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By William Del Pilar

Remember, Week Five begins bye weeks, with the Ravens, Browns, Cowboys, Dolphins, Rams and Redskins all taking the week off. You're losing the services of quality players like QB Tony Romo, RB Ray Rice, WR Santana Moss and TE Jason Witten, so prepare accordingly.

Texans WR Andre Johnson suffered a pulled hamstring and will be day-to-day. If he can't play, Jacoby Jones (1-0-0) and Kevin Walter (0-0-0) would fill the void but TE Owen Daniels (5-69-1) would be the primary receiver.

Patriots WR Deion Branch (1-4-1 with four targets) has been a forgotten man the past two weeks, but continue to play him as a No. 3 or bye-week fill-in. Despite one catch last week he did score a touchdown. It's time to say goodbye to Chad Ochocinco (2-26-0) as he is done as a fantasy receiver. He has no business being on your roster.

Lions WR Nate Burleson (2-16-0) continues to falter — over the past two games, he is averaging three targets, converting them into two receptions for 14 yards and no touchdowns. He's losing targets to TE Brandon Pettigrew (6-64-0 with nine targets) and WR Titus Young (3-41-0 with five targets). Burleson's a bye-week or injury fill-in. Meanwhile, Young has slowed down, making him a watch-list player.

Chargers WR Vincent Jackson (3-108-1 with four targets) left Sunday's game with a leg strain and is day-to-day. However, neither Patrick Crayton (1-3-0) nor Malcom Floyd (2-26-0 with three targets) could take advantage. It turns out Floyd is suffering a shoulder injury that's affecting his play and Crayton just can't get it done. Neither player warrants a roster spot.

After two subpar weeks, Eagles WR DeSean Jackson (6-171-0 with nine targets) rebounded and should get back on track while slot receiver Jason Avant's (6-69-0) numbers are a result of a great game from QB Michael Vick. Avant has no value, barring an injury, and even then he's behind Steve Smith.

Packers WR Jordy Nelson (5-91-1 with six targets) is a No. 2 fantasy receiver averaging 5.3 targets for 3.8 receptions, 73 yards and 0.8 TDs per game. He's a solid No. 3 receiver every week. Donald Driver (3-20-1) and James Jones (3-48-1) had touchdowns, but they were a product of QB Aaron Rodgers' great performance (four TD passes, two TD runs) than the wideouts themselves.

Giants WR Victor Cruz (6-98-0 with nine targets) came through for a second consecutive week but at the cost to Mario Manningham (1-10-0 with five targets). Cruz is playing exceptional football, and though I said he was a one-week play, he's worthy of picking up to see how this plays out.

Chiefs WR Dwayne Bowe (5-107-1 with nine targets) is the only bright spot for the team, performing at an elite level despite how bad the team around him is. Steve Breaston (4-91-0 with five targets) had another good game and has a two-game average of 5.5 targets for 3.5 receptions for 73 yards and no touchdowns. He's someone to put on your watch list.

Seahawks WR Sidney Rice (3-79-1 with six targets) has given life to this offense with a two-game average of eight targets for 5.5 receptions for 94 yards and 0.5 TDs. Doug Baldwin (5-84-0 with six targets) and Ben Obomanu (3-25-1 with four targets) are benefiting as teams focus on him. Rice is the only Seahawk worth owning.

Jets WR Santonio Holmes (3-33-0) continues to struggle this season and, despite 12 targets, couldn't get on the same page with QB Mark Sanchez, who was facing a stiff pass rush from the Ravens. Holmes has a three-week average of six targets for 2.3 receptions, 31.3 yards and no TDs. Sanchez and his inconsistency as a passer is hurting the receivers. Plaxico Burress has 14 targets in two weeks but only six receptions for 88 yards and one TD, making him a No. 3 or flex position. Until this team can find consistent quarterback play and a rushing attack, the receivers will struggle.

Bengals WR A.J. Green goes as far as QB Andy Dalton's arm will take him. When Dalton plays bad like he did in Weeks One and Three, so does Green (5-70-1 in those two games) but when Dalton played well in Weeks Two and Four, Green (14-242-1) exploded, including two receptions of 40-plus yards this past week. At this point, though inconsistent, Green warrants No. 3 or flex-position status.

Saints WR Marques Colston (1-8-0 with three targets) is back but there aren't enough footballs to go around. Over the last three games, Devery Henderson (0-0-0) is averaging only 2.7 targets for two receptions. His yardage has dropped from 103 in Week Two to 62 in Week Three to nothing this week. He is the expendable Saint if you need roster space.

