There are some teams that seem bent on making their players un-startable and un-benchable.
The Denver Broncos receivers are unpredictable so far. Six players have over ten receptions. The top three are between 22-25. Those three are also between 32-40 targets. So far, Brandon Lloyd leads the team with 40 targets, and 454 yards. Eddie Royal is tied with Lloyd with 25 receptions, and is the only Broncos player with more than one receiving touchdown. Jabar Gaffney has more targets than Royal, but three less receptions. Demaryius Thomas and Correll Buckhalter both have 11 receptions and a touchdown. Right now, Lloyd is the top receiver here and is the safest weekly play, but Gaffney, Royal, or Thomas could be “the guy” on any given week. Lloyd is a #2 WR in 12-team leagues. Royal and Gaffney are useful as flex plays.
Anyone owning the Jets, Panthers, Ravens and Bills running backs… good luck. Tomlinson, Williams, Rice, and Jackson are the guys I would want there. But Stewart, McGahee, Lynch, and Greene should vulture touches at an annoying rate.
Owners are wondering and yes Jerome Harrison was available yesterday. No, he didn’t get any touches. But when Peyton Hillis is running with such ferocity, you can’t really expect them to bench him. Hillis will continue to dominate the touches until he falters, at which point Harrison may begin to take back carries. However, Hillis may have to get hurt to make Harrison a 20-touch guy again.
There is an unusual situation in Detroit. Which tight end do you play? Brandon Pettigrew and Tony Scheffler both have exactly 30 targets. Pettigrew has 22 receptions to Scheffler’s 20. Pettigrew has249 yards to Scheffler’s 171. However, Scheffler has a touchdown and Pettigrew does not. Pettigrew is the better catcher and should end up with more targets. But neither should be starting in a 12-team league right now.