by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)
These are not players that I am 100% sitting this week, depending on my alternatives (we will get to those players later on this week in our Start ‘Em or Sit ‘Em column). Instead these are guys I am reconsidering having them in my lineup for a variety of reasons:
Allen Robinson – Jacksonville Jaguars
Robinson continues to be the leader of the Jaguars receiving corps and he finally found the end zone in Week 7, so what’s not to like? The Dolphins’ secondary has actually been among the better groups in the league with just 843 receiving yards to opposing wide receivers and an overall league best 10.0 yards per reception. Quarterback Blake Bortles fas also had his issues with efficiency, at times, including a 54.8% completion rate in Week 7.
As it is, while Robinson gets ample targets he hasn’t had more than 79 receiving yards in a game and he’s had five receptions or fewer in five of his seven games. He also saw the running game finally get going, something they could continue to depend on, and the team has ample receiving alternatives (Cecil Shorts III, Marqise Lee, Allen Hurns and Clay Harbor).
The “top” receiver in Jacksonville, there’s too much risk to take if you can avoid it.
Reggie Wayne – Indianapolis Colts
When you have one of the elite quarterbacks in the game throwing you the football how can you be someone we’d rather not start? That’s what happens when you’ve managed just 8 receptions for 50 yards and 0 TD over the past two weeks. Meanwhile teammate T.Y. Hilton has erupted for 90+ yards in four straight games, including three games of at least 105 yards (including a 223 yard explosion).
The Steelers, meanwhile, entered Monday night allowing just 4 TD to opposing wide receivers. That said, trying to avoid Wayne is more about the way the receptions have gone in recent weeks as opposed to the matchup. While there could be enough balls to go around, it’s hard a guarantee.
Just as an added bonus, Wayne is banged up and is in danger of missing this game. Healthy or not, though, he’s not a player I’d be looking to trust.
Wes Welker – Denver Broncos
vs. San Diego
Shouldn’t we want to start anyone in the Broncos’ offense? You would think so, except for the fact that after missing the start of the season Welker continues to be behind his teammates in terms of opportunities. Just look at the targets over the past three weeks:
- Demaryius Thomas – 37
- Emmanuel Sanders – 18
- Julius Thomas – 18
- Wes Welker – 13
We also can’t ignore the fact that Ronnie Hillman appears to be bringing life to a running game that had been struggling with Montee Ball early in the season. A better running game could lead to fewer passing attempts, just making the opportunities that much tougher to come by.
Sources – ESPN, NFL.com
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