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The Shot Caller's Report - WRs
Your Weekly Guide To Fantasy Lineups: Week 6
Positions: QBs | RBs | WRs

Bye Weeks:
Atlanta, Miami

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Jimmy Graham

Fantasy MVP: Jimmy Graham.

Jimmy Graham @ NE: I never talk about tight ends, of course, and you certainly don’t need anyone telling you to start Jimmy Graham. Nevertheless, it’s my birthday week, it’s my column, and…dang it, I think we need to recognize just how historical Graham’s season might end up being. Through five games, he’s scored 95.3 points. That extrapolates out to about 305 on the season, or roughly twice as many as he scored last season when he led all tight ends in points. Here’s how many tight ends have scored over 300 points in a season since 2000 (I don’t have data before that): zero. Here’s how many have even scored over 250 since 2000: zero. Here’s how many wide receivers have scored over 300 points since 2000: zero. You see where I’m going with this? Jimmy Graham is on his way to having the best season a professional pass-grabber has had in almost 15 years and, very possibly, IN NFL HISTORY!!! Wow.

Josh Gordon v. DET: True of false: Josh Gordon is averaging more points/game than any receiver in the NFL not named Dez Bryant. That’s false, actually, but the only other receiver with a better PPG average is Justin Blackmon and he’s only played a single game. Gordon and Blackmon have more in common than being great producers, of course, which is why they will always be riskier than some at the position. There’s no denying they possess elite talent, though. Like Blackmon, Gordon plays for a crummy team with a crummy quarterback. Unlike Blackmon, he doesn’t have a worthwhile counterpart at the other receiver spot. Despite these impediments, Gordon always seems to be able to get his numbers. The Browns may not be excited to have Brandon Weeden back (or maybe they are?), but Gordon shouldn’t mind too much. He and Weeden teamed up for five scores last year and should tally several more in 2013.

Terrance Williams v. WAS: Art Briles must be doing something right down there in Waco because his squads are producing truckloads of points (over 70 in three straight games) and he’s consistently sending turnkey offensive talent to the NFL. Gordon and Williams (along with Kendall Wright) are three recent Bears receivers playing significant roles for their current teams. While Gordon has become the unquestionable show in Cleveland and Wright is a complementary piece in Tennessee, Williams has emerged as second banana to Dez Bryant in Miles Austin’s absence. Not a bad gig, that, especially when Tony Romo’s tossing the pigskin around to the tune of five bills. There’s no telling when Austin will be back, but I don’t think Williams is likely to fade even when that happens. He’s an above-average athlete with good hands, good size, and good speed. Put another way, he’s Austin minus the injury concerns. Go get Williams if he hasn’t already been snatched up.

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Nate Washington @ SEA: The Titans may have lost some athleticism when Jake Locker succumbed to a hip injury in Week 4 and their overall offensive ceiling might be lower as a result, but Ryan Fitzpatrick brings a lot of experience to the role (68 career starts) and the drop-off in production, theoretically, shouldn’t be too significant. I say “theoretically” because Fitzpatrick’s timing couldn’t be worse. On the heels of a tough matchup with the undefeated Chiefs, Tennessee gets Seattle and San Francisco next, two of the very best teams with two of the very best pass defenses in the league. Nate Washington is this week’s WR Sit of the Week, sponsored by Richard Sherman. Sherman and Co. were embarrassed by Indy last Sunday and will want to make immediate amends. Any hope Tennessee had of sneaking into Qwest Field under the radar, in other words, just went out the window.

Any Detroit WR @ CLE: I guess Matt Stafford missed Megatron a bit last week, huh? Johnson was a surprise late scratch in Green Bay and, perhaps unsurprisingly, the usually high performance Lions offense looked punchless for most of the afternoon. Despite squaring off against a very generous Packers secondary, the Detroit receiving corps—Kris Durham, Ryan Broyles, and Patrick Edwards—accounted for only seven total receptions and 73 yards (four and 43 through the first three quarters). Durham added a way-too-late touchdown in garbage time, but it was a pretty dismal effort against a team that had been giving up, on average, about 32 fantasy points per game to opposing wide receivers. ‘Tron should be back in Week 6, but it’s no guarantee at press time. Even if he is, these other guys look to be totally ignorable moving forward. Wait until one of them steps up or Nate Burleson returns.

Chris Givens @ HOU: I had pretty high hopes for St. Louis’ speedster when the season began and he gave us some decent early returns when he snared five passes for 105 yards back in Week 2. Since then, despite a pretty steady diet of Sam Bradford targets, Givens has managed to produce only 11.5 fantasy points. That’s three games worth of points, a cumulative total that just barely exceeds his Week 2 output. Home run hitters like Givens are always going to be somewhat inconsistent, I suppose, since they traffic in higher risk passes. Nevertheless, we need to see a few explosive efforts if we’re going to justify rolling the dice on any given week. At this point, I’d barely feel comfortable starting Givens against weak opponents, let alone against one that possesses the best statistical pass defense in the NFL (134 yards/game). He’ll be riding my bench, for sure, and he should also be riding yours.
Good luck, folks!