Fantasy Football On Target: Check out these replacements for Reggie Wayne

by Tim Heaney on October 24, 2013 @ 08:40:17 PDT

 

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Wide receivers

Week 7 utilizations
Rk
Player
Tm
Wk 6
1
Vincent Jackson
TB
22
2
Dez Bryant
DAL
16
3
Calvin Johnson
DET
15
4
Stevie Johnson
BUF
13
5
Cecil Shorts
JAX
13
6
Eric Decker
DEN
13
7
Wes Welker
DEN
12
8
Jason Avant
PHI
12
9
Kendall Wright
TEN
12
10
T.Y. Hilton
IND
11
11
Mike Wallace
MIA
11
12
Brian Hartline
MIA
11

Vincent Jackson now has 47 targets in his first three outings with Mike Glennon. With the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' potential season-long loss of Martin in the backfield, expect something close to this pace to continue.

Thaddeus Lewis enjoyed having a healthy Stevie Johnson back in the fold, though the receiver only had six catches for 61 yards. Johnson had just nine combined targets in his previous two efforts. It's reasonable to expect the chemistry to improve; Lewis has proven serviceable, and at times exciting, taking snaps.

Nick Foles and Matt Barkley leaned on Jason Avant as the Philadelphia Eagles tried to get the pass game going. Brandon Carr contained DeSean Jackson and Riley Cooper had seven targets, so it was a day of taking what the D gave them. Reports say Michael Vick (hamstring) may return this weekend, and the matchup looks more promising for D-Jax. Avant is not a confident fantasy play because he doesn't typically convert his busy days into points.

Jake Locker's return to the Tennessee Titans improves their downfield launching ability. Expect him to continue leaning on Kendall Wright, Nate Washington (10 looks) and tight end Delanie Walker (five), with project Kenny Britt looking more and more like trade bait. If Britt lands somewhere with a decent aerial game (Indianapolis Colts?), he may be worth a flyer, but there's a lot of finger-crossing involved.

WAIVER WIRE: Speaking of Indy, T.Y. Hilton will now become an every-down wideout after the unfortunate torn ACL for Reggie Wayne. Darrius Heyward-Bey's presence in the base package makes things smoother for him; he could be a more consistent PPR contributor unless Indy upgrades from external sources. Wayne's departure elevates Coby Fleener's likely offensive responsibilities while placing LaVon Brazill on fantasy watch-list status.

Mike Wallace and Brian Hartline garnered equal attention, but from the slot, Brandon Gibson gave the Dolphins the biggest advantage Sunday with an eight-target, 5-40-2 afternoon. It's going to be hard knowing when to play him, but when you need a flex installment, and the Phins are facing a weak secondary, he's not a bad activation.

Tight ends to close things out....

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