Arizona Cardinals at Atlanta Falcons
While their production certainly hasn’t been bust-worthy, it’s safe to say that both of these receivers haven’t provided the type of production owners were expecting. Being that these were the two unquestioned options behind only Calvin Johnson, anything but a stellar year would prove to be a disappointment. The season has life left in it still, and both of these receivers have the opportunity to impress from here on out and end on a high note. Whoever finishes the season on a better streak will likely be dubbed the second wide receiver option again in 2013.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Carolina Panthers
Do any of the backup runners for either team offer any value?
Sometimes having a spoil of riches does just that – spoil your riches. We know who the starters are and what kind of production to count on from both Doug Martin and DeAngelo Williams. Outside of those runners, though, lays a complete mess of wasted potential. There are several NFL teams who would be glad to take on such talents as LeGarrette Blount, Mike Tolbert, and especially Jonathan Stewart. These backups have been too sporadic in their limited production to be counted on at all to this point. Can any of these backs salvage any semblance of value?
Cleveland Browns at Dallas Cowboys
Can Dez Bryant take the next step and provide a dominant performance?
Here is a game that an elite, secondary receiver would be able to completely blow the roof off of. That begs the question – is Bryant in fact an elite, secondary option? You better believe that if the New York Giants were playing this game and cornerback Joe Haden were to be matched up on Hakeem Nicks all day, we’d be expecting great things from Victor Cruz. Same would be said for a healthy Greg Jennings and Jordy Nelson. With one of the top corners in the league likely matching up on Miles Austin, Bryant
be able to have an above average game for owners. If not, the frustration level may finally reach a breaking point.
Green Bay Packers at Detroit Lions
Aaron Rodgers has done a great job getting his secondary wide receiver options highly involved in the offense given the various personnel injuries. While Greg Jennings will remain out following his surgery, Nelson will return after fighting through a sprained ankle over the past three weeks. During this time of injury-stricken play, Cobb has emerged as one of the best fantasy receiving options in the league. We have to wonder, though, if the return of Nelson will negate a lot of Cobb’s value. Is Cobb pure enough of a talent for us to entrust with elite expectations even though Nelson will command targets? There should be plenty to around against the Lions, but we’ll have to pay attention to both targets and production here.