Fantasy football rankings report

by Cory J. Bonini on July 30, 2010 @ 03:55:38 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 Rankings Report series will track the changes in a snapshot approach, which will be released each Friday throughout the draft season.

Players on the rise

Cedric Benson, running back, Cincinnati Bengals

Reason: Benson was given a little boost in his yards-per-carry average to reflect an opening up of the offense with the addition of wideout Terrell Owens. The league's front office confirmed Benson will not be suspended for an off-the-field altercation, which only solidifies his value of a strong No. 2 fantasy back.

Roy Williams, wide receiver, Dallas Cowboys

Dallas Cowboys WR Roy Williams
Roy a little more secure

Reason: The ankle sprain rookie wideout Dez Bryant suffered will cost him four to six weeks, essentially wiping out any chance of taking over Williams' No. 2 job this offseason. Williams received a slight bump in receptions and should be considered a reasonable No. 4 receiver with mild upside. Be wary of Williams losing targets later in the season after Bryant acclimates himself to the system.

Legedu Naanee, wide receiver, San Diego Chargers

Reason: The fourth-year receiver has looked great this offseason and is healthy. He'll likely start opposite Malcom Floyd for at least three games while Vincent Jackson serves his suspension, but V-Jax's ongoing holdout could lead to Naanee starting all year long. He's not a big-play threat, but Naanee is worth taking a shot on as a No. 5 receiver with a high ceiling.

Players on the decline

Sidney Rice, wide receiver, Minnesota Vikings

Reason: A lingering hip problem forced the Vikes to place their Pro Bowl receiver on the active Physically Unable to Perform list, which doesn't bode well for the injury-prone Rice. We knocked a few receptions off his projected totals for now, but once more information is learned we'll make a more accurate adjustment to his expected stats. For now, cautiously nab him as a No. 2 fantasy receiver and hope for the best. 

Marques Colston, wide receiver, New Orleans Saints

Reason: A mysterious knee cleanup procedure led to the Saints placing Colston on the active PUP this week. The surgery happened a few weeks ago, according to reports, so we can expect to see Colston late in the preseason. He was docked a few receptions and goes from a low-end No. 1 to a strong No. 2, primarily in point-per-reception setups. 

DeSean Jackson, wide receiver, Philadelphia Eagles

Reason: Upon reviewing his situation, Jackson was taxed a handful of catches after an originally optimistic projection. He is a quality No. 2 fantasy choice, but temper your expectations. With Kevin Kolb's average arm strength, Jackson will have to make up for it on his own. We're not saying he can't, but he isn't a lock for improvement. 

Robert Meachem, wide receiver, New Orleans Saints

Reason: A nagging toe injury led to the Saints placing Meachem on the active PUP with Colston. We're not sure what to make of this just yet, but Meachem wasn't previously high on our list of favorites this season. Expect inconsistency and frustrating play at times. He's an upside No. 4 receiver, assuming fellow drafters allow him to slide that far. 

Dez Bryant, wide receiver, Dallas Cowboys

Minnesota Vikings WR Sidney Rice
Rice's hip hurting him

Reason: An ankle sprain will cost him at least a month, and perhaps longer, which means this rookie will have to learn the system from the sidelines. No bueno. Bryant will have to be a quick study and build chemistry with quarterback Tony Romo on the fly (no pun intended), which likely means Roy Williams' job is secure for the interim. Bryant was grossly overvalued by fantasy owners (eighth-round pick, on average, in 12-teamers). Hopefully owners will stop making this mistake. He's a late-round flier as your fifth receiver.

Domonique Foxworth, cornerback, Baltimore Ravens

Reason: Foxworth (knee) tore an anterior cruciate ligament this week and will miss the entire season. He has been removed from our rankings.

Entering rankings/unchanged newsmaker

Reason: All of the above players entered our rankings this week. None of them are critical targets for your fantasy team and were added to the rankings for depth.

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About Cory J. Bonini

Cory is KFFL's General Manager. In late 2002, he joined the KFFL staff as a research analyst and has been involved in fantasy sports since 1996. A member of the Fantasy Sports Trade Association, as well as Fantasy Sports Writers Association, Bonini has been featured in print, on radio and on scores of websites. Bonini co-hosted Big Lead Sports on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio from 2011 to 2012.

Bonini was recognized with the 2010 Best Article in Print Award from the FSWA and was a finalist for the same award in 2011. In '11, he finished first overall in the FSWA NFL experts challenge that featured 60 of the industry's best competitors.

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