Week Seventeen Analysis: Over the last three weeks, Jeremy Maclin is sixth among wide receivers in both receptions and yards. It's almost come under the radar too as the Eagles have been irrelevant since mid-October. But, the return of LeSean McCoy last week and Michael Vick replacing the injured Nick Foles might make this an interesting game against the Giants. Those Giants have allowed eight different wideouts to top 60 yards against them in the last five weeks. In the Week 4 meeting with the Giants, Maclin was held fairly silent, but his teammate DeSean Jackson had 99 yards and a score.
Week Fifteen Analysis: It's actually possible that Nick Foles is alright. Andy Reid has had a knack for developing quarterbacks, and Foles looks much improved over the past two games. Foles seems to be generating a bit of a rapport with Jeremy Maclin, as the two have now hooked up for 90-plus yard games twice in Foles' starts. Maclin was targeted 13 times last week against the Bucs, but if there is an opposite to the Tampa secondary, it is the Bengals. Cincy has quietly been one of the league's best defenses. The Bengals have only allowed one wide receiver to top 100 yards this season and have given up only two touchdowns to the position in the last five weeks.
Week Eleven Analysis: While no one cheers for an injury, maybe Jeremy Maclin was silently pumping his fist at the sight of Michael Vick leaving the field, and Nick Foles walking into the huddle. After Foles entered the game against the Cowboys last week, Maclin was targeted 11 times and had eight receptions for 93 yards and a score. Even with Vick in the lineup, Maclin had led the team in targets in three of the last four weeks. A showdown with the Redskins could highlight the Foles-to-Maclin hookup even more. Washington has allowed more than 60 yards and a touchdown to seven wide receivers in the last seven games.
Week Nine Analysis: Boom or bust players are the most frustrating in the fantasy game. Unfortunately for many fantasy owners, Jeremy Maclin has been exactly that this season. Maclin has scored in three games, and topped 95 yards in two of those, but in the games in which he has not scored he's averaging 26 receiving yards. I've ranked him this high for a reason, so my feelings are much closer to "boom" this week, and here's why: No team has allowed more red zone passing touchdowns than this week's opponent, the Saints, who have allowed 13 so far. New Orleans has also allowed multiple wide receiver touchdowns in each of the last four games and has allowed 100 yards to a wideout in each of the last three.
Week Eight Analysis: How about a golf clap for Jeremy Maclin. Welcome back buddy. Maclin tamed the Lions to the tune of 130 yards and a touchdown in his last game. It was his first daily double, 100 yards and a score, since Week 2 of last season, which happened to be against this week's opponent, the Atlanta Falcons. In last year's meeting, Maclin went berserk. As in, 13 catches, 171 yards and two touchdowns, berserk. The Falcons have come a long way on defense though. They've allowed the fifth-fewest yards and the third-fewest touchdowns to wide receivers this year.
Week Six Analysis: Jeremy Maclin has been eased back into the offense since returning from injury to the tune of three targets in Week 4 followed by eight in Week 5. This is still way behind the 14 targets he received in Week 1 when going up against Joe Haden and the Browns. Because of the injury and subsequent drop in opportunities, Maclin is only averaging 41 yards per game this season and hasn't topped 39 yards since Week 1. I have a feeling that turns around this week as he faces Detroit. The Lions have only allowed five touchdowns through the air this season, but have only Jake Locker, Christian Ponder, Sam Bradford and Alex Smith. The return of safety Louis Delmas doesn't change things enough for me to trust him.
Week Five Analysis: It's been an up and down year for Maclin owners. The up is that he had 14 targets, 96 yards and a score in Week 1. The down is that he's caught only two balls for 30 yards on only four targets since Week 1. The one positive you can take away from last week's one-catch for seven yards performance is that Maclin was on the field for 93 percent of the Eagles' offensive plays. So it was more likely a weekly offensive scheme that held back his numbers, not injury. This week Maclin faces the Keystone State rivals, the Pittsburgh Steelers. Of the top five fantasy wide receivers that Pittsburgh has faced this year (Demaryius Thomas, Eric Decker, Santonio Holmes, Denarius Moore and Darrius Heyward-Bey) four of them have scored a touchdown. So, there's hope for Maclin, especially if Ike Taylor covers DeSean Jackson.
Week One: While last season's illness and injury basically caused Jeremy Maclin to lose a season, it's hard to know whether he's the double digit scorer from 2010, something more, or something less. It's like a riddle wrapped in an enigma, wrapped in an Andy Reid pass-happy offense. While Reid's teams do like to chuck the ball, they may think twice about that against Cleveland. The Browns defense was the league leader as far as fewest receptions and touchdowns allowed to the wide receiver position last year. Opposing wideouts as a whole, averaged just barely over eight receptions per game and Cleveland allowed only seven scores to the position all season. Most of those stingy statistics have to do with the fact that Joe Haden is the new Darrelle Revis, but Haden has been suspended for this game, barring an appeal, which significantly changes the equation, and makes Maclin a solid starter.