Fantasy Football Week 11: Who's Hot, Who's Not at the WR Position
Week 10 was an exciting one in the National Football League. We had several familiar wide receivers who continued to impress along with some surprises. There were also a few superstars who forgot they had a game this week.
There are a couple of players who you should strongly consider picking up in your fantasy league. I can tell you one thing, a lot of people seem to forget about return yards. You need to keep an eye out for wide receivers who can get you points a couple of different ways.
Here are some players you should either pick up or consider dropping heading into Week 11.
Who's hot, and who's not?
Hot: Denarius Moore, Oakland Raiders
Denarius Moore exploded Thursday night against the San Diego Chargers. Moore caught five passes for 123 yards and two touchdowns in Thursday's victory over the Chargers.
Carson Palmer seems to be finding his comfort zone with the Oakland Raiders offense and found his favorite target. Moore is lightning quick and is tremendous after the catch. He showed great hands, and he's only a rookie, which means he should only get better as the season progresses.
Palmer likes to take shots deep, and he's been good at it since his days at USC. Now that Denarius has proven to Palmer he can catch just about everything thrown his way, he's sure to get several passes a game. The Raiders like to run the ball as well, but they have to allow Carson to do his thing.
I picked up Denarius Moore a few weeks ago on my team, and you should do the same. The Raiders are in first place in the AFC West and are only getting better offensively.
Cold: Anquan Boldin, Baltimore Ravens
Anquan Boldin has been a great addition to the Baltimore Ravens receiving corps, but he was awful Sunday against the Seattle Seahawks.
He was targeted nine times and only had two catches for 22 yards. This was against a team that he usually has a ton of success against, not to mention they were 2-6 going into yesterday's game. Part of this blame goes on quarterback Joe Flacco, but there were times Boldin looked lost out there.
I wouldn't cut him by any means, but fantasy owners should take notice. He's putting up good numbers but only has two touchdowns on the season. If he and Flacco can't get it together soon you should look elsewhere.
Hot: Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh Steelers
Even when Antonio Brown is covered defenses can't stop quarterback Ben Roethlisberger from getting him the ball. Every time the Pittsburgh Steelers needed a big catch, Antonio Brown was able to deliver. There were several times he was blanketed by the defensive back and was simply too good to stop.
Brown had 86 yards on five receptions in the Pittsburgh Steelers 24-17 victory against the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday afternoon.
While he didn't score on Sunday, keep in mind that Hines Ward and Emmanuel Sanders are out of the picture. Hines is still playing, but he has been injured often, and Sanders is out for a while after having surgery. This points to Antonio Brown continuing to be a favorite target of Ben Roethlisberger. Ben spreads the ball around but looks for Brown a lot on crucial third downs.
He is also the Steelers primary kick return specialist.
Cold: Roddy White, Atlanta Falcons
Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Roddy White has gone from one of the best WRs in the NFL to one of the most disappointing.
He continues to drop passes and seems to be on a different page than quarterback Matt Ryan. He still had four catches but should have done more against a Saints secondary that is average at best. Ryan seemed to shy away from Roddy and threw the ball to Harry Douglas instead. You will hear from Harry soon!
White seems to second guess his routes and Matt Ryan. It seems as if they are running two different plays out there. I would still keep him on your roster but with only three touchdowns thus far don't expect anything.
Hot: Harry Douglas, Atlanta Falcons
Harry Douglas had to be mentioned after his best game of the season. Rookie wide receiver Julio Jones left with a hamstring injury, and teammate Roddy White was a nonfactor. Despite all of the pressure being put on Douglas, he had an enormous game.
He single-handedly kept the Atlanta Falcons in the game with eight catches for 133 yards. Three of these catches were on the Falcons' final drive of regulation for 66 big yards that helped force overtime. He was targeted 14 times, which is huge for any WR, let alone a backup.
Keep an eye on the injury report, and pick up Harry Douglas if Julio Jones can't play.
Cold: Joshua Cribbs, Cleveland Browns
I feel bad for Josh Cribbs, but he didn't do enough in an awful 13-12 loss to the lowly St. Louis Rams on Sunday. He's a jack-of-all-trades kind of guy, but I consider him a wide receiver.
He had three catches for only 32 yards, along with three rushes for 21 yards. He also lost a fumble, something the Cleveland Browns cannot afford. He was ineffective in the returning game too, returning two punts for six yards combined. He had one kickoff return for 27 yards, but that's nothing special considering his talent.
The offense is awful, and he doesn't have any help, but Cribbs is supposed to be an explosive player. I know plenty of Browns fans who hold this guy on the pedestal left vacant by former hero LeBron James. This being the case, I have to judge him accordingly.
He hasn't lived up to expectations this season.
Hot: Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona Cardinals
Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald showed Sunday why he is still one of the league's best wide receivers.
Fitzgerald had seven receptions for 146 yards with a pair of touchdowns in Sunday's upset win over the Eagles. Two of these receptions were long—one 42 yards and the other 37 yards. Keep in mind that John Skelton was the quarterback, and they were playing the heavily favored Philadelphia Eagles.
Larry can make any quarterback look good; he's certainly a pleasure to watch. If he's on your fantasy team, congratulations!
Cold: Hines Ward, Pittsburgh Steelers
As a Pittsburgh Steelers fan, it's kind of sad watching Hines Ward this season.
The picture above was the only catch Hines had all game against the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday afternoon. Jerricho Cotchery is a veteran the Steelers just brought in this season, and he has passed Ward on the depth chart as well.
There just isn't a place on the field for Ward anymore. There is too much talent at the wide receiver position on the Steelers' roster. If he is still on your fantasy team it's time to release him. He will be lucky to get more than two or three catches a game from here on out.
Hines is still tough as nails and will still make some huge catches this season, but not consistently enough to warrant a spot on your fantasy roster.
Hot: Laurent Robinson, Dallas Cowboys
Cowboys wide receiver Laurent Robinson had only three targets but made the most of them with two catches and a couple of scores. The biggest of the game was a 58-yard bomb from Tony Romo. Miles Austin is expected to miss at least one more game with a bad hamstring, so Robinson will continue to be a factor.
Even when Austin returns, I would be shocked if the Cowboys don't find a way to keep Robinson involved. He has too much talent to be wasted standing on the sidelines.
I would definitely consider picking him up in leagues with multiple wide receiver slots.
He has four touchdowns and 441 reception yards on the season.
Cold: Dwayne Bowe, Kansas City Chiefs
Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Dwayne Bowe is another victim of having a horrible team around him.
He is still having a good year despite Matt Cassel's on-and-off performances every week, but the rest of the season looks bleak. Bowe caught two passes for 17 yards in the loss to the Denver Tebows on Sunday. He had seven balls thrown his way, but Cassel simply couldn't hit the broad side of a barn all day.
To make things even worse, Matt Cassel injured his hand and may be out at least a couple of games. This opens the door for Tyler Palko, which means the Chiefs will run the ball a ton.
This is bad news for Dwayne Bowe and his fantasy owners. Hopefully you were able to trade Bowe before now, because there aren't going to be many opportunities for him to succeed in the near future.