Bowe emerging as fantasy’s hottest wide receiver

Posted Nov. 15, 2010 @ 1:24 p.m.
Posted By Michael Blunda

Jamaal Charles was the Chief everyone expected to be a fantasy stud this season, but it has been Dwayne Bowe who has instead taken the fantasy world by storm.

A popular bounce-back candidate following a 2009 campaign in which he was suspended and dropped a bevy of passes, Bowe was likely drafted as a No. 2 or No. 3 fantasy wideout in most leagues. However, he has outplayed his draft position significantly thus far, looking much closer to a No. 1 guy now.

After having a career day Sunday at Denver in which he caught 13 passes for 186 yards and two TDs, Bowe has now hauled in a ridiculous eight scores in his last five games. He's up to nine TD grabs on the season, tying him for the league lead, and he's on track to surpass 1,000 yards. Looking like a dud early in the season, he now has elevated himself to must-start status.

Obviously, his great play wouldn't be possible if not for the play of QB Matt Cassel, who himself had a career outing in Week 10 by throwing for 469 yards and four TDs. Cassel already has matched his TD total from '09 (16), but he has just four interceptions (compared to 16 last season). He quietly has put together a very solid season, and while he's not quite consistent enough to be a weekly fantasy option, he certainly deserves to be owned in just about all leagues.