Receivers You Shouldn't Give Up On

Kip ArneyCorrespondent INovember 12, 2008

"Don't give up. Don't ever give up." - Jimmy Valvano.

That can be said for fantasy football owners who are always looking for the next hot thing and dropping players because they haven't done squat for them in the past two weeks. I love playing in leagues with those type of people because I reap the benefits of those players helping me down the road.

Here are some receivers that have been down right now but will bounce back this week.


Plaxico Burress

You see the name and you might wonder why anyone would consider benching Plaxico Burress. Look at the facts. In the past three weeks, he's combined for seven catches, 66 yards, and one touchdown.

On the year as a whole, he's only on pace for 60, 800, and eight TDs, which would be his lowest since 2004 when he was still a member of the Pittsburgh Steelers.

This week, he's going up against the Baltimore Ravens. Baltimore is has the No. 1 run defense, and the Giants have the No. 1 rushing offense in yards per game. While the big uglies up front battle it out, look for Burress to return to form against a team he's traditionally played well against having almost 700 yards and five TDs in 10 career games against the Ravens.


Donnie Avery

After an early four-games stretch involving 300 yards and three TDs, Donnie Avery has fallen back to earth, having not surpassed 30 yards receiving in each of the past two weeks. Look for that to change as the St. Louis Rams travel to San Francisco to take on the 49ers, who are coming off a short week after a Monday night loss to Arizona.

The 49ers, in their last six games, have allowed a total of 12 TDs through the air and in seven of nine games the leading receiver for their opponent has had more than 78 yards receiving, four of those topping 100. Avery has big play potential with already four catches going for 40 yards or more, fourth in the league.


Bobby Engram

Matt Hasselbeck is scheduled to return this Sunday against the Arizona Cardinals and that means big things for Bobby Engram. Hasselbeck and Engram have only played together in one game this season, and there he caught eight balls for 61 yards.

It's been all downhill since then until last weekend, when he caught five for 63 from back up quarterback Seneca Wallace. Last year, Engram was Hasselbeck's security blanket in the West Coast offense, allowing him to set career highs in catches, yards, and touchdowns (94, 1147, 6), and there's nothing to say that Hasselbeck won't look for him on Sunday.

The Cardinals, with their No. 1 scoring offense won't be kept out of the end zone, so, for the Seahawks to keep up, it will need to be done through the air against the Arizona secondary, giving up on average 216 yards a game.