In a defensive battle against the Jets, last week's hero and fantasy darling, Ravens WR Torrey Smith (1-1-0 with six targets), was shut down with one reception. Smith will bounce back but stash him to make sure his great Week Three wasn't a fluke.

Falcons WR Julio Jones (11-127-0 with 17 targets) continues to prove himself as a starting fantasy receiver with a two-game average of 12 targets for 8.5 receptions, and 121 yards. Those are No. 1 receiver numbers, but he'll settle in as a No. 2 and No. 3 most weeks.

Broncos WR Eric Decker (5-56-2 with 10 targets) continues to come into his own with a three-game average of 10.3 targets converting them into 5.7 receptions for 72.3 yards and 1.3 TDs. Not to be outdone, Brandon Lloyd (8-136-0 with 11 targets) cemented his return as a No. 2 fantasy receiver but has yet to score a touchdown this season.

While Titans WR Nate Washington (2-62-0) looked good on paper, he had only four targets. While I won't take away from the 57-yard completion he had, two receptions is not what you expect from a No. 1 receiver. Keep an eye on him and see how his role develops, especially if TE Jared Cook begins to produce.

Despite a poor week, Raiders WR Denarius Moore (3-19-1 with five targets) came through for his owners with a touchdown. The rookie will be inconsistent, making him a No. 3 fantasy wideout. In returning to a starting role, Darrius Heyward-Bey (4-115-0 with seven targets) took advantage of a shootout. However, with only nine receptions this season, just watch him for now.

49ers WR Michael Crabtree (5-68-0 with nine targets) has improved every game and is a factor for the first time. He's talented, so he's worth stashing on your roster. But don't start him until we see consistency and how his foot handles the stress of playing every week.

Jaguars WR Mike Thomas (5-73-0 with 11 targets) had a respectable game and this is what you should expect from him going forward with ups and downs. His numbers will go the way of rookie QB Blaine Gabbert's arm. Thomas has one touchdown this season and is a matchup play. As the No. 1, he'll see the most targets and opportunities.

Redskins WR Jabar Gaffney (4-62-0 with four targets) has to be the steadiest player in the league. Over the past three weeks, he's averaging six targets for 4.7 receptions, 61.3 yards but no touchdowns. He's worth a matchup play as a one-week pickup but also can offer depth, as well, on your roster. He makes a great complementary receiver to No. 1 Santana Moss.

Steelers WR Antonio Brown (5-67-0 with 10 targets) gets it done every week. In three weeks, he's averaging eight targets for 4.3 receptions but a solid 69.7 yards. He has yet to score but he's a flex-position player on your roster. Hines Ward (1-19-0 with four targets) no longer has fantasy relevance as an every-week player. He's merely depth for bye weeks or injuries at this point in his career.

Rams WR Brandon Gibson (1-14-0) had his first game with less than 50 yards. The Rams continue to regress and the poor play of QB Sam Bradford is having a direct effect. Danario Alexander (3-46-0 with eight targets) has 23 targets the past three weeks while Mike Sims-Walker (1-6-0 with six targets) has 23 but neither player has been able to turn those targets into quality numbers. They have potential but none of them are roster-worthy outside the largest leagues.

Cowboys WR Laurent Robinson (7-116-0 with 10 targets) came through for the team with Miles Austin (hamstring) out until after the bye week. Robinson has talent but just can't stay healthy. He's also buried on this team behind Austin and second-year WR Dez Bryant (3-37-2), who had a solid two-touchdown game despite not being fully healthy himself.

What does it say about the Vikings' wide receivers when the team's leading pass catchers are two tight ends? Percy Harvin (5-42-0) continues to disappoint but still manages just enough for flex-position consideration and it's only a matter of time before he scores. Michael Jenkins (1-1-1) has two touchdowns but has no real value based on the team's poor play. His only good game was in Week Three (9-88-0).

At what point do the Bears move away from WR Roy Williams (1-15-0), who had another poor outing? He has no value and can be waived, as his best game was in Week One (4-55-0). The wheels fell off Dane Sanzenbacher (1-16-0), whose two-week TD run came to an end. As the slot receiver in the Bears' offense he will have a weekly role but he will be inconsistent.  

Congrats to Browns WR Brian Robiskie (3-25-0), who has no fantasy value but caught his first passes of the season.

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