2 weeks ago we recommended this WR Terrance Williams and RB Andre Ellington. (and for the record Jeremy Kerley as well). We saw the trends – hopefully you did too. Both players move up on the priority list and are shorter term adds as described below, but they can help you get through the bye weeks.
As always what we’ll do here is make recommendations on 3 levels. Level 1 guys are so obvious that they were either drafted in your league on draft day already, or you will have to fight with other owners over them on the wire. Level 2 guys are decent risks that may not always pan out, but more of them may be available in your league to serve your purposes. And finally level 3 guys are more of the longshot homerun guys – but if your need is great, or if you play in a deep league – these might be the only guys you have a chance at….
TE Garret Graham– Owen Daniels is out for 4 to 6 weeks with a broken leg. Even with Daniels in there he was a borderline “get.” Now he is a top tier get. Yes, the QB situation could be in flux with Houston, but with daniels out, Graham becomes the defacto #2 target behind Andre Johnson.
QB Nick Foles – Yep, I’m advising the add of a guy that hasn’t won a job yet. Chip Kelly can give all the endorsements to Michael Vick he wants, but the simple truth is, if Vick doesn’t go this weekend – and Foles plays well – consider the possibility that the Eagles starting QB is on your league’s waiver wire right now. But, but – Nick Foles isn’t the same player as Vick they won’t tie themselves to him longer than the injury to Vick? Won’t they? Can Chip Kelly not adapt if Foles proves a better play to win? Will Vick struggle with injuries all year? All I know is this – after being on the outs and being droppable even in medium size dynasty leagues this past offseason – Foles has moved up to dynasty prospect for certain, and in my mind almost a 50% chance at being a fantasy factor in 2013. Own Michael Vick in a league? Probably time to grab Foles. Don’t own Vick, and have a player to drop? Absolutely take a chance and see how this pans out over the next few games.
QB Brandon Weeden – Listen, I know what you thinking, Brandon Weeden, really? He is the clear cut #1 in Cleveland now. Freeman isn’t a threat as he landed in Minnesota and Jason Campbell was the #3 QB a few weeks ago. He is not a top flight player by any means, but he could end up being a good bye and/or injury replacement. QB’s are hard to come by at this point in the season if you absolutely have to have a warm body at the QB position currently with a job Weeden is an ok consolation prize to your Foles’ lotto ticket.
WR Vincent Brown- He has 14 catches the past 2 weeks. Malcom Floyd is out for the year. Brown and Keenan Allen(who you should have picked up last week) are the starters. Rivers is playing well and looking for Brown. He is a WR3/flex play based on opponent and bye /injury situation.
RB Andre Ellington- He is slowly supplanting Rashard Mendenhall at RB. After this week, I think he is worth a flex play. If he is still available in your league, he is a great pick up moving forward. Last week. 7 carries for 52 yards and 4 catches for 31yards.
RB Zac Stacey – The Rams are a mess, I think Benny Cunningham is a better player, and 78 yards doesn’t normally scream fantasy stud. But all that said, Stacey played well enough to get his turn at the Rams starting job – and as at least the 2nd most talented RB on the team he could very well win the job with 2 solid games in a row. Will that happen? I don’t know, and if it does you’re likely in for a lot of temporary flex play production as opposed to RB2 style returns. However, at this time of year starting RB’s are hard to come by, so take your chances.
DEF Cardinals – Did you see what they did to the Panthers last week? Darryl Washington is back and he is a monster. If you don’t know him, watch this guy. He and Dansby had great games last week. They have a good front and Patrick Peterson. A match up play, but they will match up well against most teams especially at home.
WR