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2013 fantasy football profiles and projections (WRs 65-80)

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Holmes finally appears to be on his way back from a Lisfranc foot injury which kept him sidelined for nearly an entire calendar year. His status for Week 1 has been largely uncertain, but as soon as he is ready to go, he will likely be the focal point of an offense which has limited playmaking ability and questionable quarterbacking.

Quick was involved in the offense on a very limited basis in his rookie campaign of 2012. With a season under his belt, look for him to increase his production in 2013. If Tavon Austin can develop into a reliable go-to option, that could open up space for Quick to produce better fantasy output.

Burleson missed most of the 2012 campaign due to an injured leg, but he's expected to be fine for this season. The veteran out of Nevada will be the favorite to start opposite Calvin Johnson since Titus Young has been released, and Burleson also has the advantage of playing in a pass-based offense with Matthew Stafford under center. With that said, it's tough to expect much more than 700-800 yards with four to six touchdowns from the 31-year old wideout. With little to no room under his statistical ceiling, Burleson shouldn't be considered more than a late-round choice.

Streater didn't do too badly in his rookie campaign last season, but the quarterbacking issues the Raiders faced last year may get even worse in 2013. Terrelle Pryor is more of a runner than a thrower, and when he does throw, the accuracy is not always trustworthy. That automatically limits the number of potential passes Streater can catch. Streater's value exists in deeper leagues.

Kerley is coming off a respectable season in the stat sheets, posting career bests in receptions, yards and touchdowns. Of course, it's tough to see a scenario where the Texas Christian product vastly improves on those totals in 2013 due to the return of Santonio Holmes and being part of an offense that has major question marks at the quarterback position. Furthermore, the Jets as a whole don't have a whole lot to like from a fantasy standpoint. If you do decide to select Kerley in your league, it shouldn't be until the very late rounds as a fantasy reserve.

The first wide receiver taken in the 2008 draft, Avery is coming off his best statistical season with career bests in receptions, yards and fantasy points. Unfortunately, that wasn't even good enough to finish among the 40 best players at his position in most leagues. Avery disappeared down the stretch, scoring fewer than four fantasy points in six of his final seven contests. He also ranked among the worst wideouts in terms of dropped passes, which won't endear him to fantasy leaguers in 2013. Now with the Chiefs, Avery is worth a late-round look in upcoming fantasy football drafts.

The Bengals have a clear-cut No. 1 wide receiver in A.J. Green, but the second spot on the depth chart remains a question mark. The favorite is Mohamed Sanu, but Jones is also in the mix for the role. He did start the last six games (including the playoffs) in 2012, though his totals (18 catches, 209 yards, 1 touchdown) left much to be desired. In a best-case scenario, Jones will be worth a late-round flier in leagues with 10-plus teams. If Sanu returns from an injured foot and starts as expected, Jones will take on a backup role behind him and will be better left to the waiver wire.

Moss is coming off a respectable fantasy season, due in large part to the fact that he scored eight touchdowns - that was his best total since 2005. Now in his mid-30s, the veteran out of Miami (FL) is past his best stat-producing seasons and now figures to work in the slot for the Redskins in 2013. With Pierre Garcon and Josh Morgan ahead of him on the depth chart and tight end Fred Davis expected to return, Moss is almost certain to see his fantasy point total decline compared to last year. At best, he'll be worth a late-round flier in deeper fantasy formats.

McCluster, who is entering a contract year, has been a tough player to trust in fantasy circles. While he did post career bests in catches and receiving yards last season, the Mississippi product also failed to finish among the top 80 wide receivers based on fantasy points in standard leagues. There's been talk that new Chiefs special teams coach Dave Toub wants to use him more often as a return man, which could devalue McCluster's role in the offense - and in fantasy land. Regardless, there's no real reason to target him until the late rounds in standard or PPR formats this season.

Cooper has never been much of a fantasy option at the pro level, but the loss of Jeremy Maclin for the season due to a torn ACL puts him on the radar. If he can secure the starting role opposite DeSean Jackson in training camp, the Florida product will be in line to see more targets and an increase in opportunities to score fantasy points. Still, Cooper isn't going to have much more than late-round value in deeper fantasy leagues even in a best-case scenario.

It helps Stills' value that he is not only entering a pass-happy offense, but plays on a team which is expected to struggle again on the defensive side of the ball. That means the Saints will engage in a fair amount of shootouts, which is always a positive for fantasy owners. Stills could be a deep sleeper candidate, as the Saints have WR positions basically up for grabs heading into Week 1.

Allen has some deep sleeper value in San Diego with the likes of Danario Alexander, Malcom Floyd and Vincent Brown ahead of him on the depth chart. Of course, that assumes he is back in time for the start of training camp - Allen is coming off a torn PCL suffered last October. If his health isn't considered an issue, the playmaking rookie will have some deep-league flier appeal. Of course, the worst-case scenario would be that he's not 100 percent and remains buried on the Chargers' depth chart. In that case, he'll be far more attractive in dynasty leagues than in seasonal fantasy formats for 2013.

The Patriots have a ton of questions at wide receiver, so Edelman will be in the mix for an increase in targets. He has shown some flashes of potential at times, and even saw snaps at the slot position in place of the now departed Wes Welker last season. If he can earn one of the top three spots on the depth chart at wide receiver, Edelman would be in a position to smash his previous career bests of 37 receptions and 359 yards (recorded in his rookie season). In a best-case scenario, he'll have some late-round value with additional appeal in PPR leagues.

Gibson showed flashes of potential during his time with the St. Louis Rams. In fact, he's coming off a 2012 campaign that saw him post career bests in yards, touchdowns and yards per catch. However, the veteran out of Washington State has been far too inconsistent to be considered a legitimate fantasy starter. Now in Miami, Gibson will be the third or fourth option in the pass attack behind Mike Wallace, Brian Hartline and Dustin Keller - that makes him far less likely to come out and drastically improve on his 2012 totals. Consider Gibson somewhere in the late rounds - at best.

Jones wasn't much of a fantasy option last season, finishing 86th in points among wide receivers. With that being said, he'll be in line to see at least a slight increase in targets - and in turn, production - as the projected starter opposite Torrey Smith in the absence of Anquan Boldin. A speedster with the skills to stretch defenses, the Lane product could be a useful bye-week replacement in deeper leagues when the matchup is right. However, Jones still isn't someone who'll warrant a lot of attention in standard drafts.

A fantasy sleeper earlier in his career, Morgan has never been a major factor in fantasy land. He has posted decent numbers in three of the last four years, but nothing that is very eye opening from a fantasy perspective. With that said, he can have some deep-league value as a late-round reserve if you have bigger rosters. Otherwise, Morgan won't have his named called in most drafts.

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