Week 5 fantasy football player analysis: wide receivers

by Tim Heaney and Bryce McRae on October 2, 2008 @ 11:18:19 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 4 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. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

G
Pls
RZ Pls
IN5
Rec
Rec Yds
Rec TD
3
15.67
2.67
0.00
10.33
132.7
1.00
Vs. wide receiver position
G
Pls
RZ Pls
IN5
Rec
Rec Yds
Rec TD
4
--
--
--
9.25
153.2
1.25
  • The Buccaneers are allowing just 98 rushing yards per game so the Broncos could choose to attack the Buccaneers through the air, which is their preferred offensive choice.
  • Buccaneers cornerback Ronde Barber (5-foot-10, 184 pounds) could have trouble containing Marshall (6-foot-4, 230 pounds).
  • With the Buccaneers giving up 216.5 passing yards per game (12th-most in the league), Marshall should be considered a strong play this week.

Calvin Johnson, Detroit Lions vs. Chicago Bears

G
Pls
RZ Pls
IN5
Rec
Rec Yds
Rec TD
3
11.00
0.33
0.00
5.67
92.0
0.67
Vs. wide receiver position
G
Pls
RZ Pls
IN5
Rec
Rec Yds
Rec TD
4
--
--
--
17.25
187.5
0.75
  • The Bears' stout run defense, which ranks sixth in the league with 79.2 rushing yards allowed per game, could force the Lions to pass the ball more in Week 5.
  • The Lions have talked about being more aggressive in the passing attack early in the game to avoid falling far behind in the first half again.
  • Johnson managed just two receptions for 44 yards and ran the ball once for 11 yards against the Bears in one game last year.
  • Owners should consider Johnson a strong play this week.

Greg Jennings, Green Bay Packers vs. Atlanta Falcons

G
Pls
RZ Pls
IN5
Rec
Rec Yds
Rec TD
4
9.00
0.25
0.00
6.25
120.5
0.50
Vs. wide receiver position
G
Pls
RZ Pls
IN5
Rec
Rec Yds
Rec TD
4
--
--
--
11.25
147.5
1.00
  • Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (shoulder) was only able to perform a few handoffs before leaving practice Wednesday, Oct. 1; if quarterback Matt Flynn starts in Week 5, the team could lean heavily on the run.
  • Jennings has been consistent in his targets with 10 in both Week 2 and Week 3 before seeing 11 targets in Week 4; his 31 targets over that period are tied for seventh among wide receivers.

Reggie Wayne, Indianapolis Colts at Houston Texans

G
Pls
RZ Pls
IN5
Rec
Rec Yds
Rec TD
3
10.00
1.33
0.33
6.00
84.3
0.67
Vs. wide receiver position
G
Pls
RZ Pls
IN5
Rec
Rec Yds
Rec TD
3
--
--
--
10.00
132.0
1.00
  • Wayne turned his six targets in Week 3 into three receptions for 74 yards against the Jaguars.
  • Over the last two years, Wayne is averaging 5.75 receptions and 97.3 receiving yards per game while scoring one touchdown in four games against the Texans. He has two games with 135-plus yards in that stretch.
  • The Colts have torched the Texans for an average of 33.8 points per game over their last four contests.

Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona Cardinals vs. Buffalo Bills

G
Pls
RZ Pls
IN5
Rec
Rec Yds
Rec TD
4
10.75
2.25
0.75
6.00
103.8
0.50
Vs. wide receiver position
G
Pls
RZ Pls
IN5
Rec
Rec Yds
Rec TD
4
--
--
--
8.50
118.8
0.50
  • Fitzgerald has received 39 targets over the last three weeks, which ranks second in the league among wide receivers over that stretch.
  • Wide receiver Anquan Boldin's (sinus) status is uncertain this week; if he misses the game, it could generate a few more targets for Fitzgerald, though the Bills could send more coverage his way.
  • The Bills are tied for seventh in receiving yards allowed per game to this position over the last four weeks (118.8), making Fitzgerald a weak play.

Terrell Owens, Dallas Cowboys vs. Cincinnati Bengals

G
Pls
RZ Pls
IN5
Rec
Rec Yds
Rec TD
4
10.00
2.00
0.75
4.25
66.0
1.00
Vs. wide receiver position
G
Pls
RZ Pls
IN5
Rec
Rec Yds
Rec TD
4
--
--
--
10.00
101.5
0.50
  • The Cowboys matched Owens' utilizations from the first three weeks by giving him 20 in Week 4.
  • Running back Marion Barber III was utilized only 10 times in Week 4 after averaging 25.3 utilizations per game over the first three weeks; the Cowboys could go back to him in Week 5 against a defense giving up 141.8 rushing yards per game to the position.
  • Owners should consider Owens a weak play in Week 5.

Santana Moss, Washington Redskins at Philadelphia Eagles

G
Pls
RZ Pls
IN5
Rec
Rec Yds
Rec TD
4
11.00
2.25
0.50
6.75
105.2
0.75
Vs. wide receiver position
G
Pls
RZ Pls
IN5
Rec
Rec Yds
Rec TD
4
--
--
--
7.25
94.5
0.75
  • Moss, a weak play against the Eagles, has received at least 10 targets in every game this year, including 14 last week.
  • The Eagles are giving up the third-least receiving yards per game to this position since the beginning of the season (94.5); however, they have faced only one team that currently ranks in the top 20 in passing offense.
  • Moss has not accomplished much in three games against the Eagles over the last two years, averaging 3.67 receptions and 46.7 receiving yards per game in that stretch.

