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Receivers on the rise
Philadelphia, PA ( - While injuries have hit Calvin Johnson, Randall Cobb and Julio Jones and several highly regarded receivers have provided inconsistent production, a group of young wideouts has emerged over the last few games.

It's time to trust these players as every-week fantasy options.

Justin Blackmon, Jacksonville - Blackmon has played two games since returning from his suspension and he already has 326 receiving yards, good for 47th in the NFL this season. He has been targeted 29 times and recorded 19 receptions and a touchdown in those two games. With Cecil Shorts knocked out of Sunday's game with a shoulder injury, the Broncos knew Chad Henne was looking for Blackmon every time and still couldn't stop the 2012 fifth overall pick.

Josh Gordon, Cleveland - Brian Hoyer, Brandon Weeden ... Gordon continues to produce regardless of who takes the snaps for Cleveland. In his first four games since returning from his two-game suspension, Gordon has 25 catches on 43 targets for 429 yards and two touchdowns. He had at least 71 yards in all four games and more than 125 in two of them.

Keenan Allen, San Diego - While Allen's production in Week 5 may have flown under the radar -- all six of his catches for 115 yards and a touchdown came after halftime in a game that started at 11:35 p.m. ET -- his encore Monday night didn't. Allen had nine catches for 107 yards and a touchdown on 12 targets against the Colts, giving the rookie 20 receptions for 302 yards and two scores on 27 targets over his last three games.

Denarius Moore, Oakland - The ascension of Terrelle Pryor finally helped Moore realize his fantasy potential. The speedy receiver showed signs of breaking out with 575 yards and five touchdowns in his first eight games last year before finishing with 166 yards and two scores in his last seven, but it's doubtful he'll go through another slump like that with Pryor at quarterback. The duo has hooked up 20 times for 356 yards and three touchdowns over the last four games and 25 times for 399 yards and four touchdowns on the season. Moore has 15 more targets than any other Raiders player.

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