NFL Fantasy Football Forgotten Firepower: Wide Receivers

TheFantasyFix.comAnalyst ISeptember 2, 2010

PITTSBURGH - DECEMBER 06:  Hines Ward #86 of the Pittsburgh Steelers looks on during the game against the Oakland Raiders on December 6, 2009 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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The Forgotten Firepower series continues this week with late-round wideouts that will make your team…wait for it…wait…for..it…legendary!

Hines Ward, Pittsburgh Steelers

It’s not that often that a wide receiver missing an ACL in his left knee and a first name that smacks of processed tomatoes and vinegar, can make it on any best-of list. Yet that’s exactly where Mr. Ward finds himself.   

Ward’s counterpart, Mike Wallace, is getting all the long and lusty looks from fantasy owners this year.  However, it’s Ward who gobbled up 95 catches last year. In a PPR league, Ward’s value increases even more.  

Beware, though. Ward’s value hinges on Commissioner Roger Goodell’s final ruling on the length of Ben Roethlisberger’s suspension.  A six-game suspension means Ward will be looking for catches from the unseasoned arm of Dennis Dixon, or even worse, Charlie Batch, or God forbid, Byron Leftwich.  

However, Ward will surge when Big Ben returns.  Look for the 34-year-old wideout to be a valuable number two or three option during your team’s run to the playoffs.

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