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

DeSean Jackson, Philadelphia Eagles vs. Washington Redskins

G
Pls
RZ Pls
IN5
Rec
Rec Yds
Rec TD
4
9.50
1.00
0.00
5.50
81.8
0.25
Vs. wide receiver position
G
Pls
RZ Pls
IN5
Rec
Rec Yds
Rec TD
4
--
--
--
12.75
151.8
1.25
  • Jackson remains quarterback Donovan McNabb's favorite target with 38 this season, including 12 last week.
  • The Redskins are allowing the sixth-most receptions per game to the position and are tied for the fourth most touchdowns allowed.
  • Jackson should be utilized as a strong play in Week 5.

Steve Smith, Carolina Panthers vs. Kansas City Chiefs

G
Pls
RZ Pls
IN5
Rec
Rec Yds
Rec TD
2
10.50
0.50
0.00
5.00
83.0
0.50
Vs. wide receiver position
G
Pls
RZ Pls
IN5
Rec
Rec Yds
Rec TD
4
--
--
--
11.75
149.2
0.75
  • Since returning from his two-game suspension, Smith has 21 targets (12 in Week 4), which is the most among Panthers receivers in that time.
  • Cornerback Patrick Surtain (shoulder) is uncertain to play this week, which could put one of two rookie cornerbacks on the veteran Smith.
  • The Chiefs rank 30th in the league with an average of 176.5 rushing yards allowed per game; the Panthers are a run-first team and could give the ball extensively to backs DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart in Week 5.

Andre Johnson, Houston Texans vs. Indianapolis Colts

G
Pls
RZ Pls
IN5
Rec
Rec Yds
Rec TD
3
10.33
2.00
0.00
5.00
59.7
0.00
Vs. wide receiver position
G
Pls
RZ Pls
IN5
Rec
Rec Yds
Rec TD
3
--
--
--
5.33
57.7
0.00
  • Johnson received just six targets last week while wide receiver Kevin Walter received a team-leading nine.
  • He has just five receptions for a total of 67 receiving yards over the last two games.
  • The Colts have not allowed any receiving touchdowns this year, which is partially a by-product of their atrocious run defense.
  • Over the last two years, Johnson is averaging five receptions, 59.3 receiving yards and 0.67 touchdowns per game in three matchups against the Colts.
  • Johnson carries a weak-play matchup into this contest.

Fantasy value: No. 2 wide receivers

Eddie Royal, Denver Broncos vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

G
Pls
RZ Pls
IN5
Rec
Rec Yds
Rec TD
4
10.25
1.00
0.75
6.75
74.5
0.50
Vs. wide receiver position
G
Pls
RZ Pls
IN5
Rec
Rec Yds
Rec TD
4
--
--
--
9.25
153.2
1.25
  • The Broncos' choice method of attack (the passing game) matches up well with the Buccaneers' weak pass defense (216.5 yards allowed per game).
  • The rookie receiver has been targeted 41 times this year, including 12 in Week 4, and ranks fifth in the league in looks since the beginning of the year.
  • Royal is considered a strong play this week.

Randy Moss, New England Patriots at San Francisco 49ers

G
Pls
RZ Pls
IN5
Rec
Rec Yds
Rec TD
3
6.67
1.00
0.33
4.00
54.3
0.33
Vs. wide receiver position
G
Pls
RZ Pls
IN5
Rec
Rec Yds
Rec TD
4
--
--
--
10.75
159.8
1.00
  • The Patriots have attempted just 87 passes this year (31st in the league) as they are struggling with quarterback Matt Cassel at the helm.
  • After Week 1, Moss has caught just six passes for 47 yards and has not found the end zone as he has struggled to establish a rapport with Cassel.

Muhsin Muhammad, Carolina Panthers vs. Kansas City Chiefs

G
Pls
RZ Pls
IN5
Rec
Rec Yds
Rec TD
4
9.25
1.25
0.00
5.50
71.8
0.25
Vs. wide receiver position
G
Pls
RZ Pls
IN5
Rec
Rec Yds
Rec TD
4
--
--
--
11.75
149.2
0.75
  • Muhammad led all receivers in Week 4 with 147 receiving yards and one touchdown on eight receptions against the Atlanta Falcons.
  • The Chiefs' 30th-ranked run defense (176.5 rushing yards per game) could see the Panthers utilize the running game heavily in Week 5. That is already the basis for their offense.

T.J. Houshmandzadeh, Cincinnati Bengals at Dallas Cowboys

G
Pls
RZ Pls
IN5
Rec
Rec Yds
Rec TD
4
8.75
1.00
0.25
6.00
66.5
0.25
Vs. wide receiver position
G
Pls
RZ Pls
IN5
Rec
Rec Yds
Rec TD
4
--
--
--
11.75
162.5
0.50
  • Quarterback Carson Palmer (elbow) has been limited in practice and his status is uncertain this week; his replacement, quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick, struggled in Week 4 with just 156 passing yards, one touchdown and three interceptions.
  • Fitzpatrick showed no preference among the Bengals receivers last week between Houshmandzadeh (seven targets), Chad Ocho Cinco (seven) and Antonio Chatman (eight).
  • In Week 3, with Palmer at the head of the offense, Houshmandzadeh registered a season-high 15 targets.

Roddy White, Atlanta Falcons at Green Bay Packers

G
Pls
RZ Pls
IN5
Rec
Rec Yds
Rec TD
4
8.75
1.25
0.00
4.50
80.5
0.25
Vs. wide receiver position
G
Pls
RZ Pls
IN5
Rec
Rec Yds
Rec TD
4
--
--
--
8.25
128.8
1.00
  • The Packers secondary has been hit by injuries with cornerback Al Harris (spleen) out; safeties Nick Collins (back) and Atari Bigby (hamstring) are both uncertain to play this week.
  • The Packers are allowing the fourth fewest receptions per game to this position.
  • With rookie quarterback Matt Ryan on the road, the Falcons could hand the ball off to NFL rushing leader Michael Turner even more in Week 5 against the Packers' suspect run defense (157.8 rushing yards allowed per game).

