Marques Colston's Instant Fantasy Reaction for 2013 Fantasy Playoffs

Chris Roling@@Chris_RolingFeatured ColumnistDecember 8, 2013

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A fantasy stud reasserted himself on the Week 14 edition of Sunday Night Football.

New Orleans Saints receiver Marques Colston had his best game of the year with nine receptions for 125 yards and two touchdowns—good for 24 points and tied for the top scoring slot at the position with only Monday's action remaining.

The performance did not come against just any defense. No, it came against Carolina, a defense that normally allows an average of just 14.2 points to the position per game.

Dec 8, 2013; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints wide receiver Marques Colston (12) catches a pass for a touchdown in front of Carolina Panthers free safety Mike Mitchell (21) in the second quarter at Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Crysta
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Despite the impressive showing, owners may want to tread lightly with Colston moving forward. The Hofstra product is arguably in the middle of his worst season since 2008 and has now scored more than 10 fantasy points in a game just three times.

Colston is stuck in an offense that is unkind to guys not named Jimmy. Quarterback Drew Brees loves to spread the ball around, and only tight end Jimmy Graham is not impacted by this strategy. The rest of the love is spread out among Colston, Kenny Stills, Lance Moore, Darren Sproles and a host of others.

To make matters worse, Colston rounds out the typical fantasy playoff schedule with a date against St. Louis in Week 15, a team that allows an average of 21.1 points to the position. Then it's a trip to Carolina, where there is no guarantee Colston can replicate his Week 14 showing.

As it stands, there is no reason to believe this is a sudden epiphany for Colston with the fantasy playoffs underway. His reliability has simply been nonexistent. Colston is a starter in only the deepest of leagues and a No. 3 wideout at best in regular standard leagues.

Note: All fantasy scoring info courtesy of ESPN standard leagues. Points against info courtesy of ESPN.