Week 3 fantasy football player analysis: wide receivers

by Herija C. Green and Tim Heaney on September 18, 2008 @ 12:58:12 PDT

 


We introduce our positional player analysis for the 2008 season. In past years, KFFL always evaluated each game matchup to explore the value of players to make your life easier. This year, we are launching a new format that we feel will be easier for fantasy owners. Instead of having to view many different team report articles, you can come to a one-stop shop for your positional questions.

Editor's note: All statistics in this article are from Week 1 to Week 2 of the 2008 season, unless otherwise noted. Statistics appearing in each table are per-game averages.

Fantasy value: No. 1 wide receivers

Brandon Marshall, Denver Broncos vs. New Orleans Saints

G
Pls
RZ Pls
IN5
Rec
Rec Yds
Rec TD
1
21.00
3.00
0.00
18.00
166.0
1.00
Vs. wide receiver position
2
--
--
--
14.00
187.5
1.00
  • Marshall led all wideouts in targets during his return from suspension last week and was thrown to more than all other Denver receivers combined. He recorded the second-highest single-game reception total in NFL history.
  • Quarterback Jay Cutler is unconscious right now and has the Denver offense running smoothly.
  • Marshall, who was second among wideouts with 179 utilizations last year, is a strong play against the Saints.

Terrell Owens, Dallas Cowboys at Green Bay Packers

G
Pls
RZ Pls
IN5
Rec
Rec Yds
Rec TD
2
6.50
2.50
1.50
4.00
88.0
1.50
Vs. wide receiver position
2
--
--
--
10.00
147.5
1.50
  • Owens saw just five targets in Week 2 after he was quieted in the second half by the Philadelphia Eagles; he had already done damage in the first half, though, with two touchdown catches.
  • He lit up the Packers in Week 13 last season for seven catches, 156 yards and a touchdown.
  • He'll likely match up with physical cornerbacks Charles Woodson (toe) or Al Harris, but Owens is a strong play and a "do not bench" player.

Randy Moss, New England Patriots vs. Miami Dolphins

G
Pls
RZ Pls
IN5
Rec
Rec Yds
Rec TD
2
5.00
0.50
0.00
4.00
69.0
0.50
Vs. wide receiver position
2
--
--
--
9.50
216.5
2.50
  • Moss was on the end of just three targets in Week 2 during quarterback Matt Cassel's first career start.
  • Cassel favored receiver Wes Welker (11 plays) while seemingly looking more comfortable with the intermediate routes in which Welker excels.
  • Moss enjoyed his first season in the AFC East, averaging 4.5 catches, 86 yards and two touchdowns per game in two meetings with Miami last year.
  • Despite the decrease in targets, Moss is a strong play against the Fins.

Steve Smith, Carolina Panthers at Minnesota Vikings

G
Pls
RZ Pls
IN5
Rec
Rec Yds
Rec TD
0
--
--
--
--
--
--
Vs. wide receiver position
2
--
--
--
12.50
194.0
0.50
  • Smith is set to return from a two-game suspension and resume his role as the team's top wideout.
  • It looks like a good week for Smith to resurface; the Vikings were dominated by the pass in games against the Green Bay Packers and Indianapolis Colts this year as teams have avoided their run defense.
  • Smith should immediately be reinserted into fantasy lineups.

Anquan Boldin, Arizona Cardinals at Washington Redskins

G
Pls
RZ Pls
IN5
Rec
Rec Yds
Rec TD
2
8.50
1.50
0.50
7.00
111.0
1.50
Vs. wide receiver position
2
--
--
--
12.00
135.0
0.50
  • The moody Boldin was likely content after grabbing three touchdowns from quarterback Kurt Warner in Week 2 while also registering six catches for 140 yards; he scored one of them on a 79-yard reception.
  • Boldin, who leads Cards wideouts in targets, found the end zone twice while catching eight passes in Week 7 against the 'Skins last year; he mustered only 29 yards, though.
  • He has caught at least six passes in both games this season.

Calvin Johnson, Detroit Lions at San Francisco 49ers

G
Pls
RZ Pls
IN5
Rec
Rec Yds
Rec TD
2
11.50
0.50
0.00
6.50
118.0
1.00
Vs. wide receiver position
2
--
--
--
11.00
129.0
0.50
  • Johnson has emerged as the favorite target of quarterback Jon Kitna among the Detroit wideouts; he's coming off a six-catch, 129-yard, two-score performance against the Green Bay Packers.
  • The Lions have been playing from behind in the past two weeks; as a result, they were forced to lean away from their new run-first philosophy to go through the air more often.

