Fantasy NFL
Wide Receiver Player Notes
For The Last 15 Days
 
Wes Welker, WR, DEN9/2/2014 9:49:00 PM
Description: The NFL suspended Broncos wide receiver Wes Welker four games for violating the substance abuse policy, but The Denver Post's Mike Klis reports the team believes Welker will be able to play Week 1.
Insight: ESPN's Adam Schefter reported that Welker tested positive due to taking amphetamines. Welker is not supposed to be reinstated until Week 6, but the Broncos have already said Welker is likely to play Week 1 because "suspensions are never announced this late in the week" with the "game plan" already "in place". It's not exactly late in the week especially since Monday was a holiday, but definitely check back this week to see an updated status on Welker.
Allen Robinson, WR, JAC9/2/2014 11:12:00 AM
Description: Jaguars rookie receiver Allen Robinson (hamstring) was limited in Monday's practice, but says he'll be ready for Sunday against the Eagles, according to Jags beat writer Ryan O'Halloran.
Insight: Allen is behind fellow rookie Marqise Lee, Cecil Shorts and free agent Allen Hurns which means his fantasy value is minimal. He'll eventually jump past Hurns and grab the No. 3 receiver role.
Sammy Watkins, WR, BUF9/2/2014 11:03:00 AM
Description: Buffalo rookie receiver Sammy Watkins (rib injury) was on the practice field Monday.
Insight: Watkins has suffered two rib injuries during training camp and the preseason. Its a bit of a concern that he's not getting better, but of more concern to fantasy owners is the abysmal play of E.J. Manuel which limits Watkins' upside.
Odell Beckham Jr., WR, NYG9/1/2014 4:35:00 PM
Description: Giants coach Tom Coughlin said rookie receiver Odell Beckham (hamstring) may still be 2-3 weeks away from playing in a game.
Insight: Beckham has been hampered by a hamstring injury since the spring and Jerrel Jernigan hasn't impressed coach Tom Coughlin despite getting most of the reps that would have went to Beckham. With no viable tight end to speak of look for Victor Cruz, Rueben Randle and Rashad Jennings to be heavily targeted early in the season.
Vincent Brown, WR, SDC8/30/2014 9:37:00 PM
Description: Chargers receiver Vincent Brown was released Saturday.
Insight: There had been so much hope that he cpuld develop into a quality receiver, but too many injuries have kept him from progessing. Malcom Floyd, Eddie Royal and Keenan Allen will play the X, Y,Z spots, respectively
Armanti Edwards, WR, CHI8/30/2014 9:24:00 PM
Description: Wide receiver Armanti Edwards is now 0-for-3 teams in his attempt to find a niche in the NFL.
Insight: The former Appalachian State QB and two-time Walter Payton Award winner was waived by the Chicago Bears Saturday.
T.J. Graham, WR, BUF8/30/2014 9:18:00 PM
Description: Bills' backup wide receiver T.J. Graham had 31 catches as a rookie, but didn't progress in 2013 and won't get a chance in 2014 as the Bills waived him Saturday.
Insight: The team tried to trade him but found no trading partners. With the additions for Sammy Watkins and Mike Williams in the offseason the writing was on the wall.
Mario Manningham, WR, NYG8/30/2014 3:36:00 PM
Description: Giants placed wide receiver Mario Manningham (calf) and kick returner Trindon Holliday (hamstring) on injured reserve thus ending their seasons.
Insight: There was a good chance that the former Super Bowl hero was not going to make the final 53-man roster anyway. Holliday missed all of Giants' camp with a hamstring injury.
Josh Boyce, WR8/30/2014 2:04:00 PM
Description: The New England Patriots cut wide receiver Josh Boyce.
Insight: We've been told many times how talented he was, but he never put it on display. Boyce had just nine receptions last season for 121 yards and zero touchdowns.
Kris Durham, WR, DET8/30/2014 1:57:00 PM
Description: Wideout Kris Durham was cut by the Detroit Lions
Insight: Durham had a history with Matthew Stafford (at Georgia) and when the Lions were short of healthy receivers last season he stepped in to catch 38 balls for 490 yards and a pair of scores. The team is deeper and healthier this season which made him expendable.
Nate Burleson, WR, CLE8/30/2014 1:53:00 PM
Description: The Browns brought in receiver Nate Burleson to help, but apparently he couldn't and the team has released him.
Insight: It was just 2012 when he hauled in 73 balls for 757 yards so this is a quick drop out of favor. He should find a job somewhere.
Jerome Simpson, WR, MIN8/29/2014 11:49:00 AM
Description: Vikings receiver Jerome Simpson has been suspended for three games for a last November DUI arrest.
