Last week turned out to be quite a week for the wide receivers in this post. I got some questions answered and made a good call for once. I want to jump into the bad news first. On the running back side of it, you could say I missed it by that much. None of them played particularly well, but I still believe in you Lorenzo in a Benzo! I did good on my Martavis Bryant call, but Odell Beckham Jr. was also a stud. He scored less than Bryant, but confirmed he is the number one guy in New York. He even impressed Richard Sherman with plays like this. Keep it up ODB!
Note: All evaluations are based on 0.5 PPR, and ranks are from FantasyPros.com.
Going back to opening day, I never thought I would be putting these three together. Floyd was the breakout star in the making and a WR2, Colston was fading a bit, yet still had low WR2 upside with WR3 stability, Brown was a little rookie speedster from a little college, and Adams was a 2nd round rookie in a crowded situation with a stud for a QB. Oh, how things have changed in the world of receiving. This years rookie class is for receivers like 1983 was for QB’s… on steroids!
Davante Adams has been all the rage for guys looking for that boom over the past few weeks. Who can blame them? He caught a touchdown on one catch in week 5, then goes 6/77 in week 6, followed by another 1 catch for a TD in week 7, and lastly goes 7/75 in week 8. Then came the post bye blowout against the Bears where he caught one pass. One friggin pass! This weeks he gets the Eagles and their 4th worst fantasy pass defense and again gets the wildcard billing. Many will stay away after that Bears game and are justified in that logic, but doing so could cost them. For a boom or bust play he’s a lot higher on my ranks than #84.
Marques Colston is such a bum…or is Drew Brees the bum who can’t get him the ball? I don’t know and honestly I don’t care. It is what it is. With only two games this year over 100 yards and only one touchdown on the season we can slide him into waiver material at this point. We have an old saying on the baseball side of Razzball and that is “he can do that on someone else’s team”. Imagine all the quality players you let slide by as you held onto a declining receiver. He may still have something in the tank but to play him is to play russian roulette with three bullets. He has 12 targets over the last three weeks and has become a backseat regular on his own team. Playing the 3rd best fantasy defense vs WR’s in week 11 isn’t helping him get on any of my rosters.
Michael Floyd and John Brown are going in opposite directions lately and with Drew Stanton locked in as the starter the rest of the way I feel I need to break these guys down together. In the games that Stanton played he never attempted more than 33 passes as opposed to Carson Palmer who only attempted less than that once. Floyd had lines of 1/6/19/0, 5/9/114/0, and 1/7/7/0 with Stanton at the helm. The second game gives me some promise for him this weekend and the targets average out to about 7 per so that is a plus. Brown on the other hand lines of 3/4/28/0, 4/6/52/2, and 2/7/4/0. The touchdowns were nice but the expectation isn’t too high for me. We can expect 5-6 targets this week but the chance for a TD is slim to none. The Lions D has only given up big fantasy games to Kenny Stills and Marques Colston and that was Drew Brees throwing the ball and not Drew Stanton. They have given up the 2nd fewest fantasy points to WR’s this year and I don’t see that changing this weekend. If I owned these two I would be going somewhere else to look for flex points in Week 11.
I’m going all in on Davante Adams this week. Among these four he is my number one. The Eagles secondary is deplorable and I think Aaron Rodgers owes him a solid after forgetting about him last week. To rank the rest I’m going Floyd, Brown and Colston last. Til next week my Razzicans!
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