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Fantasy Football 2013: 3 Wide Receivers to Avoid Going Forward

Tavon Austin

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This has been a revealing fantasy season to say the least. The running back position isn’t as deep as years past. Unless you have one of the top seven or eight backs, then you’re struggling. In addition, you’re relying heavily on wide receivers. There are 54 wide receivers with at least 50 fantasy points in ESPN leagues. On the flip side, there are 38 running backs with the same stats.

As a result, fantasy owners are rummaging through the waiver wire looking for that diamond in the rough. There have been some good finds, like Riley Cooper and Terrance Williams. However, there are a few receivers who you should just leave alone. Here are the top three I feel should remain on the waiver wire.

Jermaine Kearse: While waiting for Percy Harvin to debut, Russell Wilson has been looking for other receivers to step up. Golden Tate has done well over the last couple of games. Doug Baldwin has fared well also. However, the one player that has seen the most improvement has been Kearse. He has two touchdowns in the last two games and four for the season. He is listed as the No. 3 receiver, but will drop when Harvin returns. Despite the production, Kearse is only owned in 0.7 percent of ESPN leagues and it should remain that low.

Tavon Austin: Now, this is is the game Austin owners have been waiting for. Unfortunately, it took 10 weeks. He had three total touchdowns (two receiving, one punt return). He’s on a bye in Week 11, but could see an increase in ownership percentage in Week 12. If Austin is available in your fantasy league, leave him alone. He comes back to a really tough schedule. The St. Louis Rams play the Chicago Bears, San Francisco 49ers and Arizona Cardinals in the next three weeks. Those 77.8 percent of owners in ESPN leagues should drop him, as well.

Jerricho Cotchery: The No. 3 Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver has four touchdowns in the last two games. Some would argue he’s the fourth receiver behind Markus Wheaton, but the red-zone targets would say otherwise. However, Cotchery’s fantasy value is solely determined by the touchdowns he catches. With very limited targets outside the 20-yard line, Cotchery isn’t worth owning. Ben Roethlisberger followed a 400-yard game with just 204 yards. The inconsistency hurts Cotchery’s value a lot more than the other wide receivers.

Bill Pivetz is a fantasy football writer for Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @Mr_Piv1127.