Insight: Simpson isn't likely on fantasy radar screens as he's fallen to No. 4 on the Minnesota depth chart behind Cordarrelle Patterson, Greg Jennings, and Jarius Wright. he had 48 receptions for 726 yards and one touchdowns last season.
Martavis Bryant, WR, PIT8/29/2014 9:33:00 AM
Description: Pittsburgh wideout Martavis Bryant suffered a right AC shoulder sprain in the final exhibition game, according to Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
Insight: Bryant was well down the depth chart and not on fantasy radar screen. It's Antonio Brown and a bunch of question marks headed by Markus Wheaton, Lance Moore and the always under-producing Darrius Heyward-Bey.
Wes Welker, WR, DEN8/28/2014 9:23:00 PM
Description: Broncos wide receiver Wes Welker ran some routes on the field before Denver's preseason finale on Thursday but still has multiple evaluations to clear in concussion protocol before he can be cleared to play Week 1 according to Jeff Legwold of ESPN.
Insight: Welker is on the right track in terms of returning to the field and its a great sign he felt well enough to fly with the team but like Legwold reported, the receiver has a long way to go. Stay tuned.
A.J. Jenkins, WR, KAN8/28/2014 9:17:00 PM
Description: Kansas City wide receiver A.J. Jenkins suffered a concussion in Thursday night's preseason finale.
Insight: Jenkins has had a very quiet training camp and battling injuries has been one of the biggest reasons why. It's very possible that Jenkins is on the roster bubble this weekend and suffering a concussion does not help his cause.
Sammy Watkins, WR, BUF8/28/2014 7:53:00 PM
Description: Buffalo rookie receiver Sammy Watkins left Thursday's preseason finale with a rib injury.
Insight: Watkins suffered the injury on a slant pattern where quarterback E.J. Manuel "stared him down" and then over threw him by "a good yard and a half". It's unclear if this is a reaggravation of his previous injury or if this is a new rib injury for Watkins. The receiver suffered bruised ribs in the last preseason game.
Josh Gordon, WR, CLE8/27/2014 1:00:00 PM
Description: The NFL arbitrator upheld Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon's one-year suspension according to Mike Garafolo of Fox Sports 1.
Insight: Gordon will miss the entire season. Unless you are starting a dynasty league, he is obviously a waste of a pick.
Frankie Hammond, WR, KAN8/27/2014 9:37:00 AM
Description: Chiefs receiver Frankie Hammond is expected to start in place of Dwayne Bowe (suspension) Week 1.
Insight: Hammond, an 2013 undrafted free agent, has never played in a NFL regular season game, but has been solid in preseason so far with six catches for 90 yards. Still, this speaks to the lack of depth the Kansas City passing game has behind Bowe. Hammond is only a worthwhile fantasy start in very deep leagues.
Wes Welker, WR, DEN8/26/2014 9:30:00 PM
Description: According to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com, Broncos coach John Fox said Wes Welker is doing "fantastic" in the concussion protocol.
Insight: Welker has sustained three concussions since Nov. 17. He'll need to be symptom-free by next Monday to be eligible to return to a full practice in time for the Sept. 7 season opener and it looks like he's going to be ready. However, he's extremely risky because one hit could end his career. Emmanuel Sanders will get a huge boost in fantasy value, as will rookie Cody Latimer to a lesser extent, if Welker goes down.
Wes Welker, WR, DEN8/25/2014 9:27:00 PM
Description: Broncos coach John Fox says receiver Wes Welker (concussion) hasn't said anything about retirement, according to Jeff Legwold of ESPN.com.
Insight: Welker has sustained three concussions since Nov. 17. He'll need to be symptom-free by next Monday to be eligible to return to a full practice in time for the Sept. 7 season opener. If Welker cannot play, Emmanuel Sanders will get a huge boost in fantasy value, as will rookie Cody Latimer to a lesser extent.
Eric Page, WR, TAM8/25/2014 11:00:00 AM
Description: Tampa Bay has released WR/KR Eric Page.
Insight: Page caught just four balls all last season, but was used on kickoff and punt return duty. Buried deep on the depth chart, he had no fantasy value even before his release.
Andre Holmes, WR, OAK8/24/2014 9:06:00 PM
Description: According to NFL.com, Raiders receiver Andre Holmes "looks buried" on the depth chart.
Insight: The 6-4, 210-pound Holmes had 366 receiving yards and a touchdown in the last five games last season and he was listed atop the Raiders' first depth chart of the preseason along with Rod Streater. However, he was demoted in the second preseason game and was the No. 5 receiver in Friday's game. Streater and James Jones are the best fantasy bets among Oakland's wideouts, but with Matt Schaub looking horrible this preseason there's not much reason to get excited.
