NFL fantasy football: Mike Wallace could be demoted

Wallace could lose playing time: In the past three weeks, Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Mike Wallace has caught a total of eight passes for 47 yards. That’s not only frustrating to fantasy football owners, it’s also confounding his head coach, Mike Tomlin, who has listed the wideout as a “co-starter” with Emmanuel Sanders. Moreover, it could be Sanders — not Wallace — that starts in Week 13 against the Baltimore Ravens. Between injuries and lackluster production, the Steelers’ WRs have been fantasy disappointments in 2012, but the Ravens have been one of the league’s worst teams when it comes to stopping fantasy receivers at home. Sanders has been the more productive pass-catcher in the past three weeks but with Ben Roethlisberger likely still out, any receiver in black and gold is a risky play this week.

Falcons going RB-by-committee: Well, it finally happened. Michael Turner is no longer the primary feature back in Atlanta. Falcons coach Mike Smith says his backfield corps will follow the lead of so many teams around the NFL and spread the ball around to multiple running backs. It’s no surprise, then, that Jacquizz Rodgers is going to see an increase in touches. The wrinkle? Jason Snelling. Don’t expect the veteran back to see many carries (he has just nine all season long), but could become a bigger part of the passing game — he’s snagged 14 passes in the past five weeks. It makes him the opposite of Turner, who is stronger as a runner than as a receiver. It also seems to give Rodgers the most upside since he is effective in both phases. With the Saints on the schedule for a Thursday night showdown, all signs point to Rodgers as the Falcons back to own.

Jennings expected to be limited: It’s been awhile since we’ve seen Greg Jennings on the field for the Green Bay Packers. For that reason, head coach Mike McCarthy says the team will take a wait-and-see attitude with the receiver in practice. Jennings hasn’t played since Week 4 and has just 12 receptions for 78 yards and a touchdown this season. This week’s matchup against the Vikings is just a mediocre one, but Jennings’ return could be just the thing for fantasy owners looking to make a run deep into the postseason.

– Marcas Grant
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