Chris Wesseling

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There Goes That Man Again

Tuesday, September 20, 2011


Wide Receivers

Denarius Moore, Raiders - We’ve been hyping Moore nonstop as a bonafide sleeper since the beginning of training camp, but he’s still owned in just eight percent of CBSSports.com leagues. That will change after his highlight-filled 171-yard breakout game at Buffalo. While the performance may have surprised casual fantasy leaguers, Moore’s spectacular leaping grabs have become a common spectacle at Raiders practices. Moore may not be guaranteed starters snaps every week, but his difference-making talent is undeniable. It changes the dynamics of the Raiders offense.

Recommendation: Should be owned in all leagues.

David Nelson, Bills - Rotoworld’s Evan Silva has been pounding the drums for Nelson since training camp, and the beat is getting louder after a 10/83/1 breakout game in Week 2. As Silva explains, the primary slot receiver in Chan Gailey’s offense is heavily targeted, and Nelson also has plenty of red-zone potential at 6’5” and 220 pounds. With Roscoe Parrish (ankle) out long-term and Stevie Johnson playing through a nagging groin injury, Nelson could end up as Ryan Fitzpatrick’s top receiver. The one clear advantage Nelson has over Denarius Moore is Fitzpatrick, Gailey, and the Bills’ passing attack.

Recommendation: Should be owned in all leagues.

Eric Decker, Broncos - Decker has been Denver’s best player through two weeks. A first-round talent who fell to the third due to a foot injury in 2009, Decker proved capable of filling the No. 1 receiver role with a 5/113/2 line in place of Brandon Lloyd. Even if Lloyd returns this week, as expected, Decker will continue to start with Eddie Royal (groin) out. Decker is good bet to hang on to that job long-term, but his fantasy outlook takes a hit with Lloyd returning as the top dog. While there’s plenty of upside with Decker, my concern is that he still has more future value than present.

Recommendation: Should be owned in 12-team leagues.

Nate Washington, Titans - It’s time to get adjusted to the new realities of the 2011 season. The Ravens defense had no answer for Matt Hasselbeck and the Titans aerial attack. If defenses are going to stack the box on Chris Johnson and send their best cover corner to Kenny Britt’s side, Washington has a shot at WR3 production the rest of the way. Through two weeks, he’s 18th in targets, tied for 10th in receptions, and 16th in yards among receivers.

Recommendation: Should be owned in 12-team leagues.

Kevin Ogletree, Cowboys - Ogletree’s situation is similar to Devery Henderson’s going into last week. Even with Miles Austin (hamstring) sidelined, his outlook is sketchy if Dez Bryant (quad) plays against the Redskins. If Bryant is unable to go for a second straight week, though, Ogletree would take over as the No. 1 receiver in a typically high-scoring offense. Keep tabs on Bryant’s progress later this week.

Recommendation: Worth a look as a spot starter.

Jabar Gaffney, Redskins - Through two weeks with Rex Grossman, Gaffney is 25th among receivers in targets and 31st in fantasy points -- squarely in WR3 territory. It’s hard to get excited about his upside, but Gaffney will be an ideal bye-week fill-in over the next couple of months.

Recommendation: Worth a look in PPR leagues.

Brandon LaFell, Panthers - LaFell continues to show steady improvement after a mixed rookie season, outplaying starter Legedu Naanee in each of the first two games. According to Pro Football Focus, though, Naanee has edged LaFell in snaps by an average of nearly 30 per in the first two games. LaFell certainly has the talent to flip that. Even in Cam Newton’s newly invigorated passing attack, LaFell is not going to be worthy of WR3 consideration until Naanee is out of the picture.

Recommendation: Worth a look in deeper leagues.

Danario Alexander, Rams - DX is the Rams’ version of Evan Moore. The size/speed package is a handful for any defender to cover one-on-one, but playing time issues curtail fantasy consistency. Alexander racked up 122 yards and a touchdown against the Giants Monday night on just 16-of-69 offensive snaps. With chronic knee issues, that snap count isn’t likely to climb steadily.

Recommendation: Worth a look in deeper leagues.

Titus Young, Lions - One of the reasons we were so high on Matthew Stafford this offseason was the addition of Young, who drew comparisons to DeSean Jackson in predraft workouts. As the third receiver and deep threat, he adds yet another dynamic weapon to Stafford’s arsenal. Young certainly has the talent to boom in Detroit, but he’s likely to bust most weeks with so many mouths to feed.

Recommendation: Worth a look in deeper leagues.

Cut Bait: Early Doucet, Earl Bennett, Derrick Mason, Mike Williams (SEA), Steve Breaston, Greg Salas

Doucet simply doesn’t see consistent targets. … Bennett is banged up and being out played by Dane Sanzenbacher. … Just like the end of last season, Mason can’t separate from defenders. .. Salas isn’t ready for prime time.

Watch List: Jerome Simpson, Greg Little, Steve Smith (PHI), Victor Cruz, Domenik Hixon, Emmanuel Sanders, Dane Sanzenbacher, Derek Hagan

The Bengals aren’t going to throw for 300 yards every week. Simpson picked on a defense missing its top two players in Week 2. Make him prove it again. … I still don’t understand how Smith will see enough snaps to have a fantasy impact. … Cruz and Hixon are worth monitoring if Mario Manningham (concussion) can’t play in Week 3, but there’s little separation there. … Sanzenbacher is on the radar in PPR leagues.

Hold Off: Jesse Holley, Preston Parker

Holley is purely a special teamer, who came down with the catch of his life in overtime at San Fran. Ogletree is a better pickup. … Parker has taken over as Tampa’s slot receiver, but he won’t repeat that Week 2 production.


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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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