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Fantasy Football 2011: Week 4 Wide Receivers Rankings

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More of this. Less of sucking.
More of this. Less of sucking.

That Kenny Britt Ride was fun while it lasted. The uncoverable Titans WR dominated for 2 games before tearing both his ACL and MCL in the 1st quarter of game 3. Britt was on pace for top-5 WR numbers and had a legitimate shot of getting there. Hopefully this wasn't a case of losing a first round guy like Jamaal Charles that is extremely difficult to replace; I have (had) Britt in a few leagues where he was drafted as a third WR. His stats are still difficult to replace.

Want some week 3 results? No? Too bad. You're getting them regardless.

I liked Wes Welker, David Nelson and Vincent Jackson more than you did in Week 3. Nelson was actually better in PPR Leagues with 6 catches for 84 yards against the Patriots...not too shabby from a guy you just plucked off of waivers. Vincent Jackson was relatively quiet with 5 catches and 63 yards in an easy matchup with the Chiefs, but it was the Ryan Mathews show all game. Expect a bounce back this week, especially with Antonio Gates doubtful to play. Wes Welker...thank you. He dominated the Bills' secondary for 16 catches and 217 yards and 2 TD's. Are you sure Tom Brady wasn't playing Madden 2011 on Easy Mode? What a performance.

For the second consecutive week I didn't like Reggie Wayne, and he responded with only 24 yards against the Steelers. Let's hope Curtis Painter is 1/50th of the Quarterback Peyton Manning is. Dwayne Bowe scored a touchdown for the Chiefs and threw in 67 yards. Not bad Mr. Bowe. You proved me wrong yet again! I think this will be a recurring theme all year. Bowe will be the only one who contributes anything on the Chiefs Offense, but there will be games where he completely disappears. I also didn't like the Saints' Wide Receivers in general (not including Jimmy Graham). Lance Moore was Brees' favorite target of the day, hitting for 9 catches, a touchdown and two 2-point conversions. Robert Meachem also scored. It was a poor day to avoid the Saints' WRs as the offense exploded for 40 points on the Texans. Lesson learned.

Onto week 4 ranks...

Notes: I didn't rank Jeremy Maclin as he is doubtful to play. If he plays, consider him at 25. Marques Colston has been rumored to play. As a result, all Saints WR's are ranked accordingly.

Players I Like More Than You Do:

Calvin Johnson - hands down the number one WR in the game. What a prolific offense Detroit has become.

Denarius Moore - the mega-talented rookie has become the go-to guy in the Oakland passing game. Look for New England to stop Darren McFadden, thus leaving their leaky secondary open to Moore and Jacoby Ford (if he plays).

A.J. Green, Titus Young and Julio Jones - Green has been streaky thus far in his rookie season, but Buffalo doesn't have nearly as strong pass rush as their last opponent, San Francisco. Andy Dalton won't be on the run all game, so Green should have another strong game. Titus Young and his badass name has slowly been incorporating himself in the explosive Detroit Offense. Look for him to continue to improve. Julio Jones broke out nicely against Tampa Bay and dominated one of the top corners in the game in the process. Jones should keep it up against the Seattle defenders.

Players I Don't Like More Than You Do:

Anquan Boldin - It seems that whoever goes up against Darelle Revis winds up in this space. Revis will be covering Boldin on Sunday Night, so expect a lot of Ray Rice and maybe even Torrey Smith if Lee Evans can't suit up.

Nate Washington - I want to rank him higher. I really do. The Titans have suddenly become a strong passing team under Matt Hasselbeck and their lack of a running game. However, Joe Haden has become one of the better corners in the league, and he's fresh off of shutting Brandon Marshall down. Look for him to take off the Titans' new #1 WR.

Don't Panic On: Hakeem Nicks (favorable schedule coming up), Santonio Holmes

Some Panic is Acceptable: Brandon Lloyd, Marques Colston

Go All In On: Mike Wallace

Fold: Colts Wide Receivers

Buy Low: Santonio Holmes, Miles Austin, Dez Bryant, Anquan Boldin

Sell High: Wes Welker (this is his absolute peak), Greg Jennings

Rankings are below, and please let me know if you have any questions or concerns with the list. You can follow me on Twitter or ask any questions there.

For all other rankings, head on over to our friends at Fantasy Rundown.

Player
Team
Opponent
1. Calvin Johnson
Detroit
Dallas
2. Vincent Jackson
San Diego
Miami
3. Hakeem Nicks NY Giants Arizona
4. Larry Fitzgerald
Arizona
NY Giants
5. Andre Johnson Houston Pittsburgh
6. Mike Wallace
Pittsburgh
Houston
7. Roddy White
Atlanta
Seattle
8. Wes Welker
New England
Oakland
9. DeSean Jackson
Philadelphia
San Francisco
10. Brandon Marshall
Miami
San Diego
11. Greg Jennings
Green Bay
Denver
12. Steve Smith
Carolina
Chicago
13. Dez Bryant
Dallas
Detroit
14. Steve Johnson
Buffalo
Cincinnati
15. Santonio Holmes
NY Jets
Baltimore
16. Mario Manningham
NY Giants
Arizona
17. Santana Moss
Washington
St. Louis
18. Denarius Moore
Oakland
New England
19. Percy Harvin
Minnesota
Kansas City
20. A.J. Green
Cincinnati
Buffalo
21. Julio Jones
Atlanta
Seattle
22. Mike Williams
Tampa Bay
Indianapolis
23. David Nelson
Buffalo
Cincinnati
24. Brandon Lloyd
Denver
Green Bay
25. Dwayne Bowe
Kansas City
Minnesota
26. Sidney Rice
Seattle
Atlanta
27. Anquan Boldin
Baltimore
NY Jets
28. Johnny Knox
Chicago
Carolina
29. Reggie Wayne
Indianapolis
Tampa Bay
30. Lance Moore
New Orleans
Jacksonville
31. Marques Colston (he may play)
New Orleans
Jacksonville
32. Jordy Nelson
Green Bay
Denver
33. Eric Decker
Denver
Green Bay
34. Jacoby Ford
Oakland
New England
35. Deion Branch
New England
Oakland
36. Nate Burleson
Detroit
Dallas
37. Plaxico Burress
NY Jets
Baltimore
38. Mike Thomas
Jacksonville
New Orleans
39. Nate Washington
Tennessee
Cleveland
40. Titus Young
Detroit
Dallas
41. Robert Meachem
New Orleans
Jacksonville
42. Antonio Brown
Pittsburgh
Houston
43. Donald Jones Buffalo Cincinnati
44. Victor Cruz
NY Giants
Arizona
45. Mike Sims-Walker
St. Louis
Washington
46. Michael Crabtree
San Francisco
Philadelphia
47. Torrey Smith
Baltimore
NY Jets
48. Austin Collie
Indianapolis
Tampa Bay
49. Devery Henderson
New Orleans
Jacksonville
50. Pierre Garcon
Indianapolis Tampa Bay