Last Week’s Suspects:
Brandon LaFell: 3 REC, 61 ReYRDS, 6 RuYRDS
Da’Rick Rogers: 2 REC, 23 YRDS
Cordarrelle Patterson: 5 REC, 35 ReYRDS, 15 RuYRDS, 1 TD – 42nd RB/WR
Season to date: 20/41, 49%
Week 16 Suspects:
Terrance Williams, WR, Dallas:
The rookie out of Baylor had a special middle of the season after posting a TD in 4 straight, but has cooled off greatly over the past month and a half. There aren’t many teams in the league that can bring a WR back to relevancy like the Redskins. Dallas desperately needs a bounce back win after the disaster last week against the Packers. Over the last couple of seasons Washington and DeAngelo Hall have been known for solving the Dez Bryant puzzle and nothing has indicated that will change this time around. In Williams’ first game against Washington, although he was only thrown to twice, he hauled in both passes and even scored a TD. If Dallas wants to stay in the NFC East title hunt they’re going to need to find other ways than Dez to move the ball. With Josh Wilson sliding over to the slot in 3 WR sets, fellow rookie David Amerson will be matched up against Williams. Amerson has really struggled during his rookie campaign and Williams should have no problem helping him continue that trend. I’d expect the Redskins to come out ready to play this weekend and keep this one competitive for the majority of the game.
Brian Hartline, WR, Dolphins:
Hartline is nothing more than a mediocre flex option, but he is fairly consistent. In the Dolphins first game this season against division mate Buffalo, Hartline saw a large number of targets (11) and I wouldn’t expect that to change this week as the Dolphins look to inch closer to a wildcard birth. Hartline will see a ton of sophomore CB Stephon Gilmore who gave up a 13 YPC average in week 7, and has struggled in coverage this season. This Bills are finally getting healthy on offense and should be able to keep this one fairly close for most of the game, thus keeping the ball coming in Hartline’s direction. I wouldn’t start Hartline in a match up where you’re clearly the underdog and need a game changer, but if you’re looking for a reliable flex option with a high floor Hartline is your guy this week.
Michael Floyd, WR, Cardinals:
This is a must win game for the Cardinals, while the Seahawks are already a lock for the playoffs, and had they not lose to the 49ers a couple of week ago, would already have home-field secured. Floyd has been the best WR no one is talking about in 2013. I don’t care how much credit Walter Thurmond is getting for filling the Brandon Browner void, he’s not shutting down Floyd. Last time the Cardinals played the Seahawks, Floyd caught two of three targets for 10.5 YPC against Richard Sherman, so no coverage Seattle throws Floyd’s way scares me. Fitzgerald has been on an absolute tear recently too, so the main focus of the Seattle defense will likely be on him. The only thing that scares me in this match up is that the 12th man could get to the Cardinal’s offense from the start. If Arizona can weather the storm early and keep this game close into the second half, which I think they’ll do, Floyd has a very good chance to boom and help you hoist that fantasy football trophy until next year. Opposite of Hartline, I’d use Floyd in a match-up where my opponent clearly has an edge.