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.

F.Y.I. Targets

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

#1 Larry Fitzgerald (52)…. #2 Devin Hester (44) #3 Reggie Wayne (41)  #4 Andre Johnson (41)

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.

  1. Metcalf Up The Middle says:

    Am I the only one who likes Sammie Stroughter this week against the Fins? I can see TB being down and needing to pass to get back in the game. Stroughter and Freeman roomed together during training camp and Stroughter is no slouch himself. Had he not been diagnosed with clinical depression and had a slew of injuries there is no chance he would have been a 7th round pick, I’m thinking more of a late 2nd – early 3rd rounder had he realized his true potential while at Oregon State.

    My shocker special this week – 6 for 79 and a score.

  2. AL KOHOLIC says:

    yeah i been watching meachum especially this week against the rams

  3. AL KOHOLIC says:

    larry johnsons agent says 2 big surprise teams really interested

  4. Ian says:

    A D/ST question! Who do you like, Arizona v. Seattle or Tennesse v. Buffalo?

  5. Tom says:

    I need to start either Kevin Smith, Knowshon or Shonn Greene. opinions?

  6. Jo says:

    @Ian: I’d go with AZ b/c I think their defense has more big play ability. They have a good secondary and they’re playing a pass heavy team, so hopefully that will turn into int’s and there’s a chance to take one to the house :)

  7. Jo says:

    @ AL KOHOLIC: mentioned that the Pat’s are interested in LJ…

  8. AL KOHOLIC says:

    @Jo: makes since,they are one of those teams that get the most out of bad attitude guys,plus thier offensive line is quite a bit better than kc`s

  9. AL KOHOLIC says:

    T.O. against tenn.?after a bye week and they made an attempt to get him involved thier last game,im hoping for 4 catches 65 yards possibly a score

  10. Doc

    Doc says:

    @AL KOHOLIC: I do think Tennessee’s pass D is trending toward the less sucky side of things. They have been getting some personnel back.

    @Ian: For the above reason I’m liking Tennessee.

  11. Jo says:

    I just got ryan grant for matt forte… did I win?

  12. Jo says:

    Also, i’m pumped about another trade I have in progress… to and knowshown for brian westbrook.

  13. Jon says:

    Would you trade Greg Olsen or Brent Celek (I have both) for Percy Harvin? If so, which one?

    I am brutally in need of a WR…

  14. AL KOHOLIC says:

    @Jon: id trade olsen for him

  15. AL KOHOLIC says:

    @Jo: moreno has a tough schedule remaining,i like westbrook more but he is a major injury risk,but when he plays the numbers speak for themselves,if its a keeper league then no

  16. Ian says:

    With Andre Johnson and Nicks on BYE this week I need to start some waiver wire fodder this week. I’ve currently got Royal and Mike Wallace in there. Do you like Meachem or either of the Jones’ over either of my current schmos? (PPR)

  17. Jon says:

    @AL et. al – I meant to add: not PPR and return pts do not count towards individuals… Still doing the trade?

  18. AL KOHOLIC says:

    @Jon: i still like it better than a spare T.E sitting on the bench,im assuming your weak at wr and either way harvin is a threat any week just hasnt been the most consistent

  19. Jo says:

    @ AL KOHOLIC: It’s not a keeper league. I’m just pumped everytime I think about my new backfield… pierre/grant/westbrook/charles Now I need to get a solid #1/#2 WR for one of them. Oh and this is PPR.

  20. Doc

    Doc says:

    @Jo: I like the Grant for Forte trade. I would dump Westbrook for just about anybody. Even while he’s been out with the concussion his ankle has flared up.

    I would trade Olsen for Harvin since you have Celek.

  21. AL KOHOLIC says:

    @Doc: good trade you made in RCL,especially if westbrook brakes again,plus you had good depth at wr

  22. Doc

    Doc says:

    @AL KOHOLIC: Just felt like I needed to try something since I am so far back. I think it’s a pretty fair trade all in all.

  23. AL KOHOLIC says:

    @Doc: antonio bryant,T.O or meachum?i see possible improvement from bryant if healthy with a new QB but meachum is probably the safer play

  24. brett says:

    I’m in a fairly standard PPR head-to-head league and i’m more than set at RB (Turner, Addai, Grant, Mendenhall, Thomas). I want to trade for a receiver and someone offered me a garbage trade for Addai.

    I was thinking of countering Addai for Miles Austin. Is this a fair swap?

  25. Jo says:

    @Brett: Addai is money in PPR leagues. I would try to dump Thomas for Austin…. or an even better WR. Although he makes the most out of minimal touches, I own Pierre and I’m always worried about starting him b/c of competition in the backfield. Plus, the saints are so far ahead in 1st place, he could screw you if they limit his touches even more before the playoffs. But the same can be said for Addai.

