October 04, 2008
Each week the Noise will guide desperate, deep-thinking owners into the dark corners of the waiver wire to mine a last-minute diamond. Turn on your helmet light and pack a pickaxe. We're digging for drop-jaw surprises owned in less than 10 percent or started in less than five percent of Yahoo! leagues.
But this week, San Diego's horrendous short-field defense will turn the plastic-hoofed foal into a beer-hauling Clydesdale. The Chargers have surrendered 7.3 receptions, 88.5 yards and 1.3 touchdowns per game to tight ends, far and away the most points yielded to monolithic targets in fantasy. Head coach Norv Turner has been amazed by his defense's wizardry. Per the Orlando Sentinel:
"Tight ends have had big days against us and that's something we're working on, just continuing to get our guys to understand where we're being threatened, where we're being attacked and how we have to defend it."
Splitting time between Green Bay and Miami, Martin has been nothing more than a role player in his uneventful eight-year career. Last year in his best statistical season, he caught just 34 passes for 303 yards and two scores.
However, under Tony Sparano's direction, Martin is on pace to obliterate his previous career highs. Targeted on average 4.3 times per game, he's netted 2.7 receptions and 35.3 yards per game. He's also scored once. Shockingly, his 5.5 fantasy points per game output, ranked tenth at his position, is higher than notable names Chris Cooley, Greg Olsen, and steaming feces pile Vernon Davis. Martin, who sees plenty of action opposite Fasano in Miami's two-tight end schemes, has been thrilled with his early results. From the Palm Beach Post:
"I think this year I'm doing a lot of different things that complement my ability. That's the difference from then to now."
A solid route-runner with surprising agility, the 6-foot-4, 265-pound receiving titan will be targeted by Chad Pennington roughly 5-8 times this week. Because Pennington has distributed the football with marginal success downfield, he'll take advantage of San Diego's defensive inefficiencies by attacking the middle of the field, which means Martin and Fasano will be squared in the crosshairs often.
Week 5 Fearless Forecast: 4 receptions, 51 receiving yards, 1 touchdown
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