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Targeted Opportunities – Week 8

Intriguing bets, high risk/reward options, and the results of good QB decisions, on this edition of Targeted Opportunities.



Fantasy Football - Laviska Shenault Jr.

All roster figures as per fantasy leagues

Jerry Jeudy, WR DEN (66.6% rostered) – Jeudy played in just one game this season, Week 1 against the Giants. He was 6-for-7 for 72 yards in about half a game before he hurt his ankle. I’m a little surprised to see a receiver of this quality/upside available in 1/3 of leagues– I still stand by my pre-season assessment of Jeudy— and think he’ll a great addition for the second half of your fantasy season.

The return of Jeudy should instantly upgrade the Denver offense, and he’ll hopefully be grabbing the lion’s share of targets, based on the pre-season rapport displayed with Teddy Bridgewater; either way, this is a starting WR2 and if he’s available in your league (with half the season gone) you owe it to yourself to pick him up.

Laviska Shenault Jr., JAX (34.9% rostered) – Shenault is a young player with a great deal of potential, and you can occasionally see flashes of his talent. Shenault has 41 targets in six games, or a respectable seven a game, but his reception rate of 63.4% is a bit lower than I’d like for a receiver averaging 11.8 ypc. Nevertheless, with confirmation that D.J. Chark Jr. will not be coming back this season, Shenault is locked in as the WR2 on the Jags behind Marvin Jones Jr.; given the youth of Shenault and Lawrence, there’s certainly room for both of them to grow as the season progresses.

Shenault’s consistency ranking of 70.55 indicates an up and down player, someone you can’t rely on week in and week out– so keep that in mind if you decide to pick him up.

C.J. Uzomah, TE CIN (16.6% rostered) – What to say about C.J. Uzomah? With all the talent the Bengals have at the wide receiver position, it very easy to see how defenses might overlook Uzomah. After all, with 19 targets in seven games (2.7 tpg), it would seem that Uzomah isn’t someone that ranks high on QB Joe Burrow ‘s decision tree. But here’s the funny thing about good quarterbacks: they’ll take what the defense gives them. Burrow, being a good QB, has recently begun to notice that when a play begins to break down Uzomah is generally left uncovered. In the last four games, Uzomah has reeled in 13 of 14 targets (93%) for 217 yards and five– yes five— touchdowns.

Is Uzomah likely to keep up this incredible pace of TD grabs? Of course not; however, if you need a TE2 or need to roll the dice on a high risk/reward player, then Uzomah is a player you can pick up to fill that role. But hurry– if Uzomah grabs another TD this week, his availability will substantially decrease.

Nerd John is a 25+year veteran of fantasy sports journalism. John’s Fantasy Forecast series has won the prestigious Fantasy Sports Writers Association (FSWA) award for Best Series, and he’s been nominated as an FSWA Award finalist on nine occasions.

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