Fantasy playoff time is upon us.
Most fantasy leagues are only a week or two away from that time of year you've all been waiting for. With the unpredictable 2010 NFL season, Week 13 may very well determine if you make the cut or just fall short. One league I'm in, for example, has only seen two teams clinch, with seven teams vying for the remaining four playoff slots. Week 13 will decide things for all of them.
Here are the wide receivers that might be on your radar as we head into this important fantasy football week.
Jacoby Ford, Oakland Raiders
Looks like the Raiders have a star as Ford makes his second appearance in this column.
On Sunday, Ford ran the opening kickoff for 101 yards and a touchdown. Later, he also caught four balls for 108 yards and another touchdown. After the game he saved a school bus from falling off a bridge and stopped a comet that was threatening the planet.
Ford is still out there in 86 percent of Yahoo! leagues. No need for a further test drive of this particular Ford; buy him right off the lot.
Davone Bess, Miami Dolphins
Bess was a solid performer most of this year, yet saw a lot of drops over the past two weeks.
On Sunday, Bess caught six passes for 111 yards. If you are in a league that saw him dumped, consider grabbing him off the wire.
Bess is available in 66 percent of Yahoo! leagues.
Jason Avant, Philadelphia Eagles
In need of another WR that could put up good numbers? Avant is likely available.
On Sunday, Avant caught eight passes for 83 yards. He's also had some other decent outings this season.
While it's hard to rely on him for every week, it's also hard to pass on a guy with a red hot quarterback throwing him the ball, and so many games against poor pass defenses in the coming weeks. The Eagles face Houston on Thursday, with two upcoming games against Dallas as well.
Avant is out there in a huge 96 percent of Yahoo! leagues.
Steve Smith, New York Giants
Some people are dumping Smith after his return from a torn pec has been delayed.
Foolish to do so. Smith is still slated to return soon and will be a top WR when he does.
Sidney Rice, Minnesota Vikings
Rice only put up 20 yards on Sunday, causing many to drop him.
No Vikings WR did much this week, but no cause for alarm or rash moves. Even with a quarterback who's injury report reads more like an ingredient list, he's still in a position to put up some numbers in the coming weeks.
Vincent Jackson, San Diego Chargers
Jackson's long-awaited return lasted all of three plays before a calf injury took him out. Reports have him out "at least" one or two weeks.
The way the Bolts beat the Colts, they apparently don't really need him right now.
Derek Hagan, New York Giants
Hagan failed to put up any real numbers against one of the worst defenses in the league. He also failed to hold on to the ball, a huge no-no in NY right now.
You should fail to hold onto him in your fantasy league.