Plaxico Burress, New York Giants vs. Cincinnati Bengals

G
Pls
RZ Pls
IN5
Rec
Rec Yds
Rec TD
2
9.50
0.50
0.00
7.50
107.0
0.50
Vs. wide receiver position
2
--
--
--
8.50
81.0
0.50
  • Burress reached the end zone for the first time in '08 against the St. Louis Rams last week, but he only received six looks after a 10-catch outing on 13 targets in Week 1.
  • The Bengals have faced the Baltimore Ravens and Tennessee Titans - two run-first teams - so their solid numbers against the position are likely a bit skewed.
  • Giants quarterback Eli Manning has leaned on Plax heavily this year and should be expected to do so again versus a below-average Cincy secondary.

Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona Cardinals at Washington Redskins

G
Pls
RZ Pls
IN5
Rec
Rec Yds
Rec TD
2
7.50
1.50
0.50
4.50
92.0
0.50
Vs. wide receiver position
2
--
--
--
12.00
135.0
0.50
  • Fitzgerald led the team with 153 receiving yards against the Miami Dolphins last week.
  • Though Fitz is technically No. 1 on the depth chart, receiver Anquan Boldin has averaged one more target per game this season than Fitzgerald. Quarterback Kurt Warner continues to keep both wideouts happy, though, with ample looks.
  • The Redskins allowed just nine receptions to Saints receivers last week; however, most of the Arizona passing game is focused on the wideouts - unlike the Saints' scheme, which heavily involves running backs and tight ends, as well.

Dwayne Bowe, Kansas City Chiefs at Atlanta Falcons

G
Pls
RZ Pls
IN5
Rec
Rec Yds
Rec TD
2
11.00
1.50
1.00
5.50
69.5
0.50
Vs. wide receiver position
2
--
--
--
11.50
131.0
0.50
  • The Chiefs are set to give usual third-string quarterback Tyler Thigpen his first NFL start - Thigpen completed just 14 of his 33 passes for 151 yards, a touchdown and an interception in relief last Sunday.
  • Thigpen sought out Bowe eight times after replacing quarterback Damon Huard (neck) in last week's contest, connecting on five of them for 85 yards.
  • The Falcons stymied the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last week, holding new starting quarterback Brian Griese to just 160 yards passing.
  • Even with their quarterback deficiencies, the Chiefs have looked to Bowe consistently this year. Don't expect that to change against a shaky Falcons secondary.

Hines Ward, Pittsburgh Steelers at Philadelphia Eagles

G
Pls
RZ Pls
IN5
Rec
Rec Yds
Rec TD
2
7.00
2.50
0.00
5.50
67.5
1.50
Vs. wide receiver position
2
--
--
--
6.50
85.5
1.00
  • Ward has been the most prolific Steelers wideout so far this year, scoring in both games this season while receiving 35.43 percent of the red zone looks.
  • The Eagles allowed just seven receptions to the Dallas Cowboys receivers last week and just six to the St. Louis Rams in the opener.

Greg Jennings, Green Bay Packers vs. Dallas Cowboys

G
Pls
RZ Pls
IN5
Rec
Rec Yds
Rec TD
2
7.50
0.50
0.00
5.50
129.0
0.00
Vs. wide receiver position
2
--
--
--
8.50
114.0
0.00
  • Jennings exploded against the Detroit Lions last week for 167 yards on six catches; he has recorded at least 91 receiving yards in his first two games and leads the NFL in that category.
  • The third-year wideout fared well against the Cowboys last season, compiling 87 yards on five catches, including a touchdown grab.
  • Current Packers starting quarterback Aaron Rodgers played in that same game replacing injured quarterback Brett Favre (New York Jets); his familiarity with the Cowboys could serve Jennings well in this game.
  • The Cowboys will be without strong safety Roy Williams (forearm), who is expected to miss three to four weeks with a fractured right forearm.

