Hakeem Nicks' Instant Fantasy Reaction for 2013 Fantasy Playoffs

Jesse ReedCorrespondent IDecember 8, 2013

Oct 6, 2013; East Rutherford, NJ, USA;  New York Giants wide receiver Hakeem Nicks (88) turns upfield after reception during the second half against the Philadelphia Eagles at MetLife Stadium. Philadelphia Eagles defeat the New York Giants 36-21. Mandatory Credit: Jim O'Connor-USA TODAY Sports
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New York Giants wide receiver Hakeem Nicks finally showed up on the fantasy radar in Week 14, but he's not someone you should place faith in during the fantasy playoffs.

Nicks went off on Sunday against the San Diego Chargers, catching five passes for 135 yards. For his efforts, fantasy owners who started him earned 13 points, which is good but not great for a WR2 or flex option. 

San Diego's defense isn't exactly shutting folks down through the air these days, however. 

Heading into Week 14, the Chargers featured the league's No. 29-ranked fantasy defense against opposing receivers, allowing 25.2 points per game. 

Therefore, it's not a huge surprise that Nicks had a big game. 

But Sunday's performance marked only the third time in 2013 that he's scored double-digit fantasy points, and he won't likely have a big game in Week 15 when the Giants host the Seattle Seahawks

Seattle came into Week 14 with the NFL's No. 3-ranked fantasy defense against receivers, allowing just 13.5 points per game. Richard Sherman, Kam Chancellor and Earl Thomas are incredible defensive backs who are the best in the business at shutting big receivers down. 

Nicks isn't a viable starter in fantasy leagues as the playoffs move forward. This is the time of the year when your fantasy team needs to perform at its best, and Nicks hasn't performed well enough this year to start in the weeks to come unless you truly have no better option. 

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