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Tuesday, September 01, 2009




Wide Receivers

Davone Bess: The beat writers all are over Brian Hartline as the starter, but Dolphins coaches have delayed a final decision and are saying only that they want one of the receivers to step up. Greg Camarillo (ACL surgery) is obviously not ready for a significant early-season role, and Brian Hartline would be a poor bet to hold onto the job even if he started in Week 1. Bess can contribute in PPR leagues out of the slot. If he manages to sneak into the starting job, he'll have value in all leagues.

Justing Gage / Kenny Britt:Kerry Collins has established a nice rapport with the veteran Gage, who has scored in each of the past two preseason games. Without the dominant presence of Albert Haynesworth, the Titans won't be able to take the air out of the ball with a clock-killing running game all season. Expect to see an increase in passing attempts, with Gage and hot-shot rookie Britt as the early-season benefactors.

Laurent Robinson: Robinson has quietly led the Rams in receptions and yardage through three preseason games and will enter the season as the No. 2 receiver. Donnie Avery's return limits Robinson's immediate value, but don't forget that Robinson flashed both deep speed and possession skills of his own late in his rookie season. Now that he's earned the starting job, fantasy owners can't count on him as injury-filler as well as a roster stash with potential.

Tight Ends

Zach Miller: Despite finishing sixth among tight ends with 778 yards last season, Miller's current ADP is round 13. He's flying under the radar because he plays for the Raiders, and last year's low touchdown total kept him from joining the elite fantasy tight ends last season. Miller had just one trip to the end zone last season – a statistical anomaly. If he can increase that to just five this year, he has a legitimate shot at Top-5 production.

Brent Celek: Another tight end currently going in the 13th round, Celek has the position all to himself in Philly with L.J. Smith gone and hotshot rookie Cornelius Ingram out for the season. Celek's upside has been well documented with a 131-yard performance in Week 6 spot-start last year and a playoff run that saw him record the third-most catches in NFL history for a tight end. He'll be a major cog in the 2009 Eagles offense.

Jermichael Finley: If preseason is any indication, the Packers are going to live in the red zone this season. There will be scoring opportunities aplenty for the whole offense, and Aaron Rodgers is already looking to Finley as a primary weapon in the end zone. The talented second-year player has carried over his impressive work from the offseason and is now the primary pass-catching tight end in Green Bay.


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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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