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

Bye Weeks:
Dallas, St. Louis

Grab a Helmet

Riley Cooper v. WAS: If anyone can be said to have benefited from the Richie Incognito scandal, itís gotta be Cooper, doesnít it? The former Gator started the year under the black cloud of some racially insensitive remarks, remarks that appear almost tame when compared to the venom that spewed forth from Incognitoís mouth recently. I guess thatís one thing about the NFL: thereís ALWAYS a bigger idiot ready to steal that white-hot spotlight away from you. Cooper hasnít hurt his image-refurbishing effort, of course, by also becoming a legit threat in Chip Kellyís rejuvenated Philly attack. The past five weeks Ė and on the heels of a goose egg he posted in the Week 5 game against the Giants Ė heís averaged 16.8 points/game, meaning only one player has outscored him at the receiver position (guess) in that span. Thatís quite an astonishing turnaround for a guy who only managed 15.1 TOTAL points his first five games.

Brandon Marshall

Brandon Marshall is putting together a top-five fantasy season.

Brandon Marshall v. BAL: Speaking of idiotsÖ. Marshall fired off an angry rant of his own after the Bears came up short against Detroit last Sunday, bad-mouthing the ďborderline illegalĒ play of the Lionsí D-line and then trashing the city they represent for good measure. You stay classy, Brandon Marshall. As with Cooper, however, Marshallís words will soon be forgotten because he keeps producing big numbers. Despite uncertainty at the QB position in Chicago, the Bearsí star wideout has managed to top 15 points in three of his last four outings and continues to be the closest thing to Calvin Johnson anyone in the league could hope to be. Heís too big for defensive backs, too fast for linebackers, and possesses very sticky hands. Moreover, now that Alshon Jeffery has emerged on the other side, opponents canít give him their undivided attention. Thatís too bad for them because he always managed to produce even when they did.

Kenny Stills v. SF: If youíre in the market for a T.Y. Hilton knock-off, maybe go see if Stills is available on your leagueís waiver wire (doubtful if youíre in a deeper league). While the rook from Oklahoma doesnít necessarily bring Hiltonís skill set to the table (elite speed), he fills a similar role for Drew Brees, acting as the de facto deep threat in the Saintsí explosive offense. Though heís only been targeted 33 times all season and has only caught 19 of those targets, Stills is currently the 32nd ranked receiver in the league. Hereís you how pull off that trick: You turn four of those catches into touchdowns and you lead the league in yards-per-catch (23.0). Thereís inherent danger using guys who rely on explosion plays (they can always lay an egg), but the New Orleans offense is one of the leagueís most stable and Brees one of its most consistent offensive engineers. Donít hesitate if you own Stills.

Grab Some Wood

Eddie Royal @ MIA: Itís been a very strange year for Royal, to say the least. He kicked off the 2013 campaign by scoring over 41 points in Weeks 1 and 2, more than heíd scored in three of his first five complete seasons. Then, just when we were warming up to him, he disappeared for about a month. Lest we completely forget about him, the former Hokie returned in Weeks 7 and 8 to post double-digit points against Jacksonville and Washington, respectively. Then, last week, he disappeared again. Not exactly a model of consistency, is he? In many ways, Royal duplicates what the more versatile Danny Woodhead already brings to the table for the Bolts and itís hard to see him mattering that often when the San Diego offense is humming along. He draws an opponent in Week 11, Miami, thatís allowed the fourth fewest points to wide receivers, so steer clear.

Percy Harvin @ MIN: Youíve waited all season to plug that draft-and-stash treasure, the explosive Harvin, into your lineup. It only seems fitting to do so against the team that traded him away, right? WellllllÖ. Harvin hasnít played football in almost a year and isnít exactly coming off some garden variety injury. The speedster had his hip surgically repaired earlier this season, a critical joint for a guy whose game is all about pinpoint cuts and sudden changes of direction. Iím no doctor, granted, but I certainly play one on fantasy websites and Iíd advise you exercise caution when placing your teamís playoff hopes in Harvinís seemingly capable hands. The Hawks have a bye after the game in Minny and any potential setback would probably force Coach Carroll to sit him down for another couple weeks of recuperation. Besides, we havenít seen Harvin in this offense yet and the Hawks havenít necessarily missed him while heís been out. Lotta unknowns here, people.

Denarius Moore @ HOU: The Raiders’ best receiver and premiere deep threat has been pretty solid this season, encouraging when you consider he’s been paired with a very inexperienced QB who’s often more inclined to run than air things out. Moore tallied four double-digit games in his first six to start the season, scoring a TD in every one of those contests. In the three games since, however, he’s only tallied about 16 total points and hasn’t returned to the end zone. Terrelle Pryor’s inexperience, in other words, might be starting to show a bit. Pryor also isn’t a sure thing to start on Sunday at Reliant Stadium, meaning Moore could be shagging passes from the virtually unknown Matt McGloin against the Texans. I wouldn’t be crazy about trotting him out there unless I had no other viable options at the position. Go find someone better/hotter on your league’s waiver wire.
Good luck, folks!