There are busts all over the fantasy landscape this season.
Count New York Jets No. 1 Santonio Holmes as one of the top busts at the receiver position. Through seven games, he has 22 catches for 311 yards and three scores. Holmes is the 52nd-ranked receiver in points per game. And only his three touchdowns are even keeping him ranked that high.
Offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer continues to say Holmes is the team’s No. 1 target in the Jets’ offense. Yet, his 40 targets this season have him ranked not only 49th among receivers but third on his own team (TE Dustin Keller 46 and WR Plaxico Burress 45). He was targeted a season-low three times in the Week 7 game against San Diego, and his 13 targets over the last three games are one less that rookie No. 3 receiver Jeremy Kerley.
Holmes has only had two double-digit target games, and they produced very little He was targeted 10 times for six catches and 70 yards in the opener and targeted a season-high 12 times but caught just three balls for 33 yards in Week 4. Burress has not been targeted over nine times this season.
It’s not an indictment on Holmes. It’s an indictment on quarterback Mark Sanchez not getting the ball to the team’s supposed top target. Sanchez is a top-12 fantasy QB at the midway point of the season, but he still completes just 56.1 percent of his passes. Accuracy is a problem that has plagued him his entire career, and it’s bringing down what should be a legitimate threat at the receiver position in the process.
Whatever has happened to the QB-WR connection that a year ago produced 95 targets for 52 catches, 746 yards and six scores in just 12 games is gone between Sanchez and Holmes this year.
Thanks to Sanchez, Holmes was never a high-end WR1 type of play, but he can’t even be considered a low-end WR2 play at this point.
Don’t expect Buffalo to be the get-well game for Holmes. The Bills have not allowed a receiver to score a TD since Week 5, and have not allowed over 11.6 points to a fantasy receiver in a half-PPR format since Week 5. Holmes was held to one catch for 17 yards and a score in his only meeting with the Bills in Week 17 of last season.
All we can do is hope that there is some glimmer from Holmes this week against a Buffalo team the Jets face again in Week 12 and that he can carry it into some receiver friendly matchups in between the two meetings (New England and Denver).
By Corby Yarbrough @Corby_Yarbrough on Twitter