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Tuesday, November 06, 2012


Wide Receivers

T.Y. Hilton, Colts - Donnie Avery never returned to last week’s game after exiting with a hip pointer. Interim coach Bruce Arians has deemed Avery a game-time decision for Thursday's bout at Jacksonville. If Avery sits out altogether, Hilton takes on viable WR3 value against the Jaguars’ injury-depleted secondary with Andrew Luck playing at a high level and unafraid to take chances down the field. If Hilton takes advantage of the opportunity, it’s conceivable that he would leapfrog an underwhelming and inefficient Avery for the No. 2 role.

Recommendation: Should be owned in 12-team leagues.

Darrius Heyward-Bey, Raiders - DHB has at least six targets and 70 yards in two of the past three games as Denarius Moore begins to draw extra defensive attention outside the numbers. He’s fantasy’s No. 23 receiver over that span. The Raiders figure to continue to lean heavily on the pass with a shaky defense and major injuries at running back.

Recommendation: Should be owned in 12-team leagues.

Danario Alexander, Chargers - Looking for a Week 10 deep sleeper? With No. 1 receiver talent and octogenarian knees, Alexander makes for an intriguing dice roll against a Bucs defense that has allowed the third-most fantasy points to opposing receivers. Coach Norv Turner promised that Alexander would remain a “big part” of the Chargers offense regardless of Robert Meachem’s (hamstring) health. Expect DX to draw a second straight start this week.

Recommendation: Worth a look as a matchup play.

Ryan Broyles, Lions - After finding the end zone or topping 50 yards in all three games since replacing Nate Burleson in the slot, Broyles has been fantasy’s 21st-ranked receiver over that span. The Lions No. 2 offense can support a second fantasy receiver beyond Calvin Johnson, and Broyles figures to trade big weeks with Titus Young going forward. Detroit’s 50:50 pass/rush touchdown split is likely to swing toward the pass in the second half of the season considering the nature of the offense.

Recommendation: Should be owned in 12-team leagues.

Emmanuel Sanders, Steelers - Coach Mike Tomlin suggested Antonio Brown (mild high ankle sprain) is “very much in doubt” for Week 10.  We suspect the Steelers will take the conservative route against the doormat Chiefs this week. With Brown out of the lineup last week, Sanders played heavy snaps but split production with Jerricho Cotchery. He would be a shaky WR3 option if he draws the Week 10 start.

Recommendation: Worth a look as an injury fill-in.

Michael Floyd, Cardinals - The rookie has run more than 70 percent of the Cardinals’ pass routes the past two games, racking up 18 targets. Floyd has already overtaken Early Doucet for the third receiver role, and coach Ken Whisenhunt confirmed he will continue to see increased snaps going forward. He’s purely a deep-league option, as he’s not going to bypass Andre Roberts in the pecking order.

Recommendation: Worth a look in deeper leagues.

Golden Tate, Seahawks - With dangerous run-after-catch ability, Tate has a similar skill-set to fantasy studs Percy Harvin and Randall Cobb. He picked up 21 rushing yards on two carries and found the end zone twice versus the Vikings in Week 9. Tate can’t be viewed as a reliable weekly option due to Seattle’s run-heavy offense, but there’s WR3 potential here if the coaches make it a point to get the ball in his hands going forward.

Recommendation: Worth a look in deeper leagues.

Davone Bess, Dolphins - Miami’s No. 2 receiver is on pace for a respectable 76 receptions and a career-high 966 yards, but he’s been limited to PPR formats without a touchdown. Bess has been targeted at least nine times in four of the past five games and draws a Titans defense that has allowed the 11th-most fantasy points to opposing receivers.

Recommendation: Worth a look in deeper leagues.

Andrew Hawkins, Bengals - “Baby Hawk” hasn’t cleared 50 receiving yards or scored a touchdown in the past five games. He’s the Bengals most dangerous player with the ball in his hands, though, and could be in line for an increased role as the team continues its search for a legitimate playmaker opposite A.J. Green. Hawkins’ seven targets versus the Broncos were his most since Week 5.  

Recommendation: Worth a look in deeper leagues.

Watch List: Alshon Jeffery, Justin Blackmon, Laurent Robinson, Greg Little, Donald Jones, Mohamed Sanu, Marvin Jones, Leonard Hankerson, Josh Morgan

Although Jeffery was reportedly aiming for a Week 10 return, coach Lovie Smith recently said the receiver is still expected to be out “awhile.” … Blackmon and Robinson face a Colts defense allowing the sixth-most fantasy points to opposing receivers. … Little continues to start opposite Josh Gordon. … Stevie Johnson is expected to play through his deep thigh bruise, limiting Jones’ upside in a nice matchup. … The Bengals could turn to rookies Sanu and Jones with Brandon Tate and Armon Binns struggling opposite A.J. Green. … Hankerson and Morgan are the best bets to emerge as the Redskins’ No. 1 receiver if Pierre Garcon is shut down for the season.

Cut Bait: Robert Meachem, Aldrick Robinson, Dexter McCluster, Devin Hester, Earl Bennett, Armon Binns, Jerome Simpson


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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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