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The Shot Caller's Report - WRs
Your Weekly Guide To Fantasy Lineups: Week 13
Positions: QBs | RBs | WRs

Bye Weeks:

Grab a Helmet

Chris Givens v. SF: St. Louis hasnít had a 1,000-yard receiver since the 2007 season when the venerable Torry Holt turned the trick. They wonít have one this season either, though it seems they may have found a couple guys capable of at least threatening that mark in the next couple years. Danny Amendola is one of them, of course, provided he ever manages to avoid the serious injuries which continue to befall him. Chris Givens, a speed demon from Wake Forest, is the other. Givens, like any rookie, has been very erratic this season. Heís also been in hot water with Jeff Fisher recently, the reason this will be his first matchup with San Fran instead of his second. Nevertheless, the former Demon Deacon has already demonstrated, in very short order, an uncanny ability to get open deep at least once a game. His 21.7-yard per-grab average, in fact, is the very best in the league through 12 weeks. Start him Ė especially if Amendola sits Ė and hope for another homer this Sunday against the Niners.

T.Y. Hilton @ DET: Hereís another rookie with oodles of speed to burn. I recommended Hilton on two separate occasions already this year (Weeks 6 and 10) and he disappointed me both times. Apparently, I was just a tad premature predicting his breakout. Even including that Week 10 dud against the Jags (zero receptions), the former Florida International sensation is averaging almost 60 receiving yards and a score in his last four contests. He even added a bonus score in the Week 12 win over Buffalo by taking a punt return to the house, his first of two touchdowns on the day. I think itís safe to say Mr. Hiltonís breakout is officially happening as we speak, albeit slightly behind schedule. Unless youíre loaded at receiver already, you should probably be playing him against Detroit this weekend.

Santana Moss

Santana Moss' next TD will be his is 8th of the season.

Santana Moss or Pierre Garcon v. NYG: I never get to talk about RGIII, an automatic start, so letís do the next best thing and talk about the guys he plays catch with. Moss is the most experienced of Griffinís wideouts and, after a pretty slow start, has really emerged as a red-zone threat for the Skins. Heís scored seven times this season despite just 45 targets, a ratio (6.42 targets/score) that places him behind only Donald Driver (6.0), Mohamed Sanu (6.25), and teammate Aldrick Robinson (6.33) in my made-up efficiency rankings for receivers who have scored more than once this year. Garcon, on the other hand, can only be considered a general disappointment thus far, having appeared in only 5 of Washingtonís 11 games. Youíve gotta like what he did in his last appearance, however (five grabs, 93 yards, and a score against Dallas). In this ďwhat have you done for me lately?Ē league, thatís a good enough reason to give him a look on Monday night. Start either of these two guys with confidence against the Giants.

Grab Some Wood

Mike Wallace @ BAL: This marks the third consecutive week Iíve recommended a sit-down for Pittsburghís best receiver. The first week, I didnít trust his quarterback, Byron Leftwich. The second week, I didnít trust his other quarterback, Charlie Batch. This week, I donít trust his regular quarterback, Ben Roethlisberger, who some say still has a chance to play this Sunday (Iím dubious). If thatís not enough mistrust to go around, I should probably mention the other person I donít trust as the Steelers head toward a Week 13 showdown with Baltimore: Wallace himself. Mike Tomlin apparently demoted the former Mississippi star to co-starter status with Emmanuel Sanders earlier this week, possibly as a way to motivate him after a truly abominable Week 12 performance. That, or thereís something ugly going on behind the scenes. In either case, itís probably not the best time to own Mr. Wallace and itís certainly not the best time to be counting on him. Steer clearÖagain.

Torrey Smith v. PIT: Iíve already told you I donít like Smithís quarterback in the aforementioned grudge match with the hated Steelers. This is the reason I donít like Smith: In three career starts against Pittsburgh, heís managed to snare only six passes on 17 total targets for an average of 26.3 yards per contest. Yikes. If Smith averaged that little against the rest of his opponents, heíd be in the neighborhood of guys like Michael Jenkins, Earl Bennett, and Harry Douglas in the overall receiver rankings. No offense to those fine gentlemen, butÖthatís a pretty shabby neighborhood. Clearly, the Curtain has figured out a way to blunt Smithís explosive plays. Give him a rest this weekend if you can afford to. The matchups get much, much better after this one.

Greg Jennings v. MIN: My future brother-in-law allegedly uttered the following words last Sunday night when he spied Jennings on the Green Bay sideline during the massacre at MetLife Stadium: “Greg Jennings is a good looking man.” Wellllll…alrighty then. I can’t disagree, actually, but I can tell you what makes him look even better: a green and gold uniform with the #85 on it. What a trying year it’s been for Jennings’s owners, present company included. It’s tempting to seize upon this latest hopeful news (that he’s on track to play this Sunday) by inserting him in your lineup. He OWES us, right? Don’t do it. He hasn’t played in almost two months and he wasn’t all that effective when he did (just 78 yards on the entire season). He may indeed end up being relevant down the fantasy stretch but we really need to make him prove it before we start believing in him again.

Good luck, folks!