Jakobi Meyers impressed on Monday night but don't get too excited about him moving forward
Let's skip past the top 40 in the Week 10 fantasy football flex rankings. They are probably players you are starting in your running back and wide receiver spots anyway. Looking in the 50s, I've got Joe Mixon about 15 points higher than the ECR (Expert Consensus Rankings) but I suspect he will move tremendously if and when we hear if he plays this week. There is not too much deviation in the 60s, but when we hit the 70s I noticed a name that was a pretty big deviation from the ECR and that was Jakobi Meyers.
Yes, he looked good Monday night. But he's seeing an insane target share that I simply do not believe is sustainable when N'Keal Harry and Julian Edelman return. And those are just the receiving options. As the rest of the Patriot pass catchers get healthier and the offensive line recovers, Meyers is not going to see the career-high 14 targets he got on Monday night. He will see far more targets than he did the first three weeks of the season, but expect somewhere between six and nine per game the rest of the way.
Of course in the immediate short term, he will see closer to nine than six. However, the immediate short term brings the Ravens' swarming defense to town. The Patriots always struggle with the Ravens and playing them on a shorter week does bode well for the Pats. The Ravens are giving up the sixth-fewest opposing fantasy points per game to WRs. Baltimore is allowing the eighth-lowest completion rate in the league (63.31 percent) and accuracy has never been Cam Newton's greatest strength. Just for comparison purposes, Nick Mullens has a better completion rate than Newton. Newton is a decent quarterback but I still don't agree with the valuation of Meyers.
Let's just keep it simple and say I'd rather play Tim Patrick or Jarvis Landry this week than Meyers. And that's just the WR options. I actually have more faith in T.J. Hockenson this weekend than Meyers.
Teams on bye: Atlanta, Dallas, Kansas City, New York Jets
NFL Flex Rankings: Week 10
— Rankings by Mark Strausberg, a member of the Athlon Network Contributor, who despite his youthful exuberance and good looks has been playing fantasy sports before Wildcats or Hoosiers even made it to VHS. Got a fantasy sports question or thought? Hit him up on Twitter @MarkStrausberg.
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