Early in the season, every fantasy football player goes looking for those gem players who can help shore up some of the problems your lineup might suffer along the way. Whether it’s your running back dribbling one down his leg or your backup receiver’s stone hands frustrating you for the last time, it is a salient truth that you need to get your hands on good free agents now before your competition picks the ranks clean.
In Week 2, we saw the emergence of DeAndre Hopkins and Eddie Royal topping a lot of people’s lists. One hot player to go after from this week’s performance is the New York Jets receiver Santonio Holmes. Holmes has had a storied career at times, including memorable moments in the Super Bowl with the Pittsburgh Steelers. He has also at times had issues with injury and attitude.
His season last year was cut short by a catastrophic Lisfranc injury to his right foot. His health and availability for the 2013 season has been highly questionable. Holmes fell off of a lot of people’s draft board radar due to all of the serious questions and drama surrounding the Jets’ dubious quarterback competition this preseason.
Even I have to admit that I wrote Holmes off completely when Mark Sanchez went down and rookie Geno Smith was declared the starter. Watching him play in Week 3, I have to admit I was wrong. Playing against the Buffalo Bills, he cut crisp routes and showed that he has the ability to go chase down the deep ball in a clutch situation when he had a fingertip catch that he took in stride to the house for a 69-yard score. He finished on the day with five catches for 154 yards and a touchdown.
If Holmes can put up those kinds of numbers with Geno Smith at quarterback, he can put those numbers up in any game.
Eric Beuning is a Fantasy Football writer for RantSports.com.