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Kenny Britt - watching Britt play this past weekend was like the first time I ever ate cookie dough; I wasn’t too keen on the idea at first but before I knew it I was two Pillsbury tubes deep with a face full of salmonella.  Now I don’t want to eat Kenny Britt, but I do want him on my roster and you should too.  The former Rutgers playmaker is a must add if he is still on the waiver wire.  Though he has not been in the mix for very long, I put him at WR 3/flex value easily and there is no one hotter than Vince Young and the Titans.  Britt led Titan receivers with 11 targets against the Cardinals and had a monstrous seven catch 128 yard day.  Oh yeah and he caught the game winning touchdown in traffic on the last play of the game…clutch.  It was Britt’s second straight week with a touchdown and even if Gage comes back I would expect to see Britt remain a starter as Nate Washington doesn’t really tickle my no-no zone.  Also, Britt is a great keeper stash for those of you in keeper leagues.  Last week I said that I might put a waiver claim on him and now I’m crying on my heart shaped pillow because I let him get away.

Derrick Mason - I certainly don’t expect Mason to be available in your league but if you own him you have to start him.  He has almost singlehandedly accounted for all of the Ravens WR targets over the past three weeks, amassing 33 total targets which is good for 7th in the NFL.  Defenses are having a hard time keeping a lid on this Mason jar, as he made good on seven of his 13 targets on Monday night, accumulating 62 receiving yards and hauling in a touchdown.  Monday night was just an extension of his magnanimous game in week 11, during which he caught nine passes for 142 yards against Indy.

Jason Avant - with the injury to Desean Jackon (concussion) Avant is one of the top waiver pick ups this week.  Avant, who has been putting up decent numbers over the past three weeks, had a huge game on Sunday against the Redskins, catching five of his six targets for 94 yards.  Even before Jackson’s injury, Avant has earned some fantasy consideration as he caught a touchdown last week and had a breakout game week 10, during which he caught eight passes for 156 yards.  Avant’s six targets were second to Maclin’s seven and if you are an owner who needs a win this week I would definitely put a claim on Avant as Philly is sure to pass against the weak Atlanta defense.

Michael Jenkins - Jenkins is a guy I actually drafted in round 14, expecting him to be a nice, productive compliment to Roddy White.  However, for the better part of the season he has been a disappointment, yet lately he has been seeing an increase in targets and production.  Jenkins was second to White on Sunday with eight targets and he managed to grab seven catches for 80 yards.  Fortunately for prospective owners Jenkins was also productive in week 11 as he snagged six balls for 76 yards, and over the past three weeks, Jenkins is in the top 20 off all receivers in the NFL with 27 total targets.  Though I think Avant is a safer pickup, Jenkins may be a guy you can pick up off of free agency who can help you get a solid 8-15 points this week against the Eagles.  The way Redman played last week, I wouldn’t be dissuaded to play White or Jenkins.  White, by the way, is tied for 2nd overall in total targets over the past three weeks with 37, though he has not been very dominant statistically.

Laverneus Coles - Coles is a guy who has begun to emerge as the Bengals’ #1 target getter as he has had 21 over the last three games, four ahead of Ochocinco.  Though I am high on Coles and I think the Bengals will be more productive with Benson back in the line up this week, Coles hasn’t done very much with his increased targets.  On Sunday he managed only two receptions on nine targets for a measly 24 yards.  Week 11 he didn’t fair much better as he only managed to grab two passes for 61 yards.  However, Coles has shown some promise and he obviously has chemistry with Palmer which is enough to warrant a flex play against the Lions this weekend.

Jacoby Jones - I am still high on Jones even though he has been limited with a calf injury and is not very appealing in terms of a target standpoint (4 for 3rd on the team last week).  However, Jones appears healthy and with Owen Daniels out the Texans have run an increased number of three and four receiver sets which certainly works in Jones’ favor.  With Johnson getting doubled with a safety over the top and Walter acting as the poor man’s Welker, Jones is primed for a big play and a breakout game.  Though Jones is far from a “safe” pick, those of you looking to build some depth for the playoffs may want to take a chance on him as he is now healthy and he can put up some big numbers.  Last week Jones had three catches for 27 yards and a touchdown and you’ve got to like the matchup against the Jaguars this weekend.

Chris Chambers - though I have lauded Long’s consistency in the past, Chambers has seen somewhat of a rebirth after signing with the Chefs and deserves some recognition as he may be able to help you out in the future.  Chambers is coming off of his second big game in a row as he was targeted eight times including two in the red zone.  Chambers managed to make good on seven of those targets for 70 yards and a touchdown last Sunday and he had four catches for 119 yards in week 11.  Though it is tough to invest in the KC offense, Chambers has received the majority of red zone targets and Cassel is nothing if not serviceable.  KC sees a tough matchup against Denver this week but you bet your sweet @#$ they are going to throw that ball and Chambers could put up big numbers yet again.

Sam Aiken - I wouldn’t rush out to the mediocre 3rd rate store to buy him unless you are“Aiken” for a risky sleeper.  Ha!  Anyway, Aiken deserves a shout out for getting 10 targets against the Saints on Monday night during which he caught seven passes for 90 yards.  Aiken has some value with Edelman dinged up in that you know the Pats are going to pass the ball and the third receiver on the Pats is often like a first or second receiver on a weaker team (see Massaquoi).  I certainly wouldn’t expect a whole lot of consistency from Aiken but maybe you can find a flex spot for him if you are in a 25 team league.

