If you look at the aggregate numbers, Mike Sims-Walker had a good season. He caught 63 passes for 869 yards and seven touchdownss. In Weeks Two through 11, he averaged 86.8 yards per game with six touchdowns in eight games (he missed Week Five and had a bye in Week Seven).
That’s an average of 13.18 fantasy points per game, which justifies his ADP of 18 among wide receivers (52 overall) according to Mock Draft Central . Who wouldn’t want those numbers?
There is more to the story, though. For instance, he finished with an average of 29.2 yards over the last six weeks of the year, scoring just one touchdown over that stretch. Aside from Week 15's six catch, 64 yard, one touchdown performance, he was unusable in down the stretch.
He was also a guy to avoid like the plague in road games. His splits are staggering:
Home: 8 games, 44 catches, 637 yards, 6 TDs
Road: 7 games, 19 catches, 232 yards, 1 TD
What are you supposed to do with that?
It’s not like the Jaguars surrounded him with playmakers to take away some of the defensive focus on him in passing situations. Sure, they have Maurice Jones-Drew, who commands the majority of the attention on offense, but that’s it. Mike Thomas (48, 453, 1), Troy Williamson, and Kassim Osgood offer little help at WR. Marcedes Lewis (32, 518, 2) is a decent option at TE, but it’s not like teams are gameplanning for him.
Plus, he’s going to face some tough cornerbacks at home like Champ Bailey (Week One), Asante Samuel (Week Three), Cortland Finnegan (Week Six), and Nnamdi Asomugha (Week 14). He’s going to have to be more productive on the road with that schedule.
These factors have Sims-Walker lower on my board (click to see my 2010 fantasy WR rankings ) than the majority. I simply do not trust him as a WR2, especially one that is going off the board in the fifth round.
Prediction: 70 catches, 910 yards, 5 TDs
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