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Target Town: Week 5

posted by John Kerwin

What an exhilarating first five weeks it has been, and it is only going to get more exciting from this point moving forward. Injuries are starting to plague teams, and unfamiliar faces are starting to take center stage. I welcome you to Week 5 of my Target Town series, and I have some great information for you as we head into Week 6 of the NFL Season.

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New Faces…

The 15 targets Mike Wallace received in Week 5 is the type of attention many expected him to receive after his move to Miami. It was only a matter of time before the Dolphins starting getting the speedster more involved. His 105 yards receiving was excellent, but unfortunately he only turned those 15 targets into seven receptions. We would like to see a bit more consistency with the catch percentage, but Wallace is still getting used to play with somebody not named Ben Roethlisberger. I expect Wallace to be a solid WR3 for your fantasy teams, but with his inconsistency I wouldn’t expect much more than that most weeks.

There are not too many rookies that are going to show up on this list during any week of the season, but this may not be the first time we see Robert Woods in this group. Woods has been becoming a larger part of the Bills offense each and every week, and now that Stevie Johnson is banged up, I wouldn’t expect this to slow down. The Bills lost EJ Manuel for a few weeks, but the other rookie quarterback is going to look for reliable targets to lean on. Woods is definitely worth rostering in just about all leagues, and may continue to merit a WR3/Flex tag. I am still a bit weary of trusting Jeff Tuel too much, but don’t sleep on Woods regardless.

Rueben Randle overshadowed the play of both Giants big name wide receivers on Sunday, and he added a pair of touchdowns to his 96 yards receiving as well. Randle was a sleeper on many radars heading into the season because we have all seen what the Giants are capable of turning their WR3 into, and that shining example is Victor Cruz. Randle looks to be trusted by Eli Manning, and the Giants look like they will be airing the ball out very often this entire season. I really like Randle as a WR3 and bye week/injury filler on your roster.

This Guy Is For Real…

Alshon Jeffery refuses to go unnoticed, and he bad a big splash in Week 5. Jeffery came out and hauled in 10 receptions for a monster 218 yards and a touchdown over the weekend, and left all other receiver in his rear view mirror as far as Week 5 was concerned. After multiple weeks of solid production, it is looking like Jeffery is the real deal, and he needs to be owned in all formats. I would still prefer to have Jeffery as a WR3, but he has definitely showed his upside is capable of a much higher standard.

Welcome Back…

Hakeem Nicks has finally showed up for the 2013 NFL season, and it is about time. Nicks was able to accumulate 142 yards on nine receptions, and we all hope this is a sign of things to come for the remainder of the season. It is a shocker that three of the guys in this Top 10 play for the Giants, because they simply have no choice but to turn to the passing game early and often. I expect Nicks to finally start to show us he is capable of carrying that WR2 label, but I’d feel much more comfortable trusting him as my WR3 at this point in the season.

Nothing New…

DeSean Jackson has big one of the most pleasant surprises for most this season, and he continues to be the clear WR1 for the Eagles potent offensive attack. I was a big fan of Jackson and the potential he had in this offense coming into the season. He looks like a revitalized individual on a mission, and he has been showcasing his play making ability. Jackson is a solid WR2 moving forward and is going to put up WR1 numbers for you in a majority of weeks. I am not afraid of Nick Foles being his quarterback for the time being, because both looked to have chemistry when Michael Vick left the game on Sunday.

Cecil Shorts has surprisingly led the NFL in targets to this point in the season, but I don’t expect this trend to continue moving forward. The return of Justin Blackmon will take away plenty of targets each week for Shorts. He is still a very talented receiver on a team who will fall behind in nearly every game, and that will lead to garbage points more often than not. I wouldn’t expect him to continue to see 15-plus targets each week, but he will see enough to be a WR3 for your fantasy teams.

I feel as if spending a bunch of time explaining why you should be happy about Victor Cruz and Dez Bryant receiving Top 10 targets is a waste of mine and your time. These two will continue to be studs as long as they are on the field, and I wouldn’t hesitate to plug either into any spot in your roster, and do so with confidence.

Say It Ain’t So…

I wish I would’ve said the same above about Julio Jones, but unfortunately it looks like Julio is going to likely be out the remainder of the season with a foot injury. It is a major blow to any fantasy team, and even more detrimental to the struggling Falcons. Julio is second in the NFL in targets only behind Shorts, but that is going to be a distant memory after another week or two. I feel your pain Julio owners, and hopefully you can find a reliable replacement on your rosters, best of luck.

 

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No Surprises…

I can honestly say that there isn’t one surprise on the tight end target list this week. Aside from the fact that Jordan Cameron didn’t make the cut this week, I don’t see one name that should be there. Tony Gonzalez may find himself on this list the remainder of the season with the loss of Julio and the ongoing injuries with Roddy White. If there is an owner in your league that doesn’t understand the potential fallout from what is going on with the Falcons, try and steal Gonzalez in any fashion possible.

Julius Thomas is simply a beast, and is going to be the waiver wire MVP for this season. I’m not going to even put a maybe in that last sentence, because Thomas continues to be a consistently reliable option for Peyton Manning, and that Broncos offense doesn’t look to be slowing down any time soon. Pat yourself on the back if Thomas is shining on your fantasy roster.

Jason Witten and Jimmy Graham have been top tight ends for years now, and they are going to continue their success for the remainder of the season. All I can say is that you need to keep both of these guys in your starting lineups as long as they are active and not on a bye week.

He Really Is Back…

The Chargers passing game has looked like a new shiny toy this season, and Antonio Gates continues to look like an ageless wonder. It seems like yesterday that Gates was hurting every fantasy roster and everyone was writing him off as done. His unreliable feet look to be an injury of the past and he is once again connecting with Philip Rivers on a weekly basis. You more than likely nabbed Gates in the later rounds of your fantasy draft, and it is paying off. Continue to ride the old man as long as he stays healthy.

 

John Kerwin

Sales Manager for the Classic Automotive Group in Northeast Ohio. Cleveland born and Cleveland raised. An avid sports enthusiast trying to articulate football in a fantasy world.

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