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Player Trends Report - Receivers - Week 13
Tim Van Prooyen
November 25, 2008
Quarterbacks  |  Running Backs  |  Receivers
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RISING

Davonne Bess, Dolphins - With Greg Camarillo out for the year, Bess gets the chance to show his stuff.  Camarillo was working well opposite Tedd Ginn, Jr., and even though he’s a rookie, Bess could grab four or five catches a game and a touchdown or two going forward.  Look at him as a must pick up if you had Camarillo, and hope for at least part of the production.

Isaac Bruce, 49ers - Most weeks I wouldn’t put Bruce back on the climbing block based on one week’s performance.  However, with the remaining schedule being fairly in favor of receivers, Bruce’s stock definitely takes a bump up.  He’s still not likely to have very many more fantasy worthy weeks in his career, but he could very well finish this season in fine form, helping owners who may need a small boost due to injuries.

Lance Moore, Saints - Lance has become the number one receiving option in The Big Easy the past few weeks and has obviously lined up on the same page as Drew Brees.  His huge Monday night performance was his fourth good performance in a row, and has improved on a steady performance level at mid season.  With the up and down season Marquise Colston has had with injuries, it has been nice knowing Moore was there stepping up to make some fantasy owners very happy.

Mark Bradley, Chiefs - Bradley continues to thrive under the Age of Thigpen.  While he didn’t have his greatest outing this week, he solidified the fact that he’s on the rise, not only this year, but in the future if KC decides to stick with Thigpen-Bowe-Bradley in 2009, which very well could happen.  He’s the number two guy if you don’t count Tony Gonzalez, but with the way the team is tossing the ball around lately, the KC receivers are finally relevant again.

Marcedes Lewis (TE), Jaguars - With the exception of last week, Lewis has been much more active in the passing game, be it as it is, of Jacksonville the last month or so.  He’s getting a pretty steady four catches a game and has a decent amount of upside.  Before his catches increased he scored a couple of touchdowns.  If the team can get him the catches and the touchdowns all in the same weeks, he could have some very nice weeks.  As it is, he’s not a stud by any means, but if you’re looking for help, he’s arguably an option.

FALLING

Eddie Royal, Broncos - 6 catches for 48 yards in two weeks is a definite demotion for Royal.  Sure, he’s tough to bench, but with Denver obviously struggling, and Marshall playing well as the number one, Royal is no guarantee these days.  Still, he’s capable of the big week, so use your best judgment each week based on the matchup.  His future is still very bright, but he’s slumping right now, so act responsibly.

Bernard Berrian & Bobby Wade, Vikings - A few weeks ago Wade was catching seven or eight balls a game and Berrian was getting about six a week along with a touchdown a game.  This has been dwindling a little by little each week, and now Wade is happy to get three or four.  In fact, his last four weeks have been three, three, two and one in the catch department, not a sign of climbing for sure.  Berrian has had four catches in the past three weeks, quite likely causing his owners to start pulling out their hair.  Even with a semi-decent passer behind center, the overall game in Minnesota is still the running game, which adds up to bad news for Berrian and Wade.

Kellen Winslow (TE), Browns - He blew up just a couple of weeks back, but since has become quite cold.  Some of this can be traced to a new quarterback, but not entirely.  If anything it should be helping his stats as a safety valve, but this is not happening.  Cleveland seems to be playing overall better ball since Quinn took over, but there will be a lot of growing pains, and the ever enigmatic Winslow won’t take very well to these.  Expect him to be a roller coaster ride for a bit, with more downs than up for a while.

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