Well, my picks pretty much fell flat last week. Oh well, them’s the breaks. Moving on:
Antonio Brown, PIT, 53% (NE): Brown made an appearance on this list earlier in the year, and last week Big Ben looked his way quite frequently to the tune of 7 catches for 102 yards. This Sunday, Brown gets the porous Pat’s secondary to play with (322 yards passing/game), and I think he makes a great WR2 bye week fill-in: 95 yards.
Michael Jenkins, MIN, 43% (@ CAR): Jenkins broke out last week as a favorite deep threat of Christian Ponder’s. Granted, it was against Green Bay’s sieve-like passing defense, but still, he could prove useful in this bye-ridden week, even against Carolina’s solid secondary (225 yards/game, 9 TDs). I like him as a frequent target of the Viking’s rookie QB, and maybe even to reach the end zone: 50 yards, TD.
Jerome Simpson, CIN, 25% (@ SEA): Simpson had a great game in week 6, grabbing 6 balls for 101 yards against the Colts. Seattle is not too bad with the passing D (250 yards/game, 6 TDs), but with Cedric Benson out serving his suspension, the Bengals should lean more heavily on Andy Dalton’s arm. A.J. Green is the unquestioned 1st option, but Simpson should get his fair share of looks and provide decent yardage: 80 yards.
Deep league special:
Anthony Armstrong, WAS, 2% (@ BUF): Armstrong has a total of 47 yards for the season, so why is he mentioned here? Well, with Santana Moss done for the year, he should crack the starting line-up, or at least get a couple dozen plays out of the slot, where he thrived last year. Buffalo gives up lots o’ yards through the air (284/game), so even with John Beck slingin’ the pigskin around, AA could catch several deep balls, on his way to surpassing his season total in one game: 80 yards.