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.
Seasons can be won and lost on the waiver wire, perhaps more so in baseball but no matter the sport, the claims following week 1 are by far the best. Up until we see some real stats opening weekend, we must comb through the hundreds of expert opinions and browse the preseason box scores. While injury opportunties will provide leading free agent candidates all season long, week one settles some depth chart question marks.... well, sort of.
Congratulations are in order to some of you, to others.... better luck next year. To those in leagues still running, in either regular or post season, we bring you our last regular season look at fantasy football targets. I am torn with the question of how much to spend on receivers in my draft or auction. While watching Calvin Johnson, A.J. Green, Brandon Marshall and the other studs, part of me wants to allocate enough funds to get a pair of my own in 2013. The other part of me recognizes that James Jones was a major part of my first place finish this season,. Last month I even dropped Jones when he disappeared, only to pick him up again the following week.
Amazing that we are already approaching the midway point of the 2012 season. Did you survive the biggest bye week of the season? Julio Jones, Roddy White, Demaryius Thomas, Eric Decker, Dwayne Bowe, DeSean Jackson, Jeremy Maclin and Malcom Floyd among those on the sideline during week seven. This week, Torrey Smith, A.J. Green and Andre and Steve Johnson get a break. If you're like me, you are still getting used to a Thursday night game every week with Tampa Bay and Minnesota kicking off week eight.
A week ago, 13 wide receivers were targeted in double digits and we took note. Week 12 saw an amazing 18 reach the milestone. What does this mean? We’re not sure, but it certainly strengthens the belief that the passing game should be strongly considered for the flex position. The usual suspects populate the big time targets but some newcomers as well!
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?
As we reach the mid-way point of the NFL season, we really begin to see trends developing. The occasional really good or bad week don’t skew the season averages like they do early on There is definitely more movement among wide receivers (as opposed to running backs/tight ends) simply due to the larger raw numbers of players. Many teams have had their bye weeks, with all teams done following week 11. The raw totals are a tad higher for those who have yet to have their bye week: Carolina, Detroit, Jacksonville and Minnesota are off this week; Houston, Indianapolis, New Orleans and Pittsburgh are on bye during week 11. We have three sets of numbers for you. We share those that are exceeding the norm, those that didn’t receive the normal “looks” they have become accustomed to and the season aggregate totals.
If there is a GOD of Fantasy Football targets it has to be Wes Welker. The diminutive New England possession receiver was targeted TWENTY times by Tom Brady in Sunday’s loss to the Buffalo Bills. The Patriot caught 16 of the tosses and leads our weekly and season list. Atlanta’s Roddy White was a close second as Matty Ice looked his way 17 times as the Falcons tried to come back in the loss to Tampa Bay. When evaluating targets, there are the raw totals and also upside potential from those receivers that are only converting a faction of the opportunities, which is hidden in a box score.