Cruz caught passes for 4, 5, 8, 11 and 14 yards. He finished the game with five receptions for 42 yards (8.4 yards per reception) on six targets in a 37-14 defeat. He has not caught a touchdown pass since Week 4 against the Chiefs.
The Giants will host Seattle in Week 15.
Cruz scored three touchdowns in Week 1 and another in Week 4, but has failed to reach the end zone (officially) since. He has gotten close on several occasions -- and his 10 red zone targets are 25th among wide receivers -- but Cruz has managed double-digit Fantasy points (in standard leagues) just once since Week 4. His reception totals have been all over the place since that Week 4 game, ranging from two to eight. And this has all been against wide receiver-friendly defenses -- in his last six games, Cruz has faced four teams in the bottom six of receiving yards allowed. The other two ranked 21st and 24th.
The Chargers, Cruz's opponent in Week 14, rank 28th against the pass. They've also given up the fourth-most Fantasy points per game to opposing wide receivers, and have allowed six touchdowns to the position in the last four games.
If you believe that Cruz is due (much like Eric Decker broke out in Week 13), he makes for an excellent start. But while Cruz is good for yardage, he's having trouble finding the end zone this season. He's still worth a start in most formats, but Cruz does come with some risk attached.
This time Cruz came agonizingly close to a touchdown. On the first play of the fourth quarter, Cruz caught a 19-yard pass and was gang tackled at the Redskins' 1. Andre Brown ran it in on the next play.
Cruz caught all but one of his team-high seven targets as he bounced back from a two-catch effort Week 12. He'll visit the Chargers in Week 14.
Cruz has just one game with double digits in Fantasy points in his past seven outings, and he hasn't scored a touchdown since Week 4. But he could get going this week.
The Redskins have allowed 12 receivers to reach double digits in Fantasy points with 13 touchdowns. Cruz also comes into this outing with consecutive games with double digits in Fantasy points against Washington. In his past two games against the Redskins, Cruz has 12 catches for 235 yards and a touchdown.
We like Cruz as a No. 2 Fantasy receiver this week. Hopefully he will start to play at a higher level to close the season, so Fantasy owners can trust him in the playoffs.
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