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Baldwin Brothers

Tuesday, November 01, 2011


Wide Receivers

Jonathan Baldwin, Chiefs - Drawing comparisons to Vincent Jackson as a big, physical downfield threat, the first-rounder was inactive for the first month and a half after injuring his hand in a locker room fight with Thomas Jones. Finally healthy, Baldwin put on a sensational show in front of the home crowd on Monday Night Football, adding a much-needed big-play threat to the Chiefs offense. Baldwin is in the slot for now, but the Chiefs will have to give some thought to moving him outside in a swap with Steve Breaston. Either way, the athletic Baldwin is a must-add with fantastic fantasy matchups against the Dolphins, Broncos and Patriots the next three weeks.

Recommendation: Should be owned in 12-team leagues.

Doug Baldwin, Seahawks - A top-25 fantasy receiver over the past five weeks, Baldwin has at least five receptions and 70 yards in three of his past four games. Tarvaris Jackson’s slot receiver has been fearless over the middle and offers better than advertised run-after-catch ability. With Seattle’s passing game on the rise, Baldwin should be owned in all PPR formats.

Recommendation: Should be owned in PPR leagues.

Early Doucet, Cardinals - On pace for a respectable 64/821/6 line, Doucet has made the most of his limited snaps this season. With Larry Fitzgerald drawing the coverage away, Doucet has gained WR3 value as a top-35 fantasy receiver over the past five weeks. Week 9 offers an ideal matchup against the Rams’ subpar corners, but Kevin Kolb’s turf toe injury tempers expectations.

Recommendation: Worth a look in deeper leagues.

Lance Moore, Saints - Drafted this summer as a potential WR3 sleeper, Moore has been remaindered by the emergence of Darren Sproles and Jimmy Graham. He drew a team-high 10 targets against the Rams, corralling seven of them for 74 yards. Moore is skilled enough that he’s worth a look in deeper leagues to see if he can use that performance as a springboard to PPR value.

Recommendation: Worth a look in PPR leagues.

Braylon Edwards, 49ers - Edwards returned to his starting job in Week 8 and saw seven of Alex Smith’s 24 targets. Smith doesn’t generate more than 200 yards per week in a run-oriented offense, so expect Edwards’ production to be spotty even if he does added a much-needed playmaking element on the outside.

Recommendation: Worth a look as a roster stash.

Titus Young, Lions - Young’s 66-yard performance in Week 8 was artificially boosted by blown coverage on a 41-yard touchdown. With Nate Burleson disappearing over the past month, though, the Lions could look to expand the more explosive Young’s role during the bye week. In a shot-gun heavy offense, the rookie is worth a look in deeper leagues.

Recommendation: Worth a look in deeper leagues.

Emmanuel Sanders, Steelers - Antonio Brown has emerged as the more valuable of the two 2010 draft picks, but he’s already owned in the majority of fantasy leagues. Just as talented -- if not more so -- Sanders is coming off back-to-back five-catch games as the Steelers continue to move to more of a spread look on offense. Hines Ward (ankle) is expected to practice Wednesday, and Sanders is now getting his checked out. He’s a talented roster stash going forward.

Recommendation: Worth a look in deeper leagues.

Leonard Hankerson, Redskins - The third-round rookie out of Miami saw his most extensive action of the season against Buffalo, seeing four targets. With Santana Moss out a month, Hankerson has the most ability and fantasy upside of a sorry group of Redskins receivers. There’s WR3 potential here if Hankerson can leapfrog Anthony Armstrong and Terrence Austin to start opposite Jabar Gaffney.

Recommendation: Worth a look as a roster stash.

Ben Obomanu, Seahawks - The last time the Seahawks had two 100-yard receivers in the same game was in 2004 against the Cowboys, when Darrell Jackson and Jerry Rice pulled off the feat. Obomanu made the most of his four targets in a surprise start, but Big Mike Williams (hamstring) is expected to return this week. Obomanu is a poor bet to sustain WR3 production as the third or fourth option in Seattle’s passing attack.

Recommendation: Worth a look in deeper leagues.

Watch List: Laurent Robinson, Greg Salas, Denarius Moore, Damian Williams, Earl Bennett

Robinson has my attention because he’s always been an injury-prone player with plenty of talent. Fantasy leagues just can’t count on any consistency as the fourth option in the passing game. … Salas is worth a look in PPR leagues if Bradford makes it back this week. … It wouldn’t suprise me if Moore emerges as Carson Palmer’s top receiver. … Bennett should return to his slot duties, but his ceiling is low.

Hold Off: Eddie Royal, Jason Avant

Royal isn’t going to see 13 targets again this season. … Avant will be back down below 50 yards again in Week 9.

Cut Bait: Michael Jenkins, Robert Meachem, Nate Burleson

The majority of Jenkins’ production has come in two-of-eight games. He’s not worth carrying through the bye week in 12-team leagues. … Burleson is on pace for just 500 yards.


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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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