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:
Ruben Randle – New York Giants
While the Seahawks’ defense hasn’t been as good as anyone expected, they are still yielding the fewest points per week to opposing wide receivers. Plus, the game is being played in Seattle. Is there really anything else we need to know?
Maybe the Giants are able to make some plays and you have to think that they are going to move their guys around to get favorable matchups. Of course, Randle has continued to struggle to get on the same page as Eli Manning. On Monday night he received 11 targets, getting just 4 receptions for 49 yards.
Tough matchup plus inconsistency? It’s impossible to trust him.
Mike Wallace – Miami Dolphins
Coming off a monster offensive performance you would think that all Dolphins’ players would be trusted options. Unfortunately that’s not the case. The Lions have been one of the best defenses against opposing wide receivers, allowing 1,123 yards and 3 TD. They’ve also allowed just 22 passing plays of 20+ yards, tied for sixth fewest in the league.
Wallace is seen as the Dolphins’ big play threat. Of his 35 receptions, 12 have been thrown between 11-20 yards, with two more being thrown for 21+ yards. In other words, it could be tough for him to make a big play this week.
The Lions could get a lot of pressure, making it that much tougher (since Ryan Tannehill could have less time to looks downfield). As it is Wallace has just 5 receptions on 15 targets the past two weeks and hasn’t gone for more than 81 yards in any game (and that came in Week 1).
Allen Robinson – Jacksonville Jaguars
Sure, he’s been the “top” receiver for the Jaguars with 43 receptions for 488 yards. First of all, how much does that even mean? Surprisingly the Jaguars actually have weapons, especially with Denard Robinson emerging in the backfield. Plus, the team has other receivers that Blake Bortles can throw to. Just look at the breakdown of the wide receiver numbers from this past week:
- Allen Hurns – 7 receptions for 112 yards and 2 TD
- Cecil Shorts III – 5 receptions for 40 yards
- Allen Robinson – 4 receptions for 35 yards
If that uncertainty isn’t enough, the Cowboys have surprisingly been one of the better defenses at stopping opposing wide receivers. It’s just a tough situation to try to trust.
Sources – ESPN, NFL.com
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