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Tuesday, November 22, 2011


Wide Receivers

Santana Moss, Redskins - Moss will try to practice on Wednesday after missing a month with a hand injury. Rex Grossman is at least moving the offensive aggressively between the 20s, picking up the pace from a timid John Beck. As soon as Moss proves healthy, he’s the No. 1 option in the passing game, with attractive matchups against the Patriots and Vikings in Weeks 13 and 15.

Recommendation: Should be owned in all leagues.

Riley Cooper, Eagles - One week after losing the snap battle 60-23 versus Steve Smith, Cooper won out 66-7 while posting a 5/75/1 line against the Giants. Jeremy Maclin (hamstring, shoulder) was reportedly behind Michael Vick in rehab progress last week, leaving his status in question for Week 12 against a Patriots defense still allowing the most fantasy points to opposing receivers.

Recommendation: Worth a look as a matchup play.

Jerome Simpson, Bengals - Simpson is 33rd in fantasy points this season, but he’s managed to clear 50 yards just three times all season. More than half of his 68.2 fantasy points have come in the three games that he’s cleared 100 yards. Pick him up if you’re feeling luck, but Simpson is likely to disappoint against the Browns’ Joe Haden and the Steelers’ Ike Taylor the next two weeks if A.J. Green (knee) can’t make it back.

Recommendation: Worth a look in 12-team leagues.

Nate Burleson, Lions - Burleson has reclaimed his role as the second option in the Lions passing game heading into the Thanksgiving matchup against a Packers defense allowing the second-most fantasy points to opposing receivers. Burleson has as many receptions the past two games (15) as he had total in Weeks 3-8. Thursday’s game should have the highest over-under the NFL this week.  

Recommendation: Worth a look as a matchup play.

Greg Little, Browns - The improvement is incremental, but Little has become a more efficient receiver the past two weeks, totaling 11 receptions and 143 yards on 14 targets. The downside is that he’s yet to find the end zone with upcoming AFC North matchups against the Bengals, Ravens, and Steelers the next three weeks.

Recommendation: Worth a look in deeper leagues.

Jacoby Ford, Raiders - Ford didn’t practice last week and remains without a timetable for a return. Considered a poor man’s Steve Smith, Ford is talented enough to merit consideration as a roster stash now that the bye-week crunch is over. He could be back on the WR3 radar for matchups against the soft defenses of the Chiefs and Chargers in the final two weeks of the season.

Recommendation: Worth a stash in 12-team leagues.

Jabar Gaffney, Redskins - One of these games is not like the others. Lacking play-making ability, Gaffney hadn’t topped 70 yards or five receptions before the 7/115/1 performance against the Cowboys. With Santana Moss (hand) set to return this week or next, Gaffney will slide back into the No. 2 role. He’s still just a mediocre option for those in PPR formats.

Recommendation: Worth a look in deeper PPR leagues.

Hold Off: Joshua Cribbs, Andre Caldwell, Kyle Williams, Arrelious Benn

Cribbs is finding the end zone, but that’s not something fantasy owners can count on consistently in a putrid offense. … Williams isn’t valuable as the slot receiver in a run-dominant offense. … Benn is a classic tease.

Cut Bait: James Jones, Donald Jones, Brandon Gibson, Austin Pettis

James Jones has either zero or one reception in four of the past five games while Donald Driver’s role has increased. In fact, Randall Cobb played more snaps in Week 11. … Donald Jones is out 3-6 weeks. … Gibson is about to be passed by Clayton. … Pettis simply isn’t producing.


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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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