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September 11, 2013

FANTASY GRIND: Targeting targets, Vegas for D

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Niagara Gazette — Look at David Wilson, the Giants running back who fumbled twice on Sunday night and didn't get any carries or passes thrown his way afterward. Among the many running backs with more carries and more fantasy points were Arizona's Alfonso Smith and Philadelphia's Bryce Brown.

Wilson vented his frustration at fantasy owners and angry Giants fans on Tuesday night on Twitter, saying in part: "ur irrelevant to me!!! Nobody wants me to succeed more than ME!!!"

The truth: What Wilson wants is irrelevant if Giants coach Tom Coughlin and quarterback Eli Manning decline to give him the ball.

Here are some widely available players who had good opportunities in Week 1, with a reasonable chance to keep getting chances going forward.

QB: Terrelle Pryor, Oakland. Pryor is the latest example of the funny relationship quarterbacks have with fantasy scoring. Mobile quarterbacks who are weak passers can often make up ground by running, as Pryor did in Week 1 with 112 yards on 13 carries to go along with 217 yards passing. Pryor will keep piling up statistics on Raider plays that don't involve Darren McFadden rushing.

RB: DeAngelo Williams, Carolina. Likely sitting on someone's bench in your league. But with Jonathan Stewart on injured reserve, Williams is more than a committee back. He had 17 carries in Week 1, tied for 11th in the league with Marshawn Lynch, McFadden and Spiller.

WR: Brian Hartline, Miami. Hartline was third among NFL wide receivers with 15 targets against Cleveland, finishing with nine catches for 114 yards and a touchdown. Mike Wallace, new to the Dolphins with a $60 million contract, was visibly upset Sunday after having only one catch on five targets — enough to warrant a meeting Monday with coach Joe Philbin.

TE: Dallas Clark, Baltimore. That's correct, he's 34 years old in his 11th season, with only two seasons with more than 800 yards (2008 and 2009). Clark led his team with 12 targets, one behind Cleveland's Jordan Cameron for the league lead among tight ends. Baltimore quarterback Joe Flacco relied heavily on Dennis Pitta last year, who is out for most of the year on injured reserve. Clark has averaged less than six targets per game over his career, but during his best year, a 100-catch, 1,106-yard season in 2009 with Indianapolis, Clark averaged 8.3 targets per game. Baltimore is thin among receivers and Clark will likely be available for a tryout without a waiver claim, as others in your league jump for Julius Thomas or Kellen Winslow.

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