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The development of Sammie Coates continues to parallel the early success of Martavis Bryant. Last week Sammie had his first impact game of his career (6/139/2 on 11 targets). His day started with his first TD of the year, which came on a 72-yard bomb. As great as his stats look, he dropped four other passes with three being in the end zone. With Antonio Brown commanding so much attention, Coates is going to see plenty of one-on-one chances on the outside. We know he can get open and his role is trending upward with Markus Wheaton taking the slow road to full-time snaps. The one flaw Sammie has is that he isn’t a pure hands catcher. With each game played, he should improve. Fantasy owners now have to decide if Coates is worthy of being a viable start every week in the season long games.
On Sunday night, the Packers played without their two starting CBs. Fantasy owners were jacked for the Giants to explode in the passing game. Over the previous two games, WRs had 29 catches for 505 yards and three TDs vs. Green Bay. The great Eli Manning only completed 7 of 19 passes to WRs for 70 yards and a TD. Victor Cruz didn’t have a catch and hotshot rookie Sterling Shepard caught only two of his seven targets for 14 yards. Odell Beckham offered only a steady game (5/56/1 on 12 targets). It’s pretty safe to say Eli will be parked on the bench for many Fantasy owners in Week 6 vs. the Ravens.
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After five weeks, here’s a look at the top ten teams in the league as far as wide receiving yards:
It’s interesting to see the Bears on the top of the list especially with their top WR Alshon Jeffery being relatively quiet (22/394 on 31 targets). Chicago’s WRs also have the more WR catches (82). The best stat of all for the Bears’ WRs is a 69.4 percent catch rate.
The Steelers’ WRs have the most TDs (10) for their position.
Here’s a look at the bottom ten teams in the league in WR receiving yards:
Even with WRs on the Packers receiving 71.8 percent of Aaron Rodgers’ completions, they’ve only caught 58.9 percent of their chances.
The Bills’ WRs only have 44 catches after five games with a poor catch rate (55.0 percent).
Here’s a look at the top 10 teams in NFL in receiving yards from the RB position:
The Falcons have a huge edge in receiving yards at RB (469) while ranking highly in RB targets (42). Atlanta’s RBs averaged 13.8 yards per catch, which is a wide gap over the league average (8.15).
The Lions have the most receiving TDs at RB (4) followed by the Saints (3). The Jets’ RBs have 30.6 percent of the team’s completions after five games, which leads the league.
Here’s a look at the weakest teams in the league so far passing to the RB position:
It’s hard to believe that the Packers have only completed nine passes to the RB position after five games. In 2015, their backs caught 70 passes for 654 yards and five TDs on 93 targets.
The Patriots lead the NFL in yards (434) by the tight end position thanks to gaining 16.1 yards per catch. Last week Rob Gronkowski and Martellus Bennett combined for 11 catches for 176 yards and three TDs on 15 targets. The Redskins rank second in the league in receiving yards (426) at TE with Jordan Reed accounting for 316 yards with 33 catches and two TDs. Here’s a look at the top ten teams in the league in TE receiving yards:
If you are looking for a TD from the TE position, the best teams in the league in this area are New England (4), Indy (4), Tampa Bay (4), Pittsburgh (4), and San Diego (4).
The Jets completed their first passes to the TE position in Week 5. Their TEs only have three catches for 26 yards on six targets while accounting for only 2.7 percent of the team’s completions. Here are the bottom ten teams the league in TE receiving yards:
Now let’s take a look at the worst and best defenses in the league defending the pass at each position. We’ll start with the RBs position.
The Chargers have struggled the most in the league vs. RBs in the passing game (48/375/2 on 58 targets). Teams have gained 24.0 percent of their passing yards against San Diego from RBs. The Falcons appear to have similar risk vs. RBs (45/357/2).
The Giants have done the best job so far in 2016 defending the RB position in the passing game (22/110 with no TDs on 32 targets). RBs only have 12 catches against the Texans, which is the lowest total in the league.
The Broncos have a huge edge in the league defending WRs. After five games, WRs only have 44 catches on 93 targets (47.3 catch rate) while allowing a league low 505 yards and one TD. The Ravens hold WRs to only 10.48 yards per catch, but they’ve given up nine TDs.
Last week should have been an easy week to identify WRs in the daily games. The Raiders allow the most yards to WRs (1095) followed by the Jets (1033). Both teams allowed a low-value WR have a big game (Sammie Coates – 6/133/2 and Tyrell Williams – 5/117/1).
Teams have nine receiving TDs vs. Tampa with a game to play tonight.
After a bad Week 5 performance defending the TE, the Browns fell to 32nd in the league in yards allowed (501) with teams completing 35.5 percent of their passes to the TE position. The Lions allowed the most TDs (6) to TEs. Both the Raiders and Dolphins have risk vs. TEs based on their yards allowed (OAK – 14.69 and MIA – 14.70).
Here are the top ten teams in the league defending the TE after five weeks:
The Eagles continue to play well defending the TE. After four games, TEs only have six catches for 43 yards with no TDs on 11 targets. The Chiefs also stand out in this area (9/80/1 on 13 targets).