Ryan Broyles – Wide Receiver – Detroit Lions
When Nate Burelson went out last week and was lost for the season new opportunities arose for the other Lions’ wide receivers. While Titus Young, a bust thus far, figures to be the long-term answer he may not be in the best situation for this week.
The Seahawks boast a strong secondary, especially with their starting corner backs Brandon Browner and Richard Sherman. They are tied for the league low in passing TD allowed (6) and have also allowed just 212.3 passing yards per game. With those numbers it is obvious that it isn’t just the outside pair doing the job, though it is hard to argue against their strength.
We know Calvin Johnson is going to be lining up on the outside, but who is the second receiver going to be? If it is Young, rookie Ryan Broyles then avoids the dynamic duo and is put in a much better position to produce.
Last week against the Bears Broyles managed 3 receptions for 51 yards and he scored the Lions’ only TD. He was targeted just 4 times, though that is a number that should increase this week. Remember, Burelson did start the game (3 targets) and Broyles likely wasn’t in the game plans too much. This week, with Burelson out, you know the Lions are going to have a plan in place for him.
Broyles was drafted in the second round out of Oklahoma. In nfl.com’s draft report they said (click here to view):
Broyles is polished and consistent. Though undersized, he knows how to get open and make the catch. He could soon be an NFL starter based on his ball skills and route-running ability alone. His feel for space on the field and knack for understanding defenses boosts his value immensely. Even though he displays premier athletic ability, he certainly doesn’t make many plays due to his size. He will have to work out of the slot in the NFL, which he was able to do throughout college. Before tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee in November, Broyles was a second-round talent.
It sounds like the slot is the perfect spot for him, at least that is what was expected entering his NFL career. This week that should allow him an opportunity to make some plays and be a major factor in the offense. While he isn’t a trustworthy option, he has more than enough upside to consider as aWR3 in deeper formats.
I wouldn’t go in expecting more than what he did in Week 7 (and even then without the TD), but he has the potential to outperform those numbers. In deeper formats that is all you can ask for.
Brady Quinn – Quarterback – Kansas City Chiefs
I know people are thinking that if you are depending on Brady Quinn then you are in for a long Sunday. That said, if you are in desperation mode is he really that bad of an option? With the team opting to make the change, despite Matt Cassell being medically cleared, he is being put in a good situation to excel.
Granted, the Chiefs offense is always going to be more centered on the running game. That said, they are going to have to throw the ball some times and Quinn will have an ideal opponent to try and exploit.
The Oakland Raiders are allowing 254.7 passing yards per game, as well as 11 TD (and they have just 3 INT and 7 sacks). Those are numbers that scream for passing the ball and, with Dwayne Bowe under performing, now would be the perfect time to try and get him involved.
Bowe has just 34 receptions for 427 yards and 3 TD. Not awful numbers, but also not quite what fantasy owners had been hoping for. Last season he played well against Oakland, with 12 receptions for 156 yards and 1 TD in two games.
Throw in the potential for dump offs to Jamaal Charles, as well as getting Jonathan Baldwin, Dexter McCluster and Tony Moeaki involved, and there should be enough weapons to excel.
I know Quinn has not performed well overall in his career and he is hardly an ideal option for fantasy owners. However, he is getting his chance and is being put in a pretty good situation. With the bye week to help him prepare and gain a rapport with Bowe, Charles and the other top offensive players, I wouldn’t be surprised to see a solid outing.
He’s not a recommended play, but those looking for a sleeper in the deepest of formats he is worth the gamble.
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