DeSean Jackson, Philadelphia Eagles vs. Pittsburgh Steelers

G
Pls
RZ Pls
IN5
Rec
Rec Yds
Rec TD
2
9.00
1.00
0.00
6.00
108.0
0.00
Vs. wide receiver position
2
--
--
--

9.50

101.5

0.50

  • Jackson cost fantasy owners a touchdown in Week 2 when he dropped the football before crossing the goal line on what would've been a sure touchdown; he still put up 110 yards on six catches - his second straight triple-digit output.
  • The rook remains the top wideout with receivers Reggie Brown (hamstring) and Kevin Curtis (sports hernia) out of commission, though Brown could return this weekend.
  • Despite his great start, Jackson is a weak play for Week 3 against a very tough Steelers defense.

Reggie Wayne, Indianapolis Colts vs. Jacksonville Jaguars

G
Pls
RZ Pls
IN5
Rec
Rec Yds
Rec TD
2
12.00
1.50
0.00
7.50
89.5
1.00
Vs. wide receiver position
2
--
--
--
7.00
83.5
0.50
  • Wayne has scored touchdowns in his first two games while catching at least five passes in each contest.
  • The Jags have not faced a team of the Colts' passing abilities this year; the Tennessee Titans and Buffalo Bills are more dependent on the run.
  • Despite being listed as a weak play, Wayne thoroughly enjoyed his two outings against the Jags last year, compiling a remarkable 289 yards and 17 catches along with one touchdown in two contests.

Fantasy value: No. 1 or No. 2 wide receivers

Andre Johnson, Houston Texans at Tennessee Titans

G
Pls
RZ Pls
IN5
Rec
Rec Yds
Rec TD
1
13.00
1.00
0.00
10.00
112.0
0.00
Vs. wide receiver position
2
--
--
--
10.50
103.0
0.00
  • The Texans are coming off a forced Bye week because of Hurricane Ike.
  • In his third game back from injury last season, Johnson trounced the Titans for nine receptions, 116 yards and a touchdown in Week 13.
  • Johnson has a weak-play matchup against the steady Titans secondary.

Santana Moss, Washington Redskins vs. Arizona Cardinals

G
Pls
RZ Pls
IN5
Rec
Rec Yds
Rec TD
2
10.00
1.50
0.00
6.00
100.5
1.00
Vs. wide receiver position
2
--
--
--
7.00
93.0
0.00
  • After a relatively quiet Week 1, Moss exploded for seven receptions, 164 yards and a score against a friendly New Orleans Saints defensive backfield in his second contest.
  • The Cardinals held Moss to just two catches and eight yards in their only meeting last year.
  • Moss is a weak play for this game.

Chris Chambers, San Diego Chargers vs. New York Jets

G
Pls
RZ Pls
IN5
Rec
Rec Yds
Rec TD
2
8.50
1.50
0.50
2.50
63.5
1.50
Vs. wide receiver position
2
--
--
--
7.50
78.0
0.00
  • Chambers leads all Bolts wideouts in targets and is being thrown to more than tight end Antonio Gates (hip, toe); he has accounted for 15.59 percent of the offensive plays and 16.78 percent of red zone looks.
  • As a member of the Miami Dolphins - a less efficient offense - he caught six passes for 101 yards in his only game against the Jets last year before being traded to San Diego.
  • He's a weak play despite being the Chargers' No. 1 passing target given the Jets' unfriendly treatment of wideouts this year.

Braylon Edwards, Cleveland Browns at Baltimore Ravens

G
Pls
RZ Pls
IN5
Rec
Rec Yds
Rec TD
2
10.00
1.50
1.00
2.50
23.0
0.00
Vs. wide receiver position
1
--
--
--
4.00
66.0
0.00
  • Edwards has the most targets of anyone in the Browns passing game but has had problems with dropped passes this year.
  • Last year, the Ravens weren't happy to see Edwards, who averaged 5.5 receptions, 91 yards and 0.5 scores per game in two games against them.
  • Edwards shouldn't be benched despite his rough start, but he carries a weak-play matchup into Week 3.

Fantasy value: No. 2 wide receivers

Bryant Johnson, San Francisco 49ers vs. Detroit Lions

G
Pls
RZ Pls
IN5
Rec
Rec Yds
Rec TD
2
6.00
1.00
0.50
4.50
63.0
0.50
Vs. wide receiver position
2
--
--
--
10.50
196.5
2.00
  • Johnson rebounded from an ineffective Week 1 with six receptions, 78 yards and a score against the Seattle Seahawks in Week 2.
  • The Niners offense clicked as a whole in that game as quarterback J.T. O'Sullivan totaled 321 yards through the air.
  • Johnson's 12 targets this year are the most among Niners wideouts.
  • The Lions were mauled by the Green Bay Packers' passing game last week after being overtaken by the Atlanta Falcons' run game in the opener.
  • Offensive coordinator Mike Martz's offense poses similar problems, making Johnson a strong play. Johnson should be acquired if he's on the waiver wire.

