Fantasy football busts: WR - Week 5

by Tim Heaney on October 8, 2009 @ 00:00:00 PDT


In this article KFFL breaks down fantasy football busts of the week. Some high-level players will be included, because you need to know when is time to sit a player even though it may not seem appropriate. Primarily, however, we will address the midrange to low-end fantasy options that you rack your brain over each week. Read on to learn which of these players that you wouldn't want in your lineup.

Fantasy football busts: Wide receivers

Jerricho Cotchery, New York Jets at Miami Dolphins

Fantasy value: Midrange No. 2

  • Jerricho Cotchery, WR, NYJ
    Make room for Braylon
    Though the team's acquisition of wideout Braylon Edwards may help Cotchery gain space, rookie quarterback Mark Sanchez looked rough on the road last week and will face similar tests against a typically better defense in Week 5. Edwards' arrival all but bumps Cotchery from his No. 1 wideout perch, however.
  • The Dolphins rank near the top tier in defenses against wideouts in receiving yards (130.0) and touchdown grabs (0.50) allowed per game. They're much better at preventing receptions, posting the third best average in receptions allowed per contest to them (7.75). The latter point especially affects Cotchery, who's more of a possession wideout than an explosive weapon.

NEW - Santana Moss, Washington Redskins at Carolina Panthers

Fantasy value: Low-end No. 3 or flex

  • Washington Redskins WR Santana Moss
    Santana: playin' the blues this week
    Moss has found paydirt in each of the last two weeks, despite being targeted only four times in Week 4 compared to 13 in Week 3. Quarterback Jason Campbell has had an erratic go in what was supposed to be a growth year for him in this offense.
  • The Panthers have been friendly to running backs but, partially as a cause-and-effect condition, have not surrendered much production to enemy wideouts. They have held wideouts to the sixth lowest average in receptions per game (8.33) and the fourth lowest figure of receiving yards per contest (104.0) while also coming in near the bottom in touchdown grabs yielded to them per contest (0.33).
  • Back in '06, Moss couldn't muster much against Carolina, totaling just three grabs for 12 yards.

NEW - Isaac Bruce, San Francisco 49ers vs. Atlanta Falcons

Fantasy value: Low-end No. 3 or flex

  • The most frequently targeted Niners wideout, Bruce has averaged 6.75 looks per game in '09. San Fran doesn't go to the air much, but the vet gives them a sense of stability when they do.
  • The Falcons tend to bend but not break when it comes to defending receivers so far this year. They have allowed 14.00 catches per game to wideouts, which is the fourth highest average in the league, and 153.0 yards per game. He may carry some desperation value in point-per-reception setups.
  • The bad news for Bruce: Atlanta is one of just two teams to have kept opposing receivers from the end zone despite having faced a capable passing offense in the New England Patriots. It's hard to count on the run-first San Fran airing it out much, especially given Atlanta's flawed run D.
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