Fantasy Football On Target: What Julio Jones' injury means for the Falcons

by Tim Heaney on October 8, 2013 @ 11:57:25 PDT

 

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Wide receivers

Week 5 utilization leaders
 Rk
Player
Tm
Wk 5
1
Mike Wallace
MIA
16
2
Alshon Jeffery
CHI
13
3
Rueben Randle
NYG
13
4
Robert Woods
BUF
13
5
DeSean Jackson
PHI
12
6
Hakeem Nicks
NYG
12
7
Victor Cruz
NYG
12
8
Golden Tate
SEA
11
9
Julio Jones
ATL
11
10
Dez Bryant
DAL
10
11
Cecil Shorts
JAC
10
12
Andre Johnson
HOU
10
13
Steve Smith
CAR
10
14
Randall Cobb
GBP
10

Mike Wallace caught just seven of his 16 looks. The Dolphins can't protect Ryan Tannehill, and Wallace hasn't backed up his notion that he's more than a go-deep guy. He had a solid game, though, even for his lack of execution, but enough flaws exist with him and his system to back off on buying low.

Alshon Jeffery isn't yet better than Brandon Marshall, but he's trying to make a case with his two-week dominance (24 looks, 15 catches, 325 yards, two scores). Marshall (five targets) was double-covered by the Saints and has hinted, but not cried, that he needs the rock more. They'll probably placate him in the coming weeks, but Jeffery is showing that both can display fantasy WR1 ability in the same week within Marc Trestman's setup.

WAIVER WIRE: The Giants haven't been using Brandon Myers much in the last three weeks; they're probably asking him to stay in and block more because of their offensive line troubles. Of course, they weren't using Rueben Randle much until his 6-96-2 explosion in Week 5. New York's lack of a cohesive run game should prompt them to keep using the breakthrough candidate.

WAIVER WIRE: Catch-22 for Robert Woods' value: Stevie Johnson (back) is day-to-day, and Woods is earning weekly fantasy consideration with at least eight targets in each of the last three weeks. But Lewis is taking over Buffalo Bills snaps, and though he looks to possess similar traits to Manuel, it's risky to think Lewis will display the same underwhelming but somewhat useful effectiveness in the passing game. Still, Woods has enough juice to be a low-end WR3 for the near future.

WAIVER WIRE: Though the wideouts aren't a major part of the Seattle Seahawks offense, Golden Tate is Russell Wilson's most consistently targeted option. He has 26 targets over the last three weeks. Is he still available? His downfield ability can really get going if Wilson takes more shots.

WAIVER WIRE: Julio Jones's foot injury could cost him the season. If his second opinion holds, the Atlanta Falcons will have to deploy Harry Douglas, a modest free-agent grab, as a starter. Roddy White (hamstring, ankle) has to heal before fully taking advantage. Drew Davis and Kevin Cone aren't worth a look yet. Not so fast on the blind Tony Gonzalez upgrade, either. More below.

Sometimes, having more options in the offense can help. Justin Blackmon's return, thusly, can only boost Cecil Shorts, who had been getting plenty of target but also defensive attention. Chad Henne's ascension due to Blaine Gabbert's hamstring injury should also improve the Jacksonville Jaguars' aerial makeup.

  • Danny Amendola's nine looks cut into the work of Julian Edelman (five) and Kenbrell Thompkins (four), even though the pair was on the field almost twice as often. Amendola's limited presence to Patriots three- and four-wide sets means they're looking to use him in those formations. The other two were run-blocking a bunch. The impending return (finally?) of Rob Gronkowski should further jeopardize Thompkins' and Edelman's respective weekly ceilings.
  • WAIVER WIRE: Vincent Brown (18 looks) and Keenan Allen (15) have been the most involved San Diego Chargers wideouts in the last two games. They'll eat more yards with their chances than Eddie Royal, who often clashes with Antonio Gates. Brown has the better immediate payoff if you must choose.
  • Kris Durham's eight looks say he'll benefit the most with Nate Burleson (arm) sidelined, but Calvin Johnson (knee) was absent, too, so that inflated Durham's role a little. The Detroit Lions' hierarchy behind Johnson can change on a whim, so don't invest too much in Durham's involvement.

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