide receiver, Washington Redskins

Reason: The Redskins officially promoted Kelly to the No. 2 job opposite Santana Moss this week. The second-year receiver has sticky hands but lacks speed and elusiveness. Enough balls should come Kelly's way to make him a No. 5 fantasy receiver with the upside to be a weekly contributor.

Players on the decline

Antwaan Randle El, wide receiver, Washington Redskins

Reason: Randle El has lost his starting job to Malcolm Kelly and will be moved into the slot, which best suits his skill set. Expect a sharp decrease in looks, but Randle El didn't have fantasy value to speak of before the downgrade anyway. Avoid him in all formats. 

Bobby Wade, wide receiver, Free Agent

Reason: In what was a somewhat surprising move, the Vikes released Wade. To replace him, Minnesota brought in free-agent wideout Greg Lewis (New England Patriots). Wade was removed from our rankings and continues to have no fantasy value.

Entering rankings/unchanged newsmaker

Greg Lewis, wide receiver, Minnesota Vikings

Reason: As you may remember, Lewis played under then-offensive coordinator and current Vikings head coach Brad Childress. It should be a relatively seamless transition for the newcomer, but he isn't expected to be anything more than the fourth receiver. Fantasy owners can look elsewhere.

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