Isaac Bruce, San Francisco 49ers vs. New England Patriots

G
Pls
RZ Pls
IN5
Rec
Rec Yds
Rec TD
4
6.00
1.00
0.25
3.25
48.5
0.00
Vs. wide receiver position
G
Pls
RZ Pls
IN5
Rec
Rec Yds
Rec TD
3
--
--
--
9.00
130.0
0.67
  • The Patriots are tied for seventh in receptions allowed to this position over the last four weeks, which is one reason Bruce is a weak play.
  • Bruce has scored in two straight games, and he leads the 49ers wide receivers with seven red zone targets all year despite not being utilized in Week 1.
  • Over the last two weeks, Bruce has just 73 of his 226 receiving yards as the majority of his yardage contributions came in Week 2 (153 receiving yards).

Lee Evans, Buffalo Bills at Arizona Cardinals

G
Pls
RZ Pls
IN5
Rec
Rec Yds
Rec TD
4
6.50
0.00
0.00
3.50
83.0
0.25
Vs. wide receiver position
G
Pls
RZ Pls
IN5
Rec
Rec Yds
Rec TD
4
--
--
--
9.75
118.8
1.50
  • Evans is averaging an outstanding 23.7 receiving yards per catch over the first four weeks, turning his 14 receptions into 332 yards and one touchdown.
  • The Cardinals allowed 184.0 passing yards and five touchdowns to this position last week against the New York Jets; prior to that game, they were allowing just 97.0 yards and 0.33 touchdowns per game to the position.

Matt Jones, Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Pittsburgh Steelers

G
Pls
RZ Pls
IN5
Rec
Rec Yds
Rec TD
4
7.75
1.00
0.00
5.00
58.2
0.25
Vs. wide receiver position
G
Pls
RZ Pls
IN5
Rec
Rec Yds
Rec TD
4
--
--
--
11.00
124.8
0.25
  • Jones received the majority of the targets last week (seven) while the other two receivers combined for just six.
  • The fourth-year receiver continued his breakout campaign with five receptions for 71 yards and one touchdown in Week 4; he is just three receptions short of his 2007 total.
  • The Steelers have allowed only one touchdown to this position all year, which is tied for third in the league.

Dwayne Bowe, Kansas City Chiefs at Carolina Panthers

G
Pls
RZ Pls
IN5
Rec
Rec Yds
Rec TD
4
11.50
1.00
0.50
5.50
66.8
0.50
Vs. wide receiver position
G
Pls
RZ Pls
IN5
Rec
Rec Yds
Rec TD
4
--
--
--
8.75
110.0
0.50
  • Bowe received 12 of the team's 14 targets toward wide receivers last week, making him the only reliable threat in the team's receiving corps.
  • The Panthers have ranked fifth in receiving yards and sixth in receptions allowed per game, which contribute to Bowe's weak-play matchup.

Fantasy value: No. 2 or No. 3 wide receivers

Chad Ocho Cinco, Cincinnati Bengals at Dallas Cowboys

G
Pls
RZ Pls
IN5
Rec
Rec Yds
Rec TD
4
6.25
1.00
0.25
2.75
29.0
0.25
Vs. wide receiver position
G
Pls
RZ Pls
IN5
Rec
Rec Yds
Rec TD
4
--
--
--
11.75
162.5
0.50
  • Ocho Cinco has not shown much in the first four games with just 116 receiving yards and one touchdown on 11 receptions, though he finished with three receptions for 28 yards and one touchdown in Week 4.
  • Quarterback Carson Palmer's (elbow) status is uncertain for Week 5, and quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick inspired little confidence in Week 4 with 156 passing yards, one touchdown and three interceptions.

Robert Meachem, New Orleans Saints vs. Minnesota Vikings

G
Pls
RZ Pls
IN5
Rec
Rec Yds
Rec TD
3
2.00
0.67
0.00
1.67
68.0
0.67
Vs. wide receiver position
G
Pls
RZ Pls
IN5
Rec
Rec Yds
Rec TD
4
--
--
--
11.25
170.8
0.25
  • Meachem's targets have increased by one each of the last two weeks, though he still has just six on the season.
  • Injuries to wide receiver Marques Colston (thumb) and tight end Jeremy Shockey (sports hernia) haven't slowed down the Saints' passing offense, which still ranks first in the league with 327.2 yards per game.
  • Any fantasy owners looking to build wide receiver depth should pick up Meachem.

Wes Welker, New England Patriots at San Francisco 49ers

G
Pls
RZ Pls
IN5
Rec
Rec Yds
Rec TD
3
9.67
1.33
0.33
6.33
59.3
0.00
Vs. wide receiver position
G
Pls
RZ Pls
IN5
Rec
Rec Yds
Rec TD
4
--
--
--
10.75
159.8
1.00
  • With 29 targets this year, including 24 from quarterback Matt Cassel, Welker has been the Pats' most desired wideout.
  • The 49ers are giving up the 10th-highest total in the league this year.

