Victor Cruz @ Patriots
While the Giants' offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride limited Victor Cruz’s snap count in the team's victory over the Bills, because of his up and down play in previous weeks, this young receiver needs to stay on the field.
This shifty playmaker seems to be one of Eli Manning's favorite targets when the game is on the line. Cruz scored a go-ahead 25-yard touchdown last week against the Dolphins.
With Hakeem Nicks suffering a hamstring injury, Cruz could receive the nod as a starter for the second time this year.
The amount of snaps Cruz gets will determine whether he can be a potential weekly WR-2 play in fantasy leagues. As of Monday, we are still waiting to find out the test results from Nicks' MRI, but I’ve failed to list him as a starter.
Even if Nicks plays, Cruz is a must start WR-3 at the lowest this week, as the Giants will face off against a Patriots secondary that has yet to stop the passing game when tested. Look for New York to do just that, and if Nicks is out, I feel confident that Cruz can perform as the low-end WR-1 player I have him listed as early in the week.
Darrius Heyward-Bey vs Broncos
Not much went right for the Raiders in their last game against the Chiefs, except for the play of Darrius Heyward-Bey. Quickly becoming the teams go-to top receiver, Heyward-Bey has been playing at a level above his fellow receivers for a month now.
It doesn’t seem to matter if the Raiders have Jason Campbell, Kyle Boller or Carson Palmer off the street, because they all use Heyward-Bey as their main target. This kid is finally figuring out how to play at this level.
Talent has never been a problem for Heyward-Bey, and that was a big reason why the Raiders selected him as high as they did a few years back. Heading into the draft, NFL analysts graded DHB as a late first-round pick because he was a raw talent who would take a few years to develop.
With a matchup against the Broncos, DHB is a respectable WR-2 play this week, even if Palmer is still picking up the offense.
Stevie Johnson vs Jets
Ryan Fitzpatrick is playing well for the Bills, but he still has a weak arm and is struggling to get the football down the field to Steve Johnson. Without a vertical threat in Johnson’s game, he’s failing to live up to the production of WR-2-type talent.
This week the Bills will take on the Jets and Darrelle Revis, so if you have other respectable options to start, this would be a good week to go with them.
|4||Greg Jennings||@ Chargers|
|5||A.J. Green||@ Titans|
|8||Roddy White||@ Colts|
|10||Victor Cruz||@ Patriots|
|11||Anquan Boldin||@ Steelers|
|14||Vincent Jackson (I)||Packers|
|17||Brandon Lloyd||@ Cardinals|
|18||Mario Manningham||@ Patriots|
|19||Santonio Holmes||@ Bills|
|20||Brandon Marshall||@ Chiefs|
|23||Sidney Rice||@ Cowboys|
|24||Torrey Smith||@ Steelers|
|27||Mike Williams (TB)||@ Saints|
|28||Jordy Nelson||@ Chargers|
|30||Michael Crabtree||@ Redskins|
|31||Greg Little||@ Texans|
|32||Greg Salas||@ Cardinals|
|34||Ben Obamanu||@ Cowboys|
|35||Eric Decker||@ Raiders|
|37||James Jones||@ Chargers|
|39||Arrelious Benn||@ Saints|
|41||Devin Hester (I)||@ Eagles|
|42||Harry Douglas||@ Colts|
|43||Demaryius Thomas||@ Raiders|