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No Free Fall for Felix

Tuesday, October 16, 2012


Wide Receivers

Donnie Avery, Colts - A player with 8+ targets in every game should be owned in more than 15 percent of Yahoo leagues. Avery hasn’t made plays with any kind of consistency, but his 47 targets are in the top-25 among NFL receivers. With Joe Haden shadowing Reggie Wayne this week, Avery could be a sneaky matchup play against a defense that has allowed the second-most fantasy points to opposing receivers.

Recommendation: Should be owned in 12-team leagues.

Stephen Hill, Jets - Returning from a hamstring injury, Hill played just 18 snaps versus the Colts, posting a 3/23/1 line. With another week to get closer to full health, Hill will soon vie with Jeremy Kerley for the No. 1 receiver role on a team likely to rack up garbage-time production the rest of the way. Hill is a risk/reward fantasy play against a Patriots defense allowing the fifth-most fantasy points to opposing receivers.

Recommendation: Worth a look in 12-team leagues.

Josh Gordon, Browns - The rookie has shown the ability to sprint past defenders on go routes with a pair of deep touchdowns the past two weeks. The matchup is right this week against a Colts defense that has allowed the seventh-most fantasy points to opposing receivers, but keep expectations fairly low going forward. Gordon has yet to catch more than three passes in a game and was targeted on just four of Brandon Weeden’s 29 attempts in Week 6.

Recommendation: Worth a look in 12-team leagues.

Chris Givens, Rams - The speedy rookie has pulled off the rare feat of hauling in a catch of at least 50 yards in three consecutive games. Givens has led Rams receivers in snaps in back-to-back games and offers more play-making ability than fellow starter Brandon Gibson. While we can't count on a deep touchdown every week, Givens is the Rams receiver with the most fantasy upside until Danny Amendola (clavicle) returns.

Recommendation: Worth a look in deeper leagues.

Julian Edelman, Patriots - If the Patriots are following the Aaron Hernandez pattern, Edelman (hand) should have a chance to play this week versus the Jets after returning to practice last week. He was playing in two-wide sets over Wes Welker early in the season, though the latter’s streak of four consecutive 100-yard games likely cements his status as the No. 1 receiver. Edelman could pick up extra playing time, however, if Brandon Lloyd’s shoulder injury causes him to miss time.

Recommendation: Worth a look in deeper leagues.

Santana Moss, Redskins - The Redskins are making an effort to increase Moss’ role with Pierre Garcon hindered by a painful toe injury. His upside is low because the Redskins don’t have volume in the passing game, and Moss doesn’t play full-time snaps. As long as Garcon misses game action, though, Moss is the best bet to lead Redskins receivers in production.

Recommendation: Worth a look in deeper leagues.

Domenik Hixon, Giants - Back to full health, Hixon is locked in as the No. 3 receiver after making a series of tough catches at San Francisco in Week 6. With Hakeem Nicks clearly playing at less than full strength, Hixon could be the second-most targeted receiver again in an ideal matchup versus a Redskins defense allowing the most fantasy points to opposing receivers.

Recommendation: Worth a look in deeper leagues.

Devery Henderson, Saints - Henderson was coming off his first 100-yard game since Week 2 of the 2011 season as the Saints entered the bye week. Although Lance Moore’s hamstring should be close to full health, we don’t have a good read on Jimmy Graham’s ankle sprain. If either player misses practice this week, Henderson has value as a bye-week fill-in versus the Bucs.

Recommendation: Worth a look as a bye-week fill-in.

Watch List: Derek Hagan, Brandon Gibson, Mario Manningham, Vincent Brown

Hold off on Hagan for now. Darrius Heyward-Bey may have been held without a catch, but he led Raiders receivers in snaps at Atlanta. … I need to see Gibson do it again; he’s never been a playmaker. … Manningham’s Week 6 performance was fluky; the Giants concentrated on taking away Vernon Davis and Michael Crabtree, forcing Manningham and Randy Moss to beat them. … Brown isn’t yet ready to practice and won’t play before Week 9. He’s an option only in deep leagues.

Cut Bait: Greg Little, Titus Young, Ramses Barden, Rueben Randle, Chaz Schilens

Arguably the NFL’s least effective starting receiver, Little has been held under 20 yards in four of six games. … Young may be just as bad, topping 20 yards just once all season. … Barden and Randle are afterthoughts in the offense as long as Hakeem Nicks and Domenik Hixon are healthy. … Schilens has fallen down the depth chart with Stephen Hill back in the lineup.


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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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