Non WR Starters Priority In Fantasy Leagues

As Fantasy Leagues jostle receivers, one of the biggest movers is Pittsburgh Steelers Antwaan Randel El who will make the start vs. the Washington Redskins. <p> San Diego Chargers WR Keenan McCardell has made a fantasy impact by being a clutch receiver for QB Drew Brees.

St. Louis Rams
WR Kevin Curtis had one of his best days for the Rams against Buffalo, catching five passes for 51 yards. For the season, Curtis has 16 catches for 209 yards.

WR Shaun McDonald has one of his best days as a Ram, catching six passes for 72 yards against the Bills. McDonald has 23 receptions for 338 yards (14.7 average) and three touchdowns this season.

WR Isaac Bruce needs just 144 yards to reach 1,000 for the season. Bruce has 58 receptions and is averaging 14.8 yards per catch.

Washington Redskins
WR Darnerien McCants got a lot more playing time and caught two passes for 17 yards against the Eagles.

WR Rod Gardner had four catches for 35 yards Sunday, which qualified as a breakthrough day for the slumping receiver. Gardner dropped one pass.

WR Laveranues Coles managed four catches for just 34 yards at Philadelphia. It was the fourth time this year he has averaged less than 10 yards per catch.

Dallas Cowboys
WR Terrance Copper had three catches for 44 yards, a 39-yard kickoff return and three special-teams tackles against the Ravens. Terry Glenn, the Cowboys' leading receiver before suffering torn ligaments in his foot against Green Bay, has been replaced in the starting lineup by Quincy Morgan, who is backed up by Copper and fellow rookie Patrick Crayton, who were signed off the practice squad several weeks ago. "(Copper) probably wouldn't have been in, but now his opportunity came and he's doing a little something," Parcells said. "He had three or four tackles on special teams, he had a kickoff return, he caught a few passes and he shows a lot of toughness. So hopefully that's a good start for him, but he's not better than Terry Glenn."

Arizona Cardinals
WR Bryant Johnson has shown progress this season but isn't coming up with big plays consistently. He has become the deep threat the team had sought.

WR Anquan Boldin is starting, but he hasn't yet had the impact he had last year as a rookie. He's not being used on as many crossing routes as he was last year, when he made the Pro Bowl.

WR Larry Fitzgerald has emerged as a downfield threat, and look for the Cardinals to throw to him more often, even when he's covered. Fitzgerald can use his size to beat cornerbacks, and the Cardinals have to find some ways to produce big plays.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers
WR Tim Brown has fallen to the No. 4 receiver on the team with the return of Joe Jurevicius and Joey Galloway to the lineup. Brown has not caught a pass in two of the last three games.

WR Michael Clayton has caught 11 passes of 20 or more yards this season. The rookie from LSU leads the Bucs with 52 catches for 751 yards and three TDs.

Tennessee Titans
WR Drew Bennett missed a couple of big chances when he broke free deep against the Jaguars. Steve McNair delivered a couple of those balls late, but Bennett still had jump ball opportunities he failed to win.

WR Derrick Mason had five catches in the Titans' first game against Houston for 74 yards. He will continue to draw bracketed coverage and double teams.

Minnesota Vikings
WR Kelly Campbell saw his most action of the season against the Lions. He flashed his speed on a 61-yard catch on the Vikings' first offensive play of the game.

WR Nate Burleson already has surpassed last year's season highs for catches (48, 29), yards receiving (619, 455) and touchdowns receiving (5, 2). It will be interesting to see him team up again with Randy Moss, who has missed essentially the last five games because of a strained right hamstring.

Jacksonville Jaguars
WR Cortez Hankton is showing some potential and caught three passes for 27 yards against Tennessee.

WR Troy Edwards is outplaying Reggie Williams but Williams remains the starter because he was a first round pick. He caught two passes for 24 yards against Tennessee.

WR Reggie Williams continues to look like a bust as a first round pick as he caught just one pass for 13 yards and fell down on a critical pass in the fourth period against Tennessee.

WR Jimmy Smith caught only two passes for 29 yards and dropped a critical pass in the fourth quarter that could have gone for a touchdown against Tennessee.

Cincinnati Bengals
WR Freddie Milons was signed to the Bengals practice squad Tuesday. He was released Nov. 9 from Baltimore's practice squad.

WR Kelley Washington had his first touchdown catch of the season Sunday, but more impressive was his ability to go across the middle and absorb big hits after the catch.

WR T.J. Houshmandzadeh has 32 receptions and needs just nine in the final six games to equal his career high of 41 in 2002.

WR Chad Johnson will face a Cleveland defensive backfield that received bottles of Pepto-Bismol from him prior to the Week 6 game. It was one of the worst of his career, with four drops.

