National Review has described Hillsdale College as a “citadel” of American conservatism. I now know this because I had to google “Hillsdale College” just to see if it actually existed. Andre Holmes’ Week 13 performance was anything but conservative.
Prior to Thanksgiving, the former Hillsdale Charger, Holmes had just three career receptions in the NFL.
Thanksgiving was his coming-out party in the big leagues. Holmes hauled in seven of 11 targets for 136 yards. He had a touchdown, but he was ruled down. Still, it was a stellar performance on the national stage, as Holmes now has his presence felt on plenty of fantasy radars this year. However, the question remains, was that simply a product of a strong matchup, or is Holmes truly someone fantasy owners should be looking at for the start of the fantasy playoffs?
Is “both” a viable answer?
Surely, Dallas’ secondary is atrocious, but Holmes looked very good. He consistently beat corner Brandon Carr, who is certainly no slouch. Holmes showed good ball possession skills, impressive physicality and good hands. He can ball, folks. If you are hoping for a repeat performance out of Holmes in Week 14, I wouldn’t be surprised if he provided you with one. This week, Oakland gets the Jets, who are literally comical at this point. Their offense can’t stay on the field, averaging a measly 63 offensive plays per game, which is the ninth-fewest in football. Meanwhile, the more important aspect of this matchup is obviously the Jets defense. New York has been getting torched through the air as of late. Over the last three weeks, the Jets have surrendered four touchdown passes of at least 30 yards, including a 43-yard bomb and a 66-yarder. Antonio Cromartie has been giving up a handful of big plays lately, and Holmes is a big play type of guy. Meanwhile, the Jets are allowing the seventh-most fantasy points per game to opposing wideouts (33.00). The Jets have also coughed up 12 pass plays of 40 yards or more, which is the fourth-most among defenses.
Depending on how the Jets view Holmes, he could see Cromartie in this game. Denarius Moore missed practice again on Wednesday, and his status if iffy for this game. I’m not afraid of Cromartie, and if the Jets view Rod Streater as Oakland’s number one, I will love Holmes even more. Rookie corner Dee Milliner has been anything but impressive in year one. According to Pro Football Focus, Milliner is ranked 108th out of 112 possible corners. That’s not good.
Sure, many are hesitant because it’s the Raiders. I get it. But if you are in a deep league or in a funk at wide receiver, Holmes is a very good play. Matt McGloin is looking for him a ton, as Holmes has been targeted a healthy 16 times over his last two games.
If you don’t know who Holmes is, you might become very familiar after this week.
Adam Pfeifer is a featured fantasy sports columnist for Rant Sports.
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