The injury to Tony Romo has Miles Austin’s value on the decline, down to 10th among wide receivers—a six spot drop from where he was at just a week ago. Though the Cowboys will still likely pass plenty and Austin remains the team’s top target, Jon Kitna simply doesn’t seem like he’s going to look Austin’s way as much as Romo did.
Add to that the fact that he simply isn’t as good as Romo and you have a recipe for a fantasy drop-off. The Cowboys do play an awful Jaguars secondary this week that even Kitna could tear up, so look to move Austin if he has a big game this week—it might be the last chance you have.
On the flip side, Dez Bryant’s value is actually on the rise with Kitna at the helm, who threw him two garbage-time touchdown passes in last week’s game. Bryant also has looked like an elite punt returner as he has returned two punts for touchdowns already this season.
Not every league scores for individual player touchdowns, but for those that do that added bonus is certainly something to consider. Bryant may actually be the league’s most fantasy relevant punt returner considering most of the others don’t play a big role in their team’s offense.
Hakeem Nicks is on the rise yet again, up to seventh this week. His nine catch, 108 yard, two touchdown performance against the Cowboys in Week 7 really showed that he is the real deal—if we didn’t already know that. He has scored eight touchdowns already this season and still has some excellent matchups left on his schedule including the Cowboys again and the lowly Jaguars two weeks after that.
Kenny Britt jumps 11 spots up to 29th among wide receivers after an absolutely ridiculous week where he caught seven passes for 225 yards and three touchdowns. Britt now has scored touchdowns in five straight games and is perhaps the biggest surprise star wide receiver of this fantasy season.
He is a must-start in almost all leagues as long as his production continues like this. It’s hard to believe that it will considering the Titans’ run-heavy offensive style, but hey—ride the hot streak while you can!
The Panthers’ Steve Smith continues to fall further and further into fantasy oblivion. While he is certainly still the top receiving option in Carolina, it seems that the value of that title is practically nothing this season.
Matt Moore returning as the Panthers quarterback should help his value a bit overall, but it’s not enough to keep him from sliding down the boards if he continues not to produce. This is just a sad, awful situation for everyone involved, particularly those who hoped for a bounce-back season from Smith.