I was 2 for 4 last week, hitting on David Nelson (6 for 84) and Nate Washington (8 for 92, TD), and missing on Early Doucet (5 for 50), and Titus Young (4 for 51), though the two misses still provided good PPR totals. Washington obviously should benefit from Kenny Britt being out for year, and has an outside shot at a thousand yard season. Ok, enough banter, on to this week’s lightly owned WRs who could provide a boost to your fantasy score:
Denarius Moore, Oakland Raiders, 68% (NE): Yea, Moore is pretty well known by now, after his breakout game against Buffalo in week 2, but still, he is available in almost a third of all yahoo leagues, and is facing the sieve-like Patriot’s D (377 yards given up per game, most in the league). Given that NE will also be justifiably focused on trying to contain DMC, and Oakland should be involved in a shootout, Moore could be a WR1 in WR3 clothing this week, even if Jacoby Ford plays. A hundred yards and a touch? Definitely doable.
Victor Cruz, New York Giants, 32% (@ARIZ): The second option in the Giant’s passing attack last week had a career game, with the Eagles too focused on Hakeem Nicks and the running game, and Mario Manningham out. This week, Mario is probably back, but I still would consider Cruz a solid WR2-3 option. Even when healthy, Manningham can look lost at times, and it is clear that Eli and Cruz developed some chemistry against Philly. Arizona’s D doesn’t scare anyone and has given up 275 passing yards/game thus far. Victor should be good for 85-100 of those.
Jabbar Gaffney, Washington Redskins, 19% (@STL): Gaffney has been a consistent possession target for Rex Grossman, tallying at least 50 yards a game the first three weeks, with 5 catches each of the past two weeks. Although he doesn’t have a TD, that could change this week against St. Lou, who have given up 7 passing TDs thus far, to go with 252 yards/game. Gaffney is a sneaky deeper league play who could net WR2-3 numbers of 50-60 yards and a touch.
Deep League Special:
Brandon Gibson, St. Louis Rams, 7% (WAS): Gibson had a nice week against Baltimore in week 3, with 55 yards and a TD. Given the Rams’ fluctuating WR situation, as well as the likelihood of them playing from behind, he could be a sleeper for about 80 yards against Washington; a TD might not be in the cards though, as the ‘Skins have only allowed 2 passing TDs thus far.