PHI WR3 Jason Avant
20 targets over the last three weeks, but only 42 on the season. Considering how the Eagles like to spread the ball around, it can be frustrating to own any of their receivers. That being said, DeSean Jackson will likely miss some action, which should only mean more looks for an up-and-coming receiver in a pass-heavy offense.
Jason Avant has been a vacuum for the Eagles over the last three weeks and could see even more looks with DeSean Jackson likely to miss some time.
Advice: Assuming Jackson is out, he’s worth a spot start this week if you’re desperate for a WR in any 12 team+ league. He is definitely worth at least a bench spot in deep leagues and in some standard formats.
PHI WR4 Reggie Brown
Is expected to start this week against Atlanta with DeSean Jackson likely on the shelf. He could easily see six to seven targets on a team that is averaging 36 pass attempts per game and possibly more if the Eagles are trailing.
Advice: Won’t help you much once Jackson is back, so you’re better off rolling with Avant. That said, he’s not the worst one week fill-in.
WAS TE1 Fred Davis
Chris Cooley was officially placed on Injured Reserve, which means Davis is the starter for the rest of the season. Since Cooley was injured a few weeks ago, Davis has been targeted 10, four, six, three, and nine times, respectively. That is clearly a bit inconsistent, but not terrible for a tight end.
Advice: Borderline starter in 16 team leagues and should be on someone’s bench in all but shallow leagues. Considering the potential he has to catch 5-7 balls, if you’re shaky at tight end, he’s at least worth a spot as your backup.
ATL RB2 Jerious Norwood & RB3 Jason Snelling
Snelling was the main man in week 11 when Michael Turner and Norwood were out, but saw only four carries in week 12 when both were active. If Turner misses more action, you should expect Snelling and Norwood to split the carries, with Norwood seeing a heavier dose of the third down looks and Snelling carrying the ball more, primarily near the goal line. If Turner is active, Norwood will spell him and Snelling won’t see more than five looks.
Advice: Norwood’s production will be limited to no more than a few carries and several targets a game regardless of whether it’s Turner or Snelling stealing a majority of the carries and goal line looks. He’s worth a bench spot in deeper leagues and a start if you’re desperate in a PPR league and Turner is out. Snelling should be on someone’s bench in all leagues considering Turner’s health issues.
CHI WR3 Johnny Knox
Knox is probably owned in most of your leagues, but some owners have been dumping him after a poor November. He went without a score from weeks 7-11 before finally catching one in week 12. The week 12 score might prompt people to jump back on the bandwagon, but consider that he was targeted only twice in week 12 and five times the week before.
He’s made some big plays and Chicago is throwing more than all but two teams, but he’s the fourth or fifth option in the pass game most weeks and is lucky to have six balls thrown his way.
Advice: The potential is there for the rookie, but he’s too shaky to start right now. If you have room, leave him on your bench and keep an eye on the target numbers.
STL WR2 Brandon Gibson & WR3 Danny Amendola
Gibson has now been targeted a grand total of 33 times over the last three games, but only 15 of those looks were receptions and those catches were translated into only 172 yards and zero touchdowns. Amendola is back as a relevant contributor to the passing game after Keenan Burton’s season-ending injury with 15 targets for 11 catches over the last two games.
Advice: The Rams' offense has been better as of late, but it isn’t going to score touchdowns very often, which means limited value for its wide receivers not named Donnie Avery.
That being said, both are seeing a ton of looks and with looks comes production. Both are worth bench spots in deep leagues, but you shouldn’t feel comfortable with them in your starting lineup.
HOU RB2 Chris Brown & RB3 Ryan Moats
The Texans’ cloudy running back situation has taken form over the last few weeks. It appears that Brown will see most of the carries and Slaton won’t be far behind. Slaton will also be used heavily as a pass catcher out of the backfield. Ryan Moats is not being used at all and likely won’t be unless Slaton struggles or is injured.
Advice: Brown should be treated very much like Beanie Wells. He’s going to carry it 10-15 times most weeks and could score a touchdown here or there, but his value will always be limited (especially in PPR) because another back (Slaton for HOU and Hightower for ARZ) is stealing a portion of the carries and third down looks.
TEN WR2 Kenny Britt
Vince Young and the rookie Britt seem to be developing some chemistry and that could bode well for Britt’s stock going forward. He’s been targeted by Young 16 times over the last two weeks and has responded with 11 catches for 170 yards and two scores.
Britt should continue to see a respectable amount of looks over the next few weeks, but two things will consider to hinder Britt’s stock. (1) Justin Gage is still out with a back injury and could return and take back his starting job soon. (2) Tennessee is throwing the ball only 22-25 times a game most weeks now that Young is behind center. The 43 pass attempts in week 12 are not something you can expect to see going forward.
Advice: Britt is definitely worth a roster spot in deep leagues, but you shouldn’t feel comfortable with him as a starter in a your standard 12 team league.
PIT WR3 Mike Wallace
Wallace has caught only three balls total over the last three games with the lowlight of his season coming in week 12 when Dennis Dixon failed to connect with him on any of the four passes thrown his way.
Advice: Although the rut started while Roethlisberger was behind center, it is not time to give up on Wallace. The Steelers will continue to throw his way five to seven times a game, which has been enough for him to put up decent numbers. He’s not someone you want as a No. 1 or No. 2 WR, but he’s a respectable third option in most leagues.
CLE WR1 Mohamed Massaquoi & WR2 Chansi Stuckey
Massaquoi (20 targets over the last two weeks) and Stuckey (14) seem to have earned the trust of Brady Quinn, who has thrown their way a ton over the last two weeks. Stuckey has been more consistent, with five catches and a score in week 11 and four catches in week 12, while Massaquoi went from five catches, 115 yards, and a score in week 11 to only one catch in week 12.
Advice: Massaquoi is Quinn’s No. 1 option, which gives him at least some value in most formats. He’s not the worst you can do in 16 team leagues, but his production is too volatile to be starting him in 12 teamers. Stuckey seems to be developing chemistry with his new quarterback, but don’t expect much more than a few looks and catches each week from him in this shaky offense.
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