Posted: 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2013
By Michael Gallagher
Week 4 also had a lot of blowouts, so the teams that were getting their butts kicked had to pass a little bit more in the second half. This led to some Z receivers getting more targets and the subsequent stats. Most of the waiver-wire options for Week 5 are on struggling teams and they're woes could continue.
Here are seven players that may help you through the bye weeks:
He's already owned in just about any standard league for a slew of reasons. Jeffery put up one of his best games as a pro at Detroit, catching five balls for 107 yards and a score. Jeffery was targeted 11 times, ranking third on the team behind Brandon Marshall and Martellus Bennett.
The second-year receiver had been an option down the field in his rookie season, but this year he's run a few more intermediate routes. He has just a 11.7 yards per catch average, down from 15.3 in his rookie campaign. He's going to be tough to start in 10-team leagues, but there are some good matchups on the horizon. Plus, his value would skyrocket should Marshall need to miss action. He gets a dream matchup against the Saints in Week 5.
We pimped Woods a couple weeks ago as a pickup and he made us look pretty good. The rookie torched the Ravens secondary to the tune of 80 receiving yards and four catches on eight targets.
He still isn't much of a route runner and ranks sixth in yards per catch because of the long plays, so he'll have plenty of inconsistencies. Plus, with C.J. Spiller ranking just 32nd in yards per carry, teams may be less likely to load up the box. Although, E.J. Manuel is getting much more comfortable in the pocket and the team seems like they trust him to make plays rather than just manage the game. Woods is more of a stash player, but he could get quite a few targets with Joe Haden locking up Stevie Johnson on Thursday Night Football.
The Jets let Nate run free in the secondary for most of the game. Washington went off in the easy win, scoring two TDs as part of a four-catch, 108-yard outing. The Titans receivers haven't really been doing much outside of Washington and Kenny Britt seems to be on his way out.
Justin Hunter has been a bit of an up-and-coming option, but Washington's snaps are obviously safe. He is 12th in yards per catch and is the favorite home-run hitter for the team. Also, Ryan Fitzpatrick seemed to be on the same page, so that is all the more reason to own him in all leagues.
The Cardinals are still scuffling on offense, but it was nice to see Floyd get 10 targets in the win over the Buccaneers. He caught five of those balls for 87 yards and continues to see most of the work in two-wide sets.
Floyd's stats have gone up in each of the last three weeks and he seems to be a worthy option opposite Larry Fitzgerald. They'll take on the Panthers at home, so his size and speed could be dangerous against cornerback Josh Thomas.
The Rams did not look good on Thursday Night Football. They were shut down by the 49ers and kept Sam Bradford to a paltry 4.9 yards per attempt. What's more their running game was a joke and put up a 0.9 yards-per-carry average in the loss.
There are some positives, though. Bradford leads the NFL in passing attempts this season, so there are plenty of balls to go around. Chris Givens is still probably the best player to own for his upside on fly routes, but Pettis has been a popular target in the slot. He's a decent pickup and a low-end option in deep leagues against the lowly Jaguars.
The rookie is starting to figure it out. The Cal product caught five of his six targets for 80 yards after posting just one catch for -1 yards in Week 3.
Of course, this is very deep-league territory here, but the Chargers getting a matchup with Raiders in Week 5. He's only a fill-in option and should see his targets go down once Malcom Floyd comes back.
You have have heard about the Jaguars and their issues. They're off to one of the worst starts in the history of the NFL and it's probably not hyperbole. They've been so bad (HOW BAD ARE THEY??), they've been so bad that they have the fifth-worst point differential in the first four weeks since the NFL-AFL merger.
Obviously, they're going to have to pass a lot to try and cover the spread. Jacksonville is already a 14-point underdog against the Rams. Yes, those Rams that were smoked last Thursday.
Sanders has been solid since Week 1. For whatever reason, a lot of his catches have been negated by penalties, but he had a solid line in Week 4. He caught four of his eight targets for 59 yards. The team might want to get an idea of what they have with him, so he could get more looks over the course of the season. He has a low upside since he plays for the Jaguars, obviously.