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Bag a few Jaguars

Tuesday, November 20, 2012


Wide Receivers

Danario Alexander, Chargers - “DX” topped our wide receiver list a week ago and was third on the list two weeks ago. He’s still owned in less than a quarter of Yahoo leagues, which tells us that fantasy leaguers are falling by the wayside by November. Installed as the starter two games ago, Alexander has already emerged as Philip Riversfavorite receiver and the Chargers’ most dangerous offensive playmaker. Only Calvin Johnson, Brandon Marshall, and Andre Johnson have more fantasy points over the past three weeks, which makes Alexander a must-start receiver for Week 12 versus the Ravens. As was always case, Alexander has difference-making ability as long as his knee holds up.

Recommendation: Should be owned in all leagues.

Justin Blackmon, Jaguars - Out of shape and still learning the NFL route tree, Blackmon spent the first half of the season struggling mightily to separate from defensive backs. With Chad Henne under center, the light finally flipped on for Blackmon against one of the league’s elite secondaries. Although quite a few smart analysts have been down on Blackmon’s NFL potential, I’m not one of them. He excels after the catch, has vice-grip hands and proved with his 236-yard breakout game that he can make plays down the field. Henne has shown a clear preference for Blackmon and Cecil Shorts this season at Laurent Robinson’s expense. Blackmon should be owned in all leagues to see if he can produce magic with the new quarterback.

Recommendation: Should be owned in all leagues.

T.Y. Hilton, Colts - Like Alexander, Hilton is owned in just 23 percent of Yahoo leagues even though he’s been high on this list the past couple of weeks. Donnie Avery’s Week 12 status is up in the air after sustaining a concussion at New England. With a pair of 100-yard games sandwiching a Week 10 goose egg, Hilton is fantasy’s No. 7 receiver over the past three weeks. He’s a viable WR3 option versus the Bills in Week 12 if Avery is held out.

Recommendation: Should be owned in 12-team leagues.

Julian Edelman, Patriots - Taking over as the starter opposite Wes Welker in two-wide sets, Edelman produced the best fantasy game of his career and his most targets (7) since his rookie season of 2009. With Rob Gronkowski out of the lineup for a month or longer, Edelman should retain a significant role in the offense. With Aaron Hernandez (ankle) due back, though, Edelman won’t be more than third or fourth option for Tom Brady. He’s more of a flex option going forward.

Recommendation: Worth a look in PPR leagues.

Ryan Broyles / Mike Thomas, Lions - Titus Young’s Week 12 suspension represents a prime opportunity for fantasy production opposite Calvin Johnson. The problem is there’s no clear winner between Broyles and Thomas. The latter is expected to start, but he’s been a drop-prone disappointment while the former has drawn praise from his quarterback. "Every time I throw him the ball, he makes a play," Stafford said of Broyles. "Maybe I should throw it to him some more. I'm sure he'd like that." I’d rather take a chance on Broyles than Thomas, but neither is going to be ranked among the top-35 receivers for Week 12.

Recommendation: Worth a look in deeper leagues.

Brandon LaFell, Panthers - LaFell led the Panthers in targets (7) and yards (93) last week, producing his best fantasy game of the season. This week brings a matchup against a reeling Eagles defense that has been highly susceptible to the big play since Todd Bowles replaced Juan Castillo as defensive boss. To put it in perspective, seven QBs had a passer rating of 120.0 or higher in 160 games under the late Jimmy Johnson. In four games under Bowles, all four QBs have reached the mark.

Recommendation: Worth a look in deeper leagues.

Brandon Stokley, Broncos - Stokley has topped 55 yards just once all season, but he’s been a top-25 fantasy receiver over the past three weeks. After dealing with the moribund Chiefs in Week 12, the Broncos face three of the 10 most generous defenses to fantasy receivers over the next month. Stokley is purely a deep-league option.

Recommendation: Worth a look in deeper leagues.

Mohamed Sanu, Bengals - The third-round rookie played as many snaps (63) as A.J. Green last week, which means he’s finally emerged as an every-down player. The Bengals have a plus matchup against a Raiders defense allowing the ninth-most fantasy points to receivers, but Sanu isn’t going to be a recommended start outside of deeper leagues.

Recommendation: Worth a look in deeper leagues.

Watch List: Plaxico Burress, Chaz Schilens, Harry Douglas, Marvin Jones

I only included Plax to make it clear that he should be ignored this week. The Steelers will struggle to move the ball, and he doesn’t know Todd Haley’s offense. His only fantasy relevance is in Vinny Testaverde’s couch league. … I wouldn’t trust Schilens even in a great matchup versus the Pats. Clyde Gates ran more routes than Schilens last week. … Douglas may be worth a look in deeper PPR formats if Julio Jones sits out. Even then, keep in mind that Douglas has never been a reliable fantasy asset when playing starter’s snaps.

Cut Bait: Titus Young, Alshon Jeffery, Santana Moss, Leonard Hankerson, Josh Morgan, Donald Jones, Brandon Gibson, Stephen Hill

Young has been suspended for Week 12 and will have to earn his way back into the coaching staff’s good graces the rest of the way. … Jeffery left Monday night’s game with a knee injury. … Moss, Hankerson, and Morgan can’t be trusted with Pierre Garcon back in the mix at wide receiver. RGIII has no go-to receiver at the moment. … Jones, Gibson, and Hill can be dumped for running back handcuffs.


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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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