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Early Projections: Week 6 WRs

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ESPN may be the self-proclaimed "Worldwide Leader in Sports," but it certainly doesn't follow convention when it comes to fantasy football projections. Take its wide receiver rankings for Week 6.

Here is its top 10: Carolina's Steve Smith (at Tampa Bay), Santana Moss (vs. Kansas City), Randy Moss (vs. Tennessee), Andre Johnson (at Cincinnati), Nate Burleson (vs. Arizona), Greg Jennings (vs. Detroit), T.J. Houshmanzadeh (vs. Arizona), Brandon Marshall (at San Diego), Mario Manningham (at New Orleans) and Dennis Northcutt (at Green Bay).

Contrast that list with FFToolbox's top 10, which includes Larry Fitzgerald (at Seattle) first, DeSean Jackson (at Oakland) third, Roddy White (vs. Chicago) fifth, the Giants' Steve Smith (at New Orleans) at No. 7, Chad Ochocinco ninth (vs. Houston) and an ailing Calvin Johnson (at Green Bay) 10th.

Then go to KFFL, where you'll find Burleson first and Donald Driver seventh. Jennings, the Packers' No. 1 wide receiver, is 26th behind Bernard Berrian (vs. Baltimore), Donnie Avery (at Jacksonville) and Nate Washington (at New England).

Jeremy Maclin, one of last week's fantasy studs who has a favorable matchup in Week 6 against Oakland, doesn't crack the top 30 on either of CBSSports.com's lists. Jamey Eisenberg has Maclin 36th, and Dave Richard ranks him 33rd.

Just goes to show fantasy experts aren't so easily impressed about a player after one outstanding performance, even if like Maclin he plays in a wide-open offense and has an excellent upcoming matchup.

By Gene Wang  |  October 14, 2009; 3:00 PM ET  | Category:  Fantasy Football Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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