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Lesser Jacksonville Receiver Doing More Damage
Allen Robinson is the big name in Jacksonville, but third-year receiver Marqise Lee was quietly, consistently productive for the Jags in November. Lee has received 28 looks in his last four games, parlaying that into 16 catches for 223 yards and two touchdowns. With tight end Julius Thomas hurt yet again and Allen Hurns dealing with a hamstring issue, Lee should be able to continue his productive ways despite a tough matchup against the Broncos in Week 13.
Timeshare Tipping in Baltimore
While Terrance West was cemented as the RB1 in Baltimore for the early part of the season, the emergence of a healthy Kenneth Dixon should have West’s owners sweating. The timeshare that have been developing over the last few weeks finally shifted in Dixon’s favor, with the dynamic rookie out-touching West 17 to 16. Dixon was also more productive overall thanks to his four catches for 31 yards. It’s becoming increasingly clear that the Ravens are looking to shift towards Dixon, who has a much brighter future than West. He merits flex consideration this week and could evolve into an RB2 if West continues to fade.
Cold Streak is No Fluke for Veteran Olsen
Carolina Panthers tight end Greg Olsen thrived in the early part of the season—his production was so prolific that he’s still the TE1 on the season. However, he has severely disappointed his owners since the Panthers’ Week 7 bye. In that time, Olsen is averaging 3.8 catches per game for an abysmal 36 yards, and he has just one score in that timeframe. Unfortunately for Olsen, Cam Newton has struggled a bit in the passing game, and is beginning to spread the ball around instead of relying on Olsen. The emergence of a consistent Ted Ginn, Jr. detracts even further from his value, and it doesn’t appear any of these factors will change soon. You’re going to continue starting Olsen due to his upside, but temper your expectations.
NFL Sleepers of the Week
Each week we will identify three players worth taking a shot on in deeper leagues.
Vernon Davis, TE, Washington Redskins – Kirk Cousins is playing MVP-caliber football, and with Jordan Reed dealing with an AC joint injury Davis should be an integral part of the offense.
Rex Burkhead, WR, Cincinnati Bengals – Burkhead actually out-snapped Jeremy Hill in Week 12 (the latter left for a bit with an injury), and he out-rushed him as well with just five carries. He’s the better pass-catching option, so he has a decent floor in the timeshare.
Marquess Wilson, WR, Chicago Bears – Despite his untimely drops in the end zone, Wilson had a nice game in with 12, leading the Bears with an 8-125-1 line. He looks like Matt Barkley’s favorite option.