Amani Toomer, New York Giants vs. Seattle Seahawks

G
Pls
RZ Pls
IN5
Rec
Rec Yds
Rec TD
3
9.33
1.33
0.00
4.33
47.7
0.33
Vs. wide receiver position
G
Pls
RZ Pls
IN5
Rec
Rec Yds
Rec TD
3
--
--
--
11.33
172.7
0.67
  • Wide receiver Plaxico Burress is suspended for the team's Week 5 game, which could put pressure on the rest of the offense as defensive backs don't have to worry about the dangerous receiver. However, it should lead to more chances for Toomer.
  • The Seahawks are allowing the sixth-most receiving yards per game (172.7) to this position over the first four weeks.
  • In a Week 3 matchup against the Seahawks in 2006, Toomer caught just three passes for 29 yards and one touchdown.

Marvin Harrison, Indianapolis Colts at Houston Texans

G
Pls
RZ Pls
IN5
Rec
Rec Yds
Rec TD
3
9.00
0.67
0.33
4.33
44.0
0.33
Vs. wide receiver position
G
Pls
RZ Pls
IN5
Rec
Rec Yds
Rec TD
3
--
--
--
10.00
132.0
1.00
  • Harrison is averaging seven receptions, 97.3 receiving yards and 0.67 receiving touchdowns per game in three matchups against the Texans over the last two years.
  • The Colts have enjoyed success against the Texans in the last two years, scoring 33.8 points per game in four contests.
  • After disappearing in Week 2, Harrison led the team's receiving options in targets with 11 in Week 3.

Hines Ward, Pittsburgh Steelers at Jacksonville Jaguars

G
Pls
RZ Pls
IN5
Rec
Rec Yds
Rec TD
4
5.75
1.50
0.00
4.25
56.5
0.75
Vs. wide receiver position
G
Pls
RZ Pls
IN5
Rec
Rec Yds
Rec TD
4
--
--
--
9.00
112.8
1.00
  • The Steelers rank 28th in the league with 150.2 passing yards per game; they have also attempted just 94 passes, which is 30th in the league.
  • Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has done a good job spreading the ball around between the team's receivers as all three who were targeted last week finished with at least eight targets.
  • Ward has done little against the Jaguars in the regular season over the last two years (five receptions for 56 receiving yards), but he torched them for 135 receiving yards on 10 receptions in the playoffs last year.

Fantasy value: No. 3 wide receivers

Chris Chambers, San Diego Chargers at Miami Dolphins

G
Pls
RZ Pls
IN5
Rec
Rec Yds
Rec TD
4
6.00
0.75
0.25
2.00
49.0
1.00
Vs. wide receiver position
G
Pls
RZ Pls
IN5
Rec
Rec Yds
Rec TD
3
--
--
--
12.00
191.0
2.00
  • After seeing 17 targets in the first two weeks, Chambers has managed just seven over the last two weeks as the team has attempted 50 passes in that time.
  • Chambers is a strong play against the Dolphins, who are giving up the second most receiving yards per game to this position over the first four weeks.
  • The Dolphins have also allowed six receiving touchdowns per game to this position in just three games, which is tied for the highest total and is alone the top per-game average in the league.

Vincent Jackson, San Diego Chargers at Miami Dolphins

G
Pls
RZ Pls
IN5
Rec
Rec Yds
Rec TD
4
6.25
0.75
0.25
3.75
61.5
0.25
Vs. wide receiver position
G
Pls
RZ Pls
IN5
Rec
Rec Yds
Rec TD
3
--
--
--
12.00
191.0
2.00
  • V-Jax led Chargers wideouts last week with eight targets, tying his season-high set in Week 2.
  • Jackson should be considered a strong play against the Dolphins, who are giving up the second most receiving yards per game to this position over the first four weeks.
  • The Dolphins have also allowed six receiving touchdowns per game to this position in just three games, which is tied for the highest total and is alone the top per-game average in the league.

Brandon Lloyd, Chicago Bears at Detroit Lions

G
Pls
RZ Pls
IN5
Rec
Rec Yds
Rec TD
4
6.00
0.75
0.00
3.75
62.2
0.25
Vs. wide receiver position
G
Pls
RZ Pls
IN5
Rec
Rec Yds
Rec TD
3
--
--
--
3
9.33
159.0
  • The Lions are giving up a league-worst 207.7 rushing yards per game, which could see the Bears stick with their conservative, run-first game plan and negate Lloyd's targets.
  • With 1.67 receiving touchdowns allowed to this position, the Lions rank 31st in the league, which makes Lloyd (knee) a strong play.
  • Lloyd has a sprained knee, though his injury is not believed to be serious, and he has a chance to play in Week 5. Monitor his status as kickoff nears.

Bernard Berrian, Minnesota Vikings at New Orleans Saints

G
Pls
RZ Pls
IN5
Rec
Rec Yds
Rec TD
4
6.25
0.25
0.00
2.75
48.8
0.00
Vs. wide receiver position
G
Pls
RZ Pls
IN5
Rec
Rec Yds
Rec TD
4
--
--
--
13.50
188.5
1.00
  • The Saints are giving up the third most passing yards per game to this position over the first four weeks.
  • After opening the season with a couple of uninspiring efforts, Berrian (toe) has eight receptions for 157 yards over the last two weeks, which coincides with quarterback Gus Frerotte's ascension to the starting job.
  • Berrian is a strong play this week.

Roy Williams, Detroit Lions vs. Chicago Bears

G
Pls
RZ Pls
IN5
Rec
Rec Yds
Rec TD
3
6.67
0.33
0.00
2.67
37.7
0.33
Vs. wide receiver position
G
Pls
RZ Pls
IN5
Rec
Rec Yds
Rec TD
4
--
--
--
17.25
187.5
0.75
  • Williams was targeted only six times in his Week 3 contest and hasn't been looked to more than eight times in a game this year. He has clearly been the second fiddle to Calvin Johnson.
  • In four contests against the Bears over the last two seasons, Williams has averaged 6.5 receptions, 70 yards and 0.25 touchdown catches per game.
  • The Bears have been strong defending the run, which may be forcing opponents to the air; Williams is a strong play for Week 5.

