Fantasy Football On Target: Where to go after Week 12

by Tim Heaney on November 26, 2013 @ 10:31:47 PDT

 

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Wide receivers

Week 12 utilizations
Rk Player Tm Wk12 Notes
1 Josh Gordon CLE 17 Immune to the Brandon Weeden plague
2 Dez Bryant DAL 16 Dropped passes but regained QB's faith late Sunday
3 Calvin Johnson DET 14 Was producing even when Darrelle Revis (groin) was playing
4 James Jones GB 12 Familiarity with Matt Flynn helped.
5 Larry Fitzgerald ARI 12 Enjoying Carson Palmer's rebirth
6 Keenan Allen SD 12 Had 11 over previous 2 weeks
7 Brandon Marshall CHI 12 47 last 4 weeks 3rd among WRs. 1st: teammate Alshon Jeffery (53)
8 Julian Edelman NE 11 Will he stick as top Gronk alternative?
9 Cecil Shorts JAX 11 Had 9 previous 2 weeks. Plea worked. Caught 8.
10 Dexter McCluster KC 11 WW: 19 last 2 weeks, 1 fewer than Dwayne Bowe
11 Antonio Brown PIT 11 Joe Haden? No problem.
12 Harry Douglas ATL 11 Still benefitting from D's attention to Tony G
13 Cordarrelle Patterson MIN 11 WW: Unleashing the rook with 20 last 2 weeks
14 Nate Burleson DET 11 WW: The new top complement to Calvin
15 Pierre Garcon WAS 11 With RGIII's struggles, they only mean so much....

Andre Johnson said the Texans' offense "suck[s]" after his six-target, two-grab day Sunday. Johnson totaled 42 looks before that stinker and should get the ball repeatedly this weekend, but will it be emerging lockdown CB Aqib Talib covering him?

On another sneaky play -- a handoff to a wideout -- the St. Louis Rams proved they're figuring out how to maximize Tavon Austin's dynamite game-changing abilities. His six utilizations still don't rank highly for a wideout, but his increasing efficiency and big-play prowess makes him a much more lineup-worthy asset now.

The Oakland Raiders' Rod Streater has reaped the benefits with the injury to Denarius Moore (shoulder). Streater had nine targets for the second straight week this past Sunday with Moore sidelined. He's snared 11 of them for 177 yards and a score to earn valid fantasy WR3 consideration.

Ted Ginn Jr. had 10 targets for the Carolina Panthers but only hauled in three and dropped a likely touchdown bomb. That sums up the speedster's fantasy value.

WW: Shifty undrafted rookie Darius Johnson (15 looks since Week 10) looks slightly more intriguing for late-season desperation than Roddy White (11). Atlanta Falcons QB Matt Ryan has been forced to look to intermediate tosses more often without Julio Jones (foot), and Johnson's increased involvement isn't a fluke.

If Hakeem Nicks (abdomen) can't go once again, Rueben Randle and Jerrel Jernigan (each seven looks) will continue to be involved for the New York Giants, but Randle is the only one with fantasy relevance.

Miles Austin played more often than Terrance Williams and Cole Beasley, but none of these three did much. None are playable in most formats, though Austin has the best chance to be useful by season's end for the Dallas Cowboys.

Tight Ends close things out....

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