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Revving up Rashad

Tuesday, October 23, 2012


Wide Receivers

Jeremy Kerley, Jets - Over the past three weeks, Mark Sanchez’s new go-to receiver is top-10 in yards (238) and top-15 in targets (26) and receptions (15). Sanchez called Kerley a “special talent” after last week’s 120-yard effort at New England. Kerley is developing into a complete receiver, playing both outside and in the slot while showing punt-returner caliber playmaking ability after the catch. In weighing Kerley versus Titus Young, I would give the edge to the former for consistency reasons.

Recommendation: Should be owned in all leagues.

Titus Young, Lions - Playing through knee soreness, Young has been one of fantasy’s biggest disappointments this season. Before Nate Burleson’s broken leg, Young had only topped 20 yards in the game that featured his Hail Mary touchdown to send the game to overtime. Taking over as an every-down receiver, Young reeled in 6-of-8 targets for 81 yards at Chicago. If Young is over the knee pain -- and he appeared to move well while starting over Burleson Monday night -- he has WR3 potential while operating against single coverage opposite Calvin Johnson. The Lions offense may not be clicking, but there’s plenty of regression potential if Matthew Stafford can straighten out his mechanics in the second half of the season.

Recommendation: Should be owned in all leagues.

Ryan Broyles, Lions - The NCAA’s all-time receptions leader, Broyles is finally near full health after tearing his ACL last November. He was able to get off the press at the line versus the Bears, is a polished route runner, has great hands and can make plays after the catch. In addition to his 12-yard touchdown, Broyles was also the target on Matthew Stafford’s end-zone interception. With Calvin Johnson drawing so much defensive attention, the slot should be ripe for Broyles’ picking in the second half of the season. Broyles’ upside is higher than Young’s in PPR formats, and he should be cheaper to acquire this week.

Recommendation: Should be owned in 12-team leagues.

Josh Gordon, Browns - Thanks to a 22.2 catch percentage in Week 7, Gordon now trails only Justin Blackmon for worst catch percentage among starting wide receivers. Gordon’s catch percentage is certainly affected by Brandon Weeden’s sixth-worst accuracy percentage. On a positive note, the two have shown a penchant for connecting on big plays down the field. Even with the Browns receivers getting back to full health, Gordon has done enough to remain Weeden’s No. 1 target. Just don’t expect every-week consistency from the raw rookies.

Recommendation: Should be owned in all leagues.

Darrius Heyward-Bey, Raiders - Nearly a month removed from his scary concussion, DHB finally looked like himself again in Week 7. Heyward-Bey led the Raiders with 85 yards and drew an end-zone pass interference penalty that set up the game-tying touchdown. Although he remains behind Denarius Moore in the pecking order, Heyward-Bey should be owned more than 50 percent of Yahoo leagues.

Recommendation: Should be owned in 12-team leagues.

Chris Givens, Rams - Givens led Rams receivers with 87 yards on five targets and one rushing attempt versus the Packers. For the fourth consecutive week, Givens produced a 50-yard pass play, this time on a screen pass. His four plays of 50+ yards lead all NFL receivers. If ever there was a week to roll with the play-making rookie, it’s against a Patriots secondary allowing the eighth-most fantasy points to opposing receivers.

Recommendation: Worth a look as a matchup play.

Leonard Hankerson, Redskins - With Pierre Garcon out of the lineup, Hankerson led Redskins receivers in snaps (69), targets (8), catches (6) and yards (70) versus the Giants in Week 7. Garcon is tentatively expected to rest through the Week 10 bye, leaving Hankerson as Robert Griffin’s top receiver against the Steelers and Panthers the next two weeks.

Recommendation: Worth a look in 12-team leagues.

Santana Moss, Redskins - While Pierre Garcon nurses a foot injury, it may seem like Moss has ascended to the No. 1 receiver role with an average stat line of 3/64/1 over the past three weeks. A closer look reveals that Moss was on the field for just 17-of-71 snaps (23.9 percent) as the third receiver versus the Giants. Leonard Hankerson played 69-of-71 snaps and doubled Moss’ targets. It makes more sense to roster Hank going forward.

Recommendation: Worth a look in deeper leagues.

Cecil Shorts, Jaguars - Laurent Robinson (concussions) has no timetable for a return, leaving Shorts as the starter opposite an ineffective Justin Blackmon. Shorts saw a season-high 10 targets at Oakland, producing a 4/79/1 stat line that does not include an offensive pass interference penalty and an overtime lost fumble that thwarted the Jaguars’ chances of winning. Shorts can be rostered in deeper leagues, but Jacksonville’s passing game is always going to be hit-or-miss.

Recommendation: Worth a look in deeper leagues.

Watch List: Jerome Simpson, Kevin Walter, Brian Quick, Mohamed Sanu

Simpson has a nice matchup against a Bucs secondary that was torched for 300+ yards and four TDs in the first half last week. … Walter has topped 50 yards just twice this season. … Quick is finally seeing the field, but he’s yet to play more than 20 snaps in a game. … With Marvin Jones injured, Sanu will likely ascend to the starting lineup if Armon Binns isn’t back for Week 8.

Cut Bait: Devery Henderson

Lance Moore is back to full health, and the Saints “feel good” about Jimmy Graham’s status for Week 8. Henderson had just three targets versus the Bucs and will struggle to top that figure with Moore and Graham back.


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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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