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WR Waiver Gems – Week 12

Guess I can’t really ignore the early games this week. Let’s hope I hit on at least one; last week was a debacle.

Nate Burleson, DET, 37% (GB): Burleson has had two solid weeks in a row, going for 83 and 63 yards respectively – with a TD last week – while being targeted often. Everyone knows by now that the Packers can’t really stop anyone through the air (289 yards/game, 18 TDs), and tomorrow’s showdown should be a high scoring affair. I wouldn’t hesitate to slot him as a WR3/flex: 85 yards.

Joshua Cribbs, CLE, 25% (@CIN): Cribbs has caught lightning in a bottle these last couple of weeks, catching TDs against three solid  to great pass defenses: SF, Houston, and Jacksonville, while having very low yardage totals; He has flourished in the red zone. Could he put up another solid game against the stingy Bengals? On a hunch, I’ll say yes, if only because Cleveland needs to use their most dynamic position player to have any shot at staying in this one, and Colt McCoy will no doubt have to put the ball in the air 30-40 times, targeting Cribbs frequently in the process: 50 yards, TD.

Harry Douglas, ATL, 13% (MIN): With Julio Jones not practicing yet this week, Douglas could get a start against the anemic Vikings pass D (259 yards/game, 19 TDs). Minnesota’s run defense is no slouch, and they will probably be focused on trying to slow down Michael Turner, leaving some openings in the secondary. Douglas could exploit those opposite Roddy White, like he did Week 10 against New Orleans: 80 yards (if Jones is out).

Deep League Special:

Riley Cooper, PHI, 1% (NE): A complete shot in the dark, but Cooper was impressive filling in for Jeremy Maclin last week against the fading G-men. He gets another soft defense in the Patriots this week (299 yards/game, worst in the league, 15 TDs). Maclin likely is back, but Cooper should still get some looks here and there, no matter who is behind center, and thus he could be a worthy flier in the flex spot for a team desperate to make the playoffs: 70 yards.

WR Waiver Gems – Week 5

This being the first bye week, it will be even tougher to find a low-owned WR that could bring you a decent return on Sunday. But, there are still a few I think could perform at WR3/flex play levels:

Malcolm Floyd, San Diego Chargers, 58% (@ DEN): Denver has given up 9 TDs and 275 passing yards/game thus far, and Antonio Gates should be out again. Even though Floyd has had a very weak first month, I like him to provide a complement to Vincent Jackson, Ryan Mathews, and Mike Tolbert, and envision him finally having a decent fantasy game in single coverage, including his first TD catch of the year: 50 yards, TD.

Nate Burleson, Detroit Lions, 47% (CHI): Burleson has been quiet the last two weeks, with 4 catches for 28 yards combined. However, he gets to face Chicago’s weak pass defense (301 yards per game) in week 5. With all attention going to Megatron no doubt, Stafford should find Nate and the rest of the receiving corps (see: Titus Young, Brandon Pettigrew) running free early and often: 80 yards receiving.

Preston Parker, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 19% (@ SF): Throw out week 3 against Atlanta, and Parker has been a solid WR3. He had his first TD catch last week, to go with 70 yards. This week, Tampa faces a 49er squad giving up 284 yards passing/game. With Mike Williams and Kellen Winslow struggling, Josh Freeman has looked in Parker’s direction more and more, and I can see that continuing this week: 75-85 yards receiving.

Kevin Walter, Houston Texans, 11% (OAK): With Andre Johnson out, Walter should get a few more looks from Matt Schaub, which should translate into several red zone targets as Houston moves up and down the field on the Raiders. Oakland is good for 2 TD passes against per week so far, and I think Walter grabs one of at two, maybe three in a Houston romp: 40 yards, TD.

WR Waiver Gems – Week 3

I was 2 for 4 in my waiver picks last week; Henderson was the prime deep threat for Brees, and Eric Decker filled in nicely for Brandon Lloyd on his way to a monster fantasy day. Let’s see what low-ownership WRs in Yahoo leagues might pan out this week:

David Nelson, Buffalo Bills, 45% (NE): 

Nelson was a PPR machine last week with his 10 for 83, TD performance against the Raiders. He really came out of nowhere too. This week, he gets another team that can’t defend the pass. Despite being 2-0, the Pats have given up the 2nd most passing yards in the league: 762. Who has given up the most? The Packers, which is pretty shocking news as well. Although I don’t see this Buffalo renaissance lasting much longer, the offense should be able to put up some points against the bendy Patriots. As such, Nelson should again have a solid week as Fitzpatrick’s second option: 8 catches, 65 yards, and a TD.

Early Doucet, Arizona Cardinals, 29% (@ SEA): 

Doucet was hot in week 1, but not in week 2. Granted, take away his 70 yard TD against the Panthers and he has 55 yards in two games, but hey, they all count. The ‘hawks have been stout defensively through the first two, but I cannot see that lasting, especially given their woeful offense keeping them on the field for long stretches of time. Since ‘Zona will lean even more on Kolb’s arm this week, with Beanie Wells looking iffy, L-Fitzy will get his yards/TDs, and Doucet will get the scraps: 50 and a touch this week in a high scoring affair (The Cards D will make Seattle look somewhat respectable).

Nate Washington, Tennessee Titans, 22% (DEN):

Nate and the Titans shocked everyone with their upset of the Ravens last week. Washington had an impressive 7 catches for 99 yards as the compliment to Kenny Britt. He should continue being a useful WR 2/3 this week against Denver, what with Champ Bailey most likely out, and Britt surely seeing double teams on a regular basis. Give him even more consideration in PPR leagues. 6 catches, 75 yards, and an outside shot at a TD.

Deep League Special:

Titus Young, Detroit Lions, 4% (@ MIN):

My deep league friends, look to Titus for assistance as a WR3/flex play against the woeful Vikings pass defense: Minny has given up over 280 yards passing in two games. While that is a small sample size, their stout D is a thing of the past. With Matt Stafford and the high-flying Lions attack (yea, it still sounds weird) coming to town, there should be enough to go around. Since CJ, Burleson, Best, and Scheffler (and Pettigrew, if healthy) will be the focal points for the Vikings, Mr. Young could again sneak his way to an 80 yard receiving week (he was 5 for 89 last week), not too shabby for someone nearly universally unowned.