Week 5: Sit 'Em
Brown has produced solid numbers in his first three games, so you might wonder why he makes the list this week. In weeks 1-3 Brown averaged just over 10 fanatsy points per game. This week he is projected to score around 8 points, a decrease of about 18%. You might say this is not a huge decrease in production, but I would argue that decreased production is decreased production. I am not comfortable with the two fumbles Brown had in Week 3 (one of which he lost). I also am not sure that his production can stay at the level we have seen. Philadelphia should pose some match-up issues for Pittsburgh and Brown will likely have to deal with better coverage than he saw in Weeks 2 and 3 with New York and Oakland. In Week 1 he saw some better corner coverage at Denver and his numbers were reflective. Look for Brown to see his targets this week, but only come up with 3-5 receptions for 40-50 yards and not score.
LaFell scored a TD in Week 1 and then had six receptions for nearly 100 yards in Week 2 before grabbing only one pass for 27 yards in Week 3 and being held without a catch in Week 4 vs. Atlanta. This week Carolina faces a stiff Seattle defense that has shown their ability to stiffle both the rushing and passing attacks. Since LaFell's production has decreased over the past weeks, he is not at the top of my starter list. It does not appear that he is in danger of losing his starting role, but his production needs to pick up for fantasy owners to hold a starting spot for him on their rosters. This week is going to be tough for Carolina. I think we will see LaFell make some plays, but he will see no more than 5-6 targets with 2-3 receptions for 20-30 yards and be held scoreless. Keep him on your bench this week and look for him to rebound in Week 7 against Dallas after the Week 6 bye.