Doug Baldwin: The Rams pass defense is
above average but isn't suffocating and isn't at full strength.
Grab a Helmet
Adams @ DET: Already commanding a huge target share,
Davante Adams has watched his fellow receivers drop like flies.
With Randall Cobb and possibly Geronimo Allison out for Week 5,
Adams becomes the elder statesman for Aaron Rodgers. The Lions have
held Adams in check recently, and the offense’s explosiveness is
capped by Rodgers having to play within the confines of the playbook
due to his injury, but Adams should be a lock for double digit targets
this week. The Lions could also be missing one of their starting
safeties, so look for Adams to sneak past the secondary for a long
score with a chance for more.
Coutee vs DAL: Yes, I’m totally blatantly jumping on
the bandwagon here, and likely chasing last week’s 11 reception
game, but it says something about Coutee’s talent or role in the
offense that he set the modern day NFL record for receptions in
an NFL debut. While I know next to nothing about his true talent,
I do know that Will Fuller can’t stay healthy, and the receiver
opposite Hopkins is going to get plenty of chances to make plays.
Dallas has really put the clamps on the opposition’s No.1 receiver,
but has been susceptible to their running mates. Obviously if Fuller
suits up, Coutee loses his starting appeal, but while he runs as
this team’s No.2 receiver, he’s an upside WR3.
Baldwin vs LAR: The vaunted Rams defense minus one of
their starting corners, and a hobbled Marcus Peters looked very
average last week against the Vikings. Baldwin on the other hand
looked healthy and ready to go against the Cards. His knee injury
may cap his explosiveness, but he works the middle of the field
like a true pro and should find plenty of room to make plays against
an L.A. defense with a banged up secondary. If Seattle can somehow
keep Russell Wilson protected and out of the hospital, Baldwin makes
for a decent WR2 play in Week 5.
Grab Some Pine
Callaway vs BAL: It may seem like I’m piling on the
Browns passing game this week, but the match-up is bad, and Calloway
has looked very much like the talented, but raw rookie he was
touted to be in the draft. A series of boneheaded mistakes and
drops have plagued his play of late, even if he’s flashed big
play ability at times. Coach Hue Jackson has talked early this
week about scaling Calloway’s snaps back making him even more
of a boom/bust fantasy play. It’s clear Calloway has the talent
to play in this league, but until he gets the mental part of the
game figured out, it’s hard to trust his production potential
on the field.
Fitzgerald @ SF: Nothing can be taken away from Fitzgerald’s
legendary career, and after years of being a lock for fantasy
production, the sun may have finally set on his career in the
desert. Breaking in a rookie quarterback on a bland offense, Fitz
just isn’t seeing enough chances to net fantasy production. He’s
yet to top 30 yards in a game since Week 1, and hasn't sniffed
the end zone either. He seems to be playing through a hamstring
injury, and the confluence of bad circumstances has rendered Fitzgerald
a simple roster stash at this point.
Cowboys Receivers @ HOU: It’s
a true shame that this team doesn’t have any semblance of
a passing game, because the match-up this week against Houston
is a tasty one. Dak Prescott hasn’t been able to elevate
the motley crew he has at receiver, and rookie Michael
Gallup has showed flashes, but doesn’t seem to have
the trust of the coaches. Dallas seemed willing to take more shots
down field last week against Detroit, but even if they find some
success, the volume in this pass offense isn’t high, or
consistent enough to warrant starting a pass catcher in the near