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The Shot Caller's Report - WRs
Your Weekly Guide To Fantasy Lineups: Wk 3
Positions: QBs | RBs | WRs

Wide Receivers

Start 'Em:
Wide Receivers Who Will Outperform Relative To Their Draft Position And Recent Hype

Bernard Berrian v. CAR
Gus Frerotte doesn’t have to be anything other than an adequate QB to give Berrian good WR#2 numbers. He’s still got the arm to take advantage of Berrian’s trademark deep speed. The O-line should hold up well. Convinced? I am—sort of.

Steve Smith @ MIN
Smitty is a fierce, chippy competitor who, if he weren’t a football player, would be a champion ferret-legger. Believe it, a very deserved two-game suspension must have hurt—and now the Vikes will feel his wrath. One hundred yards plus and two TDs.

John Carlson v. STL
Unless you have Witten or Winslow, I’d start him as a TE#1 against the Rams and not look back.

Tony Scheffler v. NO
Scheffler has made good on the promise shown last season and even in such a loaded offense should post top ten numbers. The Saints pose modest resistance to opposing tight ends.

Antonio Bryant @ CHI
Joey Galloway is out this week and up steps Antonio Bryant. Bryant has had moments of greatness in his somewhat baffling career, and this game could find a few. It is the Bears, so be satisfied with WR#3 numbers out of your fifth WR.

Isaac Bruce v. DET
We’re running out of room on the bandwagon but I think we squeeze in a few more. Detriot’s defense is crater-ing, and Bruce should be a beneficiary. I’d be surprised if he repeated anything close to last week’s 153 yards but 80 yards isn’t out of the question. Not bad for a draft day long shot.

Jerricho Cotchery @ SD
The expected third-year jump hasn’t happened yet, but it will. This should be a high-scoring affair and the Charger secondary is still trying to figure out how to cover Brandon Marshall, much less Cotchery. He will put up good WR#2 numbers.

Bench 'Em:
Wide Receivers Who Will Under Perform Relative To Their Draft Position And Recent Hype

Chris Cooley v. ARI
Who doesn’t blog al fresco? Screw Hard Knocks, send Cooley, Matt Jones, and Ricky Williams to Burning Man with a cameraman. As documented in this space last week, the Cards are good against opposing TEs. Cooley’s season has been feast or famine—this week might be on the lean side. He’s a stud TE but it’s hard to trust Campbell at this point. If you have an emerging TE with a good matchup I might look there.

Roy Williams @ SF
He’s not getting the looks with Calvin Johnson on the other side. Definitely not enough to justify his ADP. The Niners don’t allow many opposing WR points, and their offense will keep Detroit off the field.

Marvin Harrison v. JAX
JAX typically gives the Colts a hard time. That, combined with the lack (relatively) of attention from Peyton, pushes one of the finer route runners in the NFL into WR#3 territory.

Santonio Holmes @ PHI
Draft day fave Holmes is still behind Ward, Big Ben’s go-to dude. Low WR#2 numbers from a talent who hasn’t yet shown enough to merit his typical selection spot.

Braylon Edwards @ BAL
One of the great mysteries of the season thus far: What the hell happened to Edwards? Is he the product of one-year wonder at QB or just rusty from a missed preseason? This will unwind in the next few weeks. In the meantime, don’t start him until the latter becomes evident, especially against the fierce Ghurkas that compose the Balty D.