NFL fantasy risers, sliders (cont.)
Ramses Barden, Giants -- The 6-foot-6 Barden had the game of his life in Charlotte, shredding the Panthers secondary for nine catches and 138 yards. He's in position to take over third-wideout duties for Eli Manning, which is a boon to anyone's fantasy value.
Aldrick Robinson, Redskins -- With Pierre Garcon troubled by a bad foot and his replacement Leonard Hankerson slowed by a bad back, Robinson is in line to become Robert Griffin III's most favored receiver over the next game or so. That's not a bad position to be in.
Wes Welker, Patriots -- Welcome back to the mainstream, Slot Machine. Aaron Hernandez's injury helped Welker escape from Bill Belichick's maximum security benching. He posted very Welkerian numbers -- eight catches for 142 yards -- while drawing the attention of Baltimore's best defenders all night.
Andrew Hawkins, Bengals -- For the second straight game the Bengals' diminutive slot man caught just two balls but managed to reach the end zone. He's an electric player who is a threat to score on every touch.
Randy Moss, 49ers -- Caught up in a numbers game on a run-first team, Moss's return to Minnesota was less than triumphant, managing just three catches for 27 yards in San Francisco's loss. He's likely good for an occasional touchdown or big catch, but he isn't someone to count on for weekly productivity.
Stephen Hill, Jets -- The Week 1 darling was targeted seven times against Miami and came up with a goose egg.
Austin Collie, Colts -- A hard luck player, Collie finally was able to play after his bouts with concussions and he suffered a knee injury.
Heath Miller, Steelers -- Ben Roethlisberger has made it a goal to get Miller to the Pro Bowl, and so far the veteran tight end is holding up his end of the bargain, with 15 catches -- four for touchdowns -- this season.
Kyle Rudolph, Vikings -- A popular preseason sleeper, he's hauled in three of Minnesota's four touchdown passes this season.
Martellus Bennett, Giants -- On Thursday he became the first player in Giants history to catch touchdown passes in his first three games. The former Cowboy is yet another dangerous weapon at Eli Manning's disposal.
Fred Davis, Redskins -- He found himself on many waiver wires following two straight games with very little production, but his seven-catch, 90-yard game against the Bengals shows that RG3 has him in his sights. Scoop him up if available.
Tony Moeaki, Chiefs -- He was a virtual no-show for the third straight week. Once promising, he's not someone who you need to keep track of unless you play in a three tight end league.
Kellen Winslow Jr., Patriots -- You know who you are, those of you who thought you'd be sneaky and signed Winslow believing he'd be in line for Aaron Hernandez's catches. Well, you outsmarted yourself because he's fourth on New England's depth chart at the position and is likely just a matter of weeks away from being cut by his third team this season.
Andy Dalton, Bengals -- The Redskins played without Brian Orakpo and Ryan Kerrigan, but Dalton averaged 12.2 yards per pass attempt and looked like a seasoned veteran more than a second-year pro. I'd want in my lineup this week in Jacksonville if I normally start Ben Roethlisberger or Andrew Luck (both on byes).
Jake Locker, Titans -- The athletic Locker out-dueled Matthew Stafford in Week 3, throwing for a career-high 378 yards with three touchdown passes. He also chipped in 35 rushing yards. With Kenny Britt and Nate Washington back at full strength and no rushing game to speak of, Locker may be having more and more of these type games in the near future.
Matt Schaub, Texans -- He lost part of his ear lobe against the Broncos but he got back his status as one of fantasy football's better quarterbacks after throwing for four touchdowns in Denver. This week he gets a crack at a Titans defense that allowed a combined 450 passing yards to the Lions yesterday.
Sam Bradford, Rams -- Just when it appeared that Bradford would be taking that next step he throws in a 152-yard, two-interception clunker against the Bears. He threw for 20 fewer yards than Detroit's reliever Shaun Hill on 22 more attempts.
Cam Newton, Panthers -- We're guessing it's just a hiccup, but Newton has just two touchdown passes against five picks this season. He looked completely lost against a Giants secondary that at times made Josh Freeman look like an All Pro.
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