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PvP: Week 5 Wide Receivers

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This week's wide receiver PvP highlights three players who essentially were fantasy afterthoughts: Miles Austin, Jeremy Maclin and Austin Collie. Now these guys are at the top of every waiver wire list.

First let's get the top 10 courtesy of Fantasy Football Nerd out of the way:

1. Reggie Wayne: 14.3 projected points/12 actual points
2. Andre Johnson: 14.2/22
3. Larry Ftizgerald: 13.5/19
4. DeSean Jackson: 12.4/0
5. Calvin Johnson: 11.3/0
6. Hines Ward: 11.1/14
7. Steve Smith, Giants: 11/7
8. Randy Moss: 10.8/3
9. Derrick Mason: 10.7/0
10. Chad Ochocinco: 10.5/9

Three players with zero points is an aberration, but it nonetheless illustrates how volatile wide receivers can be in fantasy.

Which brings us back to Austin, Maclin and Collie. All three came out of relative obscurity to produce eye-popping fantasy numbers.

Austin was projected for 6.3 points as the 32nd ranked wide receiver option this week. He finished with 37 points (250 yards, 2 TDs). Maclin was the 88th ranked option and projected for 1.7 points. His actual number was 26. Collie was 58th and projected for 3.7 points. His actual number was 21.

Before you claim these guys off waivers and expect similar numbers down the road, remember all three were in their respective lineups because of injuries to starters.

Austin got the start with Roy Williams nursing sore ribs, and the Cowboys are on their bye in Week 6. Presumably Williams will be ready to go in Week 7, when Dallas hosts Atlanta.

Maclin got added time because of an ailing Kevin Curtis. Eagles Coach Andy Reid wouldn't commit to Maclin as his starter.

Collie, meantime, filled the slot role while Anthony Gonzalez was out a sore knee. He may have moved ahead of Pierre Garcon on the depth with his performance on Sunday night. The Colts are on their bye this week, so stay tuned for the shakedown at No. 2 wide receiver when they visit St. Louis.

By Gene Wang  |  October 12, 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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