Donald Driver, Green Bay Packers vs. Atlanta Falcons

G
Pls
RZ Pls
IN5
Rec
Rec Yds
Rec TD
4
6.00
0.50
0.25
4.00
43.5
0.25
Vs. wide receiver position
G
Pls
RZ Pls
IN5
Rec
Rec Yds
Rec TD
4
--
--
--
11.25
147.5
1.00
  • Driver was quieted in Week 4 by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, catching just one pass for eight yards while being sought out just four times. It appears that wideout Greg Jennings is becoming the team's favorite receiving target.
  • If hobbled quarterback Aaron Rodgers (shoulder) starts in Week 5, the team might limit his downfield throws, meaning he could throw to Driver more often and taking some targets away from Jennings, a better deep threat.
  • The injury could hamper Rodgers enough to the point that he isn't effective at all, making Driver a risky play.
  • If Rodgers can't play at all, the Pack will go with rookie Matt Flynn at quarterback, which could also limit Driver's value.

Anthony Gonzalez, Indianapolis Colts at Houston Texans

G
Pls
RZ Pls
IN5
Rec
Rec Yds
Rec TD
3
8.00
0.67
0.33
5.33
74.0
0.00
Vs. wide receiver position
G
Pls
RZ Pls
IN5
Rec
Rec Yds
Rec TD
3
--
--
--
10.00
132.0
1.00
  • Gonzalez was targeted four times in Week 3 and mustered two catches for 37 yards. He saw 20 combined looks in his first two games.
  • He didn't make a big impact against Houston last year, averaging just two catches for 30.5 yards per game in two meetings during his rookie season. He only received two looks in the Week 16 outing that wideout Marvin Harrison missed.

Domenik Hixon, New York Giants vs. Seattle Seahawks

G
Pls
RZ Pls
IN5
Rec
Rec Yds
Rec TD
2
3.50
0.00
0.00
3.00
44.5
0.00
Vs. wide receiver position
G
Pls
RZ Pls
IN5
Rec
Rec Yds
Rec TD
3
--
--
--
11.33
172.7
0.67
  • The speedy return man will start in place of wideout Plaxico Burress, who is serving a one-game suspension and could face further discipline from the NFL.
  • Hixon caught nine passes for 137 yards and two scores in the preseason.
  • Hixon is an intriguing one-week addition based on his elevated position on the depth chart; he doesn't have an outstanding matchup, but it's certainly not a poor one, either.

Antonio Bryant, Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Denver Broncos

G
Pls
RZ Pls
IN5
Rec
Rec Yds
Rec TD
4
9.75
1.75
0.00
4.25
55.0
0.00
Vs. wide receiver position
G
Pls
RZ Pls
IN5
Rec
Rec Yds
Rec TD
4
--
--
--
10.00
143.5
1.00
  • After his gaudy 19-target Week 4 effort, Bryant led the team's wideouts again in Week 4 with nine while catching four passes for 39 yards.
  • The passing game has opened up a little under quarterback Brian Griese, and the typically run-first Bucs could take more downfield chances against the 31st-ranked Broncos pass defense (276 yards allowed per game).

Lance Moore, New Orleans Saints vs. Minnesota Vikings

G
Pls
RZ Pls
IN5
Rec
Rec Yds
Rec TD
4
5.75
0.75
0.25
4.25
51.2
0.50
Vs. wide receiver position
G
Pls
RZ Pls
IN5
Rec
Rec Yds
Rec TD
4
--
--
--
11.25
170.8
0.25
  • Moore broke out with seven catches, 101 yards and two touchdowns in Week 4 against the San Francisco 49ers.
  • With wideout Marques Colston (thumb) and tight end Jeremy Shockey (sports hernia) out of action, Moore has the best opportunity to step up as quarterback Drew Brees is extremely comfortable with him. Wideout David Patten (groin) is also uncertain for Week 5 after leaving Week 4 early.
  • Moore should be grabbed off the waiver wire because of his apparent rapport with Brees and his opportunity given the slate of injuries. He could be the No. 2 option after Colston makes his anticipated Week 8 return.

Santonio Holmes, Pittsburgh Steelers at Jacksonville Jaguars

G
Pls
RZ Pls
IN5
Rec
Rec Yds
Rec TD
4
--
--
--
3.25
51.5
0.25
Vs. wide receiver position
G
Pls
RZ Pls
IN5
Rec
Rec Yds
Rec TD
4
--
--
--
9.00
112.8
1.00
  • After he scored eight times last season, Holmes hit paydirt for the first time in 2008 with a nice catch-and-run against the Baltimore Ravens in Week 4.
  • Although the Jaguars have allowed a score per game to wideouts, they are in the top 10 in yards allowed per game to the position.
  • Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (shoulder) isn't 100 percent, but the Steelers are down to a group of scrubs at running back now that Willie Parker (knee) is out a couple of weeks and Rashard Mendenhall (shoulder) is on Injured Reserve.

Derrick Mason, Baltimore Ravens vs. Tennessee Titans

G
Pls
RZ Pls
IN5
Rec
Rec Yds
Rec TD
3
--
--
--
5.33
74.3
0.00
Vs. wide receiver position
G
Pls
RZ Pls
IN5
Rec
Rec Yds
Rec TD
4
--
--
--
11.00
123.0
0.00
  • In Week 4, Mason more than doubled his combined production from his first two contests, with eight receptions for 137 yards.
  • Quarterback Joe Flacco looks more decisive each week; the Ravens are putting him in advantageous situations thanks to a strong rushing attack.
  • The Titans have given up plenty of catches to the position, meaning Mason could still be a solid play in point-per-reception formats.
  • Tennessee is one of only two teams not to have allowed a score to a receiver, though; Mason is a weak play this week.

