Chris Wesseling

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Spreading the Wealth

Tuesday, November 11, 2008



RUNNING BACKS

Selvin Young, Broncos - Owners with a quick-fix need should look to Peyton Hillis instead, but Young is the better pick if you can afford to wait on a stash. Once he gets healthy, Young will have no competition for carries in the backfield and could come in handy by fantasy playoff time.

Recommendation: Should be owned in 12-team leagues

Sammy Morris, Patriots - Morris is gunning for a Week 11 return after working out extensively in pre-game warm-ups this past Sunday. Despite Benjarvus Green-Ellis' emergence, Morris remains the best bet for fantasy production down the stretch in New England. The steady veteran is likely to be worked back in slowly against a stout Jets run defense, so keep him on the bench for another week.

Recommendation: Should be owned in 12-team leagues

Benjarvus Green-Ellis, Patriots - The "Lawfirm" has scored in four straight games, and the Pats made him the fulcrum of their ball control attack against the Bills. The rookie runs hard, doesn't waste steps, and looks good in short-yardage. He may have carved out a role in the offense, but Sammy Morris' imminent return will deflate his fantasy value.

Recommendation: Should be owned in 12-team leagues

Dominic Rhodes, Colts - Let's be frank here: Rhodes has looked like a better player than Joseph Addai for much of this season. It was Rhodes who was in on the final game-winning drive against the Steelers, and it seems that he's earned a tandem role at the very least. It's tough to say with any certainty, but it's quite possible that Addai aggravated his hamstring injury during the Steelers game. Rhodes is worth grabbing just in case.

Recommendation: Should be owned in 12-team leagues

Peyton Hillis, Broncos - The fullback hybrid is expected to be the Broncos primary ball carrier until Selvin Young gets healthy. He makes for a decent flex play against Atlanta this week, but beware of the Broncos relying heavily on their new empty backfield formation. Pick him up, but don't expect any miracles.

Recommendation: Should be owned in 12-team leagues

Shaun Alexander, Redskins - Clinton Portis' body is starting to feel the effects of a heavy workload, and he's considered questionable for a key division game against the Cowboys. The knee sprain puts his chances at 50-50, so Shaun Alexander and Rock Cartwright would split duties if Portis can't go. Alexander is far from a quality fantasy option, so he's not recommended as anything more than a desperation play.

Recommendation: Monitor in 12-team leagues

Cadillac Williams, Buccaneers - Just to be clear, you won't be getting the Cadillac of 2005 if he comes off the PUP list. What you will have occupying a precious roster spot is a third-stringer who has undoubtedly lost a couple of steps he couldn't afford to lose.

Recommendation: Pass


WIDE RECEIVERS

Mark Bradley, Chiefs - The former second-rounder was freely available to every team in the league after the Bears cut him last month. Bradley was plucked off the street and has given a shot in the arm to the Chiefs offense as their first viable No. 2 wide receiver in years.

It's only a matter of time before Bradley gets hurt, but he's a must-add while enjoying singe coverage opposite Dwayne Bowe and Tony Gonzalez. Targeted 14 times Sunday in the new shotgun offense, Bradley could be in for another big week with the Saints depleted secondary coming to town.

Recommendation: Should be owned in all leagues

Bobby Engram, Seahawks - Coming off his best game since Week 5, Engram stands to benefit from Matt Hasselbeck's return as much as any player in Seattle's offense. He could be a realistic WR3 in PPR leagues the rest of the season.

Recommendation: Worth a look in 12-team leagues

Josh Morgan, 49ers - Guessing 49ers receivers has been a losing game all season, but Morgan is the best bet to emerge with fantasy value the rest of the way. The talented rookie has officially supplanted Bryant Johnson as the starter and makes for a nice high upside stash.

Recommendation: Worth a look in deeper leagues

Deion Branch, Seahawks - Branch's Week 11 return dovetails nicely with Matt Hasselbeck's, but he's going to have to prove himself before fantasy owners will rely on him weekly. If he stays healthy, Branch could take over Koren Robinson's role in the offense in time for the fantasy playoffs.

Recommendation: Worth a look in deeper leagues

Jerry Porter, Jaguars - Porter won't have value unless Matt Jones' suspension finally kicks in. Jones owners may want to stash him as an emergency handcuff.

Recommendation: Worth a look in deeper leagues

Justin Gage/Brandon Jones, Titans - The Titans are going to have to pass more often with opposing defenses stacking the box and selling out against the run. Jones has overtaken Justin McCareins recently and has caught at least four passes in three straight weeks. Gage is the nominal No. 1 receiver and may not be fully healthy yet after struggling through injuries the past month. Keep an eye on the Titans receivers this week at Jacksonville to see if one emerges from the pack.

Recommendation: Monitor in deeper leagues


TIGHT ENDS

Dustin Keller, Jets - The rookie has had a larger role in the offense ever since Bubba Franks went down with a hip injury. He arrived on the scene Sunday against the Rams with six catches for 107 yards and a touchdown. Make Keller prove it again at New England this week before counting on him as a starter, but he makes for a perfect high-upside backup in the meantime.

Recommendation: Worth a look in 12-team leagues

Kevin Boss, Giants - Boss has a tough matchup against the Ravens this week, but he's starting to show more consistency. Over-hyped during last year's playoff run, the Boss-man is finally starting to make good on his promise. He's scored a touchdown and topped 30 yards in three straight games.

Recommendation: Worth a look in 12-team leagues

Billy Miller, Saints - Keep a close eye on Jeremy Shockey's ankle injury. Miller is a fantastic pass catcher with the complete trust of his quarterback. If Shockey misses this week, Miller is a legitimate TE1 at Kansas City.

Recommendation: Monitor in 12-team leagues


TEAM DEFENSE

Dolphins - With or without JaMarcus Russell, the Raiders offense is a dream matchup. Joey Porter is already salivating.

49ers - The Niners are at home against a Rams offense that can't decide on a quarterback and may have the pu pu platter at running back again. San Fran should be available on plenty of waiver wires this week.


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Chris Wesseling is a senior football editor and Dynasty league analyst for Rotoworld.com. The 2011 NFL season marks his fifth year with Rotoworld and his third year contributing to NBCSports.com. He can be found on Twitter @ChrisWesseling.
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