Green Bay Packers
WR Donald Driver had 10 receptions for 148 yards against Houston, the second-highest yardage total of his career. He caught 10 of the 12 balls thrown to him, including a 24-yard touchdown behind CB Dunta Robinson.

Oakland Raiders
WR Jerry Porter has one touchdown catch in 38 receptions. Going into this year he was averaging one for every 9.9 catches.

Philadelphia Eagles
WR Freddie Mitchell, the club's slot receiver, has had just four catches in the last six games.

WR Todd Pinkston has done a good job of taking advantage of the one-on-one opportunities he's been getting with most of the defensive attention focused on Terrell Owens. He had his second 100-yard receiving game of the season Sunday. He had just one in his first four NFL seasons.

WR Terrell Owens had a season-low two catches Sunday against Washington, but one of them was for a touchdown, his 13th of the season. He also set an excellent pick to free up running back Brian Westbrook on one of his two touchdown catches.

New Orleans Saints
WR Donte Stallworth came back with a big game after playing a diminished role in the game plan the last few weeks. He caught 10 passes for a team-high 122 yards and the Saints' only TD of the day, a 30-yarder. The catches and yards were career highs for the third-year pro.

WR Jerome Pathon had three catches for 44 yards Sunday and had a 30-yarder that equaled the team's longest reception of the afternoon.

Carolina Panthers
KR Jamall Broussard has yet to return a kickoff or punt for a touchdown for the Panthers.

WR Ricky Proehl did not catch a pass Sunday but remains a reliable third receiver.

WR Keary Colbert hasn't been a big part of the offense, especially with Muhsin Muhammad gobbling up all of the catches. He had three catches for 18 yards Sunday.

WR Muhsin Muhammad has been huge for the Panthers the last four games with 28 receptions for 441 yards and seven touchdowns. Muhammad has become Jake Delhomme's favorite target, especially when the Panthers get inside an opponent's 30-yard line.

Houston Texans
WR Corey Bradford has only 17 receptions this season, a signal that he is not expected to return next season. Bradford is eligible to become an unrestricted free agent.

WR Andre Johnson reached 100 yards for the third time this season midway through the third quarter against Green Bay. He had only one reception the rest of the game. Johnson needs only 118 yards to surpass his team record 976 receiving yards, set as a rookie in 2003.

Pittsburgh Steelers
WR Antwaan Randle El will start at split end in place of injured Plaxico Burress but move back to his familiar slot position when they go to three wide receivers.

WR Lee Mays, who has five catches in three years, will play when the Steelers use three wide receivers Sunday because of the injury to Burress. Mays will play on the outside at split end.

San Diego Chargers
WR Eric Parker had a so-so day, as unlike the previous week, he didn't find single coverage as much. He did catch two balls for 25 yards, with a long of 17.

WR Keenan McCardell had a clutch third-down catch off a jump pass for Drew Brees late in the game which essentially iced the victory for the Chargers. He finished with seven catches for 91 yards, just missing out on his first 100-yard game as a Charger.

Denver Broncos
WR Darius Watts has had back-to-back one-catch games for a combined 17 yards. The Broncos have used multiple tight-end sets a lot in their last two games, but Watts is still a dangerous receiver when the Broncos do go with three receivers.

WR Ashley Lelie is a great example of the theory that most receivers break out in their third season in the league. Lelie has been a huge factor for the Broncos offense this season. He has turned into one of the best deep threats in the league -- all six of his touchdowns have been 30 yards or longer -- which helps soften defenses up for Denver's running game.

WR Rod Smith wasn't a big factor in the passing game against New Orleans, but he made a big play. On Reuben Droughns' first run of the game, it was Smith's downfield block that sprung Droughns for a 51-yard touchdown. Smith is one of the best blocking receivers in the NFL.

Cleveland Browns
WR Antonio Bryant is paying dividends since being acquired for Quincy Morgan at the trading deadline. He is a more reliable receiver and unafraid to go across the middle.

WR Dennis Northcutt is catching the ball in open space more than he did in the beginning of the season. That gives him a chance to utilize his speed and turn a 10-yard gain into a 25-yard gain.

Seattle Seahawks
WR Bobby Engram already has a couple of clutch third-down grabs in his first two games back from an ankle injury. Against the Rams two weeks ago, Engram's 22-yard grab on third-and-15 sustained the Seahawks' first scoring drive. Against the Dolphins on Sunday, Engram provided a 29-yard reception over the middle on third-and-4 from the 23. That play also led to a Seattle touchdown. Engram's ankle is still bothering him, but he's been able to be effective nonetheless.

WR Darrell Jackson's production has dropped off in recent weeks. He caught only three passes Sunday against the Dolphins, and he also suffered another drop. The drops are not yet epidemic for Jackson, but they have been a problem in the last two games.