Justin Gage, Tennessee Titans at Baltimore Ravens

G
Pls
RZ Pls
IN5
Rec
Rec Yds
Rec TD
3
7.67
1.00
0.33
4.00
58.7
0.33
Vs. wide receiver position
G
Pls
RZ Pls
IN5
Rec
Rec Yds
Rec TD
3
--
--
--
5.67
85.7
0.33
  • After he missed Week 3 with a minor groin injury, Gage (knee) is again uncertain to play, this time heading into Week 5.
  • In the two contests he has played with quarterback Kerry Collins this year, Gage has a total of 10 catches for 151 yards and a touchdown.
  • The Ravens have been so tough on the position, making Gage a weak play anyway.
  • If healthy, Gage should earn a look on the waiver wire for receiver-starved owners.

Kevin Walter, Houston Texans vs. Indianapolis Colts

G
Pls
RZ Pls
IN5
Rec
Rec Yds
Rec TD
3
7.67
2.33
0.67
5.00
44.0
1.00
Vs. wide receiver position
G
Pls
RZ Pls
IN5
Rec
Rec Yds
Rec TD
3
--
--
--
5.33
57.7
0.00
  • After two atrocious outings, which had some questioning whether he should be starting, quarterback Matt Schaub erupted with 307 yards and three touchdown passes, with no picks, in Week 4.
  • Walter benefited by catching two of those scoring tosses; he has three touchdowns in 2008 after scoring four in 16 games last season.
  • In two games against Indianapolis last season, his first as a legit factor in the offense, Walter tallied six receptions, 86 yards and a touchdown.
  • The Colts present a weak-play matchup for Walter this week, although part of the reason is that Indy's run defense has been so shoddy; opponents haven't had to risk putting the ball in the air much.
  • Fantasy owners should acquire Walter if they need receiving help.

Fantasy value: No. 3 or flex wide receivers

Ike Hilliard, Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Denver Broncos

G
Pls
RZ Pls
IN5
Rec
Rec Yds
Rec TD
4
5.50
0.75
0.50
4.50
41.0
0.50
Vs. wide receiver position
4
--
--
--
10.00
143.5
1.00
  • The 32-year-old posted seasonal lows in both receptions (two) and yards (21) in Week 4.
  • Wide receiver Joey Galloway (foot) has missed the team's last two games and appears unlikely to play in Week 5, which should keep plenty of balls heading Hilliard's way.
  • Denver's overall numbers against opposing receivers are solid, but they've been exploited by the San Diego Chargers and New Orleans Saints - of course, the Buccaneers' passing game isn't the equal of those two clubs.

David Patten, New Orleans Saints vs. Minnesota Vikings

G
Pls
RZ Pls
IN5
Rec
Rec Yds
Rec TD
4
4.00
0.25
0.25
2.25
31.8
0.25
Vs. wide receiver position
4
--
--
--
11.25
170.8
0.25
  • Patten (groin) has been hobbled by a groin injury the past two weeks, and it's showing up in his production with just three receptions for 33 yards combined in that time; he left the team's Week 4 game early and is uncertain for Week 5.
  • New Orleans is already without receiver Marques Colston (thumb) and tight end Jeremy Shockey (hernia), so if Patten can go he could see a healthy number of targets.
  • The Vikings' run defense is as intimidating as ever, leaving their secondary to bear the brunt of opposing offenses. Look for New Orleans to go to the air early and often this week.

Bryant Johnson, San Francisco 49ers vs. New England Patriots

G
Pls
RZ Pls
IN5
Rec
Rec Yds
Rec TD
4
4.25
1.00
0.50
2.50
37.8
0.25
Vs. wide receiver position
3
--
--
--
9.00
130.0
0.67
  • Johnson (hamstring) played in Week 4 but was held without a catch on four targeted passes.
  • The offseason addition has just one reception in his last two games after logging nine in his first two.
  • New England continues to do a solid job of limiting opposing receivers, ranking in the top 10 in fewest receptions and touchdowns allowed per game to the position. View Johnson as a weak play in Week 5.

Miles Austin, Dallas Cowboys vs. Cincinnati Bengals

G
Pls
RZ Pls
IN5
Rec
Rec Yds
Rec TD
3
4.00
0.33
0.00
2.33
57.3
0.67
Vs. wide receiver position
4
--
--
--
10.00
101.5
0.50
  • The third-year wideout scored for the second straight week last Sunday, adding 45 yards on three receptions.
  • For all their issues this season, the Bengals have actually done a nice job versus enemy receivers - they've allowed a mere 10.2 yards per catch, which ranks second in the league.
  • Cornerback Johnathan Joseph (ankle) was out last week, but regardless of his status Austin is a weak play.
  • Austin is someone to consider adding given his recent involvement in a high-powered Cowboys offense.

Antwaan Randle El, Washington Redskins at Philadelphia Eagles

G
Pls
RZ Pls
IN5
Rec
Rec Yds
Rec TD
4
6.00
0.75
0.25
4.50
46.2
0.25
Vs. wide receiver position
4
--
--
--
7.25
94.5
0.75
  • Randle El registered his first touchdown of the season in Week 4, but after amassing 126 yards receiving over the first two weeks he has totaled just 59 receiving yards in the past two.
  • Only two teams have allowed fewer receptions per game to the position than the Eagles (7.25) this year, and they are one of only three teams to allow less than 100 yards per contest.
  • Randle El totaled an identical 44 receiving yards in each of his meetings with the Eagles last season - consider him a weak play come Sunday.

