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Two Veteran WRs to Use in Week Three – Will Sparling

by Will Sparling

Emmanuel Sanders has been one of the great recovery stories this season. We are two weeks into the season and Sanders has 20 targets, 16 receptions, 184 yards, and 2 touchdowns. Now, with Joe Flacco as his QB, I don’t expect a lot, but do I expect to continue see a high target share. I also love seeing the red zone looks that Sanders is getting. Out of his 20 targets so far, he has 7 redzone looks, 4 of which are within ten yards of the goal line.

Sanders is Flacco’s number one target so far, with Cortland Sutton right behind him. This upcoming week they are playing the Packers, a defense that is starting to shape up to be better than expected. The Packers defense is starting to look much better than last year, but I feel that with Sanders’ target share and ability to get open, he will have another strong game. I see him getting 6 receptions and 80 yards, giving him 11 points in Half PPR. Get him in your lineups and expect a strong steady every week player with a steady 10-point floor as long as he stays healthy.

Larry Fitzgerald has started his 16th season in the NFL strong with back to back 100 yard games and a touchdown. He is seeing a high target share of 27%, but is only averaging about a 54% catch rate, which can be expected by having a rookie QB, and will improve as their chemistry continues to build. He has a 100% snap share and is playing 85% of his time out of the slot, which is prime location for rookie QBs.

While Arizona might not be a strong team this year so far, they continue to have a lot of garbage time play, which gives Fitzgerald more opportunities for more looks. This week Arizona plays Carolina and with Cam Newton already declared out, we could see Carolina having trouble keeping their offense on the field, leaving Arizona in a promising position. I project Fitzgerald with 10 targets, 6 receptions, 90 yards, giving him 12 points (Half PPR). I fully expect Fitzgerald to see the volume and therefore keep him in your lineup.

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