WR Koren Robinson is on pace for a career-low 38 catches thanks to poor play and a recently announced four-game suspension. Robinson has 31 catches in nine games, and he's eligible to play in only two more regular-season games. Robinson's previous career low was 38 receptions as a rookie in 2001.

Baltimore Ravens
WR Randy Hymes has had his role reduced and is getting just one to two passes thrown his way a game.

WR Travis Taylor has started to make a few drops but remains the Ravens' top receiver with 26 catches.

WR Kevin Johnson is finding a rhythm with Kyle Boller has nine catches the past three weeks. He is still being used in three-receiver formations.

WR Clarence Moore leads all receivers with a 13.8-yard average per catch. He is still a top target inside the red zone.

New York Jets
WR Wayne Chrebet didn't catch a pass against the Browns but the Jets threw to him. He's still their best possession receiver.

WR Santana Moss had two catches against the Browns. Quincy Carter had a hard time finding him while under pressure but that's mostly because Moss was well covered.

WR Justin McCareins is really coming around as a go-to receiver for the Jets. His six catches against the Browns were more than the rest of the team and McCareins was the target on the game-winning touchdown.

Miami Dolphins
WR Derrius Thompson had one of his most productive games since joining the Dolphins in last Sunday's 24-17 loss to Seattle. Thompson, a 2003 free-agent signing, caught three passes for 51 yards.

WR Chris Chambers enters Sunday's game at San Francisco having regained a prominent position in the offense. Chambers has 16 catches for 207 yards and one touchdown in the past two losses to Arizona and Seattle.

WR Marty Booker extended his streak of games with at least one reception to 68 during last Sunday's 24-17 loss to Seattle. Playing with ankle and hamstring injuries, Booker caught two passes for 20 yards.

San Francisco 49ers
WR Rashaun Woods, the 49ers' top draft pick, saw extended action Sunday and caught one pass for 32 yards. It was the 49ers' longest pass play of the game. Another pass that was intended for Woods was intercepted by Torrie Cox and returned 55 yards for a touchdown.

WR Cedrick Wilson, the team's starter at flanker, had just one catch for 8 yards against the Buccaneers, as he, like all the team's receivers, were a victim of QB Tim Rattay getting no time to throw.

WR Brandon Lloyd was a virtual non-factor in the 49ers' Sunday loss to Tampa Bay as quarterback Tim Rattay had no time to get the ball down the field. Lloyd, a starter at split end, caught just one pass for 7 yards. Lloyd leads all 49ers receivers with four touchdown receptions this season.

Buffalo Bills
WR Josh Reed, who has missed the past three games with a bruised knee, will try and practice on Wednesday in hopes of playing against Seattle. He is getting very close.

WR Eric Moulds struggled against the Rams with two drops and two bad penalties but did chip in a 12-yard reverse run to spark one scoring drive.

New York Giants
WR Ike Hilliard appears to be at the end of his career. The eight-year vet has caught 35 passes for 313 yards and, like Amani Toomer, doesn't have a TD catch. There isn't another team in the NFL where both starting WRs are without a single TD grab.

WR Amani Toomer, who lost his team receiving lead to TE Jeremy Shockey (by one catch), has 41 for 560 yards -- and not one TD. "It is unusual," he said. Toomer had five TD catches last year and has 37 in his eight-plus year career.

Kansas City Chiefs
WR Eddie Kennison had touchdown receptions of 65 and 26 yards for his first two-TD day since a 2002 game against New England. His 65-yard TD was the longest play by the Chiefs this year and the longest against New England this season.

WR Johnnie Morton's five receptions for 107 yards Monday was his second 100-yard game of the season. But Morton was knocked woozy on an early catch and said afterward he didn't remember catching as many as five balls.

New England Patriots
WR Deion Branch led the Patriots with six receptions for 105 yards and a touchdown. And quarterback Tom Brady was certainly glad to see No. 83 running routes again after an extended absence. "I was talking to my dad the other day and he asked if Deion was playing," Brady explained. "I said, 'yup.' He asked me how he was feeling. I said, 'well to tell you the truth, it doesn't look like he's missed one day of practice.' That's the type of player he is. He's so instinctive. He has tremendous ability. A lot of guys couldn't do that. It's pretty impressive." Branch started alongside David Givens and made his first reception on a third-and-15 play, catching a 17-yard pass for a first down at the Chiefs 5 that set up a Corey Dillon touchdown run to open the scoring and give the Patriots a 7-0 lead. He finished the first half with three receptions for 48 yards before adding three more for 57 yards in the second half. Branch originally injured the knee chasing down Cardinals linebacker James Darling, who had intercepted Tom Brady's Hail Mary pass on the final play of the first half back on Sept. 19. Offensive lineman Stephen Neal was clipped into Branch as he too tried to chase down Darling and Branch was lost for two months as a result Brady found him plenty in Kansas City. "I just tried to come in and make something happen and make up for lost time," a smiling Branch said.


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