Posted: 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2013
By Michael Gallagher
There are a lot of teams passing the ball these days. Week 1 had more passing TDs than ever before and Week 2 had plenty of scores through the air, as well. All draft season long we heard about the depth at quarterback and the lack of depth at receiver, so that doesn't quite make sense, right?
That means there is a lot of value to be had out there in the WR world. Here are some guys that are worth a look in fantasy formats:
This is a bit of a no-brainer, but Gordon isn't owned in 100 percent of leagues, which he should be. He has huge upside and the Browns could start to turn it around on offense now that they don't have a full array of terrible receivers. This one's for you six-team leagues.
When a player gets 18 targets, he has to be owned. The Patriots couldn't get anything going and guys like Aaron Dobson couldn't hold onto the football. Danny Amendola could be out for five more weeks, so Edelman could resume his role in the slot for another month. Tom Brady has a knack for taking no-name guys and turning them into studs, and he's been with Edelman for a while, so the two have some form of established chemistry.
There should be little doubt which player was the Offensive Rookie of the Week after catching the game-winning ball to highlight his stat line of seven catches for 117 yards. He saw a whopping 13 targets and the Texans have to be feeling pretty good about picking him at 27 in the draft.
Andre Johnson did need to leave the game for concussion symptoms and early reports say he could be ready for Week 3. It's not going to be easy to start Hopkins with Andre in the lineup, but it's abundantly clear that he'll a monster should Johnson miss time. He's basically the Ben Tate of receiver, not even counting the Texan similarity.
If you thought Royal's two-TD game from Week 1 was a shock, then you may have believed his 90-yard, three-score line from Sunday was some sort of hoax. Philip Rivers targeted him eight times, connecting on seven of those.
The Chargers are decimated at receiver. Danario Alexander is out for the year and Malcom Floyd is out indefinitely. Head coach Mike McCoy clearly has a new mindset and keeping a bit of a leash on Philip Rivers is paying off so far. While it's easy to think that Royal is going to fall flat on his face soon, he still has to be picked up.
Even though Torrey Smith was a target monster with 13, Brown was still able to turn in a nice outing of one TD, four catches and 45 yards in the win. Those two and Brandon Stokley are the only three receivers to have targets and they are really hurting on the depth chart.
He has a nice matchup this week against a sub-par Texans pass D, making him a strong WR3 with big upside.
He saw 11 targets in Week 2 and caught seven of them for 54 yards and a score. The Texans haven't been much of a stout pass defense in this young season and they've shown some vulnerabilities so far. The Titans are playing solid ball so far and took the Texans to OT after winning in Week 1 at Pittsburgh. Wright is a slot guy and the Titans would be smart to use him since Jake Locker is an inaccurate passer. If you're looking for some help in PPR, he could be your guy.
The Bills are getting better on offense. After the Seahawks couldn't really put up points on the Panthers in Week 1, the Bills dropped 24 in a last-minute win. Stevie Johnson caught eight balls for 111 yards and a score and Robert Woods caught a big TD along with 68 yards and four catches on six targets.
It's not going to be easy to count on Woods this early, but there are a couple ways he could gain value. E.J. Manuel is gaining confidence as a passer, so the Bills could have some promise. Also, Johnson has some injury woes and that would also launch Woods' value.
The Panthers have been looking for a long time. Brandon LaFell can't get open and he and Cam Newton still don't seem to be on the same page. Ginn caught a 40-yard TD on a double-move fly pattern, finishing with three catches for 62 yards on eight targets. Obviously, he still has a ton to prove, but he's at least on the radar in very deep leagues.
He saw seven targets and caught four them for 39 yards. He did have just two catches for 13 yards in Week 1, but the increase is at least something to watch for in the Eagles potent offense. It's only a matter of time before teams double- and triple-team DeSean Jackson, so the Eagles may have to look for other options in the passing game.