A week ago at this time, the returning, big-name wide receiver fantasy owners were becoming excited about was Sidney Rice of the Minnesota Vikings. He made his debut in Week 11 and this week ESPN Fantasy has him projected for 63 yards and a touchdown. While San Diego Chargers wide receiver Vincent Jackson wasn't injured and his absence from the field probably has fantasy owners (and the Chargers!) a bit more bitter, we've got him projected for a similar performance. Fantasy owners should be intrigued.
It's the rare player that can possess nary a fantasy point yet be owned in more than half of ESPN's standard leagues as late as the week of Thanksgiving, but such is the case with Jackson (59.2 percent owned). Meanwhile, Rice, who scored five fantasy points in his 2010 debut, is owned in 43.2 percent of leagues. Regardless of actual ownership, these are impact wide receivers. A season ago, Rice finished eighth in standard wide receiver scoring with 169 fantasy points, while Jackson was a mere three points behind in a tie with Brandon Marshall for ninth. These guys are good, and they have opportunity. Personally, I would choose Jackson over Rice for the duration of this season, but I think it's clear both players should be owned even in 10-team standard leagues.
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