Stevie J has more fantasy points this year than a few other big-name receivers like Andre Johnson, Steve Smith and Brandon Lloyd; but that doesn’t necessarily mean he’s been having a good season now, does it.
After nine games, the Bills top wideout is currently on pace for 73 catches, 892 yards and seven touchdowns—numbers I’m guessing most fantasy owners would barely be happy with out of their WR3.
He still ranks in the top-15 in targets, however, so some sort of a breakout game could be on the horizon here.
The Dolphins pass D currently allows the third-most receptions, fifth-most receiving yards and seventh-most fantasy points per game to opposing wide receivers, so there’s certainly a chance fantasy owners will see that big game happen this Thursday night.
That being said, just so there are no illusions here, let it be known that Stevie J hasn’t had a multi-TD game since Week 11 of 2010 and only has one 100-yard game in his last 31 contests.
He’s definitely a starting fantasy player this week, but don’t expect any sort of miracle-game out of him.
In his last three games, Donald Jones has 16 catches on 24 targets for 186 yards and two touchdowns.
They may not be the greatest stats in the world, but his involvement in the offense is certainly on the rise seeing how Stevie Johnson has just 23 targets, 14 catches, the same 186 yards and only one TD during the same span.
There are a couple of reasons why this could be a nice game to get Jones in there as a flex this week.
First, with C.J. Spiller getting the start, the Dolphins’ linebackers will undoubtedly be busy running from sideline to sideline trying to contain the speedy RB. Because of this, Donald will have a little more room to maneuver when going over the middle, a route he has no problem running in this offense.
Second, Miami’s safeties will also be relatively occupied both with pinching in to contain Spiller and bracket-covering Stevie Johnson.
Basically, with as bad as the Miami pass D already is, it looks like there could be some fantasy points to be had out there for players other than Spiller and Johnson.
T.J. Graham is a speedy little sucker that may someday be able to make a mark in this league, but he hasn’t had much of an opportunity to do so just yet.
The Bills, however, moved up in the third-round to grab him in this past year’s draft, so if they’re feeling like their playoff hopes are all but shot at this point, that chance may come for Graham sooner than people think.
Like I said with Donald Jones, there are definitely going to be some fantasy points out there to be had by someone other than C.J. Spiller and Stevie Johnson, so if Graham gets a decent amount of snaps, he may be able to capitalize.
That being said, I wouldn’t go taking that chance unless I was in a deep 16-man league with a couple of players on a bye.