Bobby Wade, Minnesota Vikings at New Orleans Saints

G
Pls
RZ Pls
IN5
Rec
Rec Yds
Rec TD
4
4.50
0.25
0.00
3.25
38.0
0.00
Vs. wide receiver position
4
--
--
--
13.50
188.5
1.00
  • Wade played well against his former club, the Tennessee Titans, posting a career-high seven receptions for 75 yards last Sunday.
  • Minnesota has looked more competent in the passing game since making the switch to quarterback Gus Frerotte (hand), but it hasn't really translated into additional points.
  • Despite a decent performance last week, the Saints still rank among the league's worst in containing opposing wideouts, which makes Wade a strong-play candidate for Week 5.

Sidney Rice, Minnesota Vikings at New Orleans Saints

G
Pls
RZ Pls
IN5
Rec
Rec Yds
Rec TD
3
3.00
0.00
0.00
1.00
12.3
0.33
Vs. wide receiver position
4
--
--
--
13.50
188.5
1.00
  • Rice (knee) was back in the lineup in Week 4 after missing the previous game, but he was limited and finished with one catch for six yards.
  • New Orleans' secondary ranks in the bottom five in both receptions and receiving yards allowed per game to the position.
  • The second-year receiver is a strong play this weekend.

Hank Baskett, Philadelphia Eagles vs. Washington Redskins

G
Pls
RZ Pls
IN5
Rec
Rec Yds
Rec TD
4
4.25
0.25
0.25
3.25
51.8
0.25
Vs. wide receiver position
4
--
--
--
12.75
151.8
1.25
  • It was another disappointing game for Baskett in Week 4 as he finished with one catch for 10 yards - it was his second 10-yard performance in three games.
  • Baskett has balanced his two poor outings with two strong ones, combining for 10 receptions, 187 yards and a score in Week 1 and Week 3.
  • This could be another big one for Baskett, who is a strong play versus a Redskins secondary that has struggled against high-powered passing games this year.

Greg Camarillo, Miami Dolphins vs. San Diego Chargers

G
Pls
RZ Pls
IN5
Rec
Rec Yds
Rec TD
3
6.33
1.67
0.67
3.67
48.7
0.00
Vs. wide receiver position
4
--
--
--
17.00
165.8
1.00
  • The relatively unknown Camarillo has been Miami's most productive wide receiver this year, leading the position in catches (11) and yards (146).
  • San Diego's secondary has really had trouble this year, allowing the second-most receptions and eighth-most receiving yards per game to opposing receivers.
  • Teams have had success working underneath against the Chargers; Camarillo is a strong play for Week 5.

Josh Reed, Buffalo Bills at Arizona Cardinals

G
Pls
RZ Pls
IN5
Rec
Rec Yds
Rec TD
4
5.50
0.50
0.00
4.25
48.0
0.00
Vs. wide receiver position
4
--
--
--
9.75
118.8
1.50
  • Reed hauled in four passes for 47 yards in Week 4, and he leads the team in receptions (17) on the season.
  • Despite being absolutely torched by the New York Jets last week, Arizona still ranks in the upper half of the league in both receptions and receiving yards allowed to the position.

Fantasy value: Flex or bench wide receivers

Devery Henderson, New Orleans Saints vs. Minnesota Vikings

G
Pls
RZ Pls
IN5
Rec
Rec Yds
Rec TD
4
2.75
0.25
0.00
1.50
53.2
0.25
Vs. wide receiver position
4
--
--
--
11.25
170.8
0.25
  • It was another typical performance from Henderson, who managed just one catch but took it 81 yards. He has six receptions all year but is averaging an amazing 35.5 yards per catch.
  • The Vikings have improved against the pass this season, but it's still where most teams choose to attack their defense.
  • As usual, Henderson is an intriguing option, but he is as hit or miss as they come.

Arnaz Battle, San Francisco 49ers vs. New England Patriots

G
Pls
RZ Pls
IN5
Rec
Rec Yds
Rec TD
4
6.25
0.75
0.00
3.75
50.5
0.00
Vs. wide receiver position
3
--
--
--
9.00
130.0
0.67
  • After being relatively quiet over the first three weeks of the season, Battle exploded with seven receptions for 120 yards in Week 5.
  • Receiver Bryant Johnson (hamstring) was less than 100 percent in Week 4 and did not record a catch, which may have been a major reason for Battle's increased productivity.
  • Battle is a weak play against a still strong Patriots secondary.

Patrick Crayton, Dallas Cowboys vs. Cincinnati Bengals

G
Pls
RZ Pls
IN5
Rec
Rec Yds
Rec TD
4
5.50
0.00
0.00
3.75
48.0
0.00
Vs. wide receiver position
4
--
--
--
10.00
101.5
0.50
  • Crayton tallied seven catches for 87 yards in Week 4, which was a nice rebound after he totaled just two receptions and 23 yards during his previous two games combined.
  • The Bengals have played well against the pass this year, leaving Crayton as a weak play.

Brandon Stokley, Denver Broncos vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

G
Pls
RZ Pls
IN5
Rec
Rec Yds
Rec TD
4
6.25
1.75
0.00
3.75
45.2
0.00
Vs. wide receiver position
4
--
--
--
9.25
153.2
1.25
  • Stokley has operated in the shadows of wideouts Brandon Marshall and Eddie Royal this season, but he racked up seven catches and 80 yards last week.
  • Outside last week, Stokley is averaging 2.67 receptions and 33.7 yards per game on the season.
  • The Bucs have had issues giving up big plays to opposing wideouts, allowing 16.6 yards per reception this year - only two teams are yielding a higher average. Stokley has a strong-play matchup in this one.