    Anyways, both are good b/c you need to get a WR and what good are 5 RB’s if you can’t start them?

    Another thing I’d consider is trading away Turner for an elite WR and starting the best matchup out of the remaining 4 each week.

  26. matthole says:

    .5ppr….have rice/turner set as my RBs…..would you trade hightower (insurance RB + great schedule) and olsen for gates?

    things to consider: I need to win out to have a shot at making playoffs

  27. Drew says:

    I just completed the following trade… Give Grant/Royal get Boldin/Charles. I’m really digging this deal, and I think it’s going to put me over the top. Thoughts?

    .5/reception, .5/completion, 12 teams

    QB(1): Schaub/Cassel
    RB(2): Benson, Pierre, LT, Maroney, Charles
    WR(3): Megatron, Boldin, Bowe, R. Williams
    TE: Gates
    K: Kaeding

    Does anybody see anywhere else that I could make a move and try to improve? I’m starting to build my roster for the playoffs, somehow I’ve managed to survive 3 of my first 4 picks being huge busts (LT, CJ, Roy E).

  28. Drew says:


    I think you’re giving up too much for Gates, especially with Olsen coming off the game of his career. But Hightower does you no good sitting on your bench, and you’ve got to think that Beanie will be getting more of the carries once week 14, 15, 16 come around.

  29. matthole says:

    @Drew: Forgot dwayne bowe….hes a bust and he mustve been a high pick….

    As im sure you know your WRs are very shaky due to injuries but have HUGE upside….I’d have a boner with Bowe as my WR3 pre-season, but he just hasnt been there this yr…..

    I like the trade bc it strengthens your WRs which you need…..and youre set with benson/pierre as is at RB

    If boldin and calvin return to elite status you could be $, if they dont youre focked

  30. matthole says:

    @Drew: would u make that deal anyway? since hightower is on the bench…..gates is an upgrade, right? maybe olsen is a sell-high after that monster game…..I certainly dont expect him to put up multiple TDs again

  31. Drew says:

    @matthole: @matthole:

    I agree that my WR corps is full of ???’s, but the upside of CJ, Boldin, Bowe is givin ME wood. I also actually really like what I saw out of Roy E on SNF. Romo was looking for him in the redzone and Roy was making some good plays. He could be a sneaky buy low for someone needing a WR3 late in the season.

    I guess it all depends on how you look at the value of Olsen. At the beginning of the year he was a sexy pick for a breakout season at TE. He hasn’t lived up to those expectations, but maybe last week was the game that gets him going, I doubt it, but who knows…???

    What’s the rest of your squad like? How’s your depth at RB, cuz if you move T.H. and Rice or Burner go down you’re probably screwed.

  32. matthole says:

    @Drew: agreed, if rice/turner go down im screwed anyway, 3-6, need to win out….so im thinking why not try to create the best team now since i cant afford another loss

  33. AL KOHOLIC says:

    @matthole: i agree,its all or nothing at 3-6,if you can upgrade your starting lineup at this time then you def. trade any backups,

  34. hideousmutants says:

    Noticed the earlier comment on AZ Defense. My main D is the Packers and they’ve got me spooked (obviously). Arizona’s owner just lost Owen Daniels and I could probably get him for Greg Olsen (my backup to Antonio Gates). The downside is I’m without a backup TE but there are guys like Jermichael available on my wire.

    Am I panicking too much about the Pack or overrating AZ?

  35. AL KOHOLIC says:

    @hideousmutants: arizona def has thier next 2 games vs seattle and the rams then 2 nice playoff matchups vs detroit and st. louis weeks 15-16,green bays got 4 tough offensive games including dallas this week and pitt/arizona in weeks 14-17.are you getting top value for olsen?probably not. are you improving your team?yes

  36. Doc

    Doc says:

    @AL KOHOLIC: I like Meachum.

    @matthole: Tough call. Hightower in a ppr is pretty nice to have, but if you aren’t starting him and you need to win out it’s probably worth the hit.

  37. jamiesonmj says:

    pick 3 this week: megatron, sims-walker, donald driver, sidney rice, austin collie. Im leaning towards megatron, rice, and driver.

  38. herschel says:

    12 team ppr league, who to start at flex, ricky williams or nate burleson?


  39. brett says:

    @Jo: A bit late on this reply, but thanks. I’m only willing to move Addai in a deal like that because who know’s what might happen when Brown gets back. But good advice on moving one of the other guys. I’m open to any of them, it’s just a matter of finding a manager who’s willing to give up an elite WR.

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