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Tuesday, October 11, 2011


Wide Receivers

Greg Little, Browns - Little was elevated to the starting lineup Monday, and it sounds like the coaching staff worked on increasing his role during the off week. Already playing more snaps than any Browns receiver, Little is now an every-down player, moving to the slot in three-wide sets. Boasting early-career Anquan Boldin skills after the catch, the rookie is now the obvious receiver to own in Cleveland.

Recommendation: Should be owned in 12-team leagues.

James Jones, Packers - Jones is coming off a season-high 140 yards at Atlanta, and it may not be a fluke. Jones has been on the field for the majority of Aaron Rodgers’ pass attempts the past two weeks after riding the pine in the first three games. At the same time, an ineffective Donald Driver has played just one-third of the offensive snaps the past two weeks. It looks like we have a well-deserved changing of the guard at the third receiver spot. Jones could be a sneaky WR3 play in Week 6 against a Rams team without its top three cornerbacks.

Recommendation: Worth a look in 12-team leagues.

Early Doucet, Cardinals - Doucet drew a whopping 16 targets against the Vikings with Larry Fitzgerald continuing to draw double coverage. Starter Andre Roberts has played 118 more snaps than Doucet this season, but the latter has a 21/309/1 line compared to 12/125/0 for the former. With the passing game struggling, the coaching staff will have to think about making a change during the bye week. Doucet could feast on single coverage the rest of the way, though tough matchups against the Steelers and Ravens loom in Weeks 7 and 8.

Recommendation: Worth a look in PPR leagues.

Damian Williams, Titans - The 2010 third-rounder found the end zone for the second straight game while leading the Titans with 11 targets at Pittsburgh. He’s locked in as the starter opposite Nate Washington with a chance to maintain value as long as Matt Hasselbeck continues to air it out in Nashville.

Recommendation: Worth a look in 12-team leagues.

Mark Clayton, Rams - Danny Amendola is out for the season, Mike Sims-Walker is coming off a drop-filled nightmare performance, and Brandon Gibson was targeted just once in the last game. Sam Bradford is in desperate need of a reliable go-to receiver. Clayton filled that role early last season, and he’s eligible to come off the PUP list in Week 7 at Dallas. Updates have been scarce, but as of mid-September Clayton’s surgically knee was expected to be ready for action. He makes for a decent WR5 stash heading into Week 6.

Recommendation: Worth a stash in 12-team leagues.

Steve Breaston, Chiefs - I’ve been hesitant to recommend Breaston only because the Chiefs’ passing offense failed to hit 180 yards in each of the first three games. Now that Breaston has emerged as a viable second fiddle to Dwayne Bowe with eight catches, 141 yards, and two scores the past two weeks, he’s worth a look as a bench option heading into the Week 6 bye.

Recommendation: Worth a look in 12-team leagues.

Doug Baldwin, Seahawks - The Seahawks have found their long-term slot receiver. The undrafted rookie has decent size, above-average speed, and run-after-catch skills. After watching the Giants game on NFL Rewind, I’d feel much better about Baldwin as a fantasy pickup if Charlie Whitehurst remains the quarterback for a stretch of games. The two showed a nice rapport in the fourth quarter, where Baldwin did the majority of his damage. He’s going to be unreliable on a weekly basis if Tarvaris Jackson returns after the bye.

Recommendation: Worth a look in PPR leagues.

Darrius Heyward-Bey, Raiders - DHB has flirted with the century mark in back-to-back games for the first time in his career, but I need to see it again. His 115 yards in Week 4 were boosted by a long circus catch. His seven receptions for 99 yards in Week 5 were thanks in large part to Jason Allen’s huge cushion at the line of scrimmage. Feel free to add Heyward-Bey, but I’m not cutting Denarius Moore to pick him up.

Recommendation: Worth a look in deeper leagues.

Naaman Roosevelt, Bills - A hometown favorite from the University of Buffalo, Roosevelt stepped in with five second-half catches against the Eagles after Donald Jones went down with a high-ankle sprain in Week 5. Roosevelt will move into three-wide sets with Stevie Johnson and David Nelson, who was shifted outside after Jones’ injury. As we’ve noted in the past with Nelson, the slot receiver in Chan Gailey’s offense offers PPR potential.  

Recommendation: Worth a look in deeper PPR leagues.

Cut Bait: Donald Jones, Austin Collie, Jacoby Jones, Chad Ochocinco, Big Mike Williams, Devery Henderson, Preston Parker, Donald Driver, Derrick Mason

Jones is out 4-6 weeks. … Collie is a great receiver going to waste in the Colts’ two-wideout sets. … Jacoby Jones fell flat on his face in Week 5. … Ochocinco isn’t playing well or often enough to matter. … Henderson has become an afterthought in NOLA. … Parker is unreliable. … Driver and Mason are done.

Hold Off: Jason Avant, Jason Hill, Ben Obomanu, Legedu Naanee

Avant is worth a look in deeper PPR leagues, but he’s never a great bet to follow one big game with another. … Hill’s 118 yards against the Bengals were courtesy of blown coverage on a 73-yard touchdown. … Obomanu isn’t certain to keep the starting job opposite Sidney Rice. … Naanee is still missing more than he’s catching.

Watch List: Harry Douglas, Ted Ginn, Devin Aromashodu, Austin Pettis, Titus Young, Jeremy Kerley

I wouldn’t go crazy over Douglas just because Julio Jones is nursing a hamstring injury. Douglas has never proven that he can be effective on the outside. … Ginn should see increased snaps with Josh Morgan out. … Aromashodu has a chance to take Bernard Berrian’s job. … Pettis comes out of the bye as the Rams’ slot receiver. … Young continues to eat into Nate Burleson’s snaps. … Kerley could take over for Derrick Mason as the Jets’ third receiver.


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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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