Eddie Royal, Denver Broncos vs. New Orleans Saints

G
Pls
RZ Pls
IN5
Rec
Rec Yds
Rec TD
2
10.50
1.00
1.00
7.00
91.5
1.00
Vs. wide receiver position
2
--
--
--
14.00
187.5
1.00
  • Royal's Week 2 targets were chopped in half from his 14 looks in Week 1 due primarily to the return of wideout Brandon Marshall from suspension. 
  • Royal was still marginally effective, catching five passes for 37 yards along with the Broncos' final touchdown and the game-winning two-point conversion.
  • The Saints should allow quarterback Jay Cutler ample time to dissect them in the passing game, meaning Royal is a strong play this week.

Jerricho Cotchery, New York Jets at San Diego Chargers

G
Pls
RZ Pls
IN5
Rec
Rec Yds
Rec TD
2
4.50
1.00
0.00
2.00
50.0
0.50
Vs. wide receiver position
2
--
--
--
19.50
195.0
1.00
  • Cotchery only saw three looks in Week 2, recording just one reception for 20 yards.
  • Quarterback Brett Favre exploited the Chargers as a Green Bay Packer last year for 369 yards and three scores.
  • The Chargers have been susceptible to the pass this year, making Cotchery a strong play.

Torry Holt, St. Louis Rams at Seattle Seahawks

G
Pls
RZ Pls
IN5
Rec
Rec Yds
Rec TD
2
4.50
0.00
0.00
3.50
42.5
0.50
Vs. wide receiver position
2
--
--
--
12.50
214.0
0.50
  • Holt saw seven of his nine '08 targets in last week's game against the New York Giants. Quarterback Marc Bulger also showed some signs of life, completing 20 of 32 passes.
  • His 13 catches in two games against the Seahawks last year were his most against any opponent; he also tallied 136 receiving yards but failed to reach the end zone against them.
  • Holt will likely match up with strong Seahawks corner Marcus Trufant, but the corner is wearing a cast on his left hand, which could hinder his ability to use bump-and-run coverage.
  • The Seahawks' lack of success against the pass and Trufant's injury combine to make Holt a strong play.

Lee Evans, Buffalo Bills vs. Oakland Raiders

G
Pls
RZ Pls
IN5
Rec
Rec Yds
Rec TD
2
6.50
0.00
0.00
4.00
89.5
0.00
Vs. wide receiver position
2
--
--
--
9.50
159.5
1.00

Joey Galloway, Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Chicago Bears

G
Pls
RZ Pls
IN5
Rec
Rec Yds
Rec TD
2
8.50
1.50
0.50
4.00
37.0
0.00
Vs. wide receiver position
2
--
--
--
14.50
145.5
0.50
  • Galloway (ankle) sprained his ankle last week and is questionable for the team's Week 3 contest; he saw just four targets with new quarterback Brian Griese after being on the end of 13 in Week 1 with quarterback Jeff Garcia (ankle) at the helm.
  • The 36-year-old caught just two passes for 18 yards against the Atlanta Falcons in Week 2.

Roy Williams, Detroit Lions at San Francisco 49ers

G
Pls
RZ Pls
IN5
Rec
Rec Yds
Rec TD
2
7.00
0.50
0.00
3.00
47.5
0.50
Vs. wide receiver position
2
--
--
--
11.00
129.0
0.50
  • Williams has been out-targeted by wideouts Calvin Johnson and Shaun McDonald so far this season as Johnson has seemingly emerged as the team's new No. 1 wideout.
  • He registered five receptions for 81 yards in his '06 meeting with the Niners.

Santonio Holmes, Pittsburgh Steelers at Philadelphia Eagles

G
Pls
RZ Pls
IN5
Rec
Rec Yds
Rec TD
2
6.00
0.00
0.00
3.50
56.5
0.00
Vs. wide receiver position
2
--
--
--
6.50
85.5
1.00
  • In Week 2, Holmes saw eight looks and caught five of those for 94 yards; he only saw four targets in Week 1.
  • The Eagles shut down St. Louis Rams wideout Torry Holt in Week 1 and Dallas Cowboys receiver Terrell Owens in the second half of Week 2, though Owens racked up 89 yards and two touchdowns before halftime.

