by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)
Last week it looked like Hakeem Nicks would finally get an opportunity to turn things around, with Reggie Wayne missing the game. He certainly didn’t lack for playing time:
With Reggie Wayne out of the lineup, the wide receiver snaps were as followed: Hilton (65 of 66), Nicks (60), Moncrief (40) and Whalen (13).
— Kevin Bowen (@KBowenColts) October 27, 2014
Of course, you then look at the target breakdown from the game:
- Donte Moncrief – 12
- T.Y. Hilton – 10
- Hakeem Nicks – 6
- Griff Whalen – 3
The surprise is that Moncrief was the most targeted receiver, though the fact that he received more opportunities than Nicks isn’t really shocking. While Nicks was on the field a lot, don’t be mistaken. His time as a relevant fantasy option is gone.
On the season Nicks has turned 39 targets into just 18 receptions (46.2% completion rate). His season high is 5 catches, coming back in Week 1. In yards he hasn’t eclipsed 50, which he reached in Week 3.
In fact, he has been even worse over the past five games. On 26 targets he’s managed 8 receptions (30.8%) going for a total of 86 yards and 0 TD.
Clearly the writing is on the wall…
The real question facing fantasy owners is if Moncreif can remain a viable option once Reggie Wayne is healthy. That’s a bit of an unknown and makes it tough to recommend investing heavily in him.
We know Wayne is going to remain a part of the offense…
TY Hilton is emerging as a Top 10-15 wide receiver in the league…
The team has a two-headed tight end monster in Dwayne Allen and Coby Fleener…
Not to mention Ahmad Bradshaw, who is proving to be a viable FLEX, and Trent Richardson, who they want to force feed the football.
There are only so many touches to go around and expecting Moncrief to match that type of an impact would be foolish. What Sunday may have done was simply give us a glimpse towards life without Wayne in Indianapolis. That potential, in dynasty formats, makes Moncrief a must add. In all other leagues he’s only a target if you have a deep bench or if someone gets hurt for a significant amount of time. Otherwise, he simply won’t be able to be trusted.
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