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Tuesday, November 09, 2010




Wide Receivers

Nate Burleson, Lions - As long as Shaun Hill can get healthy enough to play, Burleson has trends and matchup working in his favor this week. In four games (two each with Hill and Matthew Stafford) since returning from his ankle injury, Burleson has averaged eight targets, six receptions, and yards while totaling three TDs. He's a hot WR3 candidate traveling to Buffalo for a matchup against a the league's most generous defense at 29.1 points allowed per game.

Recommendation: Worth a look in 12-team leagues

Mike Thomas, Jaguars - Thomas gets the same matchup alert that set Seyi Ajirotutu off last week. The Texans have allowed a whopping 28.1 fantasy points to opposing wide receiver this season. Marcedes Lewis and Mike Sims-Walker are always better bets for touchdowns, but Thomas could end catching seven or eight balls this week. He's a top 35 option even in standard scoring leagues.

Recommendation: Worth a look in as a matchup play

James Jones, Packers - After a Week 8 disappearing act, Jones finally came through with the 8/123/1 breakout game against the Cowboys. While Donald Driver is expected to use the bye week to put the nagging quadriceps injury behind him, there's a risk of re-injury -- especially with an aging receiver. Jones may not be a viable WR3 candidate at Minnesota in Week 11, but he's worth picking up as a high-upside stash.

Recommendation: Worth a look in 12-team leagues

Blair White, Colts - Blair has already set to takeover fourth receiver duties with Anthony Gonzalez once again out of the picture. After Austin Collie's ugly concussion in Week 9, there's now a strong chance that he'll take over slot duties for this week's matchup against the Bengals.

Recommendation: Worth a look in 12-team leagues

Louis Murphy, Raiders - Murphy promises that he'll be good to go coming out of the Raiders' Week 10 bye. With the Oakland offense showing signs of life for the first time in years, there's value to be had in the Raiders' top receiver. Murphy was unquestionably the top choice early in the season, but he may have to hold off Jacoby Ford starting this week. There's still some breakout potential here.

Recommendation: Worth a look in 12-team leagues

Seyi Ajirotutu, Chargers - Ajirotutu responded to last week's "matchup alert" with 111 yards and two touchdowns at Houston. Those in shallow leagues will want to pass on Tutu this week with the Bolts on bye and Malcom Floyd, Vincent Jackson, and Legedu Naanee set to return shortly thereafter. There is some question as to whether Floyd's hamstring will be ready for Week 11, so Tutu could end up worthy of a one more start before V-Jax debuts in Week 12.

Recommendation: Worth a look as a matchup play

Jacoby Ford, Raiders - Coach Tom Cable ought to re-think his inclination to stick with Jason Campbell. The Raiders won because of Ford and in spite of Campbell in Week 9. The speedster's talent shone through in a series of clutch catches late in the game and overtime, but it's worth asking if those circus catches and bombs can be repeated. It's also highly questionable as to whether he will remain a starter with Louis Murphy (lung) due back after the bye. The talent is real, but the situation is murky at best. Ford is only a WR5/6 statsh for now.

Recommendation: Worth a look in deeper leagues

Nate Washington, Titans - I'm not convinced that Washington has the skill-set to advantage of Randy Moss' presence the way Wes Welker and Percy Harvin have done. Washington is more of a deep threat, and he doesn't exploit the middle of the field. If Moss is eased into the offense, though, Washington could end up leading the team in targets at Miami this week. He's a high-risk WR3 option.

Recommendation: Worth a look as bye-week fill-in

Bernard Berrian, Vikings - Berrian is coming off season highs of 11 targets, nine catches, and 89 yards after Brett Favre passes for a career-high 446 yards in the Vikings' comeback win over the Cardinals. It's nice to see Berrian making good on that $43 million contract for one game, but he's going to be a risky play going forward with Sidney Rice (hip) set to return this week or next.

Recommendation: Worth a look in deeper leagues

Brandon Gibson, Rams - Gibson has averaged six targets per over the past four games compared to three for Laurent Robinson. With Danario Alexander coming off a knee scope, Gibson is the Rams' best bet as a matchup play against the 49ers and Falcons the next two weeks. For now, he's only a deep-league option.

Recommendation: Worth a look in deeper leagues

Long-Term Fliers: Earl Bennett, David Nelson, Laurent Robinson, Chaz Schilens, Brian Hartline

Bennett is worth a look in PPR leagues. ... Nelson is the likely replacement for Roscoe Parrish in the slot. ... Robinson and Schilens are injury-riddled wild cards. ... I'm still not buying Hartline as an acceptable WR3 candidate.

Cut Bait: Darrius Heyward-Bey, Wes Welker, Kevin Walter, Brandon Tate, Deion Branch, Roy Williams, David Gettis, Anthony Gonzalez, Devery Henderson, Roscoe Parrish, Golden Tate

DHB is outplayed by whichever receiver lines up on the opposite side. ... Welker can't top 50 yards without Randy Moss. He's worth dropping in deeper leagues. ... Walter hasn't caught a pass in three games. ... Tate and Branch cancel each other out. ... Gonzalez and Parrish are done for the season.

Hold Off Mohamed Massaquoi, Arrelious Benn, Jordy Nelson, Greg Camarillo, Michael Jenkins

The Browns don't use their receivers enough for Massaquoi to be a breakout candidate. ... Benn is still getting just one target per week. ... Nelson is on bye. ... Camarillo is still no better than fourth on the depth chart. ... Jenkins isn't worth picking up with Roddy White (knee) expected to play Thursday.


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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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