Week 16: Player Downgrades
Allow me to be blunt: Boldin is one of the least productive No. 1 wide receivers in the NFL. First, the Ravens have an inconsistent passing attack and that is putting it lightly; and most importantly, he's a glorified possession receiver. It is great when he gets a ton of targets and is able to accumulate 7 or 8 receptions and 100-plus yards, but those games are the exception, not the rule. Boldin has three touchdowns and hasn't scored since Week 11. He hasn't eclipsed 63 yards or 6 receptions since Week 9. He's going up against Cleveland in Week 16 and they have the best fantasy defense against wide receivers in the NFL. Cornerback Joe Haden is lights out and held Boldin to two receptions for 32 yards in Week 13. Anticipate similar numbers this week for Boldin as you sit him on your bench.
It is easy to pick on Hakeem Nicks after he and his New York Giants just got beat by the Washington Redskins. The Giants have a lot to play for from here on out. If they close the season with two wins, they will make the playoffs. Easier said than done with games against the New York Jets and Dallas Cowboys on tap. Any fantasy football fan could compose this write-up. Nicks is going up against Darrelle Revis. Revis Island! Need I say more? I'll do what I can here. Nicks has 47 targets in his last four games and there's no reason to doubt that he'll have his opportunities. Except that here is how the last three No. 1 WRs performed in terms of fantasy points against Revis and the Jets: 2.8, 6.9 and 4.2. Sure, Steve Johnson scored against them in Week 12, but you'd have to go all the way back to Week 1 when Dallas' Miles Austin scored on Revis as the last time a No. 1 WR found the end zone. That's been it, two touchdowns in 14 games. If those are the best odds you've got going for you, then by all means, use Nicks; otherwise do the rational thing and sit him.