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Tuesday, November 30, 2010




Wide Receivers

Jacoby Ford, Raiders - Three weeks after tying Tim Brown's Raiders rookie record with 306 all-purpose yards, Ford exploded for a franchise rookie record 329 all-purpose yards against the Dolphins. The rookie is more than just an explosive returner, however. Ford has topped 100 yards in two of his past three games, making circus catches look routine. The Raiders may have finally stumbled on their new Cliff Branch, and they didn't have to use the No. 7 overall pick in the draft to find him. Beat writer Steve Corckran expects a far more productive Ford to take Darrius Heyward-Bey's starting spot "as soon as this week."

Recommendation: Should be owned in 12-team leagues

Danario Alexander, Rams - Look who's back. Now healthy after a mid-season knee scope, Alexander proved to be the most dynamic threat in the Rams' passing attack in his first game back. Alexander's talent is legitimate enough that the Rams are a far more explosive team when he's in the game. That's the rub, though. Alexander led the team with 95 yards at Denver, but he played only 20 snaps. I'd like to see that number above 30 before I trust him as a weekly fantasy option. For now, he's once again a high-upside stash.

Recommendation: Should be owned in 12-team leagues

Ben Obomanu, Seahawks - Obomanu has increased his yardage totals in five successive games, the last three as a starter. The former special teamer has emerged as Matt Hasselbeck's first reliable downfield target since Nate Burleson left. Obomanu's ability
to be "sudden in short coverage, get into windows, and use timing to make plays" leaves him as a viable WR3 option for the stretch run. Keep in mind for this week, however, that the Panthers' allow just the 30th-most fantasy points to opposing receivers.

Recommendation: Should be owned in 12-team leagues

Legedu Naanee, Chargers - Vincent Jackson's calf injury, Antonio Gates' early exit, and Malcom Floyd's hamstring injury left Naanee as Philip Rivers' top target against the Colts. Not much will change on the injury front this week, so Naanee and Seyi Ajirotutu have a shot to start against a Raiders pass defense held back by a gimpy Nnamdi Asomugha.

Recommendation: Worth a look in 12-team leagues

Davone Bess, Dolphins - Chad Henne is back! Bess had vanished from the Dolphins' aerial attack in back-to-back games started by Chad Pennington and Tyler Thigpen. With Henne's return, Bess posted a season-high 111 yards on six receptions. His three-game TD streak at mid-season was a fluke, however, so he remains a far better option in PPR leagues.

Recommendation: Should be owned in PPR leagues

Brian Hartline, Dolphins - Hartline took a backseat to Davone Bess in Week 12, but he still managed to hit 70 yards for the fourth straight game. His role and has been steadily increasing for six weeks, and he remains a good bet for five catches and 75 yards with Brandon Marshall expected to sit out this week's game against the Browns.

Recommendation: Worth a look in 12-team leagues

Eddie Royal, Broncos - A viable WR3 option for the first month of the season, Royal failed to top 40 yards between Weeks 5 and 11. He's coming off his highest targets, receptions, and yards since early October, though it's important to note that 57 of his 74 yards last week came on three catches in one garbage-time drive. Royal is worth adding as a WR5 stash in the Broncos' pass-heavy offense, but he's not going to be a weekly starter.

Recommendation: Worth a look in 12-team leagues

Earl Bennett, Bears - Let's not go crazy after his two-touchdown performance against the Eagles. The two scores bring his career total to five on 86 receptions, and he remains an option only in PPR leagues. Bennett can be picked up to see if his rapport with Jay Cutler continues to grow, but there's always a risk of a 20-yard dud in a given week.

Recommendation: Worth a look in PPR leagues

Louis Murphy, Raiders - Murphy won't be a starting option this week against the league's best defense and second-best pass defense at San Diego. He's back to full health though, coming off a 73-yard performance against the Dolphins, and facing the Jaguars' leaky secondary in Week 14. Murphy is only a deep-league option at this point.

Recommendation: Worth a look in deeper leagues

Mohamed Massaquoi, Browns - The most talented member of the Browns' passing game has been an afterthought all season, but there have been signs of life the past two weeks. Massaquoi has averaged eight targets the past two weeks after failing top six targets all season. His best chance for downfield production comes with Jake Delhomme under center, and it looks like the veteran will get the call again in Week 13. Massaquoi is a longshot, but he's worth stashing in deeper leagues.

Recommendation: Worth a look in deeper leagues

Long-Term Fliers: Seyi Ajirotutu, Golden Tate, Laurent Robinson

"Tutu" is worth a look once again with Vincent Jackson expected to miss two weeks and Malcom Floyd's hamstring continuing to hold him back. … Robinson would be a candidate for a late-season breakout if not for the presence of Danario Alexander.

Cut Bait: Kevin Walter, Jacoby Jones

The Texans are only throwing to Andre Johnson, Arian Foster, and Joel Dreessen over the past month.

Hold Off Brian Robiskie, Devery Henderson, Jordan Shipley, Jordy Nelson, David Nelson


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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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