Frustration: this is the word that best describes what Colston’s fantasy owners are feeling. What we are feeling.
As Nfl.com’s fantasy guru Michael Fabiano reported:
Over the last four weeks a total of 104 wide receivers have scored more fantasy points than Colston.
104. That’s a lot of people.
In his career with the Saints, when he played at least 14 games, he scored a minimum of 7 touchdowns per season. Halfway through this season (7 games), he’s got one score. Thus far he racked up a grand total of 40 fantasy points, 5.7 points per game. I know Sean Payton loves to spread the ball around but he’s been doing that for years and it never hurt Colston’s productivity. Maybe Brees is (kinda) forcing the ball to Jimmy Graham but last week his snaps were limited and still Colston caught just three balls for 18 yards.
Marques Colston never had top-notch, burning speed but his great technique and instinct allowed him to create separation and get open. Ok, he’s not anymore in his prime (he’s 30) but he looks really slow on the field. As of now Graham, Sproles, Thomas and Stills are seeing more targets than Colston because of their reliability.
Kenny Stills has almost the same amount of yards (327) that Colston has (342) but while the “Quiet Storm” averages 12.7 yards/catch, the rookie from OU averages 25.2 yards/catch. And has 3 TDs. At this point don’t be afraid to pick him up (he’s available in 78% of fantasy leagues), especially if you have Colston.
Don’t look at me like that, Marques. We love you no matter what!
Over the last four season he averaged 159.75 fantasy points. His worst year was 2008, when he missed five games and ended up with 106 fantasy points. Something need to change, otherwise I’m afraid he will have a similar season from a fantasy productivity standpoint.
It’s hard to bench Colston but there’s no room for sentimentalism in fantasy football. Sigh.
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(All stats are from NFL.com, if not specified otherwise)