Chris Wesseling

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Tuesday, October 18, 2011


Wide Receivers

Michael Crabtree, 49ers - We recommended Crabtree as a top waiver addition two weeks ago, but he still remains unowned in nearly half of all CBSSports.com leagues. While seeing three times as many targets (15) as the next closest receiver last week, Crabtree also doubled his snap count to 52 on his way to a season-high nine receptions. He should be good for reliable WR3 production as Alex Smith’s No. 1 target coming out of the Week 7 bye.

Recommendation: Should be owned in all leagues.

Greg Little, Browns - Still owned in just a third of CBSSports.com leagues after being elevated to the starting lineup last week, Little came through with six receptions, 72 yards, and a near-touchdown on 12 targets against Raiders. Colt McCoy is on pace for a record 694 pass attempts, and Little is locked in as his No. 1 receiver the rest of the way.

Recommendation: Should be owned in all leagues.

Danario Alexander, Rams - Newly acquired Brandon Lloyd figures to lead the receivers in snaps going forward, leaving Alexander to battle Brandon Gibson and Mark Clayton on the other side with Greg Salas in the slot. Alexander had already moved past Gibson and should hold off Clayton, fresh from the PUP list. DX saw 10 targets on a season-high 66 snaps against the Packers, clearing 90 yards for the second time in four games.  

Recommendation: Worth a look in 12-team leagues.

Demaryius Thomas, Broncos - Eric Decker is the top receiver in Denver following the Brandon Lloyd trade, but he’s already owned in roughly 90 percent of CBSSports.com leagues. As Pro Football Focus’ Mike Clay points out, Tim Tebow is a high risk/high reward passer with a low completion percentage but plenty of yards and touchdowns. Thomas is a major health risk coming off Achilles’ tendon surgery, but his ceiling is even higher than Decker’s if he can get close to recapturing pre-injury form. He’s a classic boom-or-bust roster stash.

Recommendation: Worth a look in 12-team leagues.

Arrelious Benn, Buccaneers - It looks like he’s finally back to 100 percent after rehabbing a torn ACL in the offseason. Benn will be hit-or-miss all season, but he’s the lone big-play threat in Tampa right now. He caught a 65-yard touchdown against the Saints and had another long score overturned against the Colts two weeks ago. Stash him in deeper leagues.

Recommendation: Worth a look in deeper leagues.

Greg Salas, Rams - After a nightmare performance on Monday Night Football early in the season, Salas took advantage of a second chance in the slot with eight receptions for 77 yards on 10 targets against the Packers. Touchdowns will be scarce in this offense and Salas will lose a few targets to Brandon Lloyd, but he’s certainly worth a look in PPR formats.

Recommendation: Worth a look in PPR leagues.

Doug Baldwin, Seahawks - As we pointed out last week, the Seahawks have found their long-term slot receiver. One of the most highly sought after undrafted free agents, Baldwin has been called Bobby Engram with speed.” He carries more value with Charlie Whitehurst under center, and the Seahawks are preparing Whitehurst to start against a Browns defense missing Joe Haden this week.

Recommendation: Worth a look as a bye-week solution.

Steve Breaston, Chiefs - Breaston racked up eight catches, 141 yards, and two scores in the two games heading into the Chiefs’ bye. If he remains available, he’s worth a look as a top-40 option this week against the Raiders.

Recommendation: Worth a look as a bye-week solution.

Damian Williams, Titans - Williams scored in each of the two games heading into the Titans’ Week 6 bye, and he led the team in targets in Week 5. He’s worth stashing as a WR5 for matchup purposes during the bye-week crunch.

Recommendation: Worth a look in deeper leagues.

Watch List: Braylon Edwards, Mark Clayton, Eddie Royal, Dane Sanzenbacher

Edwards is due back from knee surgery after this week’s bye. … Clayton’s path to fantasy value just got blocked by Brandon Lloyd. … Royal is the third most attractive Denver receiver in a run-oriented offense. … Sanzenbacher’s snaps are still too inconsistent.

Hold Off: Jerome Simpson, Naaman Roosevelt, Jason Hill, Devin Hester

Simpson was merely the latest receiver to exploit Colts CB Jacob Lacey. His own head coach was unsatisfied with his performance in a 100-yard game. Don’t chase those points. … Roosevelt saw just two targets while playing fewer wide-receiver snaps than C.J. Spiller. … Hester is dealing with a chest injury while coming off his best game in two years. … Hill is a mirage.

Cut Bait: Robert Meachem, Lance Moore, Harry Douglas, Antonio Brown, Jason Avant, Austin Collie, Ted Ginn

Three Saints receivers played more snaps than Meachem in Week 6 after he led the group in snaps the week prior. He and Moore have been remaindered while Jimmy Graham, Marques Colston, and Darren Sproles hog the targets. … Douglas did little to impress with Julio Jones out. … Brown’s targets are on the wane. … If you chased Avant’s Week 5 points, it’s time to cut the fish loose. … Collie may well be a better receiver than Pierre Garcon, but Curtis Painter doesn’t see it that way.


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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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