Complete Week 18 Projections

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PROJECTED 2013 SEASON STATS
76. Davone Bess, Cle WRYEARTARRECYDSAVGTDRUSHYDSTDPTS
2012 Statistics1046177812.8100078
2013 Projections845252510.1200062
2013 Outlook: With the additions of Mike Wallace, Brandon Gibson and Dustin Keller, plus the re-signing of Brian Hartline, Bess was no longer needed in Miami. The Browns traded for him during April's draft, and plan on using his short-area skills out of the slot. Bigger-play wideouts Josh Gordon and Greg Little will see their values spike more if Brandon Weeden figures it out in 2013, but Bess will just go ahead and make 50-plus catches, as he's done in all five of his pro seasons. As always, though, he's really only of interest in deeper PPR leagues.
77. Mohamed Sanu, Cin WRYEARTARRECYDSAVGTDRUSHYDSTDPTS
2012 Statistics25161549.64515042
2013 Projections64414039.84526064
2013 Outlook: Sanu is slow, but he's a terror coming over the middle and has terrific hands. He caught 115 passes in his final collegiate season at Rutgers, and momentarily established himself as a red zone threat in his rookie year before his season was ended by a stress fracture in his left foot. Sanu's best-case scenario would be a career like T.J. Houshmandzadeh's, which would be valuable for fantasy. Of course, A.J. Green will always be the main man here, while Marvin Jones and rookie TE Tyler Eifert have potential. But watch out for Sanu in the slot, and in the end zone.
78. Jerome Simpson, Min WRYEARTARRECYDSAVGTDRUSHYDSTDPTS
2012 Statistics522627410.5000020
2013 Projections502734912.9200044
2013 Outlook: You've seen the play. Back in 2011, when he was with the Bengals, Simpson did a front flip over a defender and landed in the end zone. The clip has become one of the NFL's highlights of the decade, and is a good indicator of Simpson's athletic ability. He was supposed to be the Vikings' answer as an outside receiver in '12 but flopped horribly. Now Minnesota has Greg Jennings entrenched out wide and Jarius Wright in the slot, so Simpson's only path to playing time this year is if first-rounder Cordarrelle Patterson proves too raw to start in his rookie season.
79. Riley Cooper, Phi WRYEARTARRECYDSAVGTDRUSHYDSTDPTS
2012 Statistics472324810.8300039
2013 Projections633845812.1300059
2013 Outlook: Cooper has 43 regular-season catches in three pro seasons, but Jeremy Maclin's season-ending knee injury sets him up to be the starting split end in Chip Kelly's new offense. A big player with good wheels, Cooper has never lacked physical ability. He just has had a difficult time finding the field, leading us to believe his problems are hands and confidence. Certainly Jason Avant will be active out of the slot, and you can't rule out the Eagles signing a free-agent WR to replace Maclin. For now, though, Cooper is the next man up, as unappetizing as that sounds for fantasy.
80. Jason Avant, Car WRYEARTARRECYDSAVGTDRUSHYDSTDPTS
2012 Statistics765364812.2000059
2013 Projections755360211.4100062
2013 Outlook: Give Avant credit for being steady. The past three years he's logged 51, 52 and 53 catches, respectively. But he's a pure possession guy who just can't find the end zone; he's never eclipsed three TDs in any of his seven NFL seasons, and has two combined scores in the past three campaigns. The explanation? Avant runs geometrically precise routes and has exceptional hands, but he couldn't make a play after the catch to save his life. Jeremy Maclin's season-ending injury probably means more targets for Avant. But for fantasy, you can do better.
81. Doug Baldwin, Sea WRYEARTARRECYDSAVGTDRUSHYDSTDPTS
2012 Statistics492936612.6300047
2013 Projections533740911.1200052
2013 Outlook: Baldwin had an intriguing 2011, finishing fourth among all rookie wideouts in receptions and receiving yards. But that was with Sidney Rice limited to nine games by injury. Last season, with Rice and Golden Tate healthy, Baldwin saw only 3.4 targets per game as the Seahawks' No. 3 WR. It's true that prized offseason acquisition Percy Harvin will likely miss most of the season with a hip injury, which puts Baldwin back into three-WR sets, but in one of the NFL's least pass-heavy offensive attacks, that's unlikely to lead to much fantasy value.
82. Kenny Stills, NO WRYEARTARRECYDSAVGTDRUSHYDSTDPTS
2012 Statistics------------------
2013 Projections412231114.1300049
2013 Outlook: Stills is a fifth-round rookie from the University of Oklahoma who may benefit from an ACL injury to Joe Morgan and become Drew Brees' No. 3 wideout in Week 1. A smaller, thin player, Stills boasts 4.38 40-yard speed, meaning he can inherit the role once occupied by Robert Meachem and Devery Henderson. As such, he may produce some highlight-reel plays on bombs. However, even if he's in the lineup every week, he's not likely to help your fantasy team outside of hauling in a long pass or two.
