Fantasy Football On Target - Week 3 (video)
Opportunity in the NFL can translate to success in fantasy football. Are these target numbers a trend or an aberration for these players' fantasy football value? Do they deserve attention on fantasy football waiver wires?
Note: Last two weeks of touches (running backs) and targets (wide receivers and tight ends) for each player listed in parentheses
While Charles is expected to play in a strong Week 3 matchup against the New Orleans Saints, he's coming off a disastrous performance where he only managed 22 yards on nine touches. More troublesome was seeing Charles on the sideline down the stretch dealing with a sore knee.
If that surgically repaired knee becomes a bigger issue, Hillis obviously gains a ton of value, but speculative owners should be calling in a Draughn attack now. The undrafted rookie has been on the field for nearly the same amount of snaps as both Charles and Hillis. Draughn is also outperforming them, averaging 7.7 yards on 11 his carries, and his shifty style means KC might keep Charles to a limited workload. Don't write off the possibility Draughn leaps to the top of the depth chart.
Through the air, Bowe supplanted McCluster as the team's top target this week and scored a pair of touchdowns shaking off whatever rust remained as a result of his holdout. After seeing limited action in Week 1, Baldwin split time with Breaston and saw several deep targets. It was very encouraging to see the physically gifted second year player involved, but most of the action came when K.C. was in a deep hole during the second half. This isn't the most reliable passing offense, but Baldwin's development is worth monitoring.
During a mind-numbing defeat at home to the Arizona Cardinals, the Patriots offense was unable to score a touchdown until there was nearly two minutes left in the game. In addition taking four sacks and playing under further duress much of the game, quarterback Tom Brady was without Hernandez (lower ankle sprain), who is expected to miss four to six weeks.
The injury may prove to be a saving grace for nervous Welker owners. Even though he led the team with 95 receiving yards, he actually played fewer snaps than Edelman. To further cloud the picture, veteran wide receiver Deion Branch and tight end Kellen Winslow have been recently signed.
As he continues to take sizeable chunks out of Welker's playing time, Edelman is quickly turning into a player to grab in PPR formats, though he'll be a frustrating play if he's going to be focusing on run blocking, as statistics show of late. A recent report claims Branch's locker was never taken down, so his return was expected.
In each of the last two seasons, Branch recorded 700 yards and five touchdowns but was too inconsistent to trust on a weekly basis. Winslow has been an acceptable, albeit inconsistent, PPR depth piece over the last three seasons, but it remains to be seen if he's in shape after being cut in camp by the Seattle Seahawks not long after they acquired him via trade.
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Eric McClung has been profiled by the FSWA for covering the fantasy sports spectrum and is a two-time award finalist. He's also made several appearances in print and on radio. McClung began contributing to KFFL in 2008 and currently serves as one of KFFL's featured fantasy NASCAR experts. Follow @EricMcClung
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