It might be a tough play to make with the depth you have on your roster and injuries to the position, but if you are looking for New York Jets receivers Santonio Holmes or Plaxico Burress to be productive for your fantasy rosters in Week 14 against the Kansas City Chiefs, you might want to look the other way.
Kansas City is the eighth-best team against fantasy receivers this season, the second-best the last five weeks and the best the last three weeks. And it is thanks to the play of cornerbacks Brandon Flowers and Brandon Carr.
Meanwhile, the Jets are the seventh-worst in the league the last three weeks with their fantasy receivers, are 16th the last five weeks and 12th worst all season. Over the last five games, Holmes has 241 and three scores and Burress has 269 yards and two scores.
After getting burned for seven touchdowns on 19 catches in the first five games of the season, Flowers has allowed just 17 catches and one touchdown in the last six games. A receiver has not caught more than three balls or gone over 56 yards against the second-round pick from Virginia Tech since Week 9.
Carr has given up just three scores this season, but none since a Week 9 game against Miami and the other two came in a Week 4 game against Minnesota. After allowing 54 or more yards in three of the first six games, Carr’s had that happen just once the rest of the season (Week 11 vs. New England).
Neither Holmes nor Burress are averaging over the 56 yards that has been the best Kansas City’s Flowers and Carr have allowed over the last five weeks. Jets QB Mark Sanchez hasn’t thrown for over 180 yards the last two weeks, and the TDs are going to be hard to come against Carr and Flowers.
Again, you might have no other option, and at least Burress gives you size in the red zone — to which Kansas City is third-best against in the last three weeks allowing opponents to score on just 30 percent of their trips to the red zone — but I would seek help at receiver elsewhere than the Jets.
By Corby A. Yarbrough @Corby_Yarbrough on Twitter