Donald Driver, Green Bay Packers vs. Dallas Cowboys

G
Pls
RZ Pls
IN5
Rec
Rec Yds
Rec TD
2
6.50
1.00
0.50
5.50
45.0
0.50
Vs. wide receiver position
2
--
--
--
8.50
114.0
0.00
  • Driver saw eight of his 13 looks in Week 2 as the Packers torched the Detroit Lions for 328 yards and three touchdowns through the air.
  • Driver had a steady game against Dallas in Week 13 last year, catching seven passes for 66 yards but failing to reach the end zone.
  • Despite the absence of Cowboys safety Roy Williams (forearm), Driver has a weak-play matchup.

Marvin Harrison, Indianapolis Colts vs. Jacksonville Jaguars

G
Pls
RZ Pls
IN5
Rec
Rec Yds
Rec TD
2
8.00
0.50
0.00
4.50
46.0
0.00
Vs. wide receiver position
2
--
--
--
7.00
83.5
0.50
  • Harrison disappeared against the Minnesota Vikings last week, catching just one pass for 16 yards; he saw four looks after receiving just 12 targets in the opener.
  • The Jags have not faced a team of the Colts' passing abilities this year; the Tennessee Titans and Buffalo Bills are more dependent on the run.
  • During an injury-riddled 2007 season, Harrison caught just three passes for 16 yards in his meeting with the Jags; when he was healthier in '06, he caught 12 passes for 195 yards in two meetings against them.
  • Harrison is a weak play matchup. 

Fantasy value: No. 3 or flex wide receivers

Amani Toomer, New York Giants vs. Cincinnati Bengals

G
Pls
RZ Pls
IN5
Rec
Rec Yds
Rec TD
2
9.50
2.00
0.00
4.00
39.5
0.50
Vs. wide receiver position
2
--
--
--
8.50
81.0
0.50
  • After a two-catch, 12-yard Week 1 line, Toomer caught six passes for 67 yards and a touchdown last week against the St. Louis Rams.
  • Toomer has as many targets as Plaxico Burress through the first two games; it seems Toomer is assuming some looks that went to tight end Jeremy Shockey (New Orleans Saints) last year.
  • Fantasy owners should quell their optimism a bit; the Rams have been a sieve to opposing wideouts this year, and Toomer may have merely taken advantage of a matchup.

Bobby Wade, Minnesota Vikings vs. Carolina Panthers

G
Pls
RZ Pls
IN5
Rec
Rec Yds
Rec TD
2
4.50
0.00
0.00
3.00
42.0
0.00
Vs. wide receiver position
2
--
--
--
6.50
86.0
1.00
  • Wade didn't capitalize on any of his four targets in Week 1, but in Week 2 he caught three of his five looks.
  • The Vikings replaced quarterback Tarvaris Jackson with Gus Frerotte; the passing game could see a slight upgrade, possibly offering more opportunities for Wade to contribute.

Greg Lewis, Philadelphia Eagles vs. Pittsburgh Steelers

G
Pls
RZ Pls
IN5
Rec
Rec Yds
Rec TD
2
6.50
0.50
0.00
4.00
70.0
0.00
Vs. wide receiver position
2
--
--
--
9.50
101.5
0.50
  • After catching five passes for 104 yards against the St. Louis Rams in Week 1, Lewis took a back seat in Week 2 with just three catches for 36 yards.
  • There's a chance wideout Reggie Brown (hamstring) could return after being sidelined for the first two weeks; this would cut into Lewis' action.
  • Lewis is a weak-play matchup.

James Jones, Green Bay Packers vs. Dallas Cowboys

G
Pls
RZ Pls
IN5
Rec
Rec Yds
Rec TD
1
8.00
2.00
0.00
4.00
29.0
1.00
Vs. wide receiver position
2
--
--
--
8.50
114.0
0.00
  • After being sidelined for Week 1, Jones came back strong with eight targets; he caught four of those for 29 yards and a touchdown.
  • Jones wasn't too successful against Dallas last year, though, catching just three passes for 39 yards.
  • Current Packers' starting quarterback Aaron Rodgers played in that same game replacing the injured Brett Favre; his familiarity with the Cowboys could serve Jones well in this game.
  • In this case, a Rodgers-Favre comparison could favor Jones. Favre enjoyed spreading the ball around last year and often included Jones in the party; Rodgers seems to be showing similar traits. 

