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Three WR Corps To Watch in Week 10

Mark Morales-Smith examines some interesting wide receiver groups as we approach Week 10 of the Fantasy Football season!

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Miami Dolphins

Jarvis Landry – DeVante Parker – Kenny Stills – Leonte Carroo

Things are going well for the Dolphins of late as they’ve turned their season and are currently on a three game winning streak. They’ve done this by leaning on their talented young back Jay Ajayi who has well over 500 yards during this run. Unfortunately while they’ve enjoyed great success, it’s come at the expense of their Fantasy wide receivers.

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Jarvis Landry is their premier Fantasy option, particularly in PPR formats. He currently boasts a solid 49 receptions and 605 yards. This leaves him on pace to catch 98 passes for 1,210 yards assuming he plays all 16 games. Despite his strong numbers, he’s seen his production decline each of the past three games since Ajayi started this spectacular run. There is no doubt he’s still the top option in Miami, but there are now questions about how much value their top option will have moving forward. I still view him as a must start every week and expect his value to rise back up sooner rather than later.

DeVante Parker has also seen his production fall off a cliff. Some will point to a hamstring injury for his drastic decline. Nonetheless, no matter what the reason his production has slipped significantly. Over the past three weeks combined he’s caught just 10 passes for 56 yards. Only once in the first four weeks did he fail to hit the 50-yard mark.

Kenny Stills had a big Week 7, however, 66 of his 100 yards came on one big touchdown pass. Still, he did catch five passes in that game. In the other two games during this stretch he’s totaled a mere three receptions for 23 yards. In fairness, an illness forced him out last week’s game early. Either way he’s always a bit of a boom-or-bust guy. With that said, the targets have declined a bit.

The Phins also have an extremely talented rookie that could see his role increase during the second half of the season. Leonte Carroo has a bright future, which is why the Dolphins traded up to get him in this year’s draft. If any one of their wide receivers go down he could develop into a major contributor. This kid should be on your radar as a potential sleeper waiver wire add at some point later in the season. 

Dolphins WRs Numbers Over the Past Three Games

 

Receptions

Targets

Yards

TDs

Jarvis Landry

15

23

202

0

DeVante Parker

10

15

56

0

Kenny Stills

8

12

123

1


New England Patriots

Julian Edelman – Chris Hogan – Danny Amendola – Malcom Mitchell

Like most things with the Pats, this is a very intriguing dynamic the team has going on with their wide receivers. First off, their top two leaders in receiving yards are both TEs. So right off the bat you have a unique situation. If I asked you to guess which Patriots wideout leads the team in receiving yards, the obvious assumption would be Julian Edelman. You’d be wrong though.

Hollywood Chris Hogan actually leads the team with 391 yards. Where it’s get interesting is when you see how much better he’s been since Tom Brady returned from his four-game suspension. In the first four games of the year he caught just eight passes for 122 yards and one TD. With Brady he’s caught 11 passes for 269 yards and a touchdown. Obviously a nice spike in production. Edelman does still hold the PPR value.

Brady hasn’t had much of an impact on Edelman. It was assumed Brady’s absence would hurt him more than any other player on the team. This turned out not to be the case at this point in the season. As you can see below the numbers are similar.

Edelman’s Numbers With and Without Brady This Season

 

Receptions

Yards

TDs

Without

19

196

o

With

22

162

1


Danny Amendola is the WR3 in New England. He is capable of having a big game, but also has a very low floor. His three TDs are his high points, however, he also has two games where he hasn’t caught a single pass and he’s yet to hit the 50-yard mark in a game this season. Barring any injuries hitting the Pats WRs corps, Amendola is not worth rostering. At the absolute best he’s a cheap DFS punt option with upside.

Malcom Mitchell started off his rookie year fairly well and looked like he could have an impact this season, which is something that doesn’t happen much in New England for wide receivers. He has not benefited at all from the return of Brady. Weeks 1 through 3 he caught 4-of-9 targets for 75 yards. Since then, including Week 4 without Brady, he’s caught just 2-of-4 targets for seven yards. In those four games, three of them were goose eggs. I still like his talent and dynasty value. He won’t be a big time contributor this season though.

Indianapolis Colts

T.Y. Hilton – Donte Moncrief – Phillip Dorsett

Donte Moncrief has returned from injury and has had an immediate Fantasy impact. In the two games he’s played in since returning, he’s caught a TD in each. As a matter of fact, he’s scored a TD in three of the four games he’s played in this season. Also in those two games he’s caught 7-of-15 targets for 96 yards and two TDs. He has certainly become a strong Fantasy option as a mid-tier starter.

Phillip Dorsett has such massive high-end potential because of his blazing speed. He’s yet to become the big-play receiver he’s expected to be. With that said, he has taken a huge step forward during his sophomore campaign. He’s already surpassed his season totals in receptions and yards half way through this season. The former Miami Hurricane has value, nevertheless, he’s too hard to trust right now. You should stash him on your bench for the time being and hope he pops at some point. If nothing else, he’s taking steps in the right direction in 2016.

T.Y Hilton is clearly the guy in Indy.  He’s been nothing short of spectacular all year.  His one catch for 20 yard game Week 8, which happened to be Moncrief’s first game back, was a concern. A bounce back Week 9 quickly quieted those thoughts. He’s been clear-cut a WR1 this season. All of his numbers rank high among the league’s elite wideouts. 

Hilton’s NFL Rankings

 

2016 Totals

NFL Rank

Receptions

52

6th

Yards

791

4th

TDs

4

T-13th

20+ Receptions

17

2nd


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