Oh, did I miss the Jets/Broncos candidates? Wasn’t exactly an aerial showdown, so no harm done.
Darrius Heyward-Bey, OAK, 28% (@MIN): Bey hasn’t done much of late, ever since Carson Palmer took the helm, with zero catches the past two weeks. However, with Jacoby Ford out, and Minnesota’s horrid pass D on tap (272 yds/game, 18 TDs), look for DHB to get a few deep looks on his way to a respectable line and a possible score: 60 yards, TD.
Damian Williams, TEN, 29% (@ATL): Williams has turned into Matt Hasselbeck’s #1 WR the last few weeks, with 13 catches, 201 yards, and 2 TDs the last three weeks. He gets Atlanta’s so-so pass D this week (253 yards/game, 12 TDs), so look for him to be a solid #3 WR/flex play: 80 yards.
Vincent Brown, SD, 15% (@CHI): With Malcolm Floyd out, Chicago’s bend but don’t break pass D (269 yards/game, 12 TDs) and the likelihood that SD plays from behind in this one, look to Brown if you have an injury hole to fill for that 3rd WR spot (I did in the 4thandhome league; classic jinx situation, but I’m desperate): 80 yards.
Deep League Sleeper:
Donald Jones, BUF, 2% (@MIA): – if either David Nelson or Stevie Johnson are out – not out of the realm of possibility – Jones could have a big day against the subpar ‘Fins pass D (254 yards/game, 14 TDs). Buffalo is not the same team it was weeks 1-4, but the quality – or lack thereof – of the competition this week should allow Ryan Fitzpatrick to find a good amount of holes to throw through. Even if the above two WRs start, Jones could still give you decent yardage as the 3rd down/possession WR: 70 yards, TD if either Nelson/Johnson out, 60 yards if they play.
*Wow, complete whiff on each of these, sorry folks. And the Brown jinx was fully enforced.