After the first five weeks of the season, several top-notch fantasy wide receivers had yet to produce big numbers. Instead, the leader board each week was filled with names like Bernard Berrian and Marques Colston.
However, over the last two weeks, the big-name guys have finally started to get in on the action. Here's a rundown of players in your preseason top-20 that have had big games in weeks six and seven.
Steve Smith- There's not another wideout in the NFL that can take over a game like Smith. He missed the season's first two weeks, but has been phenomenal ever since. Smith has caught 16 balls for 315 yards and a touchdown in Carolina's last two games.
Chad Johnson- Many had him listed as the league's No. 1 wide receiver going into drafts this season, but 85 has yet to post a 100-yard game and hasn't scored since week one. Fantasy owners shouldn't panic. Johnson made a huge 32-yard catch in the Bengals' win over the Panthers. He's caught at least six balls in each of the last three weeks. The touchdowns and big plays will come soon enough.
Terrell Owens- If he is bottled up tonight, I look like an idiot. But then again, I look like an idiot with most of these posts anyway. T.O. is clearly not the receiver he once was, but he did put up three touchdowns against the Texans last week. If he has another big game against the Giants, I would look to get rid of him while his value is high.
Marvin Harrison- Are he and Torry Holt the only sane big-time receivers left in the NFL? Harrison has been consistently solid in 2006, but he failed to get in the end zone through the first four weeks of the season. That has changed. Harrison has scored three times in the last two weeks and is once again an elite fantasy option.
Hines Ward- Pittsburgh's wide receiver failed to post more than 59 yards over the season's first five weeks. Ward broke out this week though with an eight-catch, 171-yard performance that included three touchdowns. He's scored four times in the past two weeks and should be a solid option the rest of the way regardless of who's at quarterback.