Fantasy Six Pack - Week 6
Oct 12, 2013
More articles from Eric Huber
When the Denver Broncos offense scored a touchdown late in the fourth quarter to surprisingly tie the score at 48, it proved once more that any team can win on any given Sunday. The Dallas Cowboys should’ve won. Expectedly, that same parity thought process often times leaks its way in to the fantasy world. Fantasy owners drink the kool-aid, and unfortunately, more times than not, don’t get enough sugar.
If you haven’t noticed yet, the latest “oh yeah” is being worn by Jacksonville wide receiver Justin Blackmon . On the heels of a highly productive season premiere, Blackmon has been getting more love this week than a once in a lifetime talent auditioning on the television show The Voice. Some even have gone as far as labeling him a lock start this week against the Denver Broncos defense, on the road.
The last time I checked, Blackmon still plays for the Jacksonville Jaguars. The last time I checked, the already productive Cecil Shorts is seeing more wobbly pigskins thrown his way than any other receiver in the NFL (62). And the last time I checked, the St. Louis Rams are not the Denver Broncos, and the Jaguars offense doesn’t have a quarterback who could even run faster than Tony Romo ; let alone throw the tight spirals he chucks around the gridiron.
Yes, the Broncos will likely blast through the Jaguars defense, forcing their high school quarterback Chad Henne to throw at least 25 passes in a strategic effort to score more than two touchdowns. That does not guarantee that Blackmon will be productive, though. In other words, this is your warning. Don’t be irate if Blackmon doesn’t produce the results you were promised.
THURSDAY NIGHT HEADLINES
Eli Manning's three interceptions were too much for the New York Giants to overcome.
Brandon Jacobs rumbles 22 times for 106 yards and scores twice.
Jay Cutler doesn’t make any mistakes, and even runs for 20 yards.
Rueben Randle continues his upward ascent, catching Manning’s only touchdown pass.
Running back Lache Seastrunk showed up big this week for Baylor against West Virginia. Seastrunk ran the ball 15 times for 172 yards and scored two touchdowns, including one from 80 yards out in the first quarter. Regarded as a second-round pick, Seastrunk continues to solidify his draft stock and could prove to be a nice playmaker for a team in search of a fresh set of legs at the position. New York, maybe?
Clemson senior quarterback Tajh Boyd recorded his best game of the season against Syracuse. He threw for 455 yards, found the end zone five times, and completed 74.1 percent of his passes. Boyd doesn’t possess ideal size at 6-foot-1, but he doesn’t make many mistakes and has the arm strength necessary to make all the throws. He is currently being projected as a first-round pick, and could be a nice fit for a team looking for a new leader.
Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller struggled mightily against Northwestern, but running back Carlos Hyde picked up the slack and moved the sticks all night long. Hyde scored three touchdowns and rushed for 168 yards on the ground. He also caught four passes for 38 yards. The senior out of Naples, Fla. improved his draft stock slightly with this showing, but is still facing character concerns after being suspended to start the season. He is also pretty beefy at 235 pounds and would need to shed a few to help improve his foot speed.
Tight ends in college football don’t make too many big plays, but when they do I will try and point them out. Such was the case in the Fresno State-Idaho blowout, where 6-foot-5 Marcel Jensen was on the receiving end of a 43-yard Derek Carr pass to open the second quarter. Jensen has yet to find the end zone this season, but has caught at least three passes in Fresno State’s previous four games. He is currently projected as a fourth-round prospect in the 2014 NFL Draft.
WEEK 5 TOP 5
Mike Wallace (16 targets): Wallace made many fantasy owners queasy this past week. He caught the first seven passes thrown his way for 105 yards in the first half, and then just completely shut down. After his hot start Wallace dropped three, including an easy one on the final drive of the game.
Tony Gonzalez (14 targets): For the second consecutive week Gonzalez was targeted 14 times, a trend that should continue, especially with the recent injury news surrounding Julio Jones and Roddy White . Gonzalez will be Matt Ryan's numero uno target.
Golden Tate (11 targets): Tate owners still haven’t seen a desirable level of consistency, but every once in a while he will bust off a big game. His 11 targets last week were a season high.
Robert Woods (13 targets): Stevie Johnson ’s abrupt exit opened the door for Woods to see an increase in targets. The problem was that the lack of chemistry with backup quarterback Jeff Tuel stopped him from having an even bigger game than five receptions for 64 yards. The Buffalo Bills will need to clean this up moving forward regardless of starter E.J. Manuel ’s status.
Julius Thomas (12 targets): For the second consecutive week, the Dallas defense allowed a tight end to go over the 100-yard receiving mark while getting targeted at least 10 times or more. This is a trend to continue to watch and take advantage of.
WEEK 5 BOTTOM 5
C.J. Spiller (0 targets): For the second consecutive week, Spiller wasn’t targeted as a receiver out of the backfield. Even more concerning is the fact that he has been targeted just once in the last three weeks, this on the heels of seeing 10 targets in the first two games. Furthermore, Spiller has a sprained ankle. His value is plummeting.
DeAndre Hopkins (4 targets): Hopkins struggled once again against another physical secondary. There is no better time than now to trade for the rookie. The St. Louis Rams are next up on the schedule for the Houston Texans; a defense that allowed 210 receiving yards and two touchdowns to Jacksonville’s top two receivers.
Marques Colston (2 targets): Colston’s rare bad game shouldn’t be a concern, as he usually puts up consistently good numbers. I do have to believe though that 91.6 percent of fantasy owners (12-team leagues) are probably getting tired of hearing about Jimmy Graham putting up monster numbers.
Coby Fleener (3 targets): After seeing what Owen Daniels was able to do last week against Seattle (11 targets), I was surprised to see Fleener struggle so much. After taking a closer look, Fleener is by definition a bi-polar, odd-even week tight end. If this trend holds together Fleener should have a big game this week against San Diego.
Darren Sproles (3 targets): Sproles’ target stats are baffling, especially compared to what Pierre Thomas was able to do (nine targets, nine receptions, two touchdowns). The scat back wasn’t hurt, so the only thing I can think of is that he just wasn’t as effective running the football as head coach Sean Payton wanted him to be. Therefore, he didn’t see the field as much. Time will tell if this will become a trend.
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