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.
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.
It's crunch time in fantasy nation and each and every starter can make or break your entire season. Is Danny Amendola back? Is Brandon Lloyd finally delivering like we expected he would all season? Can Danario Alexander be trusted? Is Torrey Smith still a legitimate starter and how about that concussion? Are Brandon Marshall and Victor Cruz in a funk? And have Michael Crabtree and Antonio Brown recovered with better quarterback play? Questions many of you are pondering as we approach week 16.
A seemingly never ending week of football started at Ford Field on Thanksgiving Day and wrapped up Monday night at the Linc in Philadelphia. As we wind down and enter the fourth quarter of the season, the cream is certainly rising to the top. Many leagues are approaching the playoffs and the alwayys tricky managing of lineups as some teams look at young talent with their season's basically over, while others rest stars to keep them healthy for the post season.
How did Kevin Ogletree work out for you? How about Stephen Hill? As one of the many fine writers here at the Alarm franchise pointed out recently, ride the studs! It's well known that rookie wide receivers often struggle. Players like Julio Jones and A.J. Green are freaks of nature, they are not the norm. Atlanta and Cincinnati, as well as the many fantasy owners that had Jones and Green as rookies, were well rewarded in 2011. Will Alshon Jeffery be a solid NFL receiver? probably so, but maybe not the extent of his SEC brethren, certainly not as quickly and more importantly, not as consistently.
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!
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.