I’m going in a different direction this week, and staying out of the running back game. I’m going to battle four wide receivers at once, and give you a little mini-ranking at the end. We got a preseason darling that has been testing the patience of his owners, a rookie who has opportunity and upside, a third-year break out playing as a WR3 regularly, and lastly, a fourth year player who has been a little lost in a sea of rookies. What’s the Logic here? It’s just me playing shenanigans. I’m kidding, have a sense of humor. But really let’s get serious.
Note: All evaluations are based on 0.5 PPR, and ranks are from FantasyPros.com.
How does one start a foursome? Two-fifths of Tequila and a baggie filled with your favorite party starter. Thanks evil me of the past. I’m glad you came to visit, and where the hell is my Chronic 2001 album? Still FOH! Joke’s aside, let’s break this down. This week, Cordarrelle Patterson gets the team from the District, Andre Holmes travels to the Emerald City to face the Seahawks, Donte Moncrief gets the GI Ants on the road, and Cecil Shorts faces the Bengals in Cincy.
Neither of our Tuesday writers talked about Moncrief and I don’t blame them. His role is wholly dependent on the availability of Reggie Wayne. Think Odell Beckham Jr. the week Victor Cruz went down. You needed an injury to Cruz to get truly excited, and then BAM!, it happens. Reggie Wayne is banged up, and some out there in the football world have called Donte a freak. He definitely falls into that high-risk high-reward class this week, and might be the future Colts 1-2 punch with T.Y. Hilton.
Mr. Holmes is in Seattle and that’s going to turn a lot of owners away, and can we blame them? The Seahawks have given up the fifth fewest points to WR’s this year, and with a rookie QB at the helm, it’s a recipe for disaster. We can be quick to assume that Holmes will be shut down, but like all of us know, garbage time stats are still just stats. He’s been productive over the last three weeks with 12 receptions and three TDs on 20 targets, and I can’t completely disregard that.
Now in a similar vein, Cecil the 3rd is in a similar match-up quagmire when he gets the Bengals, who have given up the 4th fewest points to receivers this year. The emergence of Allen Robinson definitely puts him as a number 2 on his own team, and only catching 6 balls on 17 targets over his last two games leaves a lot to be desired. He falls into a low floor low ceiling scenario for me this week.
Lastly is one of my personal 2014 disappointments, Cordarrelle Patterson. I hate myself for drafting him. Last week was his second best week on the year when he caught 6-of-12 for 86 and scored a whopping 12.60 in 0.5 PPR leagues. That’s his second best week? Yikes with a side of BLAH! In his defense, the Vikings passing game is hot garbage that we should stay away from. On the flip side, Washington has given up the 12th most points to WR’s this year, so anything is possible. His ceiling is up there with Moncrief this week, a boom or bust play that can leave you with either a funny walk or a celebratory cigar.
Situationally, each player here has a chance to deliver at 7-8 points for you team, but is that enough to win your week? What’s in play is what your match-up looks like. Are you in a position to blow out your foe? Is it going to take a miracle to win your week? Is Sky developing a line of DraftKings brews named after the types of contests? A more reserved brew called Cash? A taking the chance and stepping outside the safe zone called GPP? Sorry that beer digression was a fantasy of fantasy cross-promotion idea I have… patent pending! We can go at this one of two ways, but I won’t, we’re going my way because it’s my post. I like Donte Moncrief as my number one WR as long as Reggie Wayne is not active, but even if he is, I would still take the gamble on him. Cordarrelle Patterson slides in at number 2 with the boom or bust tag he carries. I like a good bust but that has nothing to do with FFB. Here is one of my favorites. Andre Holmes slides in at 3 with the chance for garbage time and his rapport with rookie David Carr gets me a little tingly. The Raiders playing from behind should be a given like the sun setting in the west everyday. Cecil Shorts III drops to last in the pack. The only player worth starting in Jacksonville this week is my personal favorite last week, Denard Robinson, who goes against that ho hum Cincy rush D.
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