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Last week, I stated that if there’s one thing Vincent Jackson does well, it’s that he takes full advantage of poor pass defenses.
Well, he did just that last weekend, as he tore the New Orleans Saints pass defense apart to the tune of seven catches, 216 yards and one touchdown.
This week will prove to be a bit different with the Vikings pass D playing real well against the opposing team’s WR1. In fact, Minnesota came out to say that its game plan last week was centered around stopping Larry Fitzgerald, which it did very well.
They did the same thing to Calvin Johnson back in Week 4 and accomplished their goal in that one, too.
If I had to guess, I’d say the Vikings will apply the same game plan as last week to Vincent Jackson this Thursday, which could be bad news for V-Jax owners.
With Jackson already showing to have trouble scoring fantasy points against better defenses, I wouldn’t expect much better than low-end WR2/flex numbers this week, if that.
After two straight 100-yard games, Mike Williams was brought back down to earth last weekend, grabbing four of his eight targets for just 36 yards.
This week could be a little different, however, with the Vikings looking to shut down the man opposite him, Vincent Jackson.
Williams will see one-on-one coverage all game long and should see a slew of targets because of it.
The Vikings defense tends to give up a bunch of fantasy points to their opponent’s WR2, in this case, Mike Williams.
Last week, Andre Roberts (the Cardinals WR2) caught seven passes for 103 yards and one TD. In prior weeks, Kendall Wright and Donnie Avery each caught nine passes while Cecil Shorts put up 74 yards and a TD.
Don’t be shocked to see Williams put up solid WR2 numbers (with upside) in this game and out-perform V-Jax in the process.
Despite being targeted six times in Week 7, Tiquan could only pull down two receptions for 35 yards, but one of those catches went for a 13-yard touchdown to lead off the Bucs' scoring.
The Bucs have been searching for a third wide receiver for quite a while now, and they just may have found that guy in Underwood.
His playmaking ability has been on display lately, and it seems Big Josh has noticed, with Underwood's targets increasing by the week.
With Vincent Jackson drawing double-teams and Mike Williams stealing attention of his own, Underwood will see one-on-one coverage throughout the game and has a chance to put up some decent numbers.
In deeper leagues or if you have receivers on a bye, he might actually be worth a risk as a flex play this week.