Wide Receivers to Add
Percy Harvin, Seattle Seahawks
We are going to play him atop this list, but there are a few problems with this:
Harvin is owned in all but 18 percent of CBS Sports leagues, so he might not be an option for most of you.
Harvin was activated to the practice roster Monday, which starts his PUP-list clock that could run for as long as three weeks. The Seattle Times' Bob Condotta speculates the Seahawks might try to get him active as soon as next Monday's game against the woebegone Rams. That is wishful thinking, and it is likely Harvin will be limited, if he plays.
- The Seattle receiving corps tends to be difficult to trust week to week. Harvin will be more trustworthy than Sidney Rice, Golden Tate, Doug Baldwin or Jermaine Kearse, but until Harvin proves to be healthy and the go-to guy for Russell Wilson, we have to assume it will be tough to trust Harvin in your starting fantasy lineup.
- The heavy bye weeks of Week 8 and 9 (six teams off in each) make it tough to stash a guy you might not be able to play. Pick him up, but don't go booking your trip to your fantasy Super Bowl because Harvin is returning to practice Tuesday.
Harry Douglas, Atlanta Falcons
We said Matt Ryan is going to make do with what he has, and Douglas proved to be plenty to work with. Douglas was the go-to receiver against a good Bucs secondary, rattling off seven catches for 149 yards and a touchdown. He will remain a starter and a viable fantasy option even if Roddy White (hamstring/ankle) is able to practice later this week.
Put your full faith in Douglas in a pass-effective offense going forward, regardless of White's status.
Jarrett Boykin, Green Bay Packers
It turns out we shouldn't have been so stubborn here. Boykin, with eight catches for 103 yards and a touchdown, was a revelation for the receiver-needy Packers, and he should rate as a must-add even if James Jones (knee) is able to practice this week.
The Packers will be without Jermichael Finley (neck), who suffered a "significant injury," according to Tyler Dunne of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. This will leave Boykin as a productive No. 3, if not a No. 2, as a target for one of the most proficient offenses in football. Add, if not start, him in all leagues.
Jeremy Kerley, New York Jets
Geno Smith continues to prove productive, and Kerley has to be considered his No. 1 receiver as long as Santonio Holmes (hamstring) is banged up. That latter point is the most important: Holmes is always banged up. Even if Holmes returns, Kerley has ingrained himself as a functioning part of the Jets' passing attack. Consider him a useful piece during the bye season at the very least.
Darrius Heyward-Bey, Indianapolis Colts
T.Y. Hilton becomes Andrew Luck's primary receiver with Reggie Wayne (knee) out for the season, but DHB scored Sunday night and can be a functional No. 2 in an offense that can keep up with anyone's. The performance against Peyton Manning and the Broncos showed that. DHB is a solid receiver with a huge opportunity before him.
He could really ignite for fantasy owners going forward—if only he wasn't on bye in Week 8. Bummer.
Riley Cooper, Philadelphia Eagles
Regardless of who plays quarterback, Cooper has distanced himself from Jason Avant as the Eagles' answer when teams double DeSean Jackson with a safety over the top. Cooper is a productive member of a potentially potent offense, so consider him viable during the heavy bye weeks.
Wide Receivers to Monitor
Marvin Jones, Cincinnati Bengals
It isn't that we don't like Jones' talent; he can be a good fantasy receiver for the long term. We just know A.J. Green is going to be a high-volume leader of the receiving corps, and Mohamed Sanu, Jermaine Gresham and even rookie Tyler Eifert are going to get theirs. Jones is among that group, but he is a marginal play in Week 8 against the Jets and will be a tough guy to count on for consistency thereafter.
Eddie Royal, San Diego Chargers
He was a monster in the early part of the season and went back to the waiver wire because of an injury that plagued him. He proved healthy Sunday, but the Chargers are on bye in Week 8 and we still have to view Vincent Brown and Keenan Allen as the better options on the outside for Philip Rivers. Antonio Gates will be the seam-splitter, while Royal will work the underneath stuff.
Royal is an add for Week 9, perhaps, but not worth stashing this week.
Kendall Wright, Tennessee Titans
We have been cold on all of the Titans receivers, but Wright is the exciting one of the bunch, especially with Kenny Britt playing through injury and perhaps playing himself out of town in a contract year. Wright's nine catches for 98 yards Sunday give fantasy owners hope for him down the stretch, but he is on bye in Week 8.
A healthy and productive return of Jake Locker certainly opens the door for Wright to be a fantasy contributor down the stretch, if you can afford to stash him.
Wide Receivers to Ignore
Brandon Gibson, Miami Dolphins
He reeled in a pair of Ryan Tannehill touchdowns, but you can hardly count on the Dolphins' first two receivers, Mike Wallace and Brian Hartline, so counting on their third one is rather tough. Gibson will be one of the most over-added players in fantasy this week, but he shouldn't be starting for anyone, even during these byes.
Aldrick Robinson, Washington Redskins
He caught a deep touchdown pass Sunday, but the problem with all of the Redskins receivers is they just don't get a consistent enough number of targets in the Redskins' run-heavy, play-action passing attack. A solid run game does force safeties up and allow receivers to blow the cover off defenses, but Robinson cannot be counted on to get enough action week to week.
Mike Brown, Jacksonville Jaguars
Who? The Jags will feature Justin Blackmon and Cecil Shorts in most weeks, and even rookie Ace Sanders will get targets out of the slot in one of the weaker offenses in football. Counting on Brown to get any action going forward—even after his five-catch, 120-yard performance Sunday—is a real long shot.
Brian Quick, St. Louis Rams
We hated most of the Rams' interchangeable receiver pieces with Sam Bradford rotating through them week to week. With Bradford (knee) out for the season, we have to completely ignore all of them at this point. Against Seattle on Monday night? Forget it.