By: Ryan Hawks (@RyanWorldEater)
Anyone catch that game Thursday night? What a wild contest from start to finish! It was only the first, of hopefully many, high octane matchups this weekend. Read on to find out which wide receivers and tight ends will eat up points this week, and which ones will be in a world of pain with garbage stat lines.
This week should be one of them. The New Orleans Saints defense put out a surprising performance last week, torturing Detroit Lions signal caller Matthew Stafford into throwing three interceptions. Still, they gave up three passing touchdowns, including letting both Marvin Jones, and Golden Tate reach 96 yards and a touchdown a piece.
Overall, they are giving up the seventh most points to opposing wide receivers. Adams will be targeted early and often in the passing game by first time NFL starter Brett Hundley. Drew Brees and the Saints offense will force the Packers to push the ball downfield all game.
What makes Landry such a threat is the ridiculous amount of targets he is getting. Last week, he saw 14 against the Falcons. Overall, he only has one game where he even has under 10 targets. With volume like this, Landry is actually long overdue to explode this week.
Jay Cutler seems to getting better at quarterback for Dolphins and the team is on a two game win streak. It is no surprise that Landry has had his two best fantasy games of the season in that span. Look for that to continue again this week.
Allen went against the Broncos week one, and had five catches for 35 yards off ten targets. He salvaged his day from being a complete loss by making one of those catches a touchdown, but he has not scored another one all year. Melvin Gordon looks to be the go to guy at the goal line. This is likely to continue into this week.
Allen is getting enough targets to tempt owners into playing him this week, and some might think he could score again this week. Do not take the bait though. Look for other options this week because Allen is likely to stay grounded.
Hilton is also playing against Jacksonville Jaguars, who as we mentioned last week, have been completely eliminating opposing receivers from games. Last week, Sammy Watkins predictably gained 17 yards against the Jags secondary. Breakout rookie Cooper Kupp only caught two passes for 35 yards.
The Colts will try to get Hilton more involved after he ended up on a milk carton last week, but it probably will not pan out. Hilton will have his weeks, but without Luck returning any time soon, he will be hard to trust. The best thing to do with Hilton might be to find a trade partner to get a more consistent contributor.
He should be in store for his biggest game of the season this week. The New York Giants have been destroyed by tight ends for most of the season, giving up the most fantasy points to them of any team. Here is a ridiculous stat: The Giants have allowed a touchdown to a tight end in every single game this season. The latest was from Denver Broncos no-name man Jeff Heuerman.
Graham seems destined to get into the end zone this week. He and the entire Seattle Seahawks passing game is looking more in-sync than the beginning of the season. Their offensive line is improving, which is a big reason for that. Start him this week with the utmost confidence.
Last week, Engram was listed as a start, and it paid off nicely. As predicted, he was heavily involved in the Giants passing attack, grabbing five balls for 82 yards and a touchdown. Since the G-Men are down to basically no receivers, Engram saw a lot of time in the slot, creating mismatches all night against the Denver Broncos defense.
This should continue this week. Engram is just too big to cover with a corner, and too fast for linebackers. The Broncos knew that Engram was going to be the focal point of Eli Manning’s passing attack, and they couldn’t do anything about it.
Engram has been picked up by a lot of teams, but is still only 80% owned in yahoo leagues. He needs to picked up immediately and started every game going forward.
This week will probably be closer to the latter. San Francisco’s defense has been atrocious this season, but surprisingly, they give up the least fantasy points in the league to tight ends. They haven’t given up over 40 yards or even one touchdown to a tight end all season.
Maybe it’s because their corners can’t cover anyone, or because teams are running all over them, but Witten is not a good option at tight end this week. Teams need to look elsewhere at streaming options if possible.