Greg Camarillo– Playing Miami receivers is like playing Russian roulette, at the end of which you sometimes wish you ate the bullet. However, it looks like Camarillo may be able to provide some relief for your frustration. Though he is not a big play guy, Camarillo will move the chains and run precise underneath routes for a developing Henne who doesn’t look half bad. Though Bess had 14 targets last week, six more than Camarillo who was second on the team, Camarillo made the most of his targets, hauling in five for 71 yards to Bess’ six receptions for only 56 yards. Over the past four games, Camarillo has snagged 14 passes for an average of 44 yards per game. Over that same span, Bess has grabbed 16 passes for only 26 yards per game. Additionally, over the last two weeks, Dolphin receiver targets have been divvied up as follows: Bess has led all receivers with 19 targets, Camarillo with 10, Ginn and Hartline with 4. For what he has done with his targets, Camarillo seems to be the safest play, and against a Bucs defense that has allowed 18 pass touchdowns (third most in the league) Camarillo could have a strong performance next week.
Chris Chambers– A couple of weeks ago I lauded Bobby Wade as a sleeper on KC’s shaky offense. Well now it looks like journeyman Chris Chambers is on the forefront of sleeper greatness. Last week, Chambers was second on the team with four targets, catching three passes for 70 yards and two, count em’, two touchdowns. While it will be rare for Chambers to repeat last week’s touchdown total, he should be getting a lot of looks from Cassel as there is really no clear number two receiver in KC. Chambers is a big, strong guy who is a better fit on an offense that relies on shorter passes, as he has lost most of the speed he once may have had. He will, however, go up and get the ball, and his new home may provide the incentive he needs utilize his skills. As my favorite coked-up commentator Michael Irvin likes to say, “he’s runnin’ for the money,” and looking for a new contract at the end of the year can be a powerful motivator (see Brandon Jacobs last year or Larry Johnson two years ago). Expect Chambers to contribute consistently and he could play a vital role next week against the Raiders who will surely take Bowe out of the game, forcing Cassel to look for other options.
Robert Meachem– I know what you’re thinking; the Saints are even worse than the Dolphins when it comes to figuring out which receiver to play week to week. However, in addition to Meachem’s strong game last Sunday when he caught five passes for 98 yards and a touchdown, he has emerged as a consistent receiver over the past four weeks, something that cannot be said for Devery Henderson or Lance Moore. Last week, Meachem tied Colston for targets with six, and over the past four weeks, Meachem has averaged 59 yards a game while adding two touchdowns. Henderson, who is unanimously favored by fantasy owners over Meachem, has averaged 54 yards a game over the last for weeks but has failed to score a touchdown. In fact, Henderson only has one touchdown on the year. Expect Meachem to have a big day against the porous Rams pass defense, especially if Moore sits for the second week in a row. I expect Brees to have four touchdowns, and my guess is that Meachem will be on the receiving end of at least one of them.
James Jones– I have avoided writing about Jones for the past couple of weeks, but it’s time to give the Lambeau Leaper some recognition. It should be obvious to all that the Packers are a pass happy offense that, for the most part, relies on short routes in an effort to keep Rodgers upright. This does not bode well for Jennings, who in my opinion will not have a chance to “break out” this season, but it does bode well for Jones who has seen his role augment over the past few weeks with his ability to turn short passes into big gains. Though Jones was third behind Driver and Jennings, respectively, in terms of targets (six), Jones was able to make the most of his four catch day. He was the only Packer receiver to go over 100 yards (103) and he scored an electrifying 74 yard touchdown in the opening minutes of last week’s game. I would still be weary of giving up too much for him, as his production has been exclusively linked to the absence of Jordy Nelson, but he should be a decent option against a Dallas team that ranks 20th against the pass and has allowed 13 pass touchdowns already this year.
Earl Bennett – Bennett is another guy who should not, in my opinion, be a permanent fixture on anyone’s roster. However, Bennett did receive 11 targets last week, behind only Hester who had 14. Bennett managed to make good on 7 of those targets, accumulating 93 yards on his seven receptions. It should be noted, however, that Cutler threw the ball 47 times which obviously will not happen often, but the Bears were down early and needed to air it out. However, if you are desperate this week, Bennett may not be a bad play as the Bears face the Niners who rank 22nd against the pass and who have also yielded nine pass touchdowns to opponents this season. It is also fair to note that Bennett’s role has increased over the past few weeks and he is averaging 57 yards per game over the last four.
Jacoby Jones -Though the Texans are on a bye this week, I feel the need to put a plug in for Jacoby Jones. He is a dynamic playmaker who has been under the radar all year. Think of him as a poor man’s Percy Harvin who is starting to get more and more involved in the Texans offense. Last week, Jones tied Walter with six targets (second on the team) and hauled in 4 catches for 67 yards. If you have some room on your bench, or if you are still sitting with guys like Dennis Northcutt, my advice would be to pick up Jones off of free agency and watch him grow like one of those shrunken towels you buy in capsules that expand in water…don’t act like you don’t know what I’m talking about.
Nate Burleson – Though he will not be available in most leagues, Burleson deserves a golf clap for his productivity this season, especially considering where he was drafted in most standard leagues (rounds 14-16). Though he is basically neck and neck with Housh in terms of targets, 78 to 72 respectively, Burleson has been more productive, edging Housh in receptions and receiving yards and is tied with him for receiving touchdowns with three. Over the last four games, Burleson has averaged 75 yards a game to Houshmandzadah’s 42.
1. Top Two Broncos receivers (year)
Brandon Marshall 70 targets, 4 red zone targets
Eddie Royal 59 targets, 7 red zone targets
2. Saints Receivers (year) (last two weeks)
Devery Henderson 42 10
Robert Meachem 22 8
Lance Moore 17 2
3. Most Targets over the last four weeks
4. Number of players with more targets on the year than Nate Burleson….6
5. Dwayne Bowe’s target rank on his own team through the first five weeks…3rd (Bradley, Wade) He now has 19 more than both Bradley and Wade.