Fantasy Football 2013: Wide Receivers To Target

By Adam Pfeifer
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It’s one of the most important days of the week for fantasy owners.

The Monday night game is complete, Week 9 is over and owners are placing bids for the most desirable free agents on their league’s waiver wire. Sure, some of the quarterbacks such as Nick Foles and Ben Roethlisberger are getting the majority of the attention, but there are a handful of free agent wide receivers that warrant immediate fantasy attention.

Get your notebooks out, folks.

Mike Brown, Jacksonville Jaguars: Do you know how frustrating it is to see such a talented wide receiver with massive potential waste it? Come on, Justin Blackmon. After teasing fantasy owners with WR1 potential, Blackmon has once again been suspended by the NFL, this time indefinitely. Those who own Blackmon should race to the waiver wire to grab Brown, who has been solid even with Blackmon in the lineup. Over the last three games, Brown has seen a very healthy 20 targets, considering he is the third option in the passing game. There’s upside here, but more importantly, there’s volume, which is something I look for immensely. Playing on a bad team, Brown will see plenty of targets because Jacksonville (per usual) will be behind in games, resulting in plenty of garbage time opportunity. The Jags are currently averaging 38 passing attempts per game (12th-most) and Blaine Gabbert still isn’t under center, which is fantastic news.

Cole Beasley, Dallas Cowboys: He won’t score, but Beasley has been very productive for the Cowboys as of late. Beasley has been strong in PPR leagues, hauling in at least four balls in four of his last five games. Quarterback Tony Romo trusts his underneath guy, and with Miles Austin possibly being shut down for the rest of the season, Beasley will continue to see playing time. Dallas continues to appear to shy away from the running game, as Romo is averaging slightly over 38 pass attempts per game. He also plays in the NFC East, which features some of the most fantasy friendly defenses in all of football. Coming off a nine-target game in a pass-happy offense, Beasley has WR3 upside for the rest of the season.

Doug Baldwin, Seattle Seahawks: With Sidney Rice done for the year, many expected Baldwin to slide in and play a major role in the passing offense. That was certainly the case on Sunday, as Baldwin was the most targeted wideout, seeing 10 targets, catching six balls for 75 yards and a touchdown. There is a concern that Russell Wilson doesn’t throw the ball enough for Baldwin to matter, but if Percy Harvin can’t get on the field, Baldwin will be very fantasy relevant. Baldwin has seen a respectable 40 targets this season, and he’s been on the field a strong amount, seeing 51.2 snaps per game, which is just three percent less than Golden Tate. He’s worth a look.

Aaron Dobson, New England Patriots: First he was terrible, then he was good, then he was terrible, now he’s good. The rookie has made some serious progress as of late, and the Patriots coaching staff has been impressed. Coming into this week’s game, Dobson had posted career high in snap counts in two of his last three games, and is currently seeing 48.6 snaps per game. On Sunday, he dominated, catching five balls for 130 yards and two scores. He looked great, and if the drops are behind him, we can all celebrate. Fellow rookie Kenbrell Thompkins was a healthy scratch, which indicates that Dobson has earned that outside role. Considering guys like Danny Amendola and Rob Gronkowski aren’t exactly sipping out of the fountain of health, Dobson should continue to be a large part of this passing offense.

Adam Pfeifer is a featured fantasy sports columnist for Rant Sports.

You can follow him on Twitter @aPfeiferRS.

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