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.
Note: All statistical averages are from Week 2 to Week 5, unless otherwise specified.
Aaron Hernandez, New England Patriots vs. Baltimore Ravens
Fantasy value: Low-end No. 1
Hernandez has been targeted at least five times in three of his four games this season. In their first game of 2010 without Randy Moss, New England will go forward with an offense that had already emphasized tight end work more often than in recent years. Hernandez should remain a big part of this moving forward.
- The Ravens haven't been kind to this position, though. In the last month, they've faced the Cincinnati Bengals, Cleveland Browns and Pittsburgh Steelers - teams with capable tight ends - along with the Denver Broncos, who sometimes settle for using that position. Either way, Baltimore has given up just 3.00 catches, 32.8 yards and 0.25 touchdowns per game to this crop.
- Despite throwing Moss back to the Minnesota Vikings, New England acquired former Pat Deion Branch, who has a rapport with Tom Brady. Hernandez's involvement won't disappear, but this gives Brady another checkdown target. New England may want to see what Branch has right out of the gate.
Benjamin Watson, Cleveland Browns at Pittsburgh Steelers
Fantasy value: Low-end No. 1
Watson is arguably the most stable part of Cleveland's passing game, having caught at least four passes in each of his last four contests. Cleveland's array of stomach-curdling QBs has relied on this position.
Ravens may ground Hernandez
- The Steel Curtain has allowed only 4.00 receptions, 38.3 yards and 0.00 touchdowns per game to this position. They also allowed just two catches and 35 yards in Week 1 to the Atlanta Falcons' Tony Gonzalez.
- Can Colt McCoy, who's likely to fill in for the ankle-dinged Seneca Wallace and Jake Delhomme, direct a passing game? Logic dictates a green quarterback would favor throwing to a tight end, but facing Dick LeBeau's defense is an overwhelming task. Cleveland might use Watson more often as a blocker than as a pass catcher in Week 6.
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