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Know Your Running Backs

Tuesday, November 27, 2012


Wide Receivers

Pierre Garcon, Redskins - Owned in just over half of Yahoo leagues thanks to a disappointing output in his Week 11 return, Garcon needs to be picked up in all leagues where he’s available. Robert Griffin III’s only consistent threat in the passing game threw up a 5/93/1 line at Dallas, out-running the defense on a sensational 58-yard touchdown. Garcon escaped the game without a setback and looked “good” in Monday’s practice. He has a shot at reliable WR3 value in the fantasy playoffs.

Recommendation: Should be owned in all leagues.

Ryan Broyles, Lions - The rookie started on Thanksgiving, playing 81-of-91 snaps versus the Texans en route to six catches for 126 yards on 12 targets. The Detroit Free Press believes Broyles has already bypassed knucklehead Titus Young on the depth chart for good. With a Wes Welker skill-set, Broyles has a fair chance to maintain WR3 value the rest of the way as Calvin Johnson draws coverage away.

Recommendation: Should be owned in 12-team leagues.

T.Y. Hilton, Colts - Ex-scout Daniel Jeremiah credits Colts GM Ryan Grigson for hitting a homerun with the third-round steal. Hilton scored on a punt return and an 8-yard pass, leaving him as fantasy’s No. 12 receiver over the past five weeks. The rookie speedster is worthy of WR3 consideration against the Lions’ shaky secondary in Week 13.

Recommendation: Worth a look in 12-team leagues.

Brandon Stokley, Broncos - Stokley is fantasy’s No. 20 receiver over the past three weeks and No. 32 over the past five. He’s never going to threaten the century mark, but Peyton Manning’s trusted slot receiver has topped 40 yards in five of the past six games. Week 13 brings a matchup against a Bucs defense that has allowed the second-most fantasy points to receivers and the most passing yards in the league.

Recommendation: Worth a look as a matchup play.

Julian Edelman, Patriots - In addition to breaking off a 47-yard run, Edelman has scored on a 56-yard pass, a 22-yard fumble return, and a 68-yard punt return in the past two games. Although that playmaking ability makes him worthy of a look in deeper leagues, Edelman remains hard to trust as a weekly fantasy play. He ran just nine routes versus the Jets in Week 12.

Recommendation: Worth a look in deeper leagues.

Mohamed Sanu, Bengals - With defenses using gunner-coverage on A.J. Green near the end zone, Sanu has beaten his man for four red-zone scores in his past three games. Unfortunately, he’s topped 30 yards in a game just once all season. It’s fair to wonder if his targets will take a hit when lightning-quick slot receiver Andrew Hawkins returns from his knee injury. Sanu is going to be hard to trust as a starter outside of touchdown-heavy leagues.

Recommendation: Worth a look in deeper leagues.

Dwayne Harris / Cole Beasley - If Miles Austin (hip, hamstring) and Kevin Ogletree (concussion) sit out versus the Eagles’ burnable secondary, Harris will be worth a look in standard-scoring leagues and Beasley in PPR formats. The situation is murky, however. Austin expects to “do something” in Wednesday’s practice and Ogletree believes he will be cleared as well. I would hold off on adding Harris and/or Beasley until later in the week.

Recommendation: Worth a look in deeper leagues.

Chris Givens, Rams - Out of the doghouse following his one-game suspension, Givens consistently gained separation against the Cardinals and benefited from Sam Bradford’s willingness to attack down the field. The one caveat is that Danny Amendola (heel) played just seven snaps. If Amendola returns to practice this week, Givens’ fantasy upside takes a sizable blow.

Recommendation: Worth a look in deeper leagues.

Watch List: Damaris Johnson, Mario Manningham, Jeremy Kerley, Jarius Wright, Tiquan Underwood

Johnson is the backup to DeSean Jackson, who is out for the season with broken ribs. As badly as the Eagles have struggled through the air, Johnson is merely a deep-league option. … The 49ers passing game is a crapshoot from week-to-week, but it’s worth noting that Manningham looked more explosive at New Orleans than he has all season. … Kerley can’t be trusted on a weekly basis until he’s back to full health. … Wright’s value hinges on Percy Harvin’s availability. … Don’t bother with Underwood. He had career-highs across the board because the Falcons completely ignored him to focus on stopping Doug Martin, Vincent Jackson, and Mike Williams.

Cut Bait: Titus Young, Kendall Wright, Nate Washington, Darrius Heyward-Bey, Emmanuel Sanders

Young may have lost his starting job to Ryan Broyles for the rest of the season. … Wright and Washington are exactly the kind of low-upside WR5 options that should be dropped for high-upside RB handcuffs such as Robert Turbin or Bernard Pierce. … Ditto DHB. … Sanders’ value is on the wane with Antonio Brown due back in Week 13.


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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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