Michael Jenkins, Atlanta Falcons at Green Bay Packers

G
Pls
RZ Pls
IN5
Rec
Rec Yds
Rec TD
4
4.50
0.75
0.00
1.50
28.2
0.25
Vs. wide receiver position
4
--
--
--
8.25
128.8
1.00
  • Since scoring on a 62-yard touchdown grab in Week 1, Jenkins has done almost nothing - totaling 51 yards on five receptions during the last three games combined.
  • Even with injuries to cornerback Al Harris (spleen) and safety Atari Bigby (hamstring), the Packers still picked off three passes last week, and no opposing receiver reached even 40 yards.
  • Look for the Falcons to keep things simple for quarterback Matt Ryan against a ball-hawking secondary that is tied for the NFL lead with eight picks this season.

Greg Lewis, Philadelphia Eagles vs. Washington Redskins

G
Pls
RZ Pls
IN5
Rec
Rec Yds
Rec TD
4
4.25
0.25
0.00
2.50
37.2
0.00
Vs. wide receiver position
4
--
--
--
12.75
151.8
1.25
  • Lewis has been completely MIA the past two weeks, totaling two catches for nine yards.
  • The Redskins offer a strong-play matchup for Lewis, but given his lack of involvement in the offense in recent weeks you'd need to be desperate to slot him into your active lineup.

Jabar Gaffney, New England Patriots at San Francisco 49ers

G
Pls
RZ Pls
IN5
Rec
Rec Yds
Rec TD
3
3.67
0.67
0.33
2.00
17.0
0.33
Vs. wide receiver position
4
--
--
--
10.75
159.8
1.00
  • The silver lining in New England's embarrassing Week 3 loss had to be the play of Gaffney, who hauled in six passes for 51 yards and a touchdown after not having a catch during the team's first two games.
  • San Francisco ranks in the bottom 10 in yards allowed per game to enemy wideouts, but it's not enough to recommend rolling the dice on Gaffney unless you really need a body.

Billy McMullen, Seattle Seahawks at New York Giants

G
Pls
RZ Pls
IN5
Rec
Rec Yds
Rec TD
2
8.00
0.00
0.00
3.50
62.0
0.00
Vs. wide receiver position
3
--
--
--
14.67
159.3
1.00
  • Signed to cover for Seattle's numerous injuries at the position, McMullen led the team in receptions (four) and yards (76) in Week 3.
  • His eight targets per game are impressive, but the Seahawks are expected to have wide receivers Bobby Engram (shoulder) and Deion Branch (knee) back in the mix this week - their returns could cause that number to drop.
  • The Giants have allowed a ton of receptions to opposing receivers, but they've given up just 10.9 yards per catch.

Michael Clayton, Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Denver Broncos

G
Pls
RZ Pls
IN5
Rec
Rec Yds
Rec TD
3
5.67
1.33
0.00
3.00
29.3
0.00
Vs. wide receiver position
4
--
--
--
10.00
143.5
1.00
  • Clayton managed just one catch for six yards in the first two weeks, but with wideout Joey Galloway (foot) out of action, he has totaled eight receptions and 82 yards the past two games.
  • The Broncos have been up and down against opposing wideouts this year, clamping down on subpar passing teams and struggling to contain more gifted aerial offenses, a category Tampa does not fit.

Steve Breaston, Arizona Cardinals vs. Buffalo Bills

G
Pls
RZ Pls
IN5
Rec
Rec Yds
Rec TD
4
6.00
1.00
0.25
3.25
48.5
0.00
Vs. wide receiver position
4
--
--
--
8.50
118.8
0.50
  • With the Cardinals playing from way behind for most of last Sunday, Breaston finished with nine catches and 122 yards - he was one of three Cardinals receivers to surpass 100 yards.
  • Wideout Anquan Boldin (head) had to be carted off the field in Week 4, and he seems unlikely to play this week. That would thrust Breaston into a more prominent role for the time being.
  • The Bills rank in the top 10 in fewest receptions, yards and touchdowns allowed per game to opposing wideouts this season.
  • Breaston is a player to consider adding to your roster - if Boldin's injury keeps him sidelined for any games his value would go up.

Reggie Williams, Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Pittsburgh Steelers

G
Pls
RZ Pls
IN5
Rec
Rec Yds
Rec TD
4
4.75
1.00
0.00
2.75
27.5
0.00
Vs. wide receiver position
4
--
--
--
11.00
124.8
0.25
  • Williams averaged a touchdown every 3.8 receptions last season, but he has not scored on any of his 10 receptions this year.
  • Wide receiver Jerry Porter has returned and is nearly at full strength, further complicating a mess at wideout for a run-first team.
  • Even when he was a fantasy factor he wasn't catching many passes, and until he starts scoring he has no real value as anything other than a desperation option. He is a weak play this Sunday.

Justin McCareins, Tennessee Titans at Baltimore Ravens

G
Pls
RZ Pls
IN5
Rec
Rec Yds
Rec TD
4
7.00
0.25
0.00
2.25
34.0
0.00
Vs. wide receiver position
3
--
--
--
5.67
85.7
0.33
  • After shining in the absence of receiver Justin Gage in Week 3, McCareins gained 37 yards on three receptions last Sunday with Gage back in the lineup.
  • Gage (knee) is now uncertain for Week 5, meaning McCareins could have a bit more prominent role again.
  • McCareins has totaled 19 targets in the last two weeks, which is an encouraging sign.
  • The Ravens have completely shut down opposing receivers this season, making McCareins a weak play.

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