Consistency and constant targets are the keys to success for Jeremy Kerley
This is the time of year when your highly drafted players take a week off for their bye. This will have you scrabbling for a replacement. Some people like to go for the boom or bust player in this situation, but I prefer a safer approach. The perfect example of this is a player like Jeremy Kerley. He may not be in a high volume passing offense, but Jeremy Kerley is the most targeted receiver on his team. This provides a high fantasy floor and the safety of at least some kind of points. 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 twitter.
Jeremy Kerley (8% owned) of the San Fransisco 49ers has been remarkably consistent considering a less than desirable quarterback situation. Blaine Gabbert is currently averaging only 178 passing yards per game. Through his first five games he has thrown an embarrassing 5 touchdowns and 6 interceptions. Despite this mediocrity, Jeremy Kerley has managed to average 9 targets for 5 catches and 60 yards per game which is more than high draft pick DeAndre Hopkins. This comes out to 33% of Gabbert’s total passing yards per game. Kerley has also scored in the last two games making his appeal slightly higher. For those of you keeping score, that’s 40% of Blaine Gabbert’s passing touchdowns. This week is a road game where Kerley has struggled this year, but I expect him to bounce back against Tampa Bay in week 7.
Kenny Britt (4% owned) of the Los Angeles Rams has quietly been the most consistent player on his team. Averaging just over 71 yards per game, he is currently on pace to catch 70 balls for 1,100 yards. I don’t think this will hold up as he has never started 16 games in his 8 year career, but the Rams are eager to get Todd Gurley some space and the only way to do that is to pass the ball downfield. Kenny Britt’s size gives him the best chance to benefit from this game plan. He is yet to score this year but I expect that to change this week in Detroit.
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Brandon LaFell (4% owned) of the Cincinnati Bengals does not inspire much excitement. With the absence of Marvin Jones and Mohamed Sanu, LaFell stepped into the number 2 receiver role but has failed to be anything we would consider “fantasy worthy”. The fact is Andy Dalton is averaging 300 passing yards a game, and those yards have to go to someone not named AJ Green. Furthermore Brandon LaFell currently has more fantasy points than Alshon Jeffery and DeSean Jackson which is worth noting. This past week LaFell was targeted 11 times catching 8 balls for 68 yards and 2 touchdowns. Not repeatable, but if he starts getting targets you have to consider picking him up.