Antwaan Randle El, Washington Redskins vs. Arizona Cardinals

G
Pls
RZ Pls
IN5
Rec
Rec Yds
Rec TD
2
7.00
0.50
0.00
5.50
63.0
0.00
Vs. wide receiver position
2
--
--
--
7.00
93.0
0.00
  • Randle El has posted mediocre numbers this year in the Redskins' new West Coast offense but has received 14 looks, which ranks him second among Redskins' receiving options.
  • He caught three passes for 54 yards in a Week 7 meeting against the Birds last year.
  • Randle El comes in as a weak play for this contest in part because of the Cards' taming of opposing wideouts.

Reggie Williams, Jacksonville Jaguars at Indianapolis Colts

G
Pls
RZ Pls
IN5
Rec
Rec Yds
Rec TD
2
4.50
1.00
0.00
3.00
26.5
0.00
Vs. wide receiver position
2
--
--
--
5.00
61.0
0.00
  • The struggling Jags have been dealing with offensive line injuries; more pressure is reaching quarterback David Garrard, who has just one touchdown pass compared to three interceptions.
  • Williams hauled in four passes for 69 yards in two contests against Indy last year.
  • The loss of free safety Bob Sanders could open up some holes, but Williams is off to a slow start thanks to a hamstring injury; he appears to be past it, but he is still a weak play.

Fantasy value: Flex or bench wide receivers

Koren Robinson, Seattle Seahawks vs. St. Louis Rams

G
Pls
RZ Pls
IN5
Rec
Rec Yds
Rec TD
0
--
--
--
--
--
--
Vs. wide receiver position
2
--
--
--
16.00
292.0
1.50
  • The Seahawks have been decimated at wideout, which prompted them to sign Robinson; he's still familiar with the offense and is expected to suit up this week, so he should be on fantasy owners' watch lists.
  • The Rams have been one of the worst teams at defending against the position, making Robinson a strong play.
  • Fantasy owners in desperate need of a flex player could do worse than this vet, who caught 21 passes for 241 yards and a score last year in nine games with the Green Bay Packers.

Courtney Taylor, Seattle Seahawks vs. St. Louis Rams

G
Pls
RZ Pls
IN5
Rec
Rec Yds
Rec TD
2
7.00
0.50
0.00
2.00
19.5
0.00
Vs. wide receiver position
2
--
--
--
16.00
292.0
1.50
  • Despite the fact that the players who make up his competition for looks are dropping like flies, Taylor hasn't capitalized.
  • Taylor is a strong play since the Rams have parted like the Red Sea for the position.
  • Considering the matchup, fantasy owners could do worse than Taylor as a flier option.

Mark Clayton, Baltimore Ravens vs. Cleveland Browns

G
Pls
RZ Pls
IN5
Rec
Rec Yds
Rec TD
1
6.00
0.00
0.00
3.00
21.0
0.00
Vs. wide receiver position
2
--
--
--
11.50
173.0
1.00
  • The Ravens are coming off a forced bye week due to Hurricane Ike.
  • Clayton is tied with Derrick Mason for the most targets among Ravens wideouts after one game.
  • The run-heavy Ravens could take more chances through the air this week against a Browns secondary that has shown weaknesses this year; Cleveland wasn't tested often by the Pittsburgh Steelers, who threw just 19 times against them in Week 2.
  • The Browns offer Clayton a strong-play matchup this week.

Devery Henderson, New Orleans Saints at Denver Broncos

G
Pls
RZ Pls
IN5
Rec
Rec Yds
Rec TD
2
2.50
0.00
0.00
1.50
45.0
0.50
Vs. wide receiver position
2
--
--
--
9.00
123.0
2.00
  • The Saints' resident deep threat earned almost all of his yards on an 84-yard touchdown catch in Week 1.
  • The injury to Marques Colston (thumb) has given the other wideouts on the depth chart more opportunities, but quarterback Drew Brees likes to spread the ball to tight end Jeremy Shockey and the running backs, too.
  • You could put Henderson in your lineup as an all-or-nothing player if needed this week because he has a strong-play matchup.

