NFL Fantasy Football: Receivers to Avoid
Brown’s offseason/regular season odyssey continued this past week after he was released from the Raiders following the helmet saga, freezer foot, and publicly releasing a conversation with Jon Gruden. Long story short, he signed a one-year deal with the Patriots and will likely play his first game with the Patriots against the Dolphins on Sunday.
Eventually, Brown may play a bigger role in the offense. But having just started learning the playbook this week while dealing with a federal rape lawsuit, there’s not a lot of fantasy value here until he’s more familiar with the system and has a better connection with Tom Brady. After this week, there could be more value if he avoids a suspension. He also probably has to avoid being placed on the commissioner’s exempt list.
Robby Anderson under-performed in most leagues last week, and the news doesn’t get any better for Anderson owners now that quarterback Sam Darnold is out with mononucleosis. Trevor Siemian is about as bottom of the barrel as it gets when it comes to backup quarterbacks. Of 30 quarterbacks that have thrown 700 passes since 2017, Siemian is 30th in completion percentage and 29th in passer rating. Any chance Anderson had at a rebound week in fantasy was eradicated in the unfortunate Darnold news.
The Chargers should have the slot locked up much better than the Cardinals did when they play the Lions this week. Detroit’s likelier strategy this week will be to attack the outside with corner Brandon Facyson making a start and Michael Davis injured. Amendola will have some catches in the slot, but don’t expect him to be the fantasy force for the Lions this week. Kerryon Johnson, Kenny Golladay, and Marvin Jones Jr. may be better starting options for Detroit’s offense.