Congratulations are in order to some of you, to others.... better luck next year. To those in leagues still running, in either regular or post season, we bring you our last regular season look at fantasy football targets. I am torn with the question of how much to spend on receivers in my draft or auction. While watching Calvin Johnson, A.J. Green, Brandon Marshall and the other studs, part of me wants to allocate enough funds to get a pair of my own in 2013. The other part of me recognizes that James Jones was a major part of my first place finish this season,. Last month I even dropped Jones when he disappeared, only to pick him up again the following week.
If you are reading this, chances are you are still alive in your playoff hunt. I helped create my league, back in the mid 1980's, before the Internet, before thoughts even crossed the mind of editors of including fantasy in books and magazines. Our regular season last 16 weeks, with all tie breakers taking place in week 17. If teams tie, they settle things in the final week, no head to head or points scored to determine who gets in, head to head on the field. Six of 12 teams in our league make the post season and I'll share that with you when we look at running backs and tight ends.
We head into the season's second half with only two bye weeks remaining. Those with week ten off include Larry Fitzgerald and Jordy Nelson, along with marginal fantasy talent in Cleveland and Washington. The good news is Wes Welker returns, the Jets, Niners and Rams do as well, but no surefire wide receiving talent reside with those clubs. Lets take a look at surprise producers in week nine, those that disappointed and the season totals for all that are averaging at least half a dozen targets a game.
A week ago, 13 wide receivers were targeted in double digits and we took note. Week 12 saw an amazing 18 reach the milestone. What does this mean? We’re not sure, but it certainly strengthens the belief that the passing game should be strongly considered for the flex position. The usual suspects populate the big time targets but some newcomers as well!
Another wild week tracking wide receiver targets as last week’s stars disappear and new players emerge. Exciting, must have free agent targets like the Giants Victor Cruz, Jason Avant of the Eagles, the Steelers Antonio Brown, Green Bay’s James Jones and Carolina’s Legedu Naanee all were big time fantasy disappointments after “break out” performances in Week Six. Big “money” receivers are also returning from injury, giving owners the points they have been hoping for, or better yet deserve! New waiver pickups have also emerged and we’ll break down who they are and who is “delivering” with given opportunity.