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Championship Week Dregs

Tuesday, December 18, 2012


Wide Receivers

Jacoby Jones, Ravens - Torrey Smith’s Week 16 status is in doubt after sustaining a concussion in last week’s game. Should Smith sit out, Jones would likely enter the starting lineup opposite Anquan Boldin against a Giants defense allowing the fourth-most fantasy points to opposing receivers. Jones would be just a borderline top-40 option if he draws the start.

Recommendation: Worth a look in deeper leagues.

Riley Cooper, Eagles - What he’s lacked in catches and yards, Cooper has made up for in touchdowns since DeSean Jackson went down for the season. Cooper is fantasy’s No. 41 receiver over the past three weeks -- right behind Roddy White and Hakeem Nicks -- on the strength of two touchdowns. Those in touchdown-heavy leagues may want to give him a spin in plus matchups versus the Redskins (second-most points allowed to receivers) and Giants (fourth-most) the next two weeks.

Recommendation: Worth a look in deeper leagues.

Brandon Gibson, Rams - The return of Danny Amendola didn’t cool down Gibson, who recorded his second straight six-reception game in Week 15. Those in deeper PPR formats may want to give him a long look this week, as the Rams are facing a Bucs defense that allows the most fantasy points to opposing receivers.

Recommendation: Worth a look as a matchup play.

Rod Streater, Raiders - The undrafted rookie out of Temple is fantasy’s No. 15 receiver over the past three weeks, pacing the Raiders in yards in all three games. Although Streater has yet to take over the No. 1 receiver role from Denarius Moore, he’s earned Carson Palmer’s trust. He’s not going to be a recommended WR3 option against a Panthers defense allowing just the 27th-most fantasy points to wide receivers. The same defense shut down a piping hot Danario Alexander in Week 15.

Recommendation: Worth a look in deeper leagues.

Greg Little, Browns - Playing his best ball of the season, Little has averaged 70 yards from scrimmage on seven targets per over the past three games. This week’s matchup in Denver is a tough one, as Champ Bailey and Chris Harris limited Torrey Smith and Anquan Boldin to one total catch in Week 15.

Recommendation: Worth a look in deeper leagues.

DeVier Posey, Texans - Faced with the undeniable fact that they need more firepower in the passing game, the Texans promoted the athletic third-round rookie to a timeshare with Kevin Walter opposite Andre Johnson. “What has taken place over the period of the last month is a young player who has really stepped up,” explained coach Gary Kubiak, “so we’re going to give him more opportunities to help us.” Posey is more of an option in deep keeper leagues formats than redraft leagues.
 
Recommendation: Worth a look in deeper leagues.

Leonard Hankerson, Redskins - Hankerson was the primary beneficiary of Kirk Cousins’ spot start, hauling in two touchdowns for 56 yards at Cleveland. Unfortunately, he saw just three targets. Desperate owners can pick him up in hopes that lightning strikes twice if Cousins gets another start, but Hankerson remains a long shot for WR3 value.

Recommendation: Worth a look in deeper leagues.

Dwayne Harris, Cowboys - Taking over third receiver duties from Kevin Ogletree, Harris caught four passes for 46 yards against the Steelers in Week 15. The boxscore may not be impressive, but Harris’ run-after-catch ability was. If Dez Bryant encounters a setback with his fractured finger, Harris would have WR3 value in attractive matchups versus the Saints and Redskins.

Recommendation: Worth a look in deeper leagues.

Watch List: Nate Washington, Braylon Edwards, Deion Branch

Washington could see an increase in snaps and targets with Kendall Wright sidelined by a cracked rib. … Edwards is the Jets’ new No. 1 receiver, which means he’s without reliable value in fantasy leagues. … Branch could see full-time snaps in the season finale if the Patriots rest their starters for three quarters.


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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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