Week 17: PPR Watch
Caution - Owners who drafted Lloyd thinking they were going to get Randy Moss like numbers have been frustrated all year. While not as worthless as Chad Johnson, Lloyd was virtually unstartable during October and November. A two month span where he caught just 24 passes for 264 yards on the best offense in football. Lloyd has turned it around in December, putting up top 10 type numbers and averaging over 100 yards a game, but I still don't trust him. Much of his additional opportunity is obviously due to the lack of Rob Gronkowski. Gronk may be back against the Dolphins, and that concerns me a lot. If he isn't, Lloyd is viable, but keep in mind that Miami played New England tough in the first matchup, and Lloyd was held to just 1 catch. I don't see him having another no show, but consider him a low end WR3 this week, not the WR1 he's been lately.
Avoid - I never thought I'd put an avoid on Larry Fitzgerald in a championship week (or any week), but there is just no way you can start him. Fitzgerald has had a hall of fame type career derailed by the disaster that has been Arizona QB play. Among the most talented receivers in the NFL, Fitzgerald has barely managed flex numbers in 2012, and over the last 5 weeks is 71st in fantasy PPG grabbing just 17 of 47 targets. Drafted in the top 3 rounds, this makes him easily one of the most disappointing players of the year. Things absolutely will not improve with Arizona travelling to San Francisco to face an angry defense in what is a must win game for the 49ers. SF has still allowed the 4th fewest PPG game to WRs, and the Cardinals have nothing to challenge their secondary or pass rush. It is hard to imagine an owner making it to the final if they've been playing Fitzgerald, so keep leaving him on the bench.