Fantasy Football On Target: Harry Douglas soars, Jimmy Graham ... sore

by Tim Heaney on October 29, 2013 @ 12:01:35 PDT

 

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Wide receivers

Harry Douglas leading all wideouts in targets confirms that he's taking advantage of increased attention paid by defenses toward Tony Gonzalez. The Falcons' wideout killed the Arizona Cardinals in the screen game, getting the ball in his hands quickly for after-the-catch plays.

Week 8 utilizations
Rk
Player
Tm
Wk 8
1
Harry Douglas
ATL
18
2
Calvin Johnson
DET
16
3
Antonio Brown
PIT
14
4
Vincent Jackson
TB
13
5
Hakeem Nicks
NYG
12
6
David Nelson
NYJ
12
7
DeSean Jackson
PHI
11
8
Pierre Garcon
WAS
11
9
Dexter McCluster
KC
11
10
Justin Blackmon
JAX
11
11
Terrance Williams
DAL
11
12
Stevie Johnson
BUF
11
13
Mike Wallace
MIA
11
14
Emmanuel Sanders
PIT
11
15
Demaryius Thomas
DEN
11

Calvin Johnson rules. Moving on....

Maybe the New York Giants were showcasing Hakeem Nicks for a potential trade. But you might not notice that despite his struggles, Nicks' 42 targets are the third most among all wide receivers in the last four weeks. The G-men probably won't concede shipping him off because they're all of a sudden two games back of the NFC East lead and probably think they still have a shot. It's a possibility, but it's a toss-up. Nicks' departure would probably help Brandon Myers' value a bit. Rueben Randle, in theory, would get more work (he was shut out statistically Sunday), but he probably performs best when Nicks and Victor Cruz take up defenders' attention.

WAIVER WIRE: David Nelson (8-80-0 in Week 8) has a chance to stake his claim as a weekly option for Geno Smith even after whenever New York Jets wideout Santonio Holmes (hamstring) comes back. They don't think it'll happen in Week 9. Nelson's health has held back his flashes of talent from the slot position, a location from which Gang Green could use some production. In PPRs, he's a decent depth piece to tuck at the end of your bench.

WAIVER WIRE: Dexter McCluster looks like a more frequent part of the Kansas City Chiefs' plans than Dwayne Bowe (two looks), and that was probably the case even before Bowe's groin ailment. And Alex Smith already said he wants more plays out of the shifty dual threat, who could take some of the burden off Jamaal Charles and the slacking other wideouts.

  • WAIVER WIRE: Marvin Jones was only in on 19 snaps during his four-touchdown bonanza in Week 8. That's quite efficient, and despite his recent penchant as a red-zone weapon, he may not be worth bids of 50 percent of your FAAB, as he has already been commanding. Still, Jones will be a solid WR3 in many leagues moving forward, despite the potential return of Andrew Hawkins (ankle) soon. Jones has Dalton's trust inside the 20.
  • Jason Campbell challenged the Kansas City Chiefs with deep balls Sunday, and a trickeration play that opened up Josh Gordon for a long TD helped. Campbell has proven, against a tough D, that he can provide more excitement than Brandon Weeden. Of course, if the Cleveland Browns trade Josh Gordon to a contender with a competent passing game, the Campbell factor won't matter.
  • WAIVER WIRE: Kenny Stills' five utilizations amounted to three catches, 129 yards and two touchdowns. As with Jones, Stills did a lot with little work. Matchups will dictate confidence in Stills, but his attention from Drew Brees may rely heavily on Jimmy Graham's health. Of course, Lance Moore is back, too. Brees' deep threats have been successful on limited work before, and Stills has skills. Don't expect Stills to succeed at filling anything more than a WR3 spot every week, though he will sneak in WR2 worth in non-PPR leagues just because of upcoming byes. Moore could become Brees' lean-to with Graham hurt.
  • Own a Minnesota Vikings receiver? Good luck. Greg Jennings, if you're clinging, has the best chance to do something each week just because he can sort of run routes. But optimally, the Norsemen catchers shouldn't be near a lineup in most leagues.

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