Week 17 is a wild card when it comes to Fantasy Football. Some leagues are in their Super Bowl, some leagues are done, some use the last week as a tiebreaker and some use it as any other week. What can we learn from the final weeks of the season? Teams looking to next season are using the final weeks as an audition for next season, while those locked into a playoff berth are resting starters, creating a great deal of uncertainty.
As the season winds to a close, elite receivers league wide are getting even more “looks”, week by week. As we have mentioned in past weeks, the reliability of the top wide outs far exceeds running back by committee options at the “flex” position. While it is nice to have one of the top quarterbacks throwing to “your” receiver, the numbers show, even pedestrian signal callers can create some huge numbers for their targets.
-Are you still alive? Advancing in the playoffs? After weeks of preparation and months of following every move, every week it’s crunch time in fantasy football leagues across the country. Emerging targets may prove to be the difference between a long off-season and post season pay dirt! With the dreaded running back by committee, pass catching backs and productive tight ends are the difference between victory and defeat. Darren Sproles and Ray Rice are as reliable as it gets in the backfield, while Jimmy Graham and the Patriots tight ends are money!
As we wind down the 2011 regular season, we have some receivers that have long promised with potential that are finally delivering. Youngsters like Demaryius Thomas and Michael Crabtree are a pair in particular who are showing why they were high first round draft picks. “High profile” receivers who “killed” owners in week 14 were Calvin Johnson and Greg Jennings (injury). The season long battle for “top target” among wide receivers continues with Roddy White and Wes Welker separated by only two.
A pair of running backs has solidified their place atop the running back target chart in New Orleans’ Darren Sproles and Baltimore’s Ray Rice. Chicago’s Matt Forte was amongst them, but obviously has fallen victim to season ending injury. At tight end, we also have co-leaders among the best of the best. New Orleans’ Jimmy Graham is like a wide out playing tight end and New England’s Rob Gronkowski is an absolute beast.
Without a doubt, receivers are having a bigger impact than ever in fantasy football. With rules favoring the passing game, some of the biggest numbers are coming from wide outs. With so many running backs being handled by committee, it’s almost a necessity to fill your flex position with a receiver. Good luck to those in the playoffs and those making a final push.
For those fortunate enough, playoffs are underway in many leagues. For those redrafting, targeting is an excellent guide when trying to decide among similar talent. Injuries continue to create opportunity for both running backs and tight ends across the league. With the injury to Matt Forte, Darren Sproles and Ray Rice are clearly the elite at running back with Jimmy Graham running away with things at tight end.
An outstanding week for receivers in the NFL with no fewer than thirteen wide outs targeted ten or more times. While many familiar names populate the leaders, many new faces making the most of their opportunity or at least a major part of their team’s game plan. This comes on a week with historically solid passing teams like New Orleans, Pittsburgh, Houston and Indianapolis were on a bye week.
Is Jimmy Graham the best tight end in the NFL? The answer is a resounding yes, at least from a fantasy perspective. Saints quarterback Drew Brees has targeted the former University of Miami basketball star 96 times through ten weeks off play.
As we have each and every week this season, we bring you a peek at everything you need to know when it comes to targets in the passing game. Who is coming off a hot week? Who disappeared a week ago? Who has failed to convert opportunity?