Chris Wesseling

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Tuesday, December 11, 2012


Wide Receivers

Kenny Britt, Titans - Britt is owned in roughly half of Yahoo leagues, as many owners have shut it down for the season. If he’s available in your league, he needs to be rostered on the heels of a 143-yard breakout game at Indy. I wouldn’t want to trust Britt as a WR3 option against Antonio Cromartie and the Jets this week, but he’s going to be a must-start for championship week at Green Bay if he posts a second straight strong performance.

Recommendation: Should be owned in all leagues.

Dwayne Harris, Cowboys - Harris has bypassed Kevin Ogletree as Dallas’ third receiver, holding a 36-13 snap edge in Week 14. If Dez Bryant (finger) shuts it down for the season, Harris would likely play in all three-wide sets and most two-wide formations opposite Miles Austin. He has a decent matchup against an Ike Taylor-less Steelers pass defense that struggled to contain Danario Alexander last week. The schedule gets better from there, with the Saints and Redskins on the docket in the final two games.

Recommendation: Worth a look in 12-team leagues.

Kris Durham, Lions - The Lions forfeited a mid-round draft pick in the trade for Mike Thomas, only to sit him on the bench behind a practice-squad call-up in the first game without Ryan Broyles. Durham played 78-of-84 snaps in a mistake-filled game. He should continue to see plenty of targets as the starter opposite Calvin Johnson. He should have WR4 value on volume alone, though the schedule is unforgiving over the final three weeks.

Recommendation: Worth a look in deeper leagues.

Rod Streater, Raiders - With Champ Bailey tying up Denarius Moore, Streater led the Raiders in receiving for a second straight game last week -- averaging 98 yards and 3.5 catches. Streater’s inconsistent targets suggest he has a better chance to bust than boom against this Chiefs this week, so don’t put too much stock in his recent box scores.

Recommendation: Worth a look in deeper leagues.

Brandon Gibson, Rams - Don’t go overboard on Gibson’s first career 100-yard game. He was held without a catch the week before and managed just nine yards in Week 12. With Danny Amendola (heel) tentatively expected to return versus the Vikings on Sunday, Gibson is only an option in the deepest of leagues.

Recommendation: Worth a look in deeper leagues.

Riley Cooper, Eagles - If you’re going to add an Eagles receiver, make it Cooper rather than Jason Avant. Cooper has drawn an average of seven targets as the starter opposite Jeremy Maclin the past two weeks, and is a favorite target of Nick Foles in the red zone. Offering no playmaking ability after the catch, Avant is notorious for following up the rare 100-yard outburst with an air ball. In four career 100-yard performances, Avant has averaged 20 yards the following week. His Week 14 outburst was the result of picking on the league’s worst pass defense.

Recommendation: Worth a look in deeper leagues. 


Jon Baldwin, Chiefs - Don’t get your hopes up. The 2011 first-rounder is 91st in fantasy points this season, failing to top 40 yards since early October. Baldwin will see increased targets with Dwayne Bowe out of the lineup, but whatever fantasy potential he may have is mitigated by the presence of Brady Quinn at quarterback.

 

Recommendation: Worth a look in deeper leagues.

Watch List: Andrew Hawkins, Marvin Jones, Kevin Ogletree, Jordan Shipley, Louis Murphy, Michael Spurlock, Alshon Jeffery, Joseph Morgan

Hawkins and Jones are splitting production behind A.J. Green. … Ogletree should see increased snaps if Dez Bryant shuts it down, but he’s been bypassed by Dwayne Harris of late. … Shipley and Spurlock are only worth a look in deeper PPR formats. … Jeffery, Murphy, and Morgan are inconsistent deep threats.

Cut Bait: Dwayne Bowe, Emmanuel Sanders, Stephen Hill

Bowe is done for the season. … Hill like is as well. … Sanders isn’t a viable fantasy play after Mike Wallace’s Week 14 explosion.


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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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