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Wide Receiver Watch - Week 4
Todd Gray
September 28, 2004
Top Ten Fantasy WR ’s To Own Comment



Randy Moss

Finally – TDs and yardage. It was only a matter of time. Will be quiet this weekend, though – Vikings have a bye.



Terrell Owens

Can’t quite give Owens the nod at the No. 1 spot, but if he keeps it up, it will be a challenge for even Moss to maintain the pace.



Torry Holt

Losing a few grabs to Isaac Bruce, but there should be plenty to go around in St. Louis. The Rams’ ground game may be only average (gasp), and Week 4 opponent SF is likely to field a generous ‘D’.



Marvin Harrison


Smart money is on Harrison staying in the Top 5, if only because he’s the No. 1 guy on a Peyton Manning-led offense. However, Reggie Wayne and Brandon Stokley appear to be in line to steal their share of the show.



Hines Ward

Finds a way to make an impact regardless of what’s going on around him.



Joe Horn

Sore knee can’t stop Horn from third straight 90- plus-yard game. Scored again, too.



Isaac Bruce

Resurgence continues to be the real deal. Has been thrown to a league-high 38 times.



Chad Johnson

A slight disappointment thus far this season, but performing at an admirable rate considering the competition he’s faced (BAL, MIA, NYJ).



Santana Moss

Current stats suggest he’s over-ranked here, but can’t be blamed for Week 3 bye.



Roy Williams

Gut says he may not be here for long, and maybe this is even Reggie Wayne’s (IND) spot, but after his performance last weekend against the Eagles, Williams gets his props – at least for a week.

(Note – this listing considers the rankings of WR ’s if a draft was held today)

Climbing The Ladder

Jerry Porter (OAK) – Porter has been relatively quiet thus far this season (respectable yardage, zero TDs), but he and QB Kerry Collins seemed to take a general liking to one another once Collins replaced Rich Gannon (broken vertebra) on Sunday. Collins’ arm is more suited to Norv Turner’s vertical launch passing game, and thus to Porter’s big play-making capabilities. If he doesn’t make an impact soon, however, the “Porter will be a stud” talk will begin falling on even more deaf ears.

Ashley Lelie (DEN) – Lelie put together his third straight solid performance for the Broncos, a reasonably strong indication that he may finally have the consistency thing down. He’s still not getting as many looks as (somewhat) resurgent teammate Rod Smith, but he is getting his share of shots downfield as is evidenced by his catches of 33 yards or more in each of the past three weeks. Could very well wind up a great No. 3 WR this season with potential to be a solid No. 2.

Tim Carter (NYG) – This week’s deep sleeper, Carter is a solid option in 10- and 12-team leagues when the Giants play at Green Bay this week. He’s not going to become the Giants first WR option anytime soon, but he is emerging as a potential big-play threat. He’s the fastest receiver on the team and will get a few looks downfield if the Giants are playing catch-up at Lambeau. If QB Kurt Warner’s resurgence is for real – and it appears it will be if the Giants O-line can keep him in one piece – Carter could find a niche as a respectable No. 3 guy in deeper leagues.

Sliding Back

Derrick Mason (TEN) – Odds are that Tennessee will break out of its slump pretty soon, most likely this week at San Diego. Still, QB Steve McNair (bruised sternum) is a questionable play in Week 4, and he and Mason haven’t exactly clicked this year, anyway. The same can be said for the Titans in general, minus RB Chris Brown. Mason could find himself back in the top 10 soon, but not before his first breakout performance.

Peter Warrick (CIN) – Warrick has been hobbled the past couple of weeks with a bruised shin, which he aggravated against the Ravens in Week 3. It’s not certain whether he’ll be on the field this week against the Steelers, and he’s yet to be much of a factor this season when he is on the field. T.J. Houshmandzadeh and Kelley Washington are coming on, as well, and will most likely take some of Warrick’s playing time in addition to some of his looks. It appears that he’s fallen into ‘decent No. 3 WR status,’ even if he were healthy at this time.

Marcus Robinson (MIN) – You can pretty much stick a fork in this guy. Less than a month ago he was a hot pre-season sleeper pick, now he’ll have to overcome a sore hamstring in addition to being outplayed by Kelly Campbell and Nate Burleson. Robinson’s hamstring has limited him for much of the young season, but that isn’t the only problem – he was held catchless before leaving Sunday’s game, and has managed only five grabs all year.