Week six brings a host of wide receivers back to fantasy nation from the bye week. Don't forget to move Antonio Brown, Vincent Jackson and Pierre Garcon back into your lineups. Only two teams on bye this week, Atlanta and Miami. The Falcons need to sort out their receiver situation with Julio Jones out for the season and Roddy White suffering a setback in week four. The Dolphins have been one of the surprise teams this season and Mike Wallace was the top target this week in the entire NFL, a long way from his complaints in week one. This week's Thursday night game features the Bears hosting the New York GIants in Chicago.
Can you believe it's already week five in the 2013 NFL season? Fantasy nation gets Carolina and Green Bay players back this week from bye and they are good to go for the remainder of the season. Four teams have week five off, Tampa Bay, Minnesota, PIttsburgh and Washington. From that group, Vincent Jackson, Antonio Brown and Pierre Garcon are the only significant losses at wide receiver. Who had a breakout performance in week four? and who cost your team a win? Time to take a look in this week's report.
Welcome to week three and the first of nine straight bye weeks. We wade into things with only Green Bay and Carolina off, but the impact will certainly be felt. Brandon LaFell owners are going to have to wait a week to see if he can do it again, while the trio of Packers, Randall Cobb, Jordy Nelson and James Jones will certainly be missed. Do we have a changing of the guard at wide receiver in the NFL? Certainly some new names like Josh Gordon and Cecil Shorts appear poised to assume prominent fantasy roles. This week's Thursday night action features an NFC West matchup of St.Louis and San Francisco on the NFL Network.
With two weeks now in the books, we may begin to trust what we are seeing. Surprises that did it again are for real, those that didn't contributed toward your loss and will become a casualty of this week's moves. We had a numer of injuries in week two, most coming at running back which can be quite painful. If you were hoping for a veteran to bounce back after a slow start, and he didn't, in some cases he won't be. In my 25+ years of playing fantasy football, I find this stage of the season also brings the most trading of the year. Can trading hurt your league? Three of my four "big unit" leagues do not allow trading this season. While I prefer to trade, judging from baseball, this is probably protecting me... from myself.
Can you believe we have reached the midway point? A.J. Green and Andre Johnson were the big dogs off in week eight, along with less consistent talent like Torrey Smith and Steve Johnson. Wes Welker is the main target that will be getting a rest this weekend, along with the emerging Jeremy Kerley and marginal fantasy stock like Michael Crabtree and Brandon Gibson. The early game this week comes is a AFC West clash between San Diego and Kansas City.
A big week for receivers in the NFL as most of the tried and true wide outs delivered. Just a handful of disappointments in week nine with many on the rise with break out games. More and more, the NFL is becoming a passing league with reliable pass catchers much easier to find than running backs that get reliable production. Eleven receivers were targeted ten or more times this week which may be the most thus far this season. Let’s take a look at those that were busy and a handful that disappointed.
If you are looking for wide receivers on the rise, this may be your week! Amazingly, of the top 13 targeted wide outs for Week Five, only two of them (Dwayne Bowe and Roddy White) are among the league leaders for the season. While it’s a good opportunity to upgrade or strengthen your receiver corps, there is no reason for alarm from the regular leaders as they continue to plug along.
Who is becoming a bigger part of their team’s game plan? Conversely, who is slipping out of a team’s plans? Week five is on deck and we take a look at who was targeted frequently in Week Four, who has received the most looks in the first quarter of the season and share with you the numbers of those who haven’t been able to convert a high percentage of their opportunities. This week, we break down each potential receiving group; the running backs, wide outs and tight ends.