Week 16: Pickups of the Week
The enigmatic Raiders receiver looks like he might be getting on track after a mid-season disappearing act that saw him tumble down the depth chart and go catchless in weeks 9 and 10. He spent a busy day on Sunday, leading the team in targets for the fourth consecutive game -- and doing more with them this time. Heyward-Bey's eight catches and 155 yards against the Lions were career highs as he at long last looked like the top player the late Al Davis envisioned him becoming. Detroit's secondary is a mess, so there's a chance this big game will stand as a one-off. Nevertheless, it should be a confidence-builder for a young player who is overdue for some good breaks.MyFantasyLeague availability: 100%
As Colt McCoy watched from the sidelines, Greg Little acquainted himself with backup QB Seneca Wallace. The two connected on five passes for 131 yards and a score -- the best receiving line for a Cleveland player so far this season. McCoy may be unavailable again this Saturday, meaning Wallace and Little would have a chance to build on their budding chemistry against Baltimore. The Ravens' once fierce pass defense has more flaws this year (on display during their Week 15 loss to San Diego) and Greg Little should be able to exploit the likes of Lardarius Webb and Cary Williams on Christmas Eve.MyFantasyLeague availability: 87%
Celek's 156 receiving yards last week were the most he's ever recorded in a single game, though the bulk of those yards came on a play that incredibly covered three-quarters of the length of the field without resulting in a TD (he was tackled just short). Celek has bounced back nicely this year and his final numbers should split the difference between his stellar 2009 campaign and his disappointing 2010. Given the way Celek is playing right now, he heads into Week 16 as a borderline top-10 TE.MyFantasyLeague availability: 45%
Cook is a true receiving TE, but he hasn't been used as such this season. His talents have gone to waste and he has been largely excluded from the Titans' game plan, including a two-week stretch where he was targeted only once per game and went without a catch both times. Last week someone finally clued in to the fact that Cook is a viable pass-catching weapon. Cook became the offensive focus, catching nine of 11 balls thrown his way and crossing the 100-yard threshold for the first time in his career. Hopefully this opens the eyes of either Hasselbeck or Locker (depending on front office sanity). Cook is too good to be left out and Tennessee should call his number more often during these final two games.MyFantasyLeague availability: 71%
Gano is nine for nine on field goals over the last three games as the Redskins' leading scorer. His recent hot stretch corrects a midseason rough patch during which he missed field goals in four consecutive games. If you don't trust your regular kicker, or maybe you just role the dice each week based on match-ups, you would be well-served to target this week's soccer game between Minnesota and Washington -- the two teams that have conceded the most fantasy points to opposing kickers.