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Audibles – Wide Receiver Dark Horses

On the Fantasy Radar

It’s really a simple thing to read the box scores after the games and determine who did well. The main problem is that those statistics are results. It doesn’t help you find out who the balls are going to this week. In this article, I will examine three guys who should be on your fantasy radar for upcoming weeks.

I’m pretty confident that these receivers are available in most leagues.  

Target Practice:

Mark Clayton, St. Louis: Did you see Sam Bradford this week? He chucked it quite a few times and looked great doing it. The Rams will have to throw it early and often to keep pace with anyone. Clayton was targeted a whopping 16 times resulting in 10 catches for 119 yards. Laurent Robinson is ailing and that makes Clayton a very attractive prospect this week versus a very mediocre Oakland Raider secondary. I expect to see more and more of Clayton as he starts to fit into the offense. He was traded to the Rams on Sept. 6 and is now a must-own prospect at this point.

Rookie on the rise:

Jordan Shipley, Cincinnati: While teams focus on how to stop Chad Ochocinco and Terrell Owens, Shipley will continue to work on weakest link defensive backs. The rookie from Texas looked good catching five of seven balls for 82 yards. He should be on your fantasy radar as the season progresses.

Old Reliable:

Greg Camarillo, Minnesota: So he’s not exactly fantasy relevant just yet. My strong suspicion is that as the year progresses he could end up Farve’s favorite receiver. Although he was targeted only two times, Camarillo made a spectacular catch. As you recall, last season he had the highest percentage of grabs to targets. He catches everything thrown his way. My gut tells me after two weeks that you will see him being targeted six to seven times per game. This has all the makings of a dark horse. Bernard Berrian continues to underwhelm and Percy Harvin is a week-to-week liability. This leaves tight end Visanthe Shiancoe and Camarillo as the main beneficiaries.

Old faces in different places:

Patrick Crayton, San Diego: Did you see the Chargers get embarrassed by the Kansas City Chiefs? Don’t let anyone tell you different. Other than a blown coverage that allowed Legedu Naanee to be wide open, the passing game was Phillip Rivers to Antonio Gates. There is no Vincent Jackson in the building. The Chargers looked flat without a dominant receiver. Crayton is better than Naanee, Buster Davis and Malcolm Floyd. He has a huge chip on his shoulder. Expect to see him learn the playbook faster than most. I suspect he will be in the lineup Week 2 after all the dropped balls. He will make an impact fast when he plays. Crayton’s best totals came in 2007, catching 50 balls for 697 yards and seven touchdowns with Dallas. The current state of San Diego’s passing game is a classified ad: “Gunslinger seeks soft hands and good speed for long walks on the beach in Hawaii.” He isn’t going to make you forget Jackson but he just might make Charger fans forget Buster Davis (two catches on four throws for 26 yards) and Malcolm Floyd(three catches on 12 throws for 48 yards), who both underwhelmed Sunday.

As always, may you think outside the box and not look to just stats to find your next stud. While stats are the indicator, your gut tells all.

I have a tremendous gut thanks to my new offset smoker barbecue and a sale at my local grocery on baby back ribs. I’ll be using it this Sunday as I watch every game at the same time while constantly changing out the beers in my non commercial grade hard hat with crazy straws included. Safety meetings are important!

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