83. Justin Hunter, Ten WRYEARTARRECYDSAVGTDRUSHYDSTDPTS
2012 Statistics------------------
2013 Projections472332614.2200042
2013 Outlook: Hunter was a combine star, running 4.44 40-yard dash at 6-foot-4 and 196 pounds, while leading all wideouts in the broad jump and tying for the lead in the high jump. Long term, he's got No. 1 WR ability, but his hands are inconsistent, and he's not yet physically strong enough to get separation from NFL defensive backs. Plus, in his first training camp with the Titans, he constantly frustrated coaches with mental errors. Hunter may have a bright future ahead, but it probably won't begin in 2013.
84. Andrew Hawkins, Cle WRYEARTARRECYDSAVGTDRUSHYDSTDPTS
2012 Statistics805153310.54630071
2013 Projections432831411.22417044
2013 Outlook: Hawkins took a long road; he went undrafted out of Toledo, was out of football in 2008, competed on Michael Irvin's reality TV show and then spent two seasons in the CFL before making the Bengals' practice squad in '11. By last year, he'd become the team's slot receiver, and a strong one. Of course, a full 46 of his 51 grabs traveled 10 yards or fewer in the air, so to achieve fantasy greatness Hawkins must make big plays after the catch. And alas, Hawkins suffered a severe ankle injury in camp, and may miss games in September.
85. Brandon Lloyd, SF WRYEARTARRECYDSAVGTDRUSHYDSTDPTS
2012 Statistics1307491112.34000114
2013 Projections493340312.2200052
2013 Outlook: Lloyd wasn't a Chad Ochocinco-level disaster for the Patriots last year, but considering the hype his union with Tom Brady generated, 911 yards and four TDs were a disappointment. More concerning is that the Pats trashed Lloyd's personality before they released him, calling him "erratic" and suggesting he has a clinical problem. He's still a free agent and has played for six teams in his 10 seasons, so we're concerned a good offense might not think he's worth the chemistry risk. But Lloyd has shown he can be an explosive deep threat in the right system. If he signs somewhere, he'll be worth a speculative add.
86. Terrance Williams, Dal WRYEARTARRECYDSAVGTDRUSHYDSTDPTS
2012 Statistics------------------
2013 Projections643441012.1100047
2013 Outlook: A stiff-hipped player who doesn't run great routes, Williams' calling card is supposed to be his vertical speed. But he ran a 4.52 40-yard dash at April's combine, which helps explain how this unanimous first-team All-American fell to the Cowboys in the third round. He's apparently done enough in training camp to bypass Dwayne Harris and become Dallas' No. 3 wideout behind Dez Bryant and Miles Austin, and he's a good enough athlete that he may make a few highlight-reel plays. Then again, so did Kevin Ogletree.
87. Markus Wheaton, Pit WRYEARTARRECYDSAVGTDRUSHYDSTDPTS
2012 Statistics------------------
2013 Projections563439811.7100045
2013 Outlook: Wheaton fits the mold of a Todd Haley receiver: He may be undersized, but he's electric in the open field and can break away from defenders if given a sliver of daylight. In fact, Wheaton is basically a clone of the two guys at the top of Pittsburgh's depth chart, Antonio Brown and Emmanuel Sanders. It wouldn't be a surprise to see an all-Smurfs lineup of wideouts on the field at times in 2013, though it's also likely that Wheaton was drafted as a potential replacement for Sanders, who's operating on a one-year contract this season.
88. Josh Morgan, Wsh WRYEARTARRECYDSAVGTDRUSHYDSTDPTS
2012 Statistics734851010.62325064
2013 Projections644448811.11320056
2013 Outlook: In four seasons with the 49ers, Morgan established himself as a man with some big-play ability. But in his first season in D.C., he became a pedestrian threat: He had just five targets and zero catches on passes that traveled more than 20 yards in the air, and was perhaps most valuable to the Redskins as a blocker. This winter, Morgan had surgery on his right ankle and both hands, so perhaps he'll get healthy and have increased chances on longer attempts this year. But with Pierre Garcon around, it's hard to see a clear path to a major role for Morgan.
89. Percy Harvin, Sea WRYEARTARRECYDSAVGTDRUSHYDSTDPTS
2012 Statistics856267710.932296199
2013 Projections281616510.31845024
2013 Outlook: Harvin played in only nine games in 2012 because of a sprained ankle, and now he's set to be out until at least November with a hip injury that required surgery. Only time will tell how quickly he'll be able to return to his usual explosive self, but it's hard to recommend drafting him in redraft leagues, unless your setup allows you to stash him for a couple months at least.
90. Michael Crabtree, SF WRYEARTARRECYDSAVGTDRUSHYDSTDPTS
2012 Statistics12685110513.09180159
2013 Projections231719911.7200031
2013 Outlook: Crabtree suffered a torn Achilles in May and will be out up to six months, putting a possible return sometime in late November and excluding him from draft consideration in one-year leagues.