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Tuesday, October 09, 2012


Wide Receivers

Randall Cobb, Packers - Cobb’s ownership has dropped to 60 percent in Yahoo leagues after frustrating fantasy leaguers in Weeks 2 and 3. He played his highest snap-count of the year in Week 5, though, and has topped 65 yards in three of five games. At Indy, Aaron Rodgers had a perfect 158.3 passer rating on throws to Cobb, who continues to flash Percy Harvin-like ability after the catch. As long as Greg Jennings (groin) is out of the lineup, Cobb is a viable WR3 fantasy play. Once Jennings returns, Cobb should still be rostered while we wait to see how coach Mike McCarthy uses his unique talent.

Recommendation: Should be owned in all leagues.

Jeremy Kerley, Jets - Matchups guru Evan Silva continues to be impressed by Kerley’s ability to get open and make defenders miss after the 2011 fifth-rounder gave Johnathan Joseph all he could handle Monday night. With three of five games over 65 yards, Kerley is easily the Jets receiver to own now that Santonio Holmes is out for the season. Mark Sanchez’s crew will be playing from behind for the majority of the season, so there’s potential for garbage-time stat padding as well.

Recommendation: Worth a look in 12-team leagues.

Robert Meachem, Chargers - Philip Rivers and Meachem finally got their timing down with a two-touchdown performance in the Big Easy after just missing on a bomb in Week 4. Meachem was targeted just four times versus the Saints, however, and has been shut out of the boxscore completely in two of five games. He’s a hit-or-miss fantasy play, but can be rostered to see if his rapport with Rivers continues to grow.

Recommendation: Worth a look in 12-team leagues.

Darrius Heyward-Bey, Raiders - DHB has been medically cleared from his concussion and resumed practicing during the bye week. He had fallen behind Denarius Moore in the pecking order before the injury, but is worthy of a roster spot if the Raiders can get their aerial attack back on track coming out of the bye. Nearly a 1,000-yard receiver a year ago, Heyward-Bey is now owned in less than 50 percent of Yahoo leagues.

Recommendation: Worth a look in 12-team leagues.

Kendall Wright, Titans - The NFL’s leading rookie receiver is owned in just a third of Yahoo leagues. Wright has topped the Titans in receptions for three consecutive games and currently resides in the top-20 among all receivers with 27 catches. Tennessee has a tough matchup versus the Steelers this week, and Wright’s role figures to decrease once Kenny Britt (ankle) returns to full health. 

Recommendation: Worth a look in PPR leagues.

 

Josh Gordon, Browns - The rookie second-rounder caught just two of his eight targets versus the Giants, but they both went for touchdowns. Although coaches have been talking up an increased role for Gordon, he still played fewer snaps than drop-prone Greg Little in Week 5. It’s not clear yet if Gordon will continue to start once Mohamed Massaquoi returns from a hamstring injury. We suspect Gordon is still another year away from consistent fantasy value. 

Recommendation: Worth a look in deeper leagues.


Rueben Randle, Giants - Playing Hakeem Nicks’ “X” receiver role, the talented second-rounder got open versus the Browns at will for 82 yards on six receptions. His fantasy viability is entirely dependent on the health of Nicks (knee, foot) and Ramses Barden (concussion). If the veterans return to game action this week, Randle will head back to the bench. If they both sit out again, Randle is worthy of WR3 consideration at San Francisco.

Recommendation: Worth a look in deeper leagues.

Chris Givens, Rams - Stop me if you’ve heard this one before. Givens is a rookie receiver with straight-line speed but a limited understanding of the NFL route tree. He led all Rams receivers in snaps versus the Cardinals and is expected to replace Danny Amendola as the starter opposite Brandon Gibson, with Steve Smith or Austin Pettis operating out of the slot. Givens will be an inconsistent fantasy play going forward.

Recommendation: Worth a look in deeper leagues.

Watch List: Jordan Norwood, Vincent Brown, Golden Tate, Brandon Gibson, Steve Smith (STL), T.Y. Hilton, Michael Floyd

I need to see Norwood do it again before I use a roster spot on the Browns’ slot receiver. … Brown is worth monitoring, but he’s not guaranteed to start upon his return. … Tate is playing well, but it hasn’t resulted in consistent fantasy numbers in Seattle’s run-heavy offense. … Keep an eye on Gibson and Smith to see if one of the veterans can replace Danny Amendola as Sam Bradford’s go-to receiver. … Hilton has averaged 8.5 targets the past two games.

Hold Off: Devery Henderson, Devin Hester, Earl Bennett

A perennial tease, Henderson is entering his bye week after a 123-yard explosion versus the Chargers. He had just 74 yards in four games before that. Lance Moore gets an extra week to rest his hamstring, leaving Henderson as an iffy fantasy play in Week 7. … The Bears join the Saints on bye this week. Neither Hester nor Bennett has ever been a consistent fantasy asset in their careers. Leave them for another owner in your league.

Cut Bait: Alshon Jeffery, Randy Moss, Leonard Hankerson, Dexter McCluster, Laurent Robinson

Jeffery is not worth carrying for 4-6 weeks. … Moss is the 49ers’ fourth receiver. … Hankerson played fewer than 10 snaps after Josh Morgan returned to the starting lineup. … McCluster has disappeared since Week 1. … Robinson has already been ruled out for Week 6.


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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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