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Unquestionably one of the league's premiere possession receivers, the sure-handed wideout is arguably fantasy's most glanced-over consistency king.
Being passed over for larger, more gifted receivers is nothing new for the underdog. Though he posted eye-popping numbers as Colt Brennan's(notes) primary weapon in Hawaii's juggernaut offense, Bess shockingly went undrafted two years ago. Scouts contended his diminutive frame and lack of top-end speed were reason enough to label him unexcitable. During the '08 NFL Draft 35 other receivers were considered more promising. Of that group, only DeSean Jackson(notes), Donnie Avery(notes) and Eddie Royal(notes) have outperformed the supposed afterthought.
But the exhaustive worker, who signed a free agent deal with Miami immediately following the draft, has thrived on South Beach, developing into the Fins' most reliable aerial anchor. In his brief NFL career, the anti-Braylon has caught an astonishing 72.1 percent of passes thrown his direction – a testament to Chad Pennington's(notes) accuracy and Bess' incredible dependability.
Operating out of the slot, Bess, a silky smooth route-runner who excels after the catch, has established a strong rapport with Pennington. Stretching back to Week 12, a span of eight games, he's averaged a very serviceable 7.6 targets, 5.5 receptions and 59.6 yards per game. Extrapolate those totals over a full 16-game slate (88 rec, 954 yards) and the bypassed product is essentially a poor man's Wes Welker(notes) – lack of end-zone splashes included. Bess attracted a mediocre 17.6 percent of Miami's red zone targets a year ago.
Still for owners who relish the challenges of deep leagues, Bess is a godsend, especially in PPR-intensive formats. His double-digit fantasy production each week is invaluable.
This week under the Monday night lights, Bess will surely be the apple of Pennington's eye against Indy's Cover 2, a scheme that typically creates exploitable voids across-the-middle. To counteract the Colts' sudden affinity for blitzing, Bess will also be leaned on heavily to depressurize situations.
Owners in deep PPR leagues seeking a trustworthy WR3 or Flex play should scour the wire for the 18 percent-owned (four percent-started) Mr. Reliable.
Fearless Forecast: 8 receptions, 68 receiving yards, 1 touchdown
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QB: Trent Edwards(notes), 20-29, 232 yards, 2:0 TD:INT
RB: Michael Bush(notes), 15 carries, 79 yards, 3 receptions, 14 yards, TD
RB: Ahmad Bradshaw(notes), 14 carries, 74 yards, 1 reception, 4 yards, TD
WR: Nate Burleson(notes), 7 receptions, 94 yards, TD
WR: Bryant Johnson(notes), 6 receptions, 83 yards, TD
WR: Steve Smith (NYG), 6 receptions, 81 yards, TD
TE: Todd Heap(notes), 7 receptions, 71 yards, TD
QB: Philip Rivers(notes), 17-28, 180 yards, 1:2 TD:INT
RB: Frank Gore(notes), 20 carries, 54 yards, 12 receiving yards, 0 TD
RB: Steve Slaton(notes), 16 carries, 40 yards, 29 receiving yards, 0 TD
RB: Ryan Grant(notes), 18 carries, 66 yards, 7 receiving yards, 0 TD
WR: Randy Moss(notes), 4 receptions, 46 yards, 0 TD
WR: Vincent Jackson(notes), 3 receptions, 33 yards, 0 TD
WR: Santonio Holmes(notes), 3 receptions, 38 yards, 0 TD
TE: Jason Witten(notes), 2 receptions, 24 yards, 0 TD
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