Week 13: Bargain Hunter
Davone Bess has been one of the best slot receivers in the NFL since entering the league as a rookie in 2008. While Bess has scored just one touchdown this season, he is on pace to establish new career highs in both receptions and receiving yards, eclipsing his previous highs of 79 catches and 820 yards, which were set back in 2010 (when he also scored five touchdowns).
The Miami Dolphins' slot machine excells at finding holes in the middle of opposing defenses, doing most of his damage within ten yards of the line of scrimmage, which makes him the perfect go-to wide receiver for rookie quarterback Ryan Tannehill. Of Bess' 55 receptions this season, only 10 of them have gone for 20 yards or more and he has just one catch in his entire career that has gone for more than 40 yards, a 41-yarder last season.
Bess has seen 26 targets over the last three weeks, which is the most by any Dolphin by a wide margin and he will be the beneficiary of a favorable matchup against the New England Patriots this weekend. Bess has been a certified Patriot killer over the course of his four-year career. Bess has had more success against them than any other team in the NFL and it isn't even close. In eight career games against the Patriots, Bess has recorded 41 catches for 526 yards and four touchdowns. Bess has only scored 12 touchdowns in his entire career, four of them have been against New England.
Bess needs to be in your salary cap lineup this weekend and at $7.59 in Yahoo! Salary Cap leagues, he is an outstanding bargain.
When Nate Burleson (that we had on as a guest on Tuesday's FFToolbox podcast, I'm a company man) went down with a broken leg in Week 7, I wasted no time tweeting out my affection for Ryan Broyles. I even went as far as to say that I would rather have him than Titus Young. Broyles was featured in this space last week and he was also my Sleeper of the Week, so nobody was happier to see him have the best game of his career than I was as he reeled in six passes for 126 yards and a touchdown against the Houston Texans on Thanksgiving.
In case you haven't been following the bizarre Titus Young saga, it took a turn for the worst when reports came out this week that Young was "purposely lining up incorrectly" which led to his team issued suspension. Young's issues are more off the field than anything right now and that has opened up the offense for Broyles to succeed as a slot receiver. For fantasy owners, if you can still trade, this is a guy I would target. For salary cap owners, Broyles represents a nice bargain at just $6.94 in Yahoo! Salary Cap leagues this weekend against the Indianapolis Colts.