Fantasy WR tips: Wallace still a starter with third-string QB

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Fantasy WR tips: Wallace still a starter with third-string QB

In PFW's Week 12 WR fantasy tips, our staff says Steelers WR Mike Wallace is still fantasy-starter material even though Pittsburgh will start its third-string QB Sunday.

Steelers WR Mike Wallace remains a viable fantasy starter even with Charlie Batch under center. In Batch's last three starts, Wallace has caught 9-206-2.

Expect Redskins WR Pierre Garcon to go again. Although he was limited in practice this week (and it is a short week with the Thursday game), Garcon should play at Dallas. How much he’ll contribute after a three-catch, five-yard game in Week 11 is another issue entirely. Hard to expect much, honestly.

Steelers WR Plaxico Burress figures to be a complementary player in Week 12, and when Antonio Brown (ankle) returns, Burress' role could decrease. Burress, who just joined the team this week, might not be a huge part of the game plan in his first game in Pittsburgh. He's only startable in huge leagues, where owners have to hope he gets a red-zone look or two.

Lions WR Titus Young (disciplinary reasons) won't play in Week 12. Ryan Broyles figures to see more targets in Young's absence. With the playoffs coming soon, owners can't wait long on Young, and some already have given up on him. Young is talented, and keeping him on the roster until there's more clarity regarding his status might not be a bad thing, but the fantasy playoffs are coming, and some owners just don't have the time to wait.

Panthers WR Steve Smith has averaged only 40 yards receiving in the past three games and he is stuck on one receiving TD for the season. He still fits as a low-end No. 2/high-end No. 3 fantasy WR, though, against the Eagles, who were burned for four passing TDs by Redskins QB Robert Griffin III last week.

Saints WR Lance Moore doubled his TD total in Week 11 with two scores vs. the lowly Raiders. We don’t recommend him for a start vs. the stingy 49ers this week, even though the Saints will be in the comfort of the Superdome. San Francisco is second in the league vs. the pass and has allowed only nine TDs through the air this season. In this case, we see the Saints’ offense taking a step back in terms of production.

Colts WR T.Y. Hilton tallied his third 100-yard receiving game of his rookie campaign against the Patriots (6-100-2). With the status of teammate Donnie Avery (concussion) up in the air, a big day could be in the offing for Hilton against a Buffalo pass defense that ranks 18th in the league. For a burner like Hilton, opportunities could be abundant.

Jaguars rookie Justin Blackmon had a rough start to the season, totaling only 250 receiving yards in his first nine games. However, he made up for lost time in a big way in Week 11, busting out against the Texans for a ridiculous 236 receiving yards on seven catches. With QB Chad Henne running the show the rest of the season — and high-priced free-agent WR Laurent Robinson heading to injured reserve — Blackmon could be a major asset down the home stretch, beginning in Week 12, when he faces a Tennessee secondary that has had myriad issues.

So much for Andre Johnson being on the downside of his career. The best receiver in Texans history had one of the best days by a receiver in NFL history in Week 11, catching a career-high 14 passes for a franchise-record 273 receiving yards. A four-catch, 35-yard output on soggy Solider Field in Week 10 notwithstanding, Johnson has been dynamite over the past month, reemerging as a must-start option on a weekly basis. Johnson will look to build on his tremendous momentum against Detroit’s eighth-ranked pass defense on Thursday.

Chargers WR Danario Alexander is the hot fantasy pickup of the week, and for obvious reasons. He is already fourth on the Chargers in receiving yards (291) —  he is gaining 19.4 yards per catch — and has three touchdown receptions even though he has played in only four games. He has surpassed Robert Meachem and Eddie Royal, but is he a better option than Malcom Floyd? Both have solid matchups against a banged-up Ravens secondary, but Alexander was targeted five more times than Floyd (11-6) last week against Denver. The Chargers are going to keep going to the hot hand.