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The Shot Caller's Report - WRs
Your Weekly Guide To Fantasy Lineups: Week 11
Positions: QBs | RBs | WRs

Bye Weeks:
Minnesota, N.Y. Giants, Seattle, Tennessee

Grab a Helmet

Steve Smith v. TB: Itís been an up-and-down year for the former All-Pro in general and mostly just down of late. Heís tallied only 60 yards on four grabs in his most recent two games and if it werenít for a touchdown in Week 9 (his only one of the year, no less), he would have been a hugely disappointing play in both instances. His numbers arenít down, by the way, because heís not being targeted. To the contrary, Cam Newton looked his way 14 times in those two contests, about average for the 16th most targeted receiver in 2012. That heís only the 33rd highest scorer through 10 weeks says something about Newtonís accuracy (or the lack thereof). Anyway, too much gloom and doom. Iím supposed to be selling you on Smith, not recommending you sit him. Hereís what Iíve got: He faces the Tampa Bay Bucs on Sunday, the team giving up the third most fantasy points to opposing receivers. He also logged seven catches for 106 yards in the first game between the two NFC South foes back in Week 1. Start Smith.

Danny Amendola

Danny Amendola: The Rams only threat in the passing game is back.

Danny Amendola v. NYJ: Do you think Sam Bradford was happy to see Danny Amendola back after the latterís extended layoff due to a dislocated clavicle? (I donít even like typing it.) The former Sooner treated the former Red Raider to a welcome home gift of 12 targets in the Week 10 duel at Candlestick, 11 of which were tucked away by Amendola for positive yardage and positive fantasy points for his multitude of owners (more if they participate in PPR leagues. If it hadnít been for a yellow hanky in overtime, moreover, Amendolaís day would have been even better as he hooked up with Bradford for an 80 yard hit-and-run that would have definitely have sealed the victory. Unfortunately, it wasnít meant to be and the game ended in a tie, much to the surprise, apparently, of Mr. Amendola. Hey, NFL players: Thereís only one overtime and games absolutely CAN end in ties!

Denarius Moore or Darrius Heyward-Bey v. NO: I hope youíre still chewing on what I said over in the QB section about Carson Palmer because now itís time to put that knowledge (heís legit!) to good use. Meet the two guys most often fielding the passes Palmerís typically sailing around NFL stadiums. Moore is widely regarded as the more dynamic member of the duo and certainly the more trusted as heís tallied more targets (68 to 44) and more points (87.5 to 56.7) through eight games (theyíve both missed two tilts). Heyward-Bey, on the other hand, is the wildcard home run threat whoís managed to average almost 10 fantasy points per contest since resuming a full workload after a Week 3 concussion. The list of rather impressive receivers averaging roughly that many points per game on the year looks like this: Wes Welker, Jordy Nelson, Miles Austin, and Mike Wallace. If youíve decided Oakland receivers arenít worth your while, itís time to start rethinking that assessment.

Grab Some Wood

Mike Wallace v. BAL: Speaking of Wallace, almost all of his damage has been done in cahoots with Ben Roethlisberger this year. Iíd never even consider sitting him with Big Ben under center, but with Byron Leftwich running the show, the former Rebel becomes a much less enticing option. That blazing speed can hardly be put to good use, after all, when the man delivering passes takes so long to get the ball out, up, and on its way. You think the Ravensí Ed Reed and company wonít be laying in wait for those significantly delayed pigskins? More than likely, Coach Tomlin, anticipating trouble, will hew closely to a very conservative game plan and limit Baltimoreís opportunities to take advantage of his backup field general. That means a lot more rushing and a lot less Wallace. Itís pretty tempting to give him the nod with Antonio Brown likely out again, butÖIíd temper those expectations if I owned him.

Kevin Ogletree v. CLE: Ogletree kicked off his 2012 campaign with an explosive eight-catch, 114-yard, two-TD performance in the opener against the Giants. Since then, heís become arguably the leagueís most inconsistent, and therefore maddening, WR3 save possibly for Devery Henderson. The former Virginia Cavalier struck for three receptions, 96 yards, and a score in the Week 9 loss to Atlanta (when nobody likely started him) and then followed that up with a zero-catch, zero-yard, zero-TD, zero-TARGET outing against the Eagles in Week 10 (when some were doubtless starting him). Zero targets? Honestly? How does a guy go from being a regularly targeted third option on a pass-heavy team to warranting precisely zero looks in the span of a single week? Youíre not starting him this week, Iím certain, but that kind of inconsistency would earn him a one-way ticket to the waiver wire where I come from. Jettison Dallasí mercurial third receiver and save some money on therapy.

Justin Blackmon @ HOU: The former Okie St. Cowboy was inching ever closer to relevancy after two respectable performances against NFC North opponents, Green Bay and Detroit, in Weeks 8 and 9. He totaled nine catches for 99 yards and a score on 17 targets in those two games and looked ready to take another step in the Week 10 matchup last Thursday night against the upstart Colts. There was just one minor complication: Laurent Robinson returned from injury in the meantime and swallowed up a whopping 15 of Blaine Gabbert and Chad Henne’s 47 total looks. That means Gabbert looked Robinson’s way a third of the time and Cecil Shorts’s way another third of the time (14 targets) and…nope, Blackmon split the last third of the pie with four other guys if that’s what you were thinking. Clearly, he’s not quite ready for primetime so sit him down against the stout Texans defense this Sunday.

Good luck, folks!