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Tuesday, November 29, 2011


Wide Receivers

Johnny Knox, Bears - After a quiet start, Knox is averaging a 3.5/121/1 over the past two weeks. According to Pro Football Focus, Knox played 56 of 70 snaps opposite Roy Williams (64) while Earl Bennett played 47 in Week 12. Devin Hester was limited to return duties. Knox’s 10 targets were a season-high while also leading all Bears receivers. He spent time with Caleb Hanie on the second-team offense in training camp and preseason action, and there was an obvious rapport there against the Raiders. Knox is the one Bears receiver I’d want to own going forward.

Recommendation: Should be owned in 12-team leagues.

Riley Cooper, Eagles - While Jason Avant is worth a look in PPR formats, Cooper is the preferred Eagles pickup in standard-scoring leagues. Jeremy Maclin (hamstring, shoulder) was absent from Tuesday’s practice, which bodes poorly for his chances of playing on a short week with a Thursday night game. Averaging 73 yards the past two weeks, Cooper is line for one more start against Seattle this week.

Recommendation: Worth a look in 12-team leagues.

Doug Baldwin, Seahawks - Nursing his second concussion in three weeks, Sidney Rice is a long shot to play against the Eagles in Week 13. Since Big Williams hasn’t even been a top-100 fantasy receiver this season, it falls on Baldwin to pick up the slack in the receiving game. The impressive rookie led the team with 10 targets and 60 yards against the Redskins. Fantasy’s No. 39 receiver through 12 weeks, Baldwin should be Tarvaris Jackson’s No. 1 read versus Philly.

Recommendation: Worth a look in 12-team leagues.

Greg Little, Browns - We figured it was coming. Little finally found the end zone in Week 12 after entering the game with 42 catches -- tops among rookie receivers. Colt McCoy’s go-to receiver has seen at least eight targets in four of the past five games while topping 50 yards in three straight. He’s a low-upside WR3 in 12- and 14-team leagues going forward.

Recommendation: Worth a look in 12-team leagues.

Damian Williams, Titans - Williams’ yardage totals have been all over the map, but he’s emerged as Matt Hasselbeck’s favorite red-zone target with touchdowns in three of the past four games. He’s averaging 7.25 targets over the past month, as well, so there could be staying power here as a WR4/5 option.

Recommendation: Worth a look in deeper leagues.

Malcom Floyd, Chargers - If only he could stay healthy. Floyd cleared 100 yards in two of three games before going down with a hip injury in Week 8. Reportedly looking “limber and fast” in pre-game drills last week, Floyd is expected to resume practicing this week. His return should push Vincent Brown back into the No. 3 role. Floyd has plus matchups on the horizon against a Jaguars team minus its two top corners in Week 13 and the Bills in Week 14.

Recommendation: Worth a look in deeper leagues.

Chaz Schilens, Raiders - In a bit of irony from the football gods, Schilens and Louis Murphy were the two young, athletic Raiders receivers to enter Week 12 fully healthy. Schilens drew eight targets while leading the wideouts in receiving. Should Jacoby Ford (foot) and Denarius Moore (ankle) miss another week, Schilens could be worth a roll of the dice at Miami in deeper leagues.

Recommendation: Worth a look in deeper leagues.

Brad Smith, Bills - Coach Chan Gailey confirmed that Smith will remain the starter opposite Stevie Johnson after a 4/77/1 line in his first substantial action at wide receiver last week. Smith falls into the category of a Joshua Cribbs or Devin Hester, though, and we’ve learned not to trust returner/gadget players on a weekly basis. Week 12 will likely go down as his best game of the season.

Recommendation: Worth a look only in the deepest of leagues.

Watch List: Brandon LaFell, Emmanuel Sanders, Jordan Norwood, Danario Alexander, Jarett Dillard

Keep an eye on LaFell. According to Pro Football Focus, he played 62 snaps last week compared to 34 for a banged-up Legedu Naanee. If that change becomes official, LaFell is worthy of a pick in 14-team leagues. … Sanders has to separate from Hines Ward before he hits the radar again. … Norwood is worth a look in PPR leagues, but I’d make him show it again. … Alexander should regain his starting job from Brandon Gibson now that he’s healthy. … Dillard is quietly keeping up with Mike Thomas and Jason Hill the past three weeks, gaining a modicum of attention in deep Dynasty leagues.

Hold Off: Jason Avant, Harry Douglas, Brian Hartline, Lavelle Hawkins

Avant can be added in PPR formats, but we’ve seen this routine under four different Eagles QBs now. He blows up for one game in comeback mode, then totals 25 yards the next week. … Julio Jones was still on the field on the fourth quarter, a sign that he’ll be active again in Week 13. … Hartline is never a good bet to top 50 yards. … Hawkins is the Titans’ No. 3 receiver.

Cut Bait: Braylon Edwards, Jerome Simpson, Brandon Gibson, Michael Jenkins, Jerricho Cotchery

Edwards is moving in slow motion while playing through a shoulder injury. … Simpson is a tease. … Gibson is about to lose snaps to Danario Alexander. … Already slow, Jenkins is now banged up. … Cotchery tumbled back to fifth on the depth chart last week.


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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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