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Ryan Broyles: Lions WR Is Smart Waiver-Wire Pickup with Titus Young on Bench

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - NOVEMBER 11:  Ryan Broyles #84 of the Detroit Lions makes a move against the Minnesota Vikings on November 11, 2012 at Mall of America Field at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Andy Clayton KIng/Getty Images)
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Ian HanfordFeatured ColumnistNovember 19, 2012

Ryan Broyles couldn't make a chance for himself in the Detroit Lions' wide receiver rotation, but he's benefited from Nate Burleson's broken leg in the past couple of weeks.

Expect his production to increase even more on Thursday.

According to Detroit Free Press reporter Dave Birkett, Titus Young will be inactive for Thursday's game versus the Houston Texans:

Young was sent home from the Lions’ practice facility today and coach Jim Schwartz said he will not play in Thursday’s Thanksgiving game against the Houston Texans as punishment for repeated on-field issues that culminated in Sunday’s loss to the Green Bay Packers.

That basically leaves Broyles, Mike Thomas, Kassim Osgood and Brian Robiskie to handle the load next to All-Pro target Calvin Johnson.

If you're a fantasy owner who is seeking a short-term waiver-wire pickup for your lineup next week, jump all over this. As good as Johnson is, he can't do it alone.

Broyles has only 15 catches this season, but he fits perfectly next to Johnson. Because of his ability to work underneath the defense, Broyles allows Johnson to stretch the field vertically. That maximizes the potential of Detroit's passing attack, making it completely versatile.

Granted, the options are much fewer, and that may not help the team earn wins, but it will help fantasy owners. Broyles will receive more targets than the three that he's picked up in the last two weeks, giving owners a better chance at cashing in on his value.

It's hard to tell how long this will be in effect. Young could be back soon, but he's also been in trouble enough times that this could have a longer impact. This makes Broyles an even more viable pickup. 

No one will mistake Broyles for the most-talented player, but he's a perfect complementary option to a star. He has great hands, sound instincts and understands how to find the soft spot in a defense.

Waiver-wire pickups are difficult to come by right now in most fantasy leagues. With slim pickings available, owners must survey the entire situation.

You're not going to find a better opportunity than this. Broyles plays in a pass-happy offense without any receivers.

Someone has to catch the football.

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