Wes Welker, WR, DEN8/24/2014 4:38:00 PM
Description: Broncos receiver Wes Welker was diagnosed with another concussion after Saturday's preseason game.
Insight: Welker caught a pass over the middle and took a shoulder to the head from Texans safety D.J. Swearinger. The 33-year-old sustained two concussions late in the 2013 season and missed three games. Emmanuel Sanders and Julius Thomas will see more targets if Welker is out.
Ramses Barden, WR, JAC8/24/2014 3:18:00 PM
Description: Wideout Ramses Barden was released by Jacksonville.
Insight: At 6-foot-6, 224 lbs Barden was supposed to develop into a big-time threat, but lacked the speed to get away from NFL defenders. The Jags will go with their two rookie Marqise lee and Allen Robinson
Roddy White, WR, ATL8/23/2014 10:17:00 PM
Description: Falcons receiver Roddy White caught three passes for 34 yards in Saturday's preseason game against the Titans.
Insight: White looks to be the underneath, possession receiver this year with Julio Jones clearly taking the big play wide receiver role. But if White can actually stay healthy this season, he could see a lot more targets with Tony Gonzalez retiring. He is a value pick in the fourth or fifth round.
Julio Jones, WR, ATL8/23/2014 9:57:00 PM
Description: Falcons receiver Julio Jones caught two passes including a touchdown in Saturday's preseason game against the Titans.
Insight: Matt Ryan found Jones for a 52-yard TD pass in the second quarter. Seeing as how well Ryan looked on Saturday and due to the fact the Falcons look poised to be in a lot of high scoring games, Jones definitely has potential to return to those 2012 numbers in which he caught 79 balls for 1,198 yards and 10 touchdowns.
Mike Wallace, WR, MIA8/23/2014 9:54:00 PM
Description: Dolphins receiver Mike Wallace caught six balls for 67 yards in Saturday's preseason game against the Cowboys.
Insight: That's a good sign for Wallace, who was dealing with a hamstring injury. It is also a good sign Wallace received a team-high eight targets. But until Tannehill can hit Wallace on the deep ball, the QB missed his receiver by a good five yards on a long pass, Wallace remains a quality WR2 or flex start. Wallace has been dealing with a minor hamstring injury and the Dolphins held him out as a precaution. Hopefully he can get back on the field for Miami's second preseason game so he can work on his chemistry with QB Ryan Tannehill. If Wallace stays healthy he should have a much better season than he did in 2013 (73 catches, 930 yards, five touchdowns) with creative new OC Bill Lazor calling the shots.
Reggie Wayne, WR, IND8/23/2014 9:36:00 PM
Description: Colts receiver Reggie Wayne started in Saturday's preseason game but failed to catch his lone target.
Insight: Wayne still looked good in his first game action since tearing his ACL in Week 7 last year. Wayne caught two passes that were negated for penalties. There is a good chance he leads Indianapolis in catches this season and is a quality flex play in most leagues.
Mike Williams, WR, TAM8/23/2014 8:58:00 PM
Description: Bills wide receiver Mike Williams made three catches for 46 yards and a touchdown in Saturday's preseason game against his former team, the Buccaneers.
Insight: Williams caught three out of four passes thrown in his direction, including a 14-yard touchdown. He will play opposite Sammy Watkins to start the season and has the potential to be a valuable WR plug-in during the bye weeks.
Vincent Jackson, WR, TAM8/23/2014 7:45:00 PM
Description: Buccaneers wide receiver Vincent Jackson caught five passes for 43 yards in Saturday's preseason game against the Bills.
Insight: Jackson was clearly Josh McCown's favorite target, and the quarterback looked a lot better on Saturday then he did in previous preseason games this month. Jackson caught all five balls thrown his way. The receiver is a high-end WR2.
Rueben Randle, WR, NYG8/23/2014 5:43:00 PM
Description: Giants head coach Tom Coughlin praised third-year wideout Rueben Randle during his Saturday press conference.
Insight: Randle looked good on Friday against the Jets, running a sharp 15-yard route for a touchdown and displaying great field awareness by catching a 26-yard throw along the sideline. If Eli Manning can ever get a hold of the new offense, Randle could be a great value pickup in a middle round.
Josh Gordon, WR, CLE8/22/2014 4:19:00 PM
Description: NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports there will be no ruling on Josh Gordon's suspension appeal this week.
