It was a big passing weekend in the NFL, as we saw several of the guys that have been sitting at-or-near the top of our weekly rankings have some big games. Both Atlanta’s Roddy White and Baltimore’s Anquan Boldin (incidentally playing against one another on Thursday night) had solid games, as did the receivers in Denver. Things are definitely looking up for those guys.
Still, with every good game that someone has, there is another player that has a bad one or doesn’t play. This week we have seen a few of those. Who will drop down the rankings this week? Will there be anyone that falls off this week’s power rankings?
Let’s find out.
Last Week: 28th
Bess comes in at the tail end of the poll this week and may not make it back on again, thanks to the quarterback situation that is developing in Miami.
Last Week: Unranked
Manningham is the third Giants wide receiver to make this list. The Giants have a productive passing offense when their quarterback is playing well, and Manningham is a big part of their success.
Last Week: 24th
Floyd slips a bit because his team was on a bye this past weekend.
Last Week: 19th
Collie is dropping this week but still remains on the poll, thanks to his solid play and his ability to make the tough catch. Will he recover and get back towards the top of the rankings or is his slide permanent?
Last Week: 27th
No one can deny that Edwards is a productive wide receiver—and a valuable one—in New York. The Jets need all the help they can get on offense and Edwards has come through, for the most part, to provide that help.
Last Week: 26th
Ochocinco may not be having the best season he has had with the Bengals and he may be overshadowed by Terrell Owens, but he’s still a valuable asset to the team. You can bet quarterback Carson Palmer is looking his way first before looking at Owens, or anyone else, when throwing the football.
Last Week: Unranked
I don’t know if anyone would have thought that Williams would be on the list, but he’s having a huge career resurgence in Seattle and he has come a long way from his days as a “bust” in Detroit.
Last Week: 20th
Smith hasn't had a lot of good luck and is injured and out for a while. He stays in the poll this week (thanks to his strong play previously) but will surely be out next week.
Last Week: 18th
Moss and the Redskins didn’t have a great game on Monday night, but we saw just how important Moss is to the Redskin’s passing game. He’s another good example of how valuable some of these receivers are to their respective teams.
Last Week: 30th
Everyone should know that Bryant is going to flourish now that Garrett is in charge of the Dallas offense. Expect him to do much more (and better) as the season goes on.
Last Week: 15th
Colston drops a little this week because of the bye week the Saints were on this past Sunday.
Last Week: 25th
After a high-scoring, high-yardage game, Gaffney moves up a few spots, thanks to his value and production in the game this weekend and overall in Denver. Gaffney struggled a lot earlier in his career but has turned into a valuable option in Denver’s passing game. He is a vital part of their team overall.
Last Week: 13th
Johnson had a nice touchdown streak going, but that seems to have stopped. What hasn’t stopped has been his ability to catch passes and keep the Bills offense going. He’s a solid option in what is becoming a budding passing offense (in Buffalo).
Last Week: 23rd
Harvin is a bright star on a team that’s lacking a lot of them these days. He’s a touchdown maker and a dangerous weapon for the Vikings—game in and game out.
Last Week: 21st
Fitzgerald may be having a quiet season, but with seven touchdowns, his play and his production are hard to ignore. He might not be having the best season, but he’s still a very valuable asset to his team.
Last Week: Unranked
Bowe shoots back onto this list after being gone for a week. Bowe has had some very solid games and is one of the top wide receivers in scoring so far this season. He’s become a much more solid and reliable target, and he could even be a Pro Bowler when it’s all said and done.
Last Week: 16th
Thanks to the current quarterback situation in Miami, things might not get much better for Marshall this season. Once the quarterback situation stabilizes (next year), he should be even better. But for now he’s still very valuable.
Last Week: 22nd
Knox may not be scoring a lot of touchdowns but he’s racking up the yards and is his team’s most-targeted wide receiver. He and quarterback Jay Cutler appear to be on the same page on almost every play and he’s really improving.
Last Week: 14th
Williams and the Bucs have been passing the ball very well this season. With quarterback Josh Freeman getting better with every game, Williams’s numbers should only go up.
Last Week: 9th
Jennings slips a little bit thanks to being on bye this week, but he represents one of the best offenses in the NFL. Jennings will continue to be one of the better wide receivers in the NFC as long as he and his quarterback (Aaron Rodgers) stay healthy.
Last Week: 11th
Maclin was one of the beneficiaries of a big game by Vick and he will continue to be one of the primary passing targets in Philadelphia. You can expect a big second half from Maclin.
Last Week: 17th
Wallace continues to be the beneficiary of a solid passing attack in Pittsburgh and he is now starting to overshadow Hines Ward for catches on the team. He’s clearly Ben Roethlisberger’s favorite target and the best receiver on the team.
Last Week: 12th
Did anyone see what Jackson did on Monday Night Football? He’s truly amazing and one of the most explosive wide receivers in the NFL.
Last Week: Sixth
Boldin had a nice outing against the Falcons this past Thursday night and is poised to have some bigger games in the future. As the season goes on and the Ravens need to throw the ball more, Boldin will be there ready to help them win games.
Last Week: Seventh
Austin should have a bit of a resurgence now that Wade Phillips is gone and Jason Garrett is in charge, so look for things to pick up for him and watch as he moves up the rankings before this season is over.
Last Week: 10th
Johnson had a big game this Sunday and proved to all of us just how valuable he is to his team. Players like Johnson are special and, despite the fact he’s had a down first part of the season, it appears as if he’s ready to rise up and close out the year strong.
Last Week: Second
Wayne drops a little bit this week due to some issues with production, but he’s still one of the most valuable wide receivers in the NFL. Without Wayne, quarterback Peyton Manning wouldn’t have that security blanket he likes and he clearly wouldn’t be completing as many passes as he has been.
Last Week: Third
There may be a lot people that don’t feel that Owens belongs here, but he’s become one of the most solid wide receivers in the NFL. Despite his age, he’s still very productive. If he was on a better team catching the same number of passes, he would be a much more discussed star.
Last Week: Seventh
Productive. That’s one word that can describe what Johnson is on a team that has had quarterback problems all season. Hopefully he can continue being that way, despite the fact quarterback Matthew Stafford is out for the season.
Last Week: Fifth
How did the Broncos manage to score so many points and get so many yards through the air? Guys like Lloyd help and he has helped make himself one of the best receivers in the NFL this season.
Last Week: Fourth
Despite the fact they have struggled passing the ball at times this season, the Giants wouldn’t be where they are today without Hakeem Nicks. He is clearly one of the best receivers out there.
Last Week: 1st
White holds on to the top spot once again this week after a great performance on Thursday night against the Ravens. It’s possible, with the way that the Falcons are playing on offense, that White could remain at No. 1 for quite some time.
Lance Moore-New Orleans Saints
Kenny Britt-Tennessee Titans
Eddie Royal-Denver Broncos