Week 15: Player Downgrades
Knox finally seemed to get back on track in Weeks 11 and 12. He had seven receptions for 242 yards and two scores. He even added some nice bonus points by doing well returning kicks. Now in his last two games, he's back to his old self with only eight receptions for 90 yards. You'd be correct in assuming that Knox should go back to your bench or sent straight to the waiver wire. In Week 15, Knox will go up against Seattle -- not exactly the world's great defense, but they've done well against receivers as of late. The Seahawks have only allowed receivers to catch 39 passes out of 84 targets for 481 yards and two scores in their last five games. If you average those numbers out, that's only 7.8 catches, 96.2 yards and 0.4 TDs. Seattle still has not yet played St. Louis in Week 14's Monday Night Football game at the time of publishing, so these numbers may be skewed by the time you read this. That said, the Rams aren't a great passing team, so Seattle should only further bolster their stats against receivers, solidifying the recommendation that you should avoid using Knox next week.
Downgrade a Green Bay Packers player? You better believe it. Look, Jordy Nelson is a great receiver, but the Chiefs have been lights out against receivers for most of the year. Chiefs cornerback Brandon Flowers is quietly playing like an All-Pro and shutting down WR1s week after week and that's why Nelson gets a downgrade. It's easy to assume Nelson will see more targets and production in an expanded role with Greg Jennings out, but Nelson had the benefit of being covered by teams' No. 2 corners and nickel backs. Now Nelson will see tougher coverage, while guys like James Jones and Randall Cobb have the advantage against weaker coverage. The bottom line is that Kansas City is putting in work on guys like Nelson all year. The Jets wideouts had three receptions last week against KC. A few weeks back, they even held Wes Welker and Deion Branch to just four receptions and 41 yards. Only use Nelson if you have to.