Guess I can’t really ignore the early games this week. Let’s hope I hit on at least one; last week was a debacle.
Nate Burleson, DET, 37% (GB): Burleson has had two solid weeks in a row, going for 83 and 63 yards respectively – with a TD last week – while being targeted often. Everyone knows by now that the Packers can’t really stop anyone through the air (289 yards/game, 18 TDs), and tomorrow’s showdown should be a high scoring affair. I wouldn’t hesitate to slot him as a WR3/flex: 85 yards.
Joshua Cribbs, CLE, 25% (@CIN): Cribbs has caught lightning in a bottle these last couple of weeks, catching TDs against three solid to great pass defenses: SF, Houston, and Jacksonville, while having very low yardage totals; He has flourished in the red zone. Could he put up another solid game against the stingy Bengals? On a hunch, I’ll say yes, if only because Cleveland needs to use their most dynamic position player to have any shot at staying in this one, and Colt McCoy will no doubt have to put the ball in the air 30-40 times, targeting Cribbs frequently in the process: 50 yards, TD.
Harry Douglas, ATL, 13% (MIN): With Julio Jones not practicing yet this week, Douglas could get a start against the anemic Vikings pass D (259 yards/game, 19 TDs). Minnesota’s run defense is no slouch, and they will probably be focused on trying to slow down Michael Turner, leaving some openings in the secondary. Douglas could exploit those opposite Roddy White, like he did Week 10 against New Orleans: 80 yards (if Jones is out).
Deep League Special:
Riley Cooper, PHI, 1% (NE): A complete shot in the dark, but Cooper was impressive filling in for Jeremy Maclin last week against the fading G-men. He gets another soft defense in the Patriots this week (299 yards/game, worst in the league, 15 TDs). Maclin likely is back, but Cooper should still get some looks here and there, no matter who is behind center, and thus he could be a worthy flier in the flex spot for a team desperate to make the playoffs: 70 yards.