Robert Meachem, New Orleans Saints at Denver Broncos

G
Pls
RZ Pls
IN5
Rec
Rec Yds
Rec TD
1
1.00
1.00
0.0
1.00
19.0
1.00
Vs. wide receiver position
2
--
--
--
9.00
123.0
2.00
  • In his only look of the season, Meacham caught a touchdown pass in Week 2.
  • The injury to Marques Colston (thumb) has given the other wideouts on the depth chart more opportunities, but quarterback Drew Brees likes to spread the ball to tight end Jeremy Shockey and the running backs, too.
  • You could put him in your lineup as an all-or-nothing player if needed this week because he has a strong-play matchup.

Muhsin Muhammad, Carolina Panthers at Minnesota Vikings

G
Pls
RZ Pls
IN5
Rec
Rec Yds
Rec TD
2
10.50
2.50
0.00
5.50
57.5
0.00
Vs. wide receiver position
2
--
--
--
12.50
194.0
0.50
  • Moose saw just six targets in Week 2 after being sought out 15 times in the opener; he still caught at least five passes in both games this year.
  • The return of wideout Steve Smith from suspension could take another chunk of targets, but Muhammad still has a rapport with quarterback Jake Delhomme.
  • The Vikes' weak secondary makes Muhammad a strong play this week despite Smith's presence.

Greg Camarillo, Miami Dolphins at New England Patriots

G
Pls
RZ Pls
IN5
Rec
Rec Yds
Rec TD
2
7.00
2.00
1.00
3.50
43.0
0.00
Vs. wide receiver position
2
--
--
--
8.00
131.0
1.00
  • After a tight end show in Week 1, the Dolphins gave Camarillo the most looks in the passing game, with eight in Week 2; he leads Miami's receiving options with 14 looks.
  • Quarterback Chad Pennington's short passing game could give Camarillo a role similar to that of former Dolphins wideout Wes Welker (New England Patriots): a slot receiver who hauls in lots of short chances.
  • At this point, Camarillo is someone you should keep on your bench if possible to see if he emerges as a legit fantasy threat.

Devard Darling, Kansas City Chiefs at Atlanta Falcons

G
Pls
RZ Pls
IN5
Rec
Rec Yds
Rec TD
2
2.00
0.00
0.00
1.00
39.0
0.00
Vs. wide receiver position
2
--
--
--
11.50
131.0
0.50
  • Darling has had a limited role in the passing game, which is already weakened by the quarterback carousel that will be driven by Tyler Thigpen this week.
  • Darling is only a starting option if your team has injuries or is lacking depth.

Bernard Berrian, Minnesota Vikings vs. Carolina Panthers

G
Pls
RZ Pls
IN5
Rec
Rec Yds
Rec TD
2
6.00
0.50
0.00
1.50
19.0
0.00
Vs. wide receiver position
2
--
--
--
6.50
86.0
1.00
  • Berrian (toe) is somewhat hobbled a toe injury that has lingered since training camp; he played 16 games while suffering issues with the same digit last year.
  • Targeted just four times in Week 2, he did not record a reception.
  • The Vikings replaced quarterback Tarvaris Jackson with Gus Frerotte; the passing game could see a slight upgrade, possibly offering more opportunities for Berrian to contribute.

Ronald Curry, Oakland Raiders at Buffalo Bills

G
Pls
RZ Pls
IN5
Rec
Rec Yds
Rec TD
2
5.50
1.50
0.50
2.00
24.0
0.50
Vs. wide receiver position
2
--
--
--
10.50
113.0
0.50
  • Curry didn't catch a pass while receiving four targets in Week 2; wideout Ashley Lelie is apparently seeing a big role in the offense, relatively speaking, while Javon Walker (hamstring) is hobbled.
  • The Raiders' passing game isn't strong, and Curry hasn't been a major contributor in the first two weeks, so don't play him unless you're desperate.

Reggie Brown, Philadelphia Eagles vs. Pittsburgh Steelers

G
Pls
RZ Pls
IN5
Rec
Rec Yds
Rec TD
0
--
--
--
--
--
--
Vs. wide receiver position
2
--
--
--
9.50
101.5
0.50
  • Brown (hamstring) has been sidelined for about a month; he should play this week, although he may not start.
  • In 16 games last year, he averaged 7.25 targets, 3.81 receptions, 48.8 yards and 0.25 touchdowns per game - with quarterback Donovan McNabb not playing up to his previous Pro Bowl form.
  • Pittsburgh has been practicing its stingy ways on defense, notably against wide receivers, thus far, although their second contest was played in inclement weather.
  • Brown is a weak play; the Eagles like to spread it around, and since Brown is working his way back, a fantasy owner would have to be desperate to suit him up right away.

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