Andre Roberts: Cardinals WR Will Break Out Again vs. Bills
Any time an under-the-radar receiver has one good week, the big question becomes: Can he do it again?
In the case of Andre Roberts, the answer was no—at least in Week 5. But that doesn't mean he was a one-hit wonder.
The third-year Cardinals wide receiver, who spent his first season as a punt returner, could be in the midst of a breakout year. That was the indication we got in Week 4, when the Cardinals eked out a 24-21 overtime victory over the Dolphins.
That week, Roberts led a lackluster Cardinals offense with 118 receiving yards and two touchdowns. Granted, it was against Miami, which boasts the league's 29th-ranked pass defense and allows 282 yards in the air per game. But still, fantasy owners latched onto Roberts in the hopes that he'd do the same thing against St. Louis in Week 5.
The only problem was, reality set in for Arizona last week—and reality set in for Roberts, too. He followed up his breakout performance with an outing in which he made five grabs on 10 targets for 39 yards. Not exactly what fantasy owners expected, even against St. Louis' 13th-ranked pass defense.
The good news is, Roberts should be able to return to form in Week 6. That's what happens to receivers when Buffalo is in town. According to CBSSports.com, the Bills have allowed the fifth-most fantasy points to opponents' wideouts in 2012.
Currently, the Bills rank 26th in the league in pass defense. They also rank 30th in the league in rush defense and are coming off two of the most disappointing losses any team has endured at any point in the 2012 season.
In the last two weeks, after starting off the season 2-1, the Bills have allowed 97 points and have scored just 31. In Week 5, they were limited to a mere field goal against the 49ers, and they let Alex Smith rack up 310 passing yards.
Buffalo is the picture of a demoralized team right now, which makes it the perfect opponent for Arizona to be facing in the wake of its first loss of the season. There's nothing to get a team back on track like a date with the Bills.
This, therefore, could be exactly what Roberts needs. There's no telling whether he's going to continue to be a standout member of the Cardinals' wide receiving corps for the foreseeable future. He may not end up being a Pro Bowler. Things look pretty good for him right now—he does have four touchdowns in five games—but in the long run, he may not end up being any good at all.
But for right now, we know that he at least has a better-than-decent chance to put up big numbers in Week 6. Anyone would. And for that reason alone, hold onto him for another week.
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