Decision time: Top WRs hard to find
NFL receivers come in all shapes and sizes. Detroit's
No matter how receivers are built these days, many of them can frustrate fantasy owners because their production is often inconsistent on a weekly basis. How could we have predicted afterthought
Not to sound like a child, but it's just not fair!
Though the Colts and Saints have clear-cut No. 1 targets in Wayne and Colston, they also have the annoying habit of targeting multiple receivers in the passing game. Other teams like the Broncos and Bears don't even have a top dog, which further complicates matters for fantasy owners. To help make sense of it all, especially entering the bye weeks, let's start by answering these questions:
But Royal has been overshadowed by his teammates. Lloyd, who fizzled in San Francisco, Washington and Chicago, is currently ranked second in receiving yards (339) while the first-round rookie Thomas impressed in his first NFL game with eight catches for 97 yards and a score against the Seahawks in Week 2.
As for the veteran Gaffney, a popular sleeper pick in the preseason, he looked like the odd man out until he exploded on Sunday for 12 catches and 140 receiving yards, albeit most of that coming while the Broncos played major catch-up against the Colts.
All of this production is good news for head coach
Which receiver can we trust the most?
With the marriage of passer-friendly offensive coordinator
Aromashodu received the early hype after the way he finished his '09 season: 22 receptions for 282 yards and four scores in the final four games. That prompted many owners to draft him in the ninth round on average, one round earlier than Hester, according to
He looked solid in the opener against Detroit (5 catches for 71 yards on 10 targets) but disappeared the following week at Dallas and was even benched for long stretches of time while Bennett took the field. Martz revealed after the game that Aromashodu didn't feel comfortable playing in the slot position.
Meanwhile, Hester continues to make the transition from one of the game's greatest return men to a competent NFL receiver. Over the past two seasons, he has steadily improved his numbers: from 51 to 57 receptions and 665 to 757 receiving yards (though only three TDs in each season).
Then there is Bennett, who put up similar numbers to Hester in his second season (54 receptions and 717 yards with two scores). A lot of people are hyping his history with Cutler as both played together at Vanderbilt in '05 when Bennett had 79 catches for 876 yards and nine TDs.
Even though Colston hasn't found the end zone in three games, given his size and talent, he's always going to be QB
This week's waiver-wire gem will be Moore after Sunday's explosion. You might remember him from '08, when he replaced the injured Colston and finished with career highs of 79 receptions, 928 receiving yards and 10 TDs. He struggled with injuries in '09, however, playing only seven games and was a non-factor in the Saints offense. He looks healthy and able now.
Meachem is the enigma here. A former first-round pick, he had career highs of 45 catches, 722 yards and nine scores in '09, prompting many fantasy owners to tout him as the second Saints receiver to have after Colston. But after three games, he's done little to justify such faith -- three catches for 33 yards in the opener, no catches last week, and one grab for a measly five yards on Sunday.
Meanwhile, the former LSU standout Henderson has been targeted almost twice as many times as Meachem (13 to 7) though he's been relatively quiet with seven receptions for 89 yards and a score.