Fantasy football sleepers: Wide receivers
Jerricho Cotchery, New York Jets vs. Tennessee Titans
Fantasy value: High-end No. 2
Look for a big week from Cotchery
- As mentioned in the Mark Sanchez writeup above, the Titans have been vulnerable against the pass this year. Wide receivers have torched them for 16.5 receptions per game (third most), 247.5 receiving yards (most) and 2.00 receiving scores (tied for second most). Their 15.00 yards-per-catch average against the Titans D is also the eighth largest figure.
- Cotchery recorded six receptions for 55 yards against them last season but touched them up for eight catches, 152 yards and a score in '07.
Mario Manningham, New York Giants at Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Fantasy value: High-end No. 2
- When New York receiver Domenik Hixon (knee) exited Week 2, Manningham took over, eventually finishing with 10 grabs for 150 yards along with a 22-yard score.
- The Bucs have surrendered the fourth most receiving yards per game (196.5) and the most touchdown snares per game (2.50) to wideouts. They've only allowed 8.0 catches per contest to them, but a somewhat fluky Week 1 against the Dallas Cowboys saw three long touchdown plays to receivers.
- Manningham fits the deep-play profile, though, so he can take advantage of the vulnerabilities in the new Bucs defense have been exploited in the secondary.
- Manningham should be acquired in every format possible.
NEW - Donnie Avery, St. Louis Rams vs. Green Bay Packers
Fantasy value: Weak No. 3 or flex
- The second-year wideout made headlines for the wrong reasons last week as he caught just one pass for four yards and lost one fumble. In Week 1, he finished with a respectable six catches for 46 yards.
- Avery missed a huge chunk of the preseason because of a foot injury. He relies largely on his speed and could still be working off the rust.
- Despite having one of the top pairs of cornerbacks in the NFC, Green Bay has been hurt by opposing wideouts in two games. They have given up the sixth most receiving yards (179.5) and are tied for the second most TDs (2.00) allowed per game to this position.
- They'll also be missing safeties Atari Bigby (knee) and Aaron Rouse (released). Pro Bowl safety Nick Collins (clavicle) might not play either. With Avery's speed, he might be good for a big play or two if the replacements mix up their assignments.
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