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Super Bowl XLV features two teams with similar wide receiver sets. Both spread the ball around. Both feature an elite number one with a solid veteran presence.
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Leading the charge is Green Bay’s Greg Jennings. He had 76 catches for 1265 yards and 12 touchdowns on the year. He rebounded from his wildcard game (one catch, eight yards) by topping 100 yards with eight catches in each of the past two games. He’s Aaron Rodgers’ favorite weapon, and he’ll be a big part of their game plan.
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Pittsburgh’s number one receiver, Mike Wallace, is ranked second. He had 60 catches for 1257 yards and ten touchdowns on the year. He’s been quiet in the playoffs (three catches for 26 yards), but I expect to hear from him on the biggest stage.
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Checking in at third is Pittsburgh’s Hines Ward. He had a relatively quiet year with 59 catches for 755 yards and five touchdowns, but is making his third Super Bowl appearance. He scored in the divisional round, and I wouldn’t be surprised if he scored a Super Bowl touchdown. continue reading »

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I know it’s ridiculous to do Pro Bowl rankings, but what the heck. I’m having my son Heath (6) help me with them.
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Quarterbacks
1.  Philip Rivers
2.  Michael Vick
3.  Peyton Manning
4.  Matt Ryan
5.  Drew Brees
6.  Matt Cassel
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Running Backs
1.  Adrian Peterson
2.  Jamaal Charles
3.  Michael Turner
4.  Arian Foster
5.  Chris Johnson
6.  Steven Jackson continue reading »


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Greg Jennings bounced back, but we still had some no-shows (Anquan Boldin, Mike Wallace). Let’s take a look at the wide receiver rankings for the Conference Championship games.
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1.  Greg Jennings, Green Bay Packers:  Jennings caught eight passes for 101 yards. He had 18 yards and a score in the first meeting and 97 yards in the second meeting with the Bears. He hasn’t scored in four straight games, a steak that should be snapped this week.
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2.  Braylon Edwards, New York Jets:  Braylon caught eight passes for 100 yards in the regular season meeting with Pittsburgh. He has six catches for 114 yards and a score in the playoffs. I’m not expecting a monster game, but I think his size will give Pittsburgh a little trouble.
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3.  Hines Ward, Pittsburgh Steelers:  With Revis looking to slow down Mike Wallace, Ward will get the chance to step up. He’s scored in his past two games, and the Steelers will need his physical play to advance.
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4.  Santonio Holmes, New York Jets:  Holmes returns to Pittsburgh. There will be a little drama there. He had six catches for 40 yards in the first meeting. I just get the feeling he makes some big plays against his former team.
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5.  Mike Wallace, Pittsburgh Steelers:  Wallace was held to 30 yards against Baltimore. Things won’t get much easier on Revis Island, especially considering he torched the Jets for 102 yards on seven catches in the first meeting. continue reading »


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Last week Dwayne Bowe, Reggie Wayne, and Greg Jennings combined for 9 yards making the wide receiver position one of the toughest to predict in the playoffs. I think normalcy will be restored this weekend, but that could just be wishful thinking.
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1.  Greg Jennings, Green Bay Packers:  After getting held to eight yards last week, I think Jennings will bounce back in a big way against Atlanta. Jennings was one of the top receivers in the second half and the Pack will look to get him back on track. He had 119 yards in the first meeting.
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2.  Mike Wallace, Pittsburgh Steelers:  Wallace closed the season out with three straight 100 yard games. Big Ben will rely on his speedy receiver to move the chains.
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3.  Santonio Holmes, New York Jets:  The Pats struggled to cover him in the the first meeting. Even though they’ll look to slow the tempo with the running game, the Jets will need to throw the ball if they want to pull off the upset. Holmes will get plenty of opportunities.
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4.  Roddy White, Atlanta Falcons:  Roddy caught 115 passes on the year, and will again be a big focus. He was held to 49 yards in the first meeting, but I’m expecting a stronger performance this time.
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5.  Anquan Boldin, Baltimore Ravens:  Boldin delivered in his first playoff game with Baltimore by catching a touchdown in the back of the end zone. He played well in both meetings with Pittsburgh, and should be a strong factor once again. continue reading »


