Big Shoes To Fill For Brandon LaFell
Following A.J. Green’s hamstring injury on the first play of the Bengal game, the player who seemed to get the most production was Tyler Boyd. Meanwhile Brandon LaFell’s box score looked bad in comparison, but I believe that he is the best candidate to replace the production of Green. Undoubtedly A.J. Green is one of the best wide receivers in the NFL. There is no one on this roster who can get the same production. Therefore do not expect LaFell to go out there and get 100 yards next game. Nevertheless he has been a red zone threat even before A.J. Green’s injury so with Green out of the lineup, the opportunity to score a touchdown only goes up. As always, all of the players mentioned in the waiver column are available in over 50% of yahoo leagues. For more information and interaction, visit the forums page and our twitter.
Brandon LaFell (11%) Cincinnati Bengals
In general outside receivers score more fantasy points than slot receivers. Without a doubt there are exceptions to this rule but the overwhelming majority of WR1’s in fantasy play on the outside. I bring this up because Tyler Boyd may very well be the more popular waiver add this week, but I contend that outside of ppr this is a bad plan. Of course we can’t draw the conclusion that all of A.J. Green’s targets and opportunity will directly be transferred to LaFell. Tyler Eifert will benefit as well. To LaFell’s credit, going into last week he led the team in red zone targets so I can only see this trend continuing.
Pierre Garçon (23%) Washington Redskins
I pointed out last week that Kirk Cousins’ target distribution is remarkably even. A week later this still remains true but Pierre Garçon has now taken the lead on his team with the most targets. In the last 3 games Garçon has at least 6 catches in each. In these games he has 67, 81, and in Sunday Night’s game 116 and a touchdown. Right now he’s trending in the right direction and should be picked up.
Malcolm Mitchell (0%) New England Patriots
This is purely a speculative add based on if Rob Gronkowski doesn’t play. Before this past game, Martellus Bennett was thought to get the extra work with Gronk out. However it seemed to be Malcolm Mitchell who got the extra looks to the tune of 4 catches for 98 yards and a touchdown. He hasn’t done much before this game but since the departure of Randy Moss, fantasy players have been waiting for the next big play threat on the outside. This could be the case here, but he could also be Kenbrell Thomkins.