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Tuesday, December 07, 2010




Wide Receivers

Earl Bennett, Bears - The Vanderbilt connection is paying off with Bennett emerging as Jay Cutler's favorite target the past two weeks. Starting in place of Devin Hester for the first time all year, Bennett racked up career-highs in receptions (7) and yards (104) one week after his first career two-TD performance. He's flirting with legit WR3 value in Week 14 against a Patriots secondary that allows the fifth-most fantasy points to opposing wide receivers.

Recommendation: Should be owned in 12-team leagues

Jacoby Ford, Raiders - Darrius Heyward-Bey didn't see a single target against the Chargers, and he hasn't caught a pass since October. Whether or not it's official, Ford has bypassed him in the wide receiver pecking order. Easily the Raiders' most dynamic talent in the passing game, Ford makes for a high-risk, high-reward WR3 option against the soft secondaries of the Jaguars and Broncos the next two weeks.

Recommendation: Worth a look in 12-team leagues

Robert Meachem, Saints - There's no question that all Saints receivers save Marques Colston want for consistency, but Meachem has at least proven that he can contribute WR2 value if the hot streak strikes. While I'd like to see a spike in targets, Meachem has produced either 50+ yards or a score in six of the past eight weeks. He's a better fantasy play than Lance Moore, who is owned in far more leagues.

Recommendation: Should be owned in 12-team leagues

Ben Obomanu, Seahawks - Obomanu's fantasy viability is touch-and-go this week. He's only a WR3 option if Mike Williams (ankle) ends up sitting out -- which is entirely possible. With an injury that sounds like a nasty cut to the webbing of his fingers, Obomanu is questionable to play this week himself. Pick him up if you have the roster space, but know that he's far from a guaranteed fantasy play at San Francisco.

Recommendation: Worth a look in 12-team leagues

Danario Alexander, Rams - DX fell flat with just two receptions for 20 yards on seven targets against the Cardinals, but he remains the receiver to own in St. Louis. His role is increasing by the week, and he's still one of the most dangerous per-play receivers in the NFL. Keep him stashed in advance of that breakout game.

Recommendation: Worth a look in 12-team leagues

Roy Williams, Cowboys - With Dez Bryant out for the season, Williams has a chance to resurrect the old Lions connection with Jon Kitna over the final month. Looking below the surface, an Eagles defense that allows the 18th-most points to opposing receivers has also surrendered a whopping 19 receiving TDs in the last seven games. Williams won't be a top-30 option this week, but he's worth a look for those owners nursing injuries at the position.

Recommendation: Worth a look in 12-team leagues

Anthony Armstrong, Redskins - Armstrong is coming off career-highs in receptions (6) and yards (97) against the Giants, so there's definitely a point-chasing factor to consider here. He was targeted 10 times, though, with Santana Moss slowed by a hamstring injury. With shutdown corner Aqib Talib out for the Bucs, Armstrong is worth a look in the deep threat role as a desperation WR3 option this week.

Recommendation: Worth a look in 12-team leagues

Seyi Ajirotutu, Chargers - Legedu Naanee (hamstring) is a longshot to play this week, and coach Norv Turner said Monday that it's "too early to know" whether Vincent Jackson (calf) will be available against the Chiefs. If Tutu ends up starting opposite Malcom Floyd, he's worth a look in deeper leagues as a WR3 option.

Recommendation: Worth a look in deeper leagues

Mohamed Massaquoi, Browns - His value hinges on Jake Delhomme remaining the starter. Massaquoi has three straight games with at least four receptions and 50 yards, topping out at 81 yards in Week 13. If Delhomme stays under center this week, Massaquoi is a desperation WR3 at Buffalo.

Recommendation: Worth a look in deeper leagues

Long-Term Fliers: Golden Tate, Deon Butler, Brandon Gibson, Chaz Schilens

Tate and Butler could end up starting at San Fran if Mike Williams (ankle) and Ben Obomanu (hand) sit out. … Gibson is good for four catches and 50 yards a week, but Alexander offers higher upside. … Schilens is unlikely to contribute down the stretch.

Cut Bait: Devery Henderson, Eddie Royal, Brian Hartline, Brian Robiskie, Legedu Naanee, Laurent Robinson

Henderson and Royal were one-week wonders. … Hartline is banged up and losing value with Brandon Marshall returning. … Robiskie lacks any semblance of play-making ability. … Naanee re-injured his hamstring.

Hold Off: Dexter McCluster, Derek Hagan, Sammie Stroughter, Michael Jenkins


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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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