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Here are my fantasy football wide receiver rankings for the Wild Card Round.
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1.  Greg Jennings:  Asante Samuel’s knee has him at less than 100 percent, which is not ideal when facing the red hot Jennings.
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2.  Jeremy Maclin:  DeSean Jackson is the big play threat, but Maclin is the more consistent Eagle receiver, and easily the safer choice.
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3.  Pierre Garcon:  Peyton won’t test Revis, meaning Garcon could be very active.
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4.  DeSean Jackson:  Jackson had a glorified bye week as the Eagles rested many of their starters. He should be go against the Packers.
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5.  Dwayne Bowe:  Bowe had one of the most impressive runs for a receiver in  Weeks 6-12. He’s a huge threat to have a big game against Baltimore.
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6.  Big Mike Willams:  Should see plenty of targets, especially when Seattle gets down big early.
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7.  Lance Moore:  With the injuries mounting, Moore should see plenty of looks against Seattle.
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8.  Reggie Wayne:  Will spend his Saturday on Revis Island.
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9.  Anquan Boldin:  The season didn’t go as planned, and now he has to face Brandon Flowers.
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10.  Marques Colston:  His health is my primary concern.
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11.  Santonio Holmes:  He can deliver on the big stage, but Mark Sanchez could hold him back.
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12.  Braylon Edwards:  His drops are always a concern, but he remains a solid deep threat.
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13.  Blair White:  If he’s open, Manning will find him.
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14.  Derrick Mason:  The old man still has a little life in his legs.
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15.  Donald Driver:  Ditto.

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Before you start to break down the rankings for the playoffs, you need to decide who you think will be in the Super Bowl. I’m predicting a Patriots-Saints Super Bowl. As I pave their path to the big game, I will know how many games I expect each playoff team to play in.
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Here’s the breakdown.
Saints (4)
Eagles (3)
Patriots (3)
Colts (2)
Ravens (2)
Steelers (2)
Bears (1)
Chiefs (1)
Falcons (1)
Jets (1)
Packers (1)
Seahawks (1)
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Here are my updated top wide receivers based on my above playoff projections.
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1. DeSean Jackson
2. Deion Branch
3. Marques Coltson
4. Wes Welker
5. Jeremy Maclin
6. Mike Wallace
7. Lance Moore
8. Reggie Wayne
9.  Anquan Boldin
10. Derrick Mason
11.  Hines Ward
12.  Pierre Garcon
13.  Greg Jennings
14.  Roddy White
15. Robert Meachem
16. Dwayne Bowe
17. Blair White
18. Big Mike Williams
19. Santonio Holmes
20. Braylon Edwards
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Here’s my Week 17 wide receiver rankings for the leagues that play the full season out.
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1. Brandon Marshall @ New England
2. Calvin Johnson vs. Minnesota
3. Roddy White vs. Carolina
4. Greg Jennings vs. Chicago
5. Dwayne Bowe vs. Oakland
6. Vincent Jackson @ Denver
7.  Miles Austin @ Philadelphia
8. Reggie Wayne vs. Tennessee
9. Jeremy Maclin vs. Dallas
10. Kenny Britt @ Indianapolis
11. Mike Wallace vs. Cleveland
12. Brandon Lloyd vs. San Diego
13. Mike Williams (TB) @ New Orleans
14. Mario Manningham @ Washington
15. Santonio Holmes vs. Buffalo
16. Santana Moss vs. New York Giants
17. Pierre Garcon vs. Tennessee
18. Anquan Boldin vs. Cincinnati
19. Robert Meachem vs. Tampa Bay
20. Jacoby Jones vs. Jacksonville
21. Mike Thomas @ Houston
22. Larry Fitzgerald @ San Francisco
23. Percy Harvin @ Detroit
24. Braylon Edwards vs. Buffalo
25. Michael Crabtree vs. Arizona
26. Big Mike Williams (SEA) vs. St. Louis
27. Hines Ward @ Cleveland
28. Davone Bess vs. New England
29. DeSean Jackson vs. Dallas
30. Jerome Simpson @ Baltimore
31. Stevie Johnson @ New York Jets
32. Sidney Rice @ Detroit
33. Derrick Mason vs. Cincinnati
34. Johnny Knox @ Green Bay
35. Josh Morgan vs. Arizona
36. Jacoby Ford @ Kansas City
37. Kevin Walter vs. Jacksonville
38. Derek Hagan @ Washington
39. Lance Moore vs. Tampa Bay
40. Andre Caldwell @ Baltimore
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Inside the numbers:

  • I guess I got carried away with Vincent Jackson’s ranking last week. He should be a solid WR1 this week though.
  • Greg Jennings scored in his first meeting with Chicago, but has been a beast in his past ten games averaging 98.5 yards with nine touchdowns.
  • Andre Johnson appears to be done for the year. You’ll have to look elsewhere. Jacoby Jones and Kevin Walter should step up.
  • I wouldn’t be surprised if Ochocinco sat out again. Jerome Simpson and Andre Caldwell are decent plays despite a tough matchup.
  • With everything wrapped up, I can’t trust Deion Branch or Wes Welker.
  • ***Update *** Philly can’t improve their playoff positioning, which makes me worried about DeSean Jackson’s usage.
  • ***Update***  With Hakeem Nicks out, Derek Hagan returns to the rankings.
  • ***Update*** Marques Colston had his knee scoped. Robert Meachem should be the main benefactor.

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Here’s my Week 15 wide receiver rankings.
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1. Andre Johnson @ Tennessee
2. Reggie Wayne vs. Jacksonville
3. Marques Colston @ Baltimore
4. DeSean Jackson @ New York Giants
5. Roddy White @ Seattle
6. Hakeem Nicks vs. Philadelphia
7. Deion Branch vs. Green Bay
8. Calvin Johnson @ Tampa Bay
9. Miles Austin vs. Washington
10. Anquan Boldin vs. New Orleans
11. Wes Welker vs. Green Bay
12. Terrell Owens vs. Cleveland
13. Jeremy Maclin @ New York Giants
14. Pierre Garcon vs. Jacksonville
15. Vincent Jackson vs. San Francisco (Thursday)
16. Brandon Marshall vs. Buffalo
17. Dwayne Bowe @ St. Louis
18. Greg Jennings @ New England
19. Santonio Holmes @ Pittsburgh
20. Mike Wallace vs. New York Jets
21. Larry Fitzgerald @ Carolina
22. Mike Williams (TB) vs. Detroit
23. Chad Ochocinco vs. Cleveland
24. Derrick Mason vs. New Orleans
25. Hines Ward vs. New York Jets
26. Brandon Lloyd @ Oakland
27. Santana Moss @ Dallas
28. Steve Johnson @ Miami
29. Steve Breaston @ Carolina
30. Lance Moore @ Baltimore
31. Braylon Edwards @ Pittsburgh
32. Davone Bess vs. Buffalo
33. Earl Bennett @ Minnesota (Monday)
34. Louis Murphy vs. Denver
35. Roy Williams vs. Washington
36. Kenny Britt vs. Houston
37. Mike Williams (SEA) vs. Atlanta
38. Legedu Naanee vs. San Francisco (Thursday)
39. Sidney Rice vs. Chicago (Monday)
40. Steve Smith (CAR) vs. Arizona
41. Johnny Knox @ Minnesota (Monday)
42. Arrelious Benn vs. Detroit
43. Jacoby Ford vs. Denver
44. Mike Thomas @ Indianapolis
45. Donald Driver @ New England
46. Michael Crabtree @ San Diego (Thursday)
47. Anthony Armstrong @ Dallas
48. Blair White vs. Jacksonville
49. Brandon Gibson vs. Kansas City
50. Ruvell Martin vs. Atlanta
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Inside the numbers:

