Chris Wesseling

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Prospects Gone Wild

Tuesday, December 22, 2009




WIDE RECEIVERS

Josh Morgan, 49ers – Let's face it: the wide receiver options are pedestrian at best this week. Morgan isn't going to blow up for 100+ yards, but fantasy owners may be surprised to learn that he's cleared six catches in three of the past four weeks with a touchdown in two of his past three games. Morgan ranks as the No. 28 fantasy receiver in the spread offense over the past three weeks, and the matchup couldn't be better with the Lions' league-worst secondary coming to town in Week 16.

Recommendation: Should be owned in all leagues

Mike Wallace, Steelers – We've pointed out multiple times this season that Wallace is more than just a deep threat, and he proved it last week with a tight sideline catch in the end zone to win an instant classic in Pittsburgh. For fantasy purposes, though, Wallace remains dependent on the long touchdown. The Ravens lost their fastest corner, Lardarius Webb, to an ACL injury, so the matchup is right for Wallace to do some damage in Week 16. Hines Ward reportedly had a setback with his hamstring injury, so Wallace could be in line for more action than expected.

Recommendation: Worth a look in deeper leagues

Deon Butler, Seahawks – As expected, Butler and Deion Branch split production with Nate Burleson out last week. While the rookie continues to show potential, Branch only proved that he's washed up. Branch was targeted on three of Matt Hasselbeck's four picks and generally let 10 targets go to waste. Though Butler was held to just three catches for 30 yards on six targets against the Bucs, the speedy playmaker has earned a longer look the final two weeks.

Recommendation: Worth a look in deeper leagues

Demetrius Williams, Ravens – The good news is that Williams has emerged as a much-needed deep threat for Joe Flacco, culminating in a 4-71-1 performance against the Bears. The bad news is that Mark Clayton and Kelley Washington both expect to return for the Steelers game this week. Williams can't be trusted in Week 16, but he could be an option next week at Oakland if he can keep Clayton at bay.

Recommendation: Worth a look in deeper leagues

Greg Camarillo, Dolphins – The No. 35 fantasy wide receiver over the past three weeks, Camarillo hasn't reached the end zone all season, so he's only an option in PPR leagues. Bypassing Davone Bess as Chad Henne's go-to option, Camarillo has been targeted at least seven times in each of the past three games, averaging five catches for 72 yards. He's a viable WR3 in PPR leagues this week.

Recommendation: Worth a look in PPR leagues

Malcom Floyd, Chargers – Floyd surprisingly led the Chargers with nine targets last week, with Philip Rivers looking for him on deep balls. San Diego's No. 2 receiver hasn't been below three catches in the past six games, so owners don't have to worry about a goose egg. The flip side is that he hasn't cleared 85 yards or found the end zone over the same period. Floyd is only an option for desperate owners in deep leagues.

Recommendation: Worth a look in deeper leagues

Keeper League Specials:

James Jones / Jordy Nelson, Packers – Donald Driver's future is up in the air with a $3 million roster bonus in March on top of a $4 million salary for 2010.

Early Doucet, Cardinals – If Anquan Boldin is traded this offseason, Doucet moves into the Steve Breaston role.

Laurent Robinson, Rams – One of my favorite early-season waiver targets will be healthy and likely starting in 2010.

Chaz Schilens, Raiders - Schilens is plenty talented. If the Raiders land a legit NFL quarterback this offseason, he could break out next year.

Brandon Tate, Patriots – The Patriots are in desperate need of a No. 3 receiver. If Tate is fully healthy in 2010, he could fill the void while maintaining value in return yardage leagues.

Cut Bait

Steve Breaston - Hasn't been a fantasy factor since Boldin returned to full health over a month ago.

Devin Aromashodu - Targeted 10 times but caught just two passes in Chicago's woebegone passing attack.

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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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