Week Six Fantasy Risers: Wide Receivers

Kevin Roberts@BreakingKevinSenior Writer IOctober 14, 2009

INDIANAPOLIS - OCTOBER 04:  Austin Collie #17 of the Indianapolis Colts runs with the ball during the NFL game against the Seattle Seahawks at Lucas Oil Stadium on October 4, 2009 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

(Collie is a hot target that is likely still available.)

Week five was a huge week for receivers, as several formerly back-up receivers got a shot at major action and never looked back. After we saw guys like Mike Sims-Walker and Steve Smith step up in huge ways last week, it was nice to see more young receivers step out of the shadow of their respective teammates.

You can talk about Roddy White going off all you want (he should do that every now and then anyways) or T.J. Houshmandzadeh finally scoring (twice), but this list is all about the young guys making a name for themselves.

Here are the guys rising up the fantasy relevancy ladder. I've also provided their availability in your standard Yahoo! league.

Miles Austin, WR, Dallas Cowboys

Ten catches for 250 yards and two scores will get you noticed. Hell, it might just get Miles Austin a starting gig.

Considering how inept the passing game was before Roy Williams went down with an injury, there's no chance that Wade Phillips allows Austin to continue working as a third or fourth option. He's simply way too athletic and packs too much big-play ability to be on the bench and not getting targets.

Don't expect another 200+ game this year, but his speed and down-field play-making ability will definitely have Tony Romo looking his way early and often as the weeks go on.

Upgrade Austin to a WR3, and downgrade both Roy Williams and Patrick Crayton.

Available in 65% of Yahoo! leagues.

Jeremy Maclin, WR, Philadelphia Eagles

And the phasing-out of Kevin Curtis has officially begun. While Curtis' weak numbers and absence from the starting line-up are more due to injury than poor play, Maclin still has capitalized on his opportunities, and undoubtedly ensured himself of a bigger role.

What that means for Curtis and even DeSean Jackson remains to be seen, but it's safe to start thinking about Maclin as an option for your WR3 slot. He hadn't done much up until his break-out game of 140+ yards and two scores, so it's hard to hand him a starting job.

However, he at least deserves a roster sport.

Available in 81% of Yahoo! leagues.

Austin Collie, WR, Indianapolis Colts

While everyone was loudly promoting Pierre Garcon for the past three weeks (as they should have), I was quietly nudging you in Collie's direction. His huge game this past Sunday night of eight receptions, 97 yards, and two scores got him noticed, but it's his solid play over the past three weeks that should land him on your roster.

Collie has 17 catches for over 200 yards and three scores in the past three games, showing his growing consistency and chemistry with Peyton Manning. It's also interesting to note that Manning's former "flavor of the week" was Garcon, and he only recorded one catch against the Titans.

Note: Both Collie's and Garcon's value is subject to change within the next two or three weeks with the return of injured Anthony Gonzalez. However, they still hold immediate value and can both be used as dependable WR3's.

Available in 86% of Yahoo! leagues.

Eddie Royal, WR,  Denver Broncos

Royal hadn't done a thing worth mentioning in the first four weeks, and then came out of nowhere to haul-in 10 receptions for 90 yards.

He topped his previous season total of receptions (eight) and yards (58) in one game, and with that one solid performance, launched himself back onto the fantasy football map.

He isn't guaranteed a stay in fantasy relevancy, but with a Denver offense full of potential, he's definitely a receiver to keep an eye on, and he's definitely on the rise.

Available in 49% of Yahoo! leagues.

Braylon Edwards, WR, New York Jets

It may not seem like much, but Edwards' five catches for 64 yards and a touchdown is huge for his fantasy value, as well as the New York Jets.

With Jerricho Cotchery ailing with a hamstring injury and possibly missing some action in the coming weeks, Edwards should see plenty of targets. He could pose as a very attractive option down the field for rookie Mark Sanchez.

We all know how hard it is to trust Edwards with his tendency to drop passes, but his five catches in his first game as a Jet offer plenty of optimism. Edwards has WR3 value right now, but could even surpass Cotchery's solid fantasy value if everything goes according to plan.

Available in only 12% of Yahoo! leagues.

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