My case against
Of course, then he goes and plays a season-high 87 percent Week 4 at Dallas. True, his production was still lacking -- he didn't find the end zone and only gained 50 yards on his five catches -- but his 11 targets were the third-most he's gotten in the last two seasons. Clearly, the Saints still have plans for him.
The Saints also have an especially favorable matchup in Week 5, hosting a Buccaneers team that has allowed the fourth-most yards through the air, averaging 272.5 per game. Even better, they've allowed the most Fantasy points to wide receivers this season, getting burned by Antonio Brown and Julio Jones the last two weeks.
So yeah, Colston is a worthy start in Fantasy, all things considered. But Jamey Eisenberg's and Dave Richard's ranking of him this week -- both have him outside the top 24 at wide receiver -- reveals a general lack of trust. Colston has been a regular enough part of the Saints offense over the years that you don't want to sell him short, but you shouldn't be too eager to start him either.
It was an up-and-down game for Colston. He dropped at least two throws but made a difficult fourth-down grab. Colston was targeted 10 times, one fewer than Jimmy Graham.
Colston plays the Buccaneers in Week 5.
Thanks to his touchdown against the Vikings last week,
The problem is he was completely shut out in the other, creating feelings of mistrust that I aim to stoke right now.
Why? Imagine if he hadn't caught that 18-yard touchdown pass in the fourth quarter. He would have finished with one catch for 7 yards and no touchdowns -- essentially shut out in back-to-back games. And instead of celebrating, you'd be crying in your corn flakes.
It wouldn't be fair to reduce that touchdown grab to luck -- obviously, Colston got the ball for a reason -- but his chances are clearly limited. If he doesn't make the most of what he gets this week at the Cowboys and you start him in Fantasy, 21st-ranked pass defense or not, you're out of luck.
After playing 85 percent of the Saints' snaps in Week 1, Colston has played only about 60 percent the last two weeks, and as Dave Richard recently pointed out (I trust his naked eye more than mine), he appears to have lost a step. That's enough for me to consider sitting him even with the favorable matchup.
Colston managed two receptions for 25 yards, which constitutes his totals over the last two games. He was targeted five times in Week 3. The 31 year old will try to break his mini-slump next Sunday in Dallas.
Last week was the first time in 87 games that
But it might have had to do with him not getting open, and it might have had to do with him not playing as much as you might expect -- just 41 of 70 snaps. And maybe a teeny-tiny bit of him fumbling the ball the last time he had his hands on it, a fumble in overtime of Week 1 that cost the
Maybe there's a smidge of penance that was paid for his Week 1 boo-boo, but the more concerning issue to Fantasy owners was Colston looking slow, which has been the case for a while. That makes him easier to cover and if he's covered, Brees won't throw it to him. To be fair, Brees also has a new toy in the offense (Brandin Cooks) as well as one of the most dominating pass catchers in the league (Jimmy Graham). It goes without saying that they're going to take up a lot of Brees' attention.
This will be a telling week for Colston as he'll play at home against the Vikings. The Saints should light up the scoreboard and if that's the case then Colston could be in for some nice numbers. If he can't do it this week, be it because of a lack of playing time or because he can't get free, then I might start to get nervous about having him as a part of my Fantasy roster.
|Bye: Week 6|
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|9||10/30/14||@ CAR||8:25 pm|
|13||11/30/14||@ PIT||1:00 pm|
|15||12/15/14||@ CHI||8:30 pm|
|17||12/28/14||@ TB||1:00 pm|
|2006||New Orleans Saints||14||12||70||1038||14.8||86||8||15||3||51|
|2007||New Orleans Saints||16||14||98||1202||12.3||45||11||14||2||64|
|2008||New Orleans Saints||11||6||47||760||16.2||70||5||12||3||35|
|2009||New Orleans Saints||16||14||70||1074||15.3||68||9||18||4||54|
|2010||New Orleans Saints||15||11||84||1023||12.2||43||7||12||1||57|
|2011||New Orleans Saints||14||7||80||1143||14.3||50||8||15||2||55|
|2012||New Orleans Saints||16||13||83||1154||13.9||60||10||15||2||65|
|2013||New Orleans Saints||15||11||75||943||12.6||35||5||13||0||54|
|2014||New Orleans Saints||4||4||12||185||15.4||57||1||2||1||9|
|2006||New Orleans Saints||14||12||0||0||---||0||0||0||0|
|2007||New Orleans Saints||16||14||0||0||---||0||0||0||0|
|2008||New Orleans Saints||11||6||0||0||---||0||0||0||0|
|2009||New Orleans Saints||16||14||1||6||6.0||6||0||0||0|
|2010||New Orleans Saints||15||11||1||1||1.0||1||0||0||0|
|2011||New Orleans Saints||14||7||0||0||---||0||0||0||0|
|2012||New Orleans Saints||16||13||0||0||---||0||0||0||0|
|2013||New Orleans Saints||15||11||0||0||---||0||0||0||0|
|2014||New Orleans Saints||4||4||0||0||---||0||0||0||0|
|2006||New Orleans Saints||14||1||1.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2007||New Orleans Saints||16||0||0.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2008||New Orleans Saints||11||1||1.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2009||New Orleans Saints||16||1||1.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2010||New Orleans Saints||15||1||1.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2011||New Orleans Saints||14||1||1.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2012||New Orleans Saints||16||1||1.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2013||New Orleans Saints||15||2||2.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2014||New Orleans Saints||4||0||0.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
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|2006||New Orleans Saints||14||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|2007||New Orleans Saints||16||1||1||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|2008||New Orleans Saints||11||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|2009||New Orleans Saints||16||2||2||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|2010||New Orleans Saints||15||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|2011||New Orleans Saints||14||1||1||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|2012||New Orleans Saints||16||4||2||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|2013||New Orleans Saints||15||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|2014||New Orleans Saints||4||1||1||0||0||0||0||0||0|
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