In PFW's late-week fantasy tips for wide receivers, Hakeem Nicks' knee is limiting his production and there's absolutely no excuse not to start Julio Jones against the Saints.
Giants WR Hakeem Nicks’ knee appears to be getting a bit worse. He has been held in check for the most part this season with knee and ankle ailments, and the recent worsening of the knee could make him a so-so play or worse at Cincinnati.
WR Julio Jones has been a road warrior for the Falcons in his 1½ NFL seasons, and we expect him to be highly productive once again vs. the Saints’ porous defense in Week 10. In 11 career road games, Jones, who had eight catches for 128 yards and TD at New Orleans last season, has scored 10 TDs, including each of his last six road games. He averages 103.3 yards receiving on the road in his career.
Steelers WRs Emmanuel Sanders and Jerricho Cotchery each figure to get more playing time with Antonio Brown (ankle) expected to miss Week 10. Sanders will step into the starting lineup if Brown, as expected, is out, and Sanders should be targeted before Cotchery in fantasy leagues. However, Cotchery could also have some value in bigger leagues. The Chiefs are weak vs. the pass, which only adds to the appeal of both wideouts.
Lions WR Calvin Johnson (knee) missed a full week of practice leading up to the Week Nine game at Jacksonville but played nonetheless, and he hauled in seven passes for 129 yards on eight targets (all team-highs). The lesson? Johnson doesn’t necessarily need to practice to play. Some teams are more stringent on this than others.
Ravens WRs Torrey Smith and Anquan Boldin are both solid starting options against Oakland in Week 10. The Raiders are shaky in the back end, with injuries forcing them to have re-shuffled their secondary.
Cowboys WR Dez Bryant’s full-practice status is a clear indication that he should be back close to full strength for Sunday’s game against the Eagles. Start him freely in a league near you.
Titans rookie WR Kendall Wright (elbow) and veteran WR Kenny Britt (knee) were both full participants in practice on Wednesday and can be plugged into your lineup Sunday against a Miami secondary that surrendered a rookie record 433 passing yards to Andrew Luck last week.
Don’t jump to the waiver wire for Chargers WR Danario Alexander just yet, but keep a close eye on the Chargers’ rotation at receiver on Sunday against Tampa Bay. Robert Meachem and Eddie Royal are expected to return from injury, but neither has done much of anything from a fantasy standpoint. Alexander had three catches for 61 yards in his first significant action as a Charger and Norv Turner said that Alexander will remain part of the offense. If his snaps and targets remain respectable with his teammates returning, he could be an option after Week 10.
Colts WR Donnie Avery (5-108-0) was playing arguably his best game of the season against the Dolphins in Week Nine before suffering a hip injury. Avery is listed as questionable for Thursday night, though he is expected to play and, along with rookie T.Y. Hilton, makes a solid WR3 this week against the Jaguars.
The Jaguars’ WR corps — and QB Blaine Gabbert for that matter — will never have a better opportunity to turn things around than they do Thursday night against the Colts. That’s because Indianapolis will be without both starting corners and potentially its top pass rusher. There haven’t been a lot of games this season where fantasy owners can take comfort in starting any Jaguars wideouts, but this could be the week where rookie Justin Blackmon and second-year speedster Cecil Shorts make a positive contribution in real life and in fantasy.