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Five receivers on the radar screen

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  • Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Mike Williams is tackled by Chicago Bears cornerback Tim Jennings during Sunday's game at Soldier Field in Chicago.

      Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Mike Williams is tackled by Chicago Bears cornerback Tim Jennings during Sunday's game at Soldier Field in Chicago.
    Rick West

  • Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Mike Williams (17) looks for running room after a reception as Chicago Bears defenders Pisa Tinoisamoa (59) and Tim Jennings (26) give chase during the first half of an NFL football game in Chicago, Sunday, Oct. 17, 2010.

      Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Mike Williams (17) looks for running room after a reception as Chicago Bears defenders Pisa Tinoisamoa (59) and Tim Jennings (26) give chase during the first half of an NFL football game in Chicago, Sunday, Oct. 17, 2010.

 
 

The bone-jarring hit DeSean Jackson took Sunday left the Eagles WR with a severe concussion that will likely cost him multiple games.

Falcons CB Dunta Robinson delivered a heart-stopping collision that has been the focus of newspapers, ESPN and talk radio shows across the country.

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While the league fined Robinson $50,000 and promises to get tougher on helmet-to-helmet hits, there are plenty of you in fantasyland who were also given a major headache when Jackson went down.

But don't despair. Five receivers are on the radar as solid pickups that might serve as "Wide Receiver Excedrin" until Jackson returns.

1) Anyone who watched the Seahawks dismantle the Bears last week knows Seattle made a concerted effort to get Mike Williams (10-123) the ball all day. He may not score a ton, but 60- to 80-yard days are nothing to sneeze at.

2) Think the Rams' Danario Alexander's 4-catch, 72-yard, 1-TD debut was a fluke? Don't bet on it. The 6-foot-5, 221-pounder out of Missouri figures to be a favorite of Sam Bradford for years to come.

3) Don't look now, but the Saints' Robert Meachem has scored in two straight weeks. Meacham's a tough one to figure, but it looks like Drew Brees has re-discovered the deep threat that scored seven times in the last nine weeks of 2009.

4) Tom Brady obviously likes having Deion Branch (9-98-1) back. Is this a one-game aberration? Perhaps, so don't put too much stock into one performance. If he posts even decent numbers in San Francisco this week, then feel free to claim Branch.

5) With Jackson out in Philly, Jason Avant has a chance to strut his stuff. He had 5 catches for 62 yards last week, but don't expect huge production out of a fifth-year pro with 3 TDs and 587 yards as career highs.

Memo to the Chargers:

Hand the ball to Ryan Mathews 15-22 times a game. He's averaging 5.93 yards per carry the last three games, but has just 9, 9 and 12 carries in those contests. He's a stud. Treat him like one and give him the ball!

Welcome back:

It was nice to see Greg Jennings (6-133-1), Dwayne Bowe (6-108-2) and Pierre Garcon (4-103-1) become fantasy relevant again. For their owners' sake, hopefully they can keep it up.

My teams:

Got a break from the schedule maker in my unit league when I beat the worst team 39-34 to improve to 4-2. In the regular league, Jeremy Maclin and Joseph Addai led my opponent to a 133-106 victory. I'm 3-3 in that league with the third-most points scored.

Good bets

Cowboys QB Tony Romo at New York Giants. This is just for those of you who might look at the Giants' second-rated pass defense and get cute. Don't. Romo will be fine.

Broncos WR Demaryius Thomas and RB Knowshon Moreno vs. Oakland. Double sleeper alert! With Eddie Royal injured (groin), Thomas will catch a TD against a Raiders team that has allowed 12 through the air already. As for Moreno, he'll get over 80 yards for sure.

Chiefs QB Matt Cassel vs. Jacksonville. Peyton Manning and Matt Schaub owners, look no further Cassel will throw at least 2 TDs against the hapless Jags.

Redskins RB Ryan Torain vs. the Bears. Despite allowing the third-fewest rushing yards per game, the Bears have given up a league-high 7 rushing scores.

Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch vs. Arizona. Mike Tolbert, Darren McFadden and Jason Snelling all ran for 100 or more yards against the Cardinals, making Lynch a top play this week.

Browns TE Benjamin Watson at New Orleans. Anxious Antonio Gates owners should pick up Watson, who has at least 45 receiving yards in five straight games.

Redskins defense at Chicago. It's about time to call every defense that lines up against Jay Cutler a good bet.

Patriots defense at San Diego. The Chargers far and away allow the most points to fantasy defense/special teams. Why? Well, 2 kickoffs, a punt, a fumble and a blocked punt have all been returned for scores. Rookie WR Brandon Tate has an excellent chance to bring one back for New England.

Ravens kicker Billy Cundiff vs. Buffalo. Teams score on the Bills at will.

Bad bets

Jaguars RB Maurice Jones-Drew at Kansas City. The ultra-disappointing MJD has given his owners one week of production and five weeks where you've been screaming at the TV. Come Sunday, prepare to go hoarse once again.

Cardinals RBs Tim Hightower and Beanie Wells at Seattle. Wow, is Arizona bad. At everything. Passing. Running. Defense. Everything. Shows you how much Kurt Warner meant to this team.

Redskins QB Donovan McNabb and WR Santana Moss at Bears. Three TDs. That's all the Bears' defense has allowed through the air this season.

Jaguars WRs Mike Thomas and Mike Sims-Walker at Kansas City. With QBs David Garrard AND Trent Edwards hurting, this is a situation to avoid.

Patriots QB Tom Brady at San Diego. Brady has just 2 passing TDs his last two games and faces the top-ranked passing defense this week.

Bills WR Steve Johnson at Baltimore. I've warned owners about Johnson (4 TDs last three) being a potential flash in the pan. He's a WR4/flex play the next three weeks against some tough defenses.

Chargers RB Ryan Mathews vs. New England. The Pats have allowed a league-best 1 rushing TD this season.

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