Your fantasy depth will really be tested this week with a full fledged bye week. Doug Martin, Alfred Morris, Le'Veon Bell and yes, Adrian Peterson owners muct find other options, at least for one week. Fantasy nation gets Carolina and Green Bay players back this week from bye and they are good to go for the remainder of the season. Four teams have week five off, Tampa Bay, Minnesota, PIttsburgh and Washington. Is Eddie Lacy healthy enough to start or are you a Jonathan Franklin believer. DeAngelo Williams remains a solid start, at least until Jonathan Stewart returns in a couple of weeks. Who had a breakout performance in week four? and who cost your team a win? Time to take a look in this week's report.
Are you happy with your tight end? I ended up with Antonio Gates and almost cut him after week 1, now am glad I have him. With tight ends I think you have to be patient with the veterans. There are a few new stars emerging like Jordan Cameron, but for the most part it's the same guys from last year that are reliable scorers. Running backs are another story, other than Matt Forte and Jamaal Charles, how many are three down backs? Hopefully by tracking how much they are targeted week to week can help you get a handle on the situation.
No position is as negatively effected by off-week's as that of running back. It's not even close. There are plenty of quarterbacks and pass catchers around to fill a bye week hole for a week. Matt Forte and Maurice Jones-Drew owners, I feel your pain. You don't know how much they mean to you, until they're gone. Those owners throwing darts with Carolina and New Orleans backfields, might have even found a more reliable option this past week. Week seven is the busiest bye week of the season and plenty of 'hurtin to go around. Michael Turner, Willis McGahee, Jammal Charles, Reggie Bush and all-world backs Ryan Matthews and LeSean McCoy will leave gaping holes in fantasy lineups this weekend.
For those fortunate enough, playoffs are underway in many leagues. For those redrafting, targeting is an excellent guide when trying to decide among similar talent. Injuries continue to create opportunity for both running backs and tight ends across the league. With the injury to Matt Forte, Darren Sproles and Ray Rice are clearly the elite at running back with Jimmy Graham running away with things at tight end.
As we reach the mid-way point of the NFL season, we really begin to see trends developing. The occasional really good or bad week don’t skew the season averages like they do early on. Many teams have had their bye weeks, with all teams done following week 11. The raw totals are a tad higher for those who have yet to have their bye week: Carolina, Detroit, Jacksonville and Minnesota are off this week; Houston, Indianapolis, New Orleans and Pittsburgh are on bye during week 11. We have three sets of numbers for you, for both running backs and tight ends. We share those that are exceeding the norm, those that didn’t receive the normal “looks” they have become accustomed to and the season aggregate totals.
Are your running backs and tight ends delivering? Again this week, we sort through who is becoming a bigger part of their team’s game plan and who may be getting phased out. We have players emerging due to injury and tell you who is not delivering on their opportunities. We continue to make our way through the bye weeks, which tend to skew the season totals a bit and should be noted. With most of the stud backs and star tight ends fixed on your opponent’s rosters, target analysis can give you an advantage to make the right selection from the waiver wire.
As we head into Week 7 of the 2011 NFL season there are a number of things to keep in mind. First, the numbers really begin to have meaning as one or two week wonders are falling from the big pictures. Also, with some of the teams already having had their bye weeks, their season totals need to be adjusted to take note of such. Lastly, while targets are a key component of a player’s involvement in his team’s game plan, of equal importance is how many of the attempts are actually completed.