Last week I did a Tuesday rundown of the wideout situations for lots of NFL teams. I’m doing the same thing this week. Also, since I’m not entirely omniscient, check out RotoViz’s Buy Low Machine and WR GLSP Projections. Here we go.
When Marques Colston plays in the slot as often as a TE, and Jimmy Graham splits out as often as a WR . . . I’ll let you finish that thought for me. Colston may have been one of your favorite draft targets, but right now he’s costing you victories. If you can trade him to someone who thinks he’s a top-15 WR, you should do it. Nick Toon? Kenny Stills? Robert Meachem? Lance Moore? No wonder Drew Brees just threw 2 TD passes to Pierre Thomas.
As I said last week, if you have Brandon Marshall, you’re starting him, but you should expect WR2 (not high-end WR1) production. Alshon Jeffery? OK, now I’m buying it. He could be the head of the 2012 WR class.
If Steve Johnson was a buy-low candidate last week, what is he this week? Stevie’s a stalwart. He has his own all-stars. In Weeks 1-3, he was a top-20 WR. He might not save your season, but he’s excellent depth. E.J. Manuel’s injury hurts Stevie’s situation, but he’s still a starter when healthy. Robert Woods? RotoViz doesn’t really like him.
If you ultimately have faith in Tom Brady, Bill Belichick, and the 2013 Patriots, now—right now!—is the time to go all in. The price to get pieces of this passing attack is likely at its bottom. Buy low on Kenbrell Thompkins. He’s playing like 2010 Deion Branch in the BOL Function, and by the end of the season he could be a solid WR2/3. If you want, also buy low on Julian Edelman and Danny Amendola. Since 2002, Brady has been a QB1 each season except the injury-aborted 2008 campaign. 2013 may be the year his streak ends—but it may also be the year he finishes hot.
And now back by “popular demand” . . .
Who would you rather have right now? Josh Gordon or A.J. Green? Gordon’s a dynasty building block—and we told you to draft him. Repeatedly. If you can get him in a reasonable trade, do it. Ten weeks from now, you’ll be the winner.
Q: Which came first?—the chicken or the egg?
A: Calvin Johnson. I also would’ve accepted as correct “not Matt Stafford.”
Joey: “What’s not to like? Nelson, good. Jones, good. Cobb, good.” Smoke ’em if you got ’em.
What was the last 5-0 team to have a WR corps this uninspiring? I’m legitimately asking. Go to PFR and find an answer for me. If you do, I’ll (not) give you a free gift. I’m not sure yet what it will be. Maybe a life.
It worked once; it may work again: Kenny Britt, Nate Washington, Kendall Wright, Justin Hunter, and Damian Williams. They play for the Titans, but they don’t actually play for your team, right? I said this last week about Washington: “He’s a WR4/5 with WR2 upside. The week you start him he’ll suck.” Hopefully you didn’t start him in Week 5.
[Loud applause.] [Bowing.] [Curtain.]
Just so we’re clear on this: Scaryius Wayward-No Way is not a fantasy option. Now that that’s out of the way! I love T.Y. Hilton. A lot. He’s inconsistent, but at the end of the year he could very well be a top-30 WR once again. If you have him, you’re not starting him (yet), but you’re not trading him either. Reggie Wayne? If you have him, you start him, and at the end of the season you have a top-20 WR. If you overthink Wayne, you’re really not thinking.
Tavon Austin Pettis. Now that’s a player I’d start. But Tavon Austin or Austin Pettis on their own? Not yet. If I had to pick one to ride for the rest of 2013, that’d be Pettis. Maybe we should’ve seen his dominance coming.
Last week I said this: “Trust DeSean Jackson, especially as a WR2/3, which is probably where you drafted him. If you want to trade him, fine, but wait till he has a big week.” 1) You’re welcome. 2) If you want to trade him, now you can do so. 3) I wouldn’t trade him. 4) Do the Eagles have any other WRs? Seriously, I vant to know. Get it? I vant? Avant? Jason Avant? Uh.
What if (gulp) Ted Ginn Jr. and Steve Smith (gulp) switched faces??? If Ginn finishes 2013 as the best fantasy WR on the Panthers, the world will explode and Cam Newton will cease to exist. Save one life; save the world entire. Boycott Ginn. [Insert prohibition joke here.]
I’ll say it again: The difference between Larry Fitzgerald and Michael Floyd is 3 TDs, and a more even TD distribution could exist from here on out. If you don’t have faith in Fitz, trading him for Floyd and another piece may be an option.
Demaryius Thomas, Eric Decker, and Wes Welker are fantasy starters. I will, however, gently restate what I said a month ago. In dynasty leagues, if you can trade Welker for Decker, do it.
Andre Johnson doesn’t care that you think he’s old. Regardless, he’s getting old.
I don’t think Anquan Boldin cares either that you think he’d old. But he’s even older than Dre. Q’s old. These two guys won’t suck each week, but as Week 5 showed, you should think of them as starters but not WR1s. They’re not.
If you care enough about the SD passing attack to look at these WRs, maybe you should just invest in Philip Rivers instead. His (predicted) resurgence is made all the more incredible by the patchwork group of WRs foisted upon him. Out of Keenan Allen, Vincent Brown, and Eddie Royal, the rookie is my favorite by a longshot, but that speaks mainly to my dislike of Brown and Royal. Buyer beware.
As I said last week, “Moore may be a top-30 WR by season’s end, and he may be a fantasy starter—but not on my team.” Rod Streater? Only in the deepest of 32-team leagues.
[Alternate version] No comprendo la pregunta.
Remember when you dared to take Justin Blackmon as your WR7 in the 12th round of your 10-team redraft league? And everyone laughed and thought you were crazy, especially since you drafted Gronk in the 5th, Gordon in the 8th, Thompkins in the 10th, and Vick in the 11th? And now league mates are looking at a starting lineup that goes something like this: QB: Vick/Rivers. RBs: Forte, Lacy. WRs: Dez, Jordy, Gordon. TE: Gronk/Julius. Flex: Blackmon/Nicks/Stevie/Hill. You don’t remember that? I do. Justin Blackmon, in Week 5 you made a lot of good teams great. Just like s*x, you were worth the wait. P.S. Cecil Shorts, you also get the job done. You’ve lived up to your undervalued billing. Teddy’s gonna love you both next year.
Interested in RBs? Here’s my Week 5 RB Report.