23 Responses

  1. Brent says:
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    This question is a little off topic but I could use some help. I picked up Norwood from my waiver wire last night and I now have Snelling and Norwood. From looking at the stats last week, I think I want to start Norwood over Snelling but I keep seeing Snelling’s name higher on other sites. However, I don’t trust other sites. So I guess my question is Norwood or Snelling. And just to further complicate it, please choose my flex between Norwood/Snelling/Kenny Britt/Chambers/Hightower. I don’t know why I can never choose my flex option.

  2. Sos says:
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    First off, great advice the last few weeks, and all season for that matter. It’s been really helpful.
    .5 ppr: maroney, forsett, lynch (pick 1)
    ppr: jacobs, charles, norwood (pick 1)
    ppr: housh, smith nyg, austin, (pick 2)

    My gut: forsett, norwood, smith/austin Thanks!

  3. eldee says:
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    In a seasonal league, would you drop Donny Avery for Britt?

  4. Plainview says:
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    Avant, Britt or Meachem? Please rank.

  5. unstopabull says:
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    Who to start at RB2 Ray Rice or Mendenhall. Please give reasons why.

  6. Jo says:
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    @unstopabull: Ray Rice. He’s a must start and an elite back you can rely on. You’re lucky to have a guy like him as your #2. Mendenhall hasn’t proven himself as a reliable everyday option like that.

  7. unstopabull says:
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    Don’t get me wrong, I have been starting Rice every week and have not been disappointed. Question is this week Rice vs Packers (solid run D) or Mendenhall vs Oakland (one of the worst run D’s) and now with McGahee back in the act at the goal line and Big Ben hurting (could lead to more running) I am not sure which direction to go.

  8. Asdrubal Bastardo says:
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    @unstopabull: If anything, start both and bench whoever your RB1 is. Mendenhall HAS proven to be a legit every week starter. And with one of the worst run Ds in the league, and a hurting QB who will be limited (you know Tomlin is going to err on the side of caution with Big Ben), you just can’t bench him this week no matter what. And you can’t bench Rice either because he is a stud, find a way to get both in this week.

  9. Doc

    Doc says:
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    @Brent: I do think Snelling will be the “starter” but Norwood has a lot of upside. None of your flex options have great matchups so I could see going with Norwood since Redman will probably check down quite a bit.

  10. Brent says:
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    Great. Thanks.

  11. Doc

    Doc says:
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    @Sos: I like Maroney because who knows what is happening with Jones. I like Charles over Norwood because Denver’s rush D is poor. Then Smith and Austin.

  12. Doc

    Doc says:
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    @eldee: I like both. Boller gave Avery lot of looks last week. I’d probably go Britt because he is on a better team.

    @Plainview: Britt, Avant, Meachem

    @unstopabull: Rice is just too good. He has over 60 receptions and still gets 80 percent of RZ carries. McGahee isn’t the defacto goal line back. It’s a fairly even choice this week, but I’d go with Rice.

  13. Doc

    Doc says:
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    The rumors are that Jamal Lewis is going on IR. Still a rumor, but grabbing Chris Jennings might be worthwhile or even Harrison if you are in deep leagues. Jennings was gone in my 16 team league so I grabbed Harrison.

  14. unstopabull says:
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    Ok Rice it is, and no I’m not going to bench MJD for either of them! lol

  15. Doc

    Doc says:
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    Not a rumor anymore. Looks to be confirmed that Lewis is done for the season with a concussion.

  16. mgeoffriau

    mgeoffriau says:
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    Jennings was taken, grabbed Harrison for (I think) the 3rd time this season.

    Still trying to decide if I want to drop Dallas for Denver. Denver has the better matchup with KC, but then they made NYG look pretty bad last week so Dallas’s matchup may not be terrible either.

  17. eldee says:
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    Either of the Cleveland backs worth dropping Shonn Greene for? This is under the assumption that I have Gore, Mendy and Charles and would ideally not have to play any of them.

  18. Doc

    Doc says:
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    @eldee: Greene has had some trouble holding onto the ball so I just don’t see him being relevant unless T Jones goes down. The Cleveland RB’s have KC/Oak weeks 15/16 so I could see making that switch. It looks like De De Dorsey is going to be in the mix too, ugh. If Dorsey gets more looks than Harrison I’m punching Mangini in the throat.

  19. Doc

    Doc says:
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    @mgeoffriau: Denver’s record in KC is horrid. I could see sticking with Dallas. D’s are a pain in the ass. I like AZ and TEN coming up. Trying to find time to research what D’s have the best schedules coming up.

  20. nick m. says:
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    jennings and harrison are both available in a 10-team league (so was lewis) – should i drop cartwright to take a flyer on jennings?

  21. Matt B says:
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    In PPR, keep Fast Freddie and drop Beast Mode for Jennings? or Harrison?

  22. Doc

    Doc says:
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    @nick m.: Nah, Cartwright has more assured carries.

    @Matt B: I think it’s worth the switch to Jennings. Unless Jackson just falls apart he has the starting job.

  23. Rnunnerley says:
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    I am thinking of dropping Hester for Norwood (.5 PPR and return yards)

    My other WRs are: Boldin, Calvin Johnson, Percy Harvin and Kenny Britt
    My other RB’s are: T. Jones, Forsett, Wells, P. Thomas, M. Turner and McCoy

    This move is mainly for this week, gotta win to make in playoffs

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