After another thrilling week of NFL action, I’m back to look back at the target leaders at the wide receiver spot from Week 6. I’ll offer my thoughts on a few of the players who saw the most targets from last week, and maybe what I think of them moving forward, thanks to the suite of RotoViz apps at my disposal.
I’ll also take a look at two players who’ve impressed in recent weeks and make a suggestion on what to do with them in the weeks ahead.
Week 6 Double Digit Targets
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Despite seeing his usual high number of targets, Week 6 was one of the worst outings in the career of Odell Beckham. Beckham has clearly been identified as the only real issue with the New York Giants in 2018 — at least if the amount of criticism he is garnering from all comers is anything to go by. Beckham has only had fewer PPR points than his 10.4 last week in ten games since entering the NFL.
Rookie Antonio Callaway is fast becoming the poster boy for inefficient WR play in 2018. Despite seeing a healthy 25 percent of the teams’ air yards (not to mention the 12th most of all WRs in the NFL), Callaway is having trouble with the whole “catching” the ball issue. Sunday marked the second time in his young career that he has seen double-digit targets in a game. He has managed 20 yards or less both times. From a production standpoint, he is becoming one of Baker Mayfield’s “Do Not Go To” guys.
Could a genuine WR be emerging in Big D? Cole Beasley exploded in Week 4, with nine reception on his way to a WR4 finish. All the more impressive was that his big day came against the Jaguars, the least friendly defense towards WRs in fantasy football. However, before we start putting up the bunting and organizing the parades, we should remember that Beasley had a mere 15 receptions in Weeks 1-5. He’ll need to string a few more games together like last week before I start jamming him into my lineups.
#AsExpected, Week 6 did not feature a touchdown for Julio Jones. The Falcons talisman continues to be a viable fantasy asset despite his lack of scoring. This was evinced by another top-12 finish. Julio’s 115 PPR points are already the 12th best PPR season by a WR without a receiving touchdown in NFL history, and he’s done it in just six weeks.
Most of the plaudits for the Packers comeback victory on Monday Night Football rightly went to quarterback Aaron Rodgers. But we should not forget that he had a lot of help from his pass catchers, especially Davante Adams. Monday’s game marked the third time in his career that Adams has caught at least 10 passes and scored two touchdowns. This is the third most games among WRs since 2010.
Time To Buy
New York Jets WR Quincy Enunwa suffered a high ankle sprain against the Colts on Sunday and is likely to be missing for up to three weeks. After he left the game on Sunday, Jermaine Kearse reminded everyone that he is still playing for the Jets. He corralled nine of his 10 targets and finished the week as the WR17.
While Kearse is likely to fill Enunwa’s void at the Jets slot receiver, the primary pass-catching job for the Jets may go to another already in that offense. Terrelle Pryor is quietly enjoying a productive partnership with rookie QB Sam Darnold. Darnold is averaging an impressive 10.45 Adjusted Yards per Attempt when targeting Pryor.
It is only early days, but this is currently the most productive QB/WR linkup of Pryor’s career.
Pryor has touchdowns in back to back games and is available in 98.6 percent of ESPN leagues. However, it should be noted that the Jets do not have an easy run of fixtures coming up, at least for WRs. They have the second hardest schedule for WRs in the next four weeks, according to the RotoViz Buy Low Machine.
The volume will be the key to any production from Pryor. The Jets next two opponents are currently the second and fourth stingiest run defenses in fantasy football. The Jets may be forced to take to the air more than they would like. This can only be good news for the likes of Pryor.
End of the Road?
The Packers have been forced to endure a host of injuries to their more established WRs so far in 2018. However, one of their rookies has impressed by how he has stepped into the breach. Marquez Valdes-Scantling has ten receptions for 171 yards and a touchdown in the last two weeks. He has amassed the 16th most fantasy points in this span. His production is on par with some formidable performers.
He has become quite a handy and efficient target for Aaron Rodgers, as you can see below.
Any productive WR attached to Rodgers should interest fantasy owners. When you tie this to the upcoming slate of games for the Packers you could be tempted to race to the waiver wire to snap Vales-Scantling up now. He is only owned in 6.7 percent of ESPN leagues. The Packers are on a bye in Week 7, of course, but still …
There is a danger, however. The Packers are likely to welcome back the injured pair of Randall Cobb and Geronimo Allison after the bye. This could limit the opportunities for Valdes-Scantling moving forward. Aaron Jones truthers can attest to the fact that Mike McCarthy is not here to make fantasy owners happy. Even though Valdes-Scantling has offered almost as much as Allison (and certainly more than Cobb) they will undoubtedly overtake him on the Packers totem pole once again. Still, if you have the room on your bench, he’s certainly someone I’d pick up. It’ll be handy to have him around once Cobb gets hurt again.