December 4 2010 Last updated at 03:30 PM ET
Mediocre Fantasy Receivers With Mega-Soft Matchups Down the Stretch
His postgame freak-out did provide the perfect punctuation on the Cardinals' absolutely disgusting performance on primetime television, an evening of programming that left wonder whether an executive producer would get canned.
He did allow tactics typically used by 7-year-old little brothers to annoy the crap out of him. And the tirade did resemble Nicholas Cage in any number of his films, producing much-needed meltdown footage for the 2010 NFL season.
But a fantasy owner must keep a cool head; remember that Larry Fitzgerald and Steve Breaston are heading to a banquet featuring some of the NFL's worst pass defenses during the next four weeks: St. Louis (21st), Denver (20th), at Carolina (a deceiving 8th, as offenses score points fast before running out the clock often) and Dallas (23rd). The Cardinals will not travel north of the Mason Dixon line this month.
Anyone still reeling from googling "compartment syndrome," or recently declaring Randy Moss "dead to me" probably have struggled with the slim pickins on their league waiver wire. It's been a bitter cruel winter in that regard, with the slew of injuries at the receiver and quarterback positions.
Even some of the quarterbacks who have soared recently, like Tom Brady and Sam Bradford, give so much of the touchdown love to their army of tight ends that much meaningful receiver value is left by the wayside.
So maybe it isn't a good idea to bench Fitzgerald, or ignore the fact that your buddy just dropped Breaston. Let's relax. Think happy thoughts. Ken Whisenhunt took this team from late-season embarrassment to the Super Bowl two years ago, so I believe in their bounce-back ability. Even bigger: They play in a dome in Arizona -- not in snow, sleet, rain or 10-degree wind chill.
... Anything to take your increasingly desperate mind off rolling the dice with Derek Anderson.
For fantasy owners none too pleased with their current set of healthy starters, take note of a few other teams that could produce big days out of players with smaller numbers, courtesy of nice matchups. Of course, you will not find selections from no-brainer, start-no-matter-what pass offenses below.
Weeks 13-16: Jaguars (28th), Colts (6th), Texans (31st) and at Chiefs (24th)
The horror of the Rusty Smith Era is over, or until Kerry Collins gets injured again. Until he does, Nate Washington can come out of hiding and pitch in decently for fantasy owners hurting at wide receiver. And there is now slightly more hope that Randy Moss will wake up. Remember, Collins looked impressive as recently as a Week 7 win over Philadelphia. If Collins and Moss find a way to establish some sort of chemistry versus a miserable Jags pass defense, those Texans and Chiefs contests start to become very enticing for Washington and Moss owners, those that are left.
St. Louis Rams
Weeks 13-16: at Cardinals (25th), at Saints (3rd), Chiefs (24th), 49ers (15th)
Four games in a dome and two against bottom-10 pass defenses for the rookie wonder. Sam Bradford just posted his most impressive performance to date with over 300 yards and three touchdowns last week at Denver. He figures to only look better in a controlled climate with just the seemingly listless Cardinals defense to stop him. Danario Alexander produces when healthy, and currently that's the case. Brandon Gibson was a strong option until last week, but could be a good pickup if Alexander goes down again. Danny Amendola remains a decent fill-in/matchup starter, and he'll have three good ones coming.
Weeks 13-16: at Chiefs (24th), at Cardinals (25th), at Raiders (5th) and Texans (31st)
This one may border a little to close to obvious. Though, I've spoken to many owners who still frequently consider whether or not to start Kyle Orton, largely because Orton could be taken late enough in the draft to easily occupy a roster with the Peyton Mannings and Bradys of the world. For those suddenly facing a starting quarterback decision they never dreamed of considering -- Orton over Manning or Brady -- this soft upcoming schedule will make that choice even tougher. What this means for Broncos receivers: Brandon Lloyd remains a no-brainer but Eddie Royal or Jabar Gaffney might move from nice benchwarmers to good third receivers, especially in Weeks 13, 14 and 16.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Weeks 13-16: Falcons (27th), at Redskins (29th), Lions (18th) and Seahawks (30th)
Josh Freeman has served as a good starter-on-bye replacement this season, but over the next four weeks don't be surprised when he compiles fantasy starter numbers against that schedule. This will solidify Mike Williams' status as an automatic-start and could sprout another decent option in the Bucs' receiving corps. Arrelious Benn is the only other wideout to see a halfway-decent attention recently and could be worth a spot on your bench while Tampa prepares for a few paper-thin secondaries -- three in the Florida sun.
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