Insight: FOX Sports' Mike Garofolo reported the NFL Players Union was expecting a decision by the end of this week, so this is a little surprising. Apparently there is a high volume of testimony on both sides from Gordon's latest failed drug test. In many cases, fantasy owners hoping to know Gordon's status before their draft are unfortunately out of luck. Hopefully, a decision is made next week.
Jeremy Maclin, WR, PHI8/21/2014 10:05:00 PM
Description: Eagles receiver Jeremy Maclin went down in a heap after making a cut in the first quarter, but he returned in the next series and looked fine.
Insight: Maclin missed all of 2013 with a torn ACL and has dealt with nagging injuries his entire career. He's a high-risk, high-reward option.
Justin Hunter, WR, TEN8/21/2014 10:55:00 AM
Description: The Tennessean called Titans receiver Justin Hunter "all but unstoppable" anywhere near the goal line. Hunter caught four balls for 111 yards and two touchdowns in last week's preseason game.
Insight: Hunter has a knack for catching the ball in the corner of the end zone on the fade pattern according to The Tennessean. Adding to his ball skills, Hunter is 6'4" and jumped a remarkable 39.5 inch vertical leap in the NFL Combine. He could prove to be one of Jake Locker's favorite red zone targets this season and thus a sleeper on draft day.
Andre Johnson, WR, HOU8/20/2014 9:07:00 PM
Description: Texans receiver Andre Johnson (hamstring) has shown no signs of rust so far, according to cbssports.com.
Insight: Johnson sat out OTAs and minicamp because he wanted to be traded and he missed the early portion of training camp with a hamstring injury. We have confidence in his ability to build a rapport with new QB Ryan Fitzpatrick and learn Bill O'Brien's offensive scheme quickly. He had 109 catches, 1,407 yards and five touchdowns on 181 targets last season despite having to catch passes from Matt Schaub and Case Keenum.
Odell Beckham Jr., WR, NYG8/19/2014 8:49:00 PM
Description: Giants rookie receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (hamstring) will not play in the team's fourth preseason game against the Jets and beat reporter Jordan Raanan says it is "not looking good" for Week 1.
Insight: Beckham has been hampered by a hamstring injury since the spring and he re-injured it during Monday's practice. Jerrel Jernigan hasn't impressed coach Tom Coughlin yet despite getting most of the reps that would have went to Beckham. With no viable tight end to speak of look for Victor Cruz, Rueben Randle and Rashad Jennings to be heavily targeted early in the season.
Sammy Watkins, WR, BUF8/19/2014 8:44:00 PM
Description: Buffalo rookie receiver Sammy Watkins (ribs) returned to practice Tuesday, according to Mike Rodak of ESPN.com.
Insight: Watkins suffered bruised ribs in the last preseason game. He was the No. 4 overall pick in the 2014 draft so he comes with large expectations, but he's tied to inconsistent and inaccurate QB E.J. Manuel.
Julio Jones, WR, ATL8/19/2014 8:39:00 PM
Description: Falcons receiver Julio Jones (foot) is set to return to a normal practice routine, according to ESPN.com's Vaughn McClure.
Insight: Jones has been practicing every other day as he works his way back from foot surgery. He had 41 catches for 580 yards and two touchdowns in five games last season and has No. 1 overall fantasy upside at his position if he can stay healthy.
Brian Quick, WR, STL8/19/2014 11:56:00 AM
Description: Rams third-year receiver Brian Quick appears to be ready to make a leap forward in production and fantasy value.
Insight: There is a well-known theory that many wide receivers breakout in their third season and that could happen for Quick. The 33rd selection of the 2012 draft class has done little to this point, but signs of him "getting it" have begun to show. Also as important, we saw quarterback Sam Bradford trust him Saturday despite being covered in a 41-yard catch and run. It may be Quick's time to shine and fantasy owners should use a late-round pick on him because of his upside.
Brandin Cooks, WR, NOS8/19/2014 11:43:00 AM
Description: Saints receiver Brandin Cooks missed Monday's practice but fantasy owners have no need to worry.
Insight: Cooks is dealing with a stomach virus and fever - no injury. We're looking for solid production from Cooks in his rookie season. He's got a great QB under center and 143 available targets with Lance Moore and Darren Sproles gone.
Odell Beckham Jr., WR, NYG8/19/2014 10:48:00 AM
Description: Giants rookie receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (hamstring) left Monday's practice and did not return after appearing to pull up lame, according to a New York Daily News report.
Insight: Beckham may have been held out for the rest of the day as a precaution, but its worth watching the next few days. He's missed valuable practice time which could limit his early season productivity.