We are three weeks into the season and the target numbers are piling up so it’s time to sift through them for some gems or cubic zirconium.

Wide Receivers

Johnny Knox: In the first 3 weeks his targets have gone 4, 10, 3.  Hmmm, not the consistency you want to see.  Hester isn’t going anywhere and Bennett is a possession receiver. Knox might end up being a Devery Henderson home run type and this isn’t the Saints. Ok, he’s above Randy Moss because I liked the title, sue me.

Randy Moss: He still leads the world with 47 targets while bringing in 26 of those.  With Welker hurting, his targets have been many, but it’s not like he’ll start getting snubbed for Dubya Dubya when he returns.

Nate Burleson: He has 34 targets and is the only receiver with 10 or over for each game.  That consistency is nice to have.  These numbers give me a little more confidence in recommending him, especially for bye-week fodder.

Percy Harvin: His targets have gone up each week from 6 to 7 to 10 which is understandable and encouraging.  He was riding the hype machine this preseason and it looks like for good reason.

Jericho Cotchery: Sanchez and Cotchery, by day a blossoming QB/WR duo, by night, masked crime fighters prowling New York City streets saving babies from fires and old ladies from hoodlums.  Oh and Cotchery has seen an uptick in targets, not by the mafia, but from Sanchez.  This duo should continue to connect.

Mike Sims-Walker: He’s gone from 1 target to 9, to 10.  He is entrenched as the 1a or 1b receiver and will outplay Torry Holt going forward.  Grab Walker Jacksonville Ranger.  Doesn’t have the same ring to it, does it?

Bernard Berrian: Since he was injured his targets have gone up of course (2,6,9), but he still doesn’t seem to be on the same page as Favre.  Berrian is too much of a deep threat for them not to rectify that.

Louis Murphy: 9, 6, 5 Jamarcus Russell is a lot of jive!

Chris Henry: With 7 total targets he won’t be leading the league in yards or TD’s anytime soon.  He’s got skill, but he’s also got Caldwell and Coles in front of him.  There aren’t that many games in the NFL.  Hold at your own risk.

Tight Ends

Vernon Davis: He has 23 targets which ranks in the top 5 for TEs and 25% of those targets have been in the red zone which is tops for TEs.  He’s getting used like a top TE so you might as well make him yours.

Kellen Winslow: He leads all TEs with 28 targets.  He plays for the Bucs which can destroy his value like it did last week, but it can also help is value since they throw it to him as if he was a #1 WR.  I’m going to see how Johnson targets him before having a panic attack.

Brent Celek: He is second in targets with 27. I had him as an add yesterday like every other fantasy site in existence and some yet to exist.  He will continue to get a lot of work in the Eagles’ pass happy offense.  Don’t pass on him or you won’t be happy.

Daniel Fells: His weekly targets go to the tune of 1, 0, 5 with 2 TD’s.  Go figure.

Greg Olsen: His targets have gone 6, 6, 6.  If you reached for him in the draft you may believe he’s the anti-christ. I still am holding out hope, but I think in the last game he was scared by those neon green unis of Seattle and I saw a tentacle slip from his helmet.

  1. Nick says:

    Doc, I’m lookin over my waivers and sitting at #7 of 10 I’m wondering if I should use my waiver for some of these guys I have lined up…

    Right now I have Garcon, Coffee, Washington, Choice, Knox in that order. I’m wondering if I should cut anyone from this list that may not be picked up which would waste my waiver and drop me back to 10…

  2. timSTi says:

    Hey Doc, with Barber unexpected to play and Turner on a BYE week I’m in a bind. Who do I replace Turner with, Bell or L.Washington? And also is Breaston droppable for Choice to replace Barber til he returns?

    Here’s my team as it sits right now:

    Orton – QB
    Barber – RB
    Turner – RB
    Colston – WR
    Wayne – WR
    Sims-Walker – WR
    Winslow – TE
    Gostowski – K
    Pittsburgh – D

    Cassel – QB
    L. Washington – RB
    Bell – RB
    N. Washington – WR
    B. Marshall – WR
    Breatson – WR

  3. salipp says:

    Start McFadden or Coffee or if LT actually plays throw him in the mix. Start one

  4. mgeoffriau

    mgeoffriau says:

    Anyone else still waiting on Yahoo to finish the weekly waiver claims? My league’s waivers are still pending….

  5. mgeoffriau

    mgeoffriau says:

    @mgeoffriau: Nevermind…it seems Yahoo was just waiting for me to complain publicly somewhere before they completed the waiver claims.

  6. timSTi says:

    Someone just beat me to the punch on Choice. Is Mike Bell gonna see any action this week? Buckhalter & Taylor are the top two FA RB’s. They a better option than Bell?

