Last Weeks Suspects:
Keenan Allen: 6 REC, 115 YRDS, 1 TD – 13th RB/WR
Kenny Stills: 0 REC, 0 YRDS
Rashad Jennings: 41 YRDS, INJ
Season to date: 5/12, 42%
Week 6 Suspects:
Andre Roberts, WR, Cardinals:
Yeah, yeah, yeah, I’ve heard all about how Roberts’ role is decreasing as Michael Floyd takes over as the Cardinals’ #2 WR and I completely agree, but Roberts may have one more fantasy productive game left in the tank against the 49ers this week so hear me out. Even without Aldon Smith the 49ers are one of the best pass rushing teams in the league. Unfortunately for Arizona, they have one of the worst pass blocking units in all of the NFL. Also unfortunate for the Cardinals, Carson Palmer isn’t the most mobile QB in the league. With the 49ers most likely controlling this game, the Cardinals will be forced to pass often to routes which are quick developing in an attempt to minimize the San Francisco pass rush. Roberts is the best bet the Cardinals have to get open early in routes and should see a solid number of targets on quick slants and crossing routes in an attempt to get the ball out of Palmer’s hands fast. Also, slot CB Carlos Rogers, who will often be lined up against Roberts, has been a liability in coverage so far in 2013. Roberts may not be an asset to your fantasy team as 2013 moves forward, but his skill set fits nicely into what will likely be the Cardinals’ game plan on offense.
Brandon LaFell, WR, Panthers:
Just how bad Josh Robinson has been for the Vikings is enough for me to start almost any #2 WR who has an above average QB throwing him the ball. Minnesota had a bye in week 5 so the last team they played was Pittsburgh in London. 13 of the 15 balls thrown Robinson’s way against the Steelers landed in the receiver’s hands and the bad news doesn’t end there. The 86.7% completion rate Big Ben had against Robinson in week 4 was the lowest completion rate he allowed thus far in 2013. Of the 38 targets Robinson has seen against him this season, he’s allowed 35 balls to be caught. If Davone Bess can catch 5 balls for 49 yards against Robinson with Brian Hoyer throwing to him, there’s no reason LaFell can’t post better stats in week 6 with Newton throwing the ball his way.
Jeremy Kerley, WR, Jets:
With Santonio Holmes likely out vs. the Steelers this week, Kerley steps into another favorable role, just as he did last week against the Falcons. The Steelers have been mixing up coverages so far this season, but outside of William Gay, they have been nothing great in coverage on the back end. Kerley will likely run from the slot as he did last week. The Jets won’t run away from anyone this season with offensive scoring alone, so they should always be in a position to pass even against a poor team like the Steelers. Kerley is the most polished of the Jets WRs with Holmes out and he should be able to find plenty of open space, especially if rookie safety Shamarko Thomas is asked to cover the slot as he has been at a decent rate so far this season. With Geno gaining the confidence of his coaches and teammates in last weeks big win in Atlanta, look for Rex Ryan to trust him more through the air this week.