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Replacing Hernandez

Tuesday, September 18, 2012


Wide Receivers

Austin Collie, Colts - Coach Chuck Pagano keeps expecting Collie to be “full go,” but team doctors advised the concussion-prone receiver to sit out one more week. Collie makes for a fine roster stash because he’s slated to be an every-down receiver and potential fantasy WR3 once he does receive the green light to play. That could come as early as this week versus the Jags. Collie is owned in less than a quarter of Yahoo leagues; he should be owned in all of them.

Recommendation: Should be owned in all leagues.

Greg Little, Browns - Cleveland’s offense was downright frisky versus a shaky Bengals defense in Week 2. Although Mohamed Massaquoi led the team with 90 yards, Little is the superior fantasy play going forward. He’s going to be Brandon Weeden’s top target and should be owned in more than 48 percent of Yahoo leagues.

Recommendation: Should be owned in 12-team leagues.

Brian Hartline, Dolphins - Despite missing offseason practice and all of training camp, Hartline has already emerged as Ryan Tannehill’s go-to receiver. Don’t go crazy with expectations, however. The Dolphins’ passing attack is still suspect and Hartline was working over Raiders backup CB Patrick Lee in Week 2. He has a much tougher matchup versus the Jets this week.

Recommendation: Should be owned in 12-team leagues.

Donnie Avery, Colts - A major part of the Colts’ game plan with Austin Collie out, Avery took two handoffs and was targeted frequently on bubble screens and quick slants versus the Vikings. Although his fantasy value is dependent on Collie’s status, Avery is worthy of a roster spot after leading the team in targets, receptions and yards in Week 2.

Recommendation: Worth a look in 12-team leagues.

Julian Edelman, Patriots - Edelman was the surprise starter opposite Brandon Lloyd in Week 2, playing over Wes Welker in two-receiver sets. With Aaron Hernandez sidelined, both Edelman and Welker are in line for steady snap-counts. Edelman won’t be a top red-zone option, but he should have value in PPR formats.

Recommendation: Worth a look in PPR leagues.

Damaris Johnson, Eagles - Dealing with a painful hip flexor injury, Jeremy Maclin’s status is touch-and-go for the second straight week. He’s not expected to practice Wednesday. If Maclin doesn’t play at Arizona, Johnson would fill in opposite DeSean Jackson. Undrafted out of Tulsa, Johnson showed flashes of playmaking ability in training camp and preseason action. He’s only an option in deeper leagues.

Recommendation: Worth a look as an injury replacement.

Andrew Hawkins, Bengals - Hawkins got our attention with his speed and quickness in racking up eight receptions versus the Ravens in Week 1. Although his playing time was scaled back while the Bengals nursed a Week 2 lead, he still managed to find the end zone versus the Browns. We expect Cincinnati to be playing from behind more often than not this year. In which case, Hawkins has a shot at PPR value.

Recommendation: Worth a look in PPR leagues.

Golden Tate, Seahawks - Seattle wasted no time in plugging Tate back in for Braylon Edwards at split end. Although the box score doesn’t show it, the Seattle Times called Tate the “most explosive player not named Marshawn Lynch” in Week 2. Tate isn’t going to have reliable fantasy value in the Seahawks’ run-first offense, but he’s worth a look in deeper leagues.

Recommendation: Worth a look in deeper leagues.

Watch List: Jerome Simpson, Armon Binns, Jon Baldwin, Leonard Hankerson

Simpson returns from suspension in Week 4 to add another playmaker to an offense that could have surprising fantasy potential in October and beyond. … Binns is playing the majority of the snaps opposite A.J. Green. … Baldwin was more involved at Buffalo after going underground in Week 1.

Cut Bait: Kevin Ogletree, Randy Moss, Andre Roberts, Josh Gordon, Rod Streater, Braylon Edwards, Doug Baldwin

Ogletree saw just one target versus the Seahawks. It remains to be seen whether he’s a one-game wonder or not, but he can’t be counted on to produce week-in and week-out. … Moss is playing just 20 snaps per game. … The passing games in Arizona and Seattle don’t support more than one fantasy 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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