  • Andre Johnson has 15 catches for 289 yards and two touchdowns in his past two games. It’s time he reclaims his number one ranking.
  • I don’t see Reggie Wayne matching the 15 catches for 196 yards he had the last time he faced Jacksonville, but he should put up big numbers.
  • You can pass the ball on the Ravens and Marques Colston, who has 535 yards and five touchdowns in his past six games, should be the primary beneficiary.
  • Hakeem Nicks caught seven passes for 96 yards. Barring any setbacks, it looks like he’s a strong WR1 once again.
  • If Matt Cassel can’t play this week, it would be hard to do so with Dwayne Bowe, who has faded as fast as Brett Favre the past two weeks.
  • Should somebody tell Deion Branch that it’s not 2005 anymore. The guy has been ridiculous the past two weeks. Meanwhile Wes Welker is averaging 79.3 yards and a score over his last four games.
  • In the first meeting with Cleveland T.O. caught ten passes for 210 yards.
  • Brandon Marshall was able to play last week, and barring a setback should be a force against Buffalo this week.
  • Greg Jennings, Sidney Rice, and Santonio Holmes will be hard to count on this week because of quarterback play. Larry Fitzgerald says “welcome to my world”.
  • ***Update***  Big Mike Williams appears good to go this week so I’m adding him to the rankings.
  • ***Update***  With both Brett Favre and Tarvaris Jackson, I have to downgrade Sidney Rice and Percy Harvin.

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Mother Nature has spoken and the rankings need to be updated. Here are my updated Week 14 fantasy football wide receiver rankings.
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1. Greg Jennings @ Detroit
2. DeSean Jackson @ Dallas
3. Reggie Wayne vs. Tennessee (Thursday)
4. Marques Colston vs. St. Louis
5. Anquan Boldin @ Houston (Monday)
6. Roddy White @ Carolina
7. Andre Johnson vs. Baltimore (Monday)
8. Dwayne Bowe @ San Diego
9. Jeremy Maclin @ Dallas
10. Larry Fitzgerald vs. Denver
11. Mike Wallace vs. Cincinnati
12. Miles Austin vs. Philadelphia
13. Santonio Holmes vs. Miami
13. Terrell Owens @ Pittsburgh
14. Calvin Johnson vs. Green Bay
15. Sidney Rice vs. New York Giants
17. Brandon Lloyd @ Arizona
18. Michael Crabtree vs. Seattle
19. Donald Driver @ Detroit
20. Wes Welker @ Chicago
21. Hines Ward vs. Cincinnati
22. Pierre Garcon vs. Tennessee (Thursday)
23. Chad Ochocinco @ Pittsburgh
24. Mike Williams (TB) @ Washington
25. Robert Meachem vs. St. Louis
26. Deion Branch @ Chicago
27. Malcom Floyd vs. Kansas City
28. Steve Breaston vs. Denver
29. Steve Johnson vs. Cleveland
30. Mario Manningham @ Minnesota
31. Davone Bess @ New York Jets
32. Earl Bennett vs. New England
33. Santana Moss vs. Tampa Bay
34. Johnny Knox vs. New England
35. Derrick Mason @ Houston (Monday)
36. Jacoby Ford @ Jacksonville
37. Mike Thomas vs. Oakland
38. Steve Smith (NYG) @ Minnesota
39. Braylon Edwards vs. Miami
40. Blair White vs. Tennessee (Thursday)
41. Nate Burleson vs. Green Bay
42. Lee Evans vs. Cleveland
43. Anthony Armstrong vs. Tampa Bay
44. James Jones @ Detroit
45. Steve Smith (CAR) vs. Atlanta
46. Roy Williams vs. Philadelphia
47. Eddie Royal @ Arizona
48. Legedu Naanee vs. Kansas City
49. Deon Butler @ San Francisco
50. Jabar Gaffney @ Arizona
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Notable Changes:

  • Slopping conditions won’t help a struggling Mark Sanchez. Santonio Holmes and Braylon Edwards see a dip in their rankings.
  • Miles Austin gets a bump with Asante Samuel out.
  • It could get bad in Buffalo, making Steve Johnson a much less attractive option.
  • I point blank just had Nate Burleson ranked too high without cause. I came to my senses.
  • With Steve Smith and/or Hakeem Nicks set to possibly return, Manningham had to slide in the rankings.
  • Ben Obomanu (hand) is too big of an injury risk to gamble on in the fantasy playoffs.
  • Percy Harvin’s migraines are becoming too big of a risk to use the talented WR this week.

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Here’s my Week 14 wide receiver rankings.
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1. Greg Jennings @ Detroit
2. DeSean Jackson @ Dallas
3. Reggie Wayne vs. Tennessee (Thursday)
4. Marques Colston vs. St. Louis
5. Anquan Boldin @ Houston (Monday)
6. Roddy White @ Carolina
7. Andre Johnson vs. Baltimore (Monday)
8. Dwayne Bowe @ San Diego
9. Santonio Holmes vs. Miami
10. Jeremy Maclin @ Dallas
11. Larry Fitzgerald vs. Denver
12. Mike Wallace vs. Cincinnati
13. Terrell Owens @ Pittsburgh
14. Calvin Johnson vs. Green Bay
15. Sidney Rice vs. New York Giants
16. Miles Austin vs. Philadelphia
17. Brandon Lloyd @ Arizona
18. Steve Johnson vs. Cleveland
19. Mario Manningham @ Minnesota
20. Michael Crabtree vs. Seattle
21. Donald Driver @ Detroit
22. Wes Welker @ Chicago
23. Hines Ward vs. Cincinnati
24. Pierre Garcon vs. Tennessee (Thursday)
25. Nate Burleson vs. Green Bay
26. Chad Ochocinco @ Pittsburgh
27. Mike Williams (TB) @ Washington
28. Steve Breaston vs. Denver
29. Deion Branch @ Chicago
30. Malcom Floyd vs. Kansas City
31. Robert Meachem vs. St. Louis
32. Braylon Edwards vs. Miami
33. Davone Bess @ New York Jets
34. Earl Bennett vs. New England
35. Santana Moss vs. Tampa Bay
36. Percy Harvin vs. New York Giants
37. Ben Obomanu @ San Francisco
38. Johnny Knox vs. New England
39. Derrick Mason @ Houston (Monday)
40. Jacoby Ford @ Jacksonville
41. Mike Thomas vs. Oakland
42. Steve Smith (NYG) @ Minnesota
43. Blair White vs. Tennessee (Thursday)
45. Lee Evans vs. Cleveland
45. Anthony Armstrong vs. Tampa Bay
46. James Jones @ Detroit
47. Steve Smith (CAR) vs. Atlanta
48. Roy Williams vs. Philadelphia
49. Eddie Royal @ Arizona
50. Legedu Naanee vs. Kansas City
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Inside the numbers:

  • Wow, did Dwayne Bowe ever let owners (myself included) down last week. I think he’ll make amends this week. Same goes for Brandon Lloyd. When you bet on NFL, you have to be ready for the rebound. Unfortunately Matt Cassel will likely miss the game so I am tempering my expectations for Bowe. As for Lloyd, without Josh McDaniels, I think he goes down a few slots too.
  • Greg Jennings has 393 yards and five touchdowns in his past three games and a date with Detroit.
  • Sidney Rice looked great against Buffalo, but the Giants present a much tougher challenge.
  • Miles Austin and Roy Williams should be more active with Dez Bryant out and Jason Witten limited by ankle injuries.
  • Earl Bennett has become Jay Cutler’s new favorite target, and thus is the best play among Chicago’s WRs against a shaky Patriots pass defense.
  • Jacoby Ford’s lone catch was a touchdown to salvage his fantasy value for those who gambled on him. He should be more productive against Jacksonville.

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