by Will Overton
Last week as we discussed the fallout of week five we took a close look at a bunch of running backs who were suddenly relevant on the fantasy football waiver wire. Several of those guys hit it big for owners this last week, including Branden Oliver, Justin Forsett and Ronnie Hillman.
This week we are going to go the other way and look at a group of pass catchers, wide receivers and tight ends mixed. These are five guys who all had big games yesterday and will certainly be under consideration in just about all league formats this week.
These five guys are not equal in value across the board, but they all have a certain amount of value in the right format and the right situation. Let’s break down what that value is for each of these six:
Jordan Reed – TE, Washington Redskins: After Reed was hurt in week one and his replacement, Niles Paul, did well and gained fantasy traction, owners were dropping Jordan Reed in a fair amount of leagues. Now he is back and we saw yesterday why he was so popular in the offseason. Reed caught eight passes yesterday on 11 targets, racking up 92 yards along the way. Meanwhile Niles Paul was a compelte non-factor and I don’t think owners have anything to worry about with him. What we do know from Paul’s success is that Kirk Cousins likes to use his tight ends and Jay Gruden draws up plenty of plays for them. Reed was drafted in every league and every format and now that he’s healthy he should and will go back to that status.
Andre Holmes – WR, Oakland Raiders: It seems like Derek Carr has been going through favorite targets so far this season. The first couple weeks it looked like it was Rod Streater, then James Jones took a turn and now Andre Holmes has strung together two good weeks. After not doing much of anything for the first three games Holmes has 9 catches, 195 yards and 3 TD’s the last two weeks combined. Holmes has been looked at a lot by Carr as well, targeted 20 times total in the two games. Clearly things could change, especially when Streater returns in a couple weeks, but right now Carr and Holmes have a good thing going. I definitely like him in deep leagues and he’s not a bad flier grab in standard leagues either.
Robert Woods – WR, Buffalo Bills: Darrelle Revis did his thing on Sammy Watkins yesterday and Robert Woods took advantage of Mike Williams injury to pickup seven catches for 78 yards and a score. Having Kyle Orton under center certainly helps the prospects of Woods, and the rest of Buffalo’s receiving corp, but I’m still not sold on him as a fantasy player. Like I said, circumstances dictated his success a bit this week, and since a nice week one performance he had just 10 catches for 78 yards leading into yesterday’s game. I don’t think Woods is a buy unless your desperate.
Jarvis Landry – WR, Miami Dolphins: The Dolphins rookie wideout made a really nice impression this week while receiving extra playing time due to an injury to Brandon Gibson. Landry made the most of it with six catches for 75 yards and a TD in the game. Landry has been developing more of a rapport with Ryan Tannehill and came out this week. Now, most weeks Brian Hartline won’t do absolutely nothing, but Landry still has some deep league value as the team’s third receiver. More value than Woods has as the Bills third guy I would argue. The Fins spent a second round pick on Landry and they will find ways to use him.
Jace Amaro – TE, New York Jets: I think we are all aware that the Jets passing attack and Geno Smith leave a whole lot to be desired. That said, if Geno is going to have success he’s going to need a safety blanket type of guy like Amaro to do it. Geno relied on Amaro a lot yesterday, though the team was playing from behind a lot as well, as Amaro caught 10 balls for 68 yards and a TD. Amaro only had 14 catches total coming into the game, but apparently Geno now knows he exists and that he’s pretty talented. I wouldn’t do anything crazy like pass up Jordan Reed for Amaro, but there’s a good bit of upside here with Amaro. I don’t think this game was just a flash in the pan for him, it may very well have been his coming out party of sorts.