    My RB is gonna be horrid this week, Leon Washington and whatevery Schmohawk I pick up. Bleh.

  7. Josh says:

    drop Lance Moore for Sims-Walker?

    (sorry, I submitted this under the last post as well).

  8. mgeoffriau

    mgeoffriau says:

    @timSTi: How about Jerome Harrison? The Cincy defense isn’t too bad, but there’s not a lot of options for the Cleveland offense….I’m betting he’ll get the majority of the carries, plus a fair number of dumpoffs and screen passes.

  9. mgeoffriau

    mgeoffriau says:

    @Josh: I would…Lance Moore seems to be buried, just too many weapons in NO.

  10. mgeoffriau

    mgeoffriau says:

    @timSTi: Also, Braylon Edwards will likely be covered by Leon Hall (Wolverine vs. Wolverine! Rawr!), so whoever plays QB for Cleveland might be checking down more than usual (not sure if that’s possible for Brady Quinn, but the point stands).

  11. timSTi says:

    @mgeoffriau: Harrison a better look than Buckhalter, Taylor, or Williams? They’re all FA’s as well. Have Mike Bell on my bench but dont know his status. Who would you prefer dropping for one of these interim RB’s : Breaston or Bell? Thanks brotha.

  12. Frank Rizzo says:

    -I think Welker helps Randy’s chances of seeing the endzone more, even with less targets.
    -Percy Harvin is legit and I think they really try to use him in Monday Night’s game. As a Packer fan he scares me to death against our gambling 3/4 defense. He could make them pay.
    -I think Olsen gets better as the year goes on. Cutler’s making those WR’s look better than they are and defenses will start to respect the wideouts more giving Olsen less attention. Olsen is the most talented receiving threat on that team and I believe he will begin to shine soon enough.

  13. danimal35 says:

    Green Bay defense is not inspiring a lot of confidence in me especially vs Minny…are any of these waiver wire pickups a better option? (particularly for this week)

    Chicago vs DET
    Miami vs BUF
    New England vs BAL
    Indy vs SEA
    Buffalo @ MIA
    Houston vs OAK

  14. ultCB says:

    Hey Doc,

    Who do you like better for the rest of the season,

    Big Ben or Joe Cool Flacco ?

  15. Frank Rizzo says:

    @danimal35: Indy vs. Seattle? Seattle may be the worst travel team ever. Especially when they cross 3 time zones. Look at their record the last few years when playing in EST. Not Good.

    I’m starting the GB D with Philly on bye and it doesn’t faze me much. I like the GB D for fantasy since they’re running a gambling 3-4 and they’re tied with New Orleans for total takeaways in the NFL with 9 in only 3 games. And they have guys that can take it to the house once they have the ball……..(Charles Woodson).

  16. Doc says:

    Hey all. I’ll get at your questions this afternoon.

  17. Calogero says:

    I start 3 of the following 4…who do I sit?

    F-Jax, McFadden, Moreno, Ward

  18. adrenaline says:

    Is it worth a #1 waiver wire to pick up Lee Evans ?

  19. salipp says:

    We start 2 WR’s, Ginn, Braylon or Harvin. Is Ginn even worth a spot in a 12 team league?

  20. whigs says:

    Need some help at RB (gore, lynch, r bush) or QB (palmer, edwards) and can afford parting with a WR, so in a ppr vacuum do you like either of these trades?

    My Roddy White for his Pierre Thomas
    My Roddy White for his Joe Flacco

    Thanks for any input!

  21. Frank Rizzo says:

    @ultCB: I’m no doctor, but I’d take Ben.

  22. Frank Rizzo says:

    @salipp: Ginn could be worth a spot, especially since now noodle arm is out of the picture. It’s Henne time and he can throw the long ball.

    I’d start Braylon and Harvin this weekend though.

  23. Frank Rizzo says:

    @whigs: If it were me I’d give Roddy for Pierre. But another question would be, are you covered at WR to give up Roddy? His value’s awfully low right now and that could mean he’s a “hold”.

  24. ThePoonTycoon says:

    @danimal35: chicago or indy. also is cincy or sf available? both are other great matchups.

    @Nick: unless you are in dire need of a WR i would put coffee #1. sims-walker would probably be my #2 on your list if he is in your FA pool.

  25. Doc

    Doc says:

    @Nick: I think Garcon and Coffee are for sure worth it, but the rest depend on your needs.

    @timSTi: I would roll with Washington and Barber (he should play), but I think you would be safe dropping Bell for Buckhalter just in case Barber has a setback.

    @salipp: Both have great matchups, but Houston has just been horrid. I’d run with McFadden.

