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Tuesday, November 13, 2012


Wide Receivers

Danario Alexander, Chargers - Coach Norv Turner promised a big role for “DX,” and the former Mizzou star led the Bolts receivers in snaps and routes run on his way to a 5/134/1 bonanza at Tampa Bay. Alexander has always boasted the size/speed/hands package of a No. 1 receiver, only to be held back by the knees of an octogenarian. Alexander’s fantasy value may be week-to-week for the rest of his career, but he’s back on the radar as a WR3 for now. The Week 11 matchup is a tough one versus Champ Bailey and the Broncos.

Recommendation: Should be owned in 12-team leagues.

Cecil Shorts, Jaguars - Still owned in just a third of Yahoo leagues, Jacksonville’s No. 1 receiver is averaging 9.75 targets and a 5.25/89/0.5 stat line over the past four games. Like Golden Tate, he’s been a top-10 fantasy receiver over the past three weeks. The team’s lone playmaker until Maurice Jones-Drew returns, Shorts has a team-high 10 receptions of 20+ yards. Although Shorts has a tough matchup versus Johnathan Joseph and the Texans this week, he should be owned in all 12-team leagues.

Recommendation: Should be owned in 12-team leagues.

Donnie Avery, Colts - Avery practiced in full last week and didn’t appear to be inhibited in any way by his hip injury at Jacksonville. Still one of the 20 most-targeted receivers in the league, Avery is averaging 72 yards per over the past three weeks. He has plus matchups the next two weeks against the Patriots and Bills, both among the top 10 most generous defenses against fantasy receivers.  

Recommendation: Worth a look as a matchup play.

Donald Jones, Bills - Emerging as a weapon due this run-after-catch ability, Jones is averaging 8 targets, 5.3 receptions, and 62 yards over the past three games -- ranking in the top-25 over that span. Now 44th in fantasy points on the season, Jones has flex value versus the Dolphins and Colts -- two of the eight most generous defenses against fantasy receivers -- over the next two weeks.

Recommendation: Worth a look in 12-team leagues.

Golden Tate, Seahawks - Only seven receivers have more than Tate’s six receiving touchdowns, and he’s thrown in a passing score for good measure. The Seahawks continue to find creative ways to put the ball in Tate’s hands as their version of Percy Harvin or Randall Cobb. Tate ranks eighth in fantasy points over the past three weeks and 35th on the season. As Russell Wilson continues to improve, Tate is flirting with WR3/flex value. Be warned that he’s heading into the bye week.

Recommendation: Worth a look in 12-team leagues.

Brandon LaFell, Panthers - LaFell saw eight targets versus the Broncos, one more than top receiver Steve Smith. Cam Newton isn’t going to take seven sacks or produce eight three-and-outs this week, leaving LaFell as an interesting flier against a Bucs defense allowing the third-most fantasy points to wide receivers.

Recommendation: Worth a look as a matchup play.

Pierre Garcon, Redskins - Garcon’s ownership is down to 41 percent in Yahoo leagues, but this is the week to pick him up and give it a dice roll. Garcon will test his troublesome foot in a limited practice Wednesday, hoping to ramp up his participation level as the week goes along. We should know by Friday whether Garcon is playing versus the Eagles in Week 11 or shutting it down for the season. If it’s the former, Garcon could regain WR3 value the rest of the way. If it’s the latter, fantasy owners can dump him back on the pile and pick up another receiver for the weekend.

Recommendation: Worth a look as a speculative add.

Laurent Robinson, Jaguars - Robinson racked up a whopping 15 targets with the Jags playing from behind against the Colts last week. While he’s bypassed Justin Blackmon in the pecking order, a tough matchup looms in Week 11 at a Houston defense that could shut down Jacksonville’s offense entirely.

Recommendation: Worth a look in deeper leagues.

Emmanuel Sanders, Steelers - The good news is Sanders racked up seven targets against the Chiefs, emerging as Byron Leftwich’s go-to receiver. The bad news is that Leftwich’s go-to receiver holds little fantasy value, as evidenced by Sanders’ two catches for 30 yards versus the Chiefs. With Antonio Brown likely to miss at least one more game, Sanders will start versus a Ravens defense allowing the 17th-most fantasy points to opposing receivers.

Recommendation: Worth a look in deeper leagues.

Watch List: Jarius Wright, Alshon Jeffery, Mohamed Sanu, Michael Floyd

Wright showed explosiveness as Percy Harvin’s replacement in his debut, but the Vikings are entering the bye week and coach Leslie Frazier wouldn’t commit to having the rookie active again in Week 12. … Jeffery is aiming for a return this week, but you’re not going to start him at San Francisco with Jason Campbell possibly under center. … The Bengals are still trying to find a viable option opposite A.J. Green, and Sanu is the latest candidate. … The Cardinals are increasing Floyd’s snaps at Early Doucet’s expense.

Cut Bait: Justin Blackmon, Robert Meachem, Domenik Hixon, Mario Manningham, Brandon Gibson, Early Doucet, Kevin Ogletree, Jon Baldwin, Dexter McCluster

Blackmon wasn’t targeted until the fourth quarter last week. … Meachem has lost his job to Danario Alexander. … Hixon isn’t worth holding through the bye week. … Gibson is taking a backseat to Danny Amendola. … Baldwin and McCluster are worthless to the Chiefs and your fantasy team.


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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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