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WR Projections: Week 5

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Reggie Wayne has become the most consistent wide receiver in fantasy this season, and he's at the top of most projections heading into this weekend.

Wayne faces the Tennesee Titans, who are giving up 282.2 passing yards per game. That's tied for last in the league. They also have surrendered 10 passing touchdowns, the second most in the NFL.

What's more, the Titans are severely lacking at cornerback because of injuries to starters Cortland Finnegan and Nick Harper. Finnegan, who probably will defend Wayne most often on Sunday night, is nursing a sore hamstring and was limited in Wednesday's practice. Meantime, Harper missed practice on Wednesday with sore ribs.

It's no wonder experts on average are projecting Wayne to compile roughly 18 fantasy points. The one notable exception is FFToolbox, which has Wayne as the 11th best play this weekend.

Here's a rundown from around the rest of the Web:

Bruno Boys has some of the usual suspects in their top five: Wayne, Larry Fitzgerald (vs. Houston), Andre Johnson (at Arizona), the Giants' Steve Smith (at Oakland) and Santonio Holmes (at Detroit).

FFToday's top five: Wayne, Johnson, DeSean Jackson (vs. Tampa Bay), Fitzgerald and Calvin Johnson (vs. Pittsburgh). Making an appearance at No. 6 is Mike Sims-Walker, who has become David Garrard's go-to target in Jacksonville and was on Fantasy Guru's radar earlier than most.

Sims-Walker caught two touchdowns last week. The league since has ruled one of those scores should not have counted, which is a fantasy topic for another day.

Sims-Walker is fourth on KFFL's list, which includes Derrick Mason (vs. Cincinnati) at No. 6. When was the last time the fantasy world saw a Ravens wide receiver on any must-play list?

Walter Football rates the top five as Wayne, Andre Johnson, Randy Moss (vs. Denver), Jackson and Calvin Johnson. Moss, incidentally, has not had one of those games that makes your jaw drop, mostly because of back issues and Brady working his way back to top form after knee surgery. Patience Moss owners (of which I am one). It'll happen soon enough.

Fantasy Guru includes Anquan Boldin (vs. Houston) at No. 4 and Carolina's Steve Smith (vs. Washington) at No. 5. It had this to say about Smith: "He could kill beatable corner DeAngelo Hall so must play."

By Gene Wang  |  October 8, 2009; 1:00 PM ET  | Category:  Fantasy Football Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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