This week's group of WRs I need to choose amongst has a new addition - San Francisco's Arnaz Battle. He replaces the injured, and disappointing, DJ Hackett. With 5 receptions last week (four of the 49ers' seven passing 1st downs were amongst the five), Battle is receiver who can be relied upon to catch several balls per week. He isn't much different than the Bears' Muhsin Muhammad in fantasy production, but, relative to what is available in a 12-team PPR, 7 man reserve league that starts a Flex, Battle is the best the pool has to offer. Throw-in last season's 70% Catch Rate per PFP2007, and Battle offers some expectations of consistent production.
Surprisingly, he grades out in KC Joyner's system as one of my better options of my seven WRs for Week Two. Also in a good/great match-up is Muhammad against the Andre Johnson-scorched Patrick Surtain. While I couldn't sit either Tory Holt or Andre Johnson despite their challenging match-ups, Battle and Muhammad will make the choice between either of them and either Ladell Betts or Jerious Norwood more challenging.
Of note, in Joyner's Thursday Night Notes, there are three WR match-ups of elite WRs versus horrible CBs. Those WRs are Carlonia's Steve Smith, Buffalo's Lee Evans, annd Indianapolis' Reggie Wayne. The three all have Advantage scores of +3 or more.
|Arnaz Battle||SF||0.5||Tye Hill||STL||1.5||2|
|Muhsin Muhammad||CHI||2.5||Patrick Surtain||KC||1.5||1|
|Torry Holt||STL||4||Walt Harris||SF||3.5||0.5|
|Andre Johnson||HOU||3.65||Ken Lucas||CAR||3.8||-0.15|
|Jerry Porter||OAK||2.65||Dre Bly||DEN||3||-0.35|
|Brandon Jones||TEN||1||Marlin Jackson||IND||2||-1|
NOTE: Rams CB Tye Hill is out. Does Battle become and even better play against what is presumably a CB worse than Hill?