Consistent Targets Start to Pay off for Davante Adams
“While waiting for San Diego to use its 12th pick, ESPN’s Suzy Kolber sat alongside Rodgers and asked, “A couple of weeks ago, Aaron, you were the clear-cut No. 1. What’s changed over that time?” Forcing a smile, Rodgers said, “I wish I could tell you.” He was embarrassed, and the grin failed to mask depression. “You start questioning everything,” he later said.” (Perlman, GUNSLINGER: The Remarkable, Improbable, Iconic Life of Brett Favre, 2016)
First of all this book looks awesome. This quote explains it all. Going into week 8, this is the time we start to questioning everything. Was DeAndre Hopkins really worth a 1st round pick? Is Jordy Nelson really going to fix the Green Bay offense, or does the problem lie with Aaron Rodgers? The only problem with Rodgers right now is confidence. He has no confidence in his top receivers and Davante Adams has been given chances to make plays. This brings us here with Davonte Adams as this week’s top WR waiver add. 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.
Davante Adams (17%) Green Bay Packers.
16 targets, 13 catches for 132 yards and 2 touchdowns. One of the best stat lines of the year belongs to the third option of the struggling Green Bay offense. In the fantasy world, Aaron Rodgers provides a lot of upside due to his league leading pass attempts in the red zone. This accounts for 3 of Davante Adams’ 5 touchdowns on the season. As a matter of fact through the first 7 weeks, Davante Adams is the leading fantasy scorer amongst the Green Bay WR ‘s and RB’s. With 5 touchdowns on the year Adams is tied for the most on his team. Furthermore, he is second on the team in receptions (28) and receiving yards per game (58.3) behind Randall Cobb, and leads the Packers with 12.5 yards per reception. Generally speaking these numbers are not outstanding but 17% ownership is way too low.
Brandon LaFell (12%) Cincinnati Bengals
Similarly to Davante Adams, Brandon LaFell’s fantasy production has been primarily through touchdowns. As can be seen through the past 3 weeks, LaFell has 4 touchdowns on 14 total receptions. Comparatively to the other receivers on the Bengals, he leads the team in touchdown receptions, and is second in every other statistical measurement to AJ Green except one. Red zone targets. Brandon LaFell leads all Bengals with 9 targets within 20 yards of the end zone. Additionally he has turned those 9 targets into 3 catches for 3 touchdowns in the past 3 weeks. He is on a roll.
Jamison Crowder (36%) Washington Redskins
Opportunity coupled with efficiency has been working well for Jamison Crowder this year. He leads the Redskins’ wide receivers with 3 touchdowns in addition to 55.9 yards per game making him the most reliable option from this group of talented wide outs. With a catch rate of 70% on the year, Crowder has turned the fourth most targets on the team into the second most receptions on the team. Not to mention the team leading 9 red zone targets.
Marqise Lee (2%) Jacksonville Jaguars
It’s difficult to advocate for a player that on paper is the fourth offensive option. Especially when he plays on a team as bad as the Jaguars. In reality the narrative that Marqise Lee is the fourth option is only being perpetuated by the fantasy community’s expectations for Allen Robinson and Allen Hurns. Lee leads the team in receptions with 29, is second in yards per game with 56.2 ypg, and is 3rd in targets with 38. He just followed a 6 catch for 61 yard game with a 7 catch 107 yard game. There is actually a decent amount of value here.