    @Josh: Yeah

    @danimal35: I think I’d run with GB. Don’t expect a shutout, but they can get points other ways.

    @timSTi: Hmm, I do like Harrison, he is fairly even with Buckhalter, but I also don’t know Jamal Lewis’ status yet. I’d stick with Bucky.

    @ultCB: The Unflappable Flacco

    @Calogero: I’d sit Ward until they show signs of an offense.

    @adrenaline: Not unless you are in dire need.

    @salipp: Henne may actually help him so I’d give him a week or two, but I’d sit him this week.

    @whigs: Not sure what the first question is asking. If you are hurting at RB and are good at WR I’d take the Pierre Thomas gamble, but I wouldn’t trade White for Flacco.

  26. ultCB says:

    Would you trade E. Royal for Flacco in ppr ?

  27. Doc

    Doc says:

    @ultCB: I would if you need a QB, but if he’ll just be a backup/bye week filler, no.

  28. timSTi says:

    @Doc: Thanks Doc. Just picked up Bucky. Which 1 of these 3 would you start?

    M.Sims-Walker vs TEN
    B.Marshall vs DAL
    N.Washington vs JAC

  29. Doc

    Doc says:

    @timSTi: Marshall looked like he was coming around last weekend so I am going with him.

  30. ThePoonTycoon says:

    @timSTi: probably mike sims-walker. can’t believe i just suggested him over marshall, but marshall hasn’t done anything.

  31. timSTi says:

    @ThePoonTycoon: Yeah thats the bind I’m in. I know if I keep starting guys over Marshall I’m gonna get SONOVABENCHED big time one of these weeks, but gotta play the hot hand right? I have Colston & Wayne to carry my 3rd WR so I’m not really in a bad situation with that. I hope Washington & SimsWalker continue to be good so I can package them to upgrade over my horrid QB’s or Orton & Cassel.

  32. chisox says:

    Celek and Vernon Davis are both available, which one would you rather have?

  33. Marvin N. says:

    Hey Doc,

    You’ve been very helpful in the past so I have another question for ya. I have a pretty healthy stable of backs in my 12-team PPR league (CJ, Portis, Lynch, L. Washington and Buckhalter). I have Wayne and D. Jackson as my top 2 receivers but I’ve been in search of a third as I shuffle between Caldwell (Cin), Crayton, and Jacoby Jones.

    I have an opportunity to trade Buckhalter for either Burleson OR K. Walter…which would you do?

  34. Drew

    Drew says:

    @Marvin N.: My 2 cents; I would go for Walter

  35. Marvin N. says:

    Thanks Drew…that’s what I was thinking too. Burleson is injury prone and the Seattle offense is having major issues. Thanks again.

  36. Doc

    Doc says:

    @chisox: Celek should have more targets.

  37. Juice says:

    So I’ve basically f’d myself by losing out on some big time waiver claims that I suspected would be big pick ups but didn’t capitalize in time (failed to pick up Manningham, Garcon, let go of Coffee only to see Gore go down the same week I dropped Coffee…)

    I have James Davis and Beanie and both these dudes stink. I’m thinking Beanie may improve and get more carries as the season goes on, but my hunch on James Davis is that he may not be the stud RB that I, as well as many other hype machine believers, thought he would be.

    Should I drop Davis for Jerome Harrison? Harrison seems to be the more lethal RB out of the backfield and YPC is better than Davis against Baltimore of all teams.

    OR, should I pick up Jamaal Charles? LJ stinks, nuff said.

    I’m in a bind and am need of a good RB to fill my flex spot to flex like crazy for me the rest of the season.

  38. Doc

    Doc says:

    @Juice: I’m a Charles fan.

  39. Juice says:

    So do you think Jamaal Charles is worth it? Worthy of me dropping James Davis?

    Or drop James Davis for Jerome Harrison?

    I personally prefer the system Charles is in, but wanted to get some ideas.

    Thanks Doc.

  40. matthole says:

    @Doc: who do you like as WR3 for this week in .5ppr league: Garcon, Knox, Nate Washington

    Who do you like as RBs (2): Sproles, Willie Parker, CP, Cadillac

    finally, big ben or rivers


  41. Doc

    Doc says:

    @matthole: Garcon, Portis, Caddy (if he is healthy and Ward isn’t), Rivers

  42. Doc

    Doc says:

    @Juice: I like Davis as a stash, but Charles could do more sooner.

  43. matthole says:

    @Doc: Was offered either greg olsen or shockey for lee evans in .5ppr league….im currently starting Heap….dont really need or use evans at this stage of the game…..guy also has coffee….would you go after coffee, one of the TE (if so which one), or stay put


  44. Doc

    Doc says:

    @matthole: I’d go for coffee.

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