Think Tom Brady missed Rob Gronkowski? Expect him to lead the New England Patriots in targets most weeks as a must-start in fantasy.
WAIVER WIRE: Jordan Reed's 15 targets in his last two games, including his standout Sunday, and the Washington Redskins' reported shopping of Fred Davis should cement the former's weekly role in this O.
Kyle Rudolph has 20 targets in the last two weeks but, given the Minnesota Vikings' QB trials, won't always capitalize on the attention. He gained just 27 yards on three receptions as Josh Freeman was getting his footing under him. At least Rudolph gets enough attention to earn borderline TE1 weight.
Not a surprise that Case Keenum leaned on Garrett Graham, as most rookie slingers do. The Houston Texans will evaluate Keenum and Matt Schaub (ankle) during their off-week, but Keenum showed flashes of opening up the aerial game in his debut. As long as Keenum takes snaps, expect Graham to have fringe lineup significance.
Rob Housler, along with wideout Andre Roberts (eight looks), were heavily involved in the Arizona Cardinals' comeback attempt Thursday night. The team has teased their commitment to the shifty Housler with efforts like this, but he's not going to be anything worth relying on each week. Larry Fitzgerald and Michael Floyd hold that distinction.
Zach Miller's effort was an opportunity by the Seattle Seahawks to exploit a matchup. It's another one-shot deal that shouldn't earn much fantasy credit, especially with the potential return of Percy Harvin (hip) in the coming weeks.
- Tony Gonzalez's four looks show that defenses are continuing to try stifling Matt Ryan's top remaining target while letting others beat them. The Atlanta Falcons legend will face this same tactic with varying success from here on out.
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