by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)
The Tampa Buccaneers placed Vincent Jackson on Injured Reserve yesterday, most likely ending his season. While Mike Evans should remain a target monster (62) and Doug Martin should see an increased role in the running game, there is obviously an opportunity for someone to step up and deliver. Who is the most likely to take advantage? Should we care? Let’s take a look:
Adam Humphries – Wide Receiver
He’s actually tied with Jackson for second in targets (31), though the looks have disappeared over the past two weeks:
While we’d expect those numbers to increase, at 5’11” he isn’t going to be a red zone factor and his production will likely be inconsistent. While there will be weeks that he’s on the WR3 spectrum, he’ll be impossible to trust as he operates as the slot receiver.
Louis Murphy – Wide Receiver
He’s never had more than 41 receptions (2010) or 96 targets (2009). Is there really a reason to believe that he can produce on a regular basis?
Cecil Shorts – Wide Receiver
If he were healthy he’d easily be the recommended option, as we all know he has the talent (three straight 50+ receptions season from 2012-2014). The problem is that he’s never healthy (14 games is his career high, coming in 2012). He could be closing in on a return, which makes him worth eying in the deepest of formats given the Jackson news. That said it’s going to take some time before he earns our trust. As a WR6 type stash he’s worth the gamble, but in most formats he’s more of a player to simply keep tabs on.
Source – ESPN