In Week Five's fantasy WR tips, the PFW staff says Falcons WR Julio Jones will bounce back from a one-catch game and Packers WR James Jones should be considered a legitimate fantasy starter for the forseeable future.
Falcons WR Julio Jones is dealing with a hand injury and made only one catch on eight targets in Week Four, but we still recommend starting him in all formats vs. the Redskins on Sunday. QB Matt Ryan should have a big day against Washington’s porous secondary — the team’s pass defense is ranked 31st in the league and has allowed a league-high 11 TDs through the air — and Jones has the potential to post gaudy numbers.
Keep an eye on the status of Saints WR Lance Moore. He sat out practice Wednesday with a hamstring injury, but is worthy of a start as a No. 3 WR or flex player in most formats this week if he is active Sunday when the Chargers visit the Superdome. Moore, QB Drew Brees’ most targeted wide receiver (37), is averaging nearly four catches for 57 yards and a TD in his last six home games.
If you’re looking to take advantage of Santonio Holmes’ injury on the waiver wire, take a look at Jets WR Jeremy Kerley, who may be the most talented pass catcher on the team, especially with Dustin Keller still out. Stephen Hill is banged up and doesn’t have a catch since Week One and Chaz Schilens has not shown much. Kerley has two touchdowns this season and has shown explosiveness in the open field. He’s a player that a desperate Jets team needs to get more involved in the offense.
The Redskins feel good about how WR Pierre Garcon (foot) played last week, and he was a full participant in practice this week. He looks like a good option this weekend vs. the Falcons.
Chiefs WR Jon Baldwin (hamstring) was a no go in practice Wednesday but he returned on Thursday. Given all the Chiefs’ problems offensively — other than Jamaal Charles — it’s a good bet to sit (or even dump) Baldwin, who has been quiet to start the season.
Giants WRs Ramses Barden (concussion) is unlikely to play and Hakeem Nicks (foot/knee) has been ruled out this weekend against the Browns. It boosts the stock of Victor Cruz and perhaps Domenik Hixon, who is a sleeper play for deeper leagues and those who have starter wideouts on bye. Rueben Randle likely would be the No. 3. He’s still too shaky to put in your lineup.
The Vikings had some success getting WR Jerome Simpson involved last week — more so than the numbers (50 receiving yards) indicated. He drew two long pass-interference calls and should hear his number called more this week against the Titans, who have given up their share of big plays.
Say hello to Packers WR James Jones as a legitimate fantasy starter for the foreseeable future. With normal No. 1 WR Greg Jennings ailing, Jones has stepped up big-time (5-56-2 in Week Four). Daily team observers tell us Jones should probably be considered the team’s best receiver so far this season, although Jordy Nelson is also coming off a big game (8-93-1) and could be ready to become the same kind of steadily effective fantasy weapon he was in 2011.
For what it’s worth, team sources tell us the Rams’ WR pecking order one month into the season appears to be: No. 1 WR Danny Amendola, No. 2 WR Brandon Gibson, No. 3 WR Chris Givens and No. 4 WR Austin Pettis. While Amendola remains far and away the most reliable fantasy weapon in this group, it’s worth keeping a close eye on Givens, who displayed impressive fantasy flash on a 52-yard reception last Sunday.
The Giants are allowing 8.47 yards per pass, so if you need a bye week fill-in at wideout, you could do worse than the Browns’ Greg Little. That said, Little’s inconsistency makes him tough to count upon if you have other more stable options. Little has struggled to catch the ball throughout his brief NFL career.
Ravens WR Torrey Smith (12-224-3 in the last two games) very much merits starting consideration against a vulnerable Kansas City pass defense in Week Five, and Anquan Boldin could also find a place on your list of starter-caliber wideouts, too.
Bengals WR Andrew Hawkins has caught 15-of-19 passes thrown his way for 247 yards and two TDs through four games. If you believe Miami will try to do whatever it can to take away AFC Offensive Player of the Month A.J. Green, perhaps Hawkins is a nice flier play in bigger leagues and/or three-WR formats.
With Laurent Robinson expected to miss some time after suffering his second concussion in as many weeks, there will never be a better time for Jaguars rookie wideout Justin Blackmon to begin showing signs of being the difference-maker he was drafted to be. Blackmon has struggled in the early going with drops and poor route running, but he began to show signs of breaking out against the Bengals, grabbing a career-best six receptions for 48 yards. Obviously, that type of production won’t have Blackmon’s fantasy owners doing cartwheels, but he leads the club in targets at the quarter pole and his opportunities should only increase moving forward. However, Blackmon draws a tough matchup against a very strong Chicago “D” in Week Five, and it might be prudent to explore other WR options.
Kenny Britt (ankle) was limited in practice on Wednesday. Head coach Mike Munchak indicated that Britt, who sat out Week Four, must make significant progress to play Sunday, when the Titans visit the surprising Vikings, who have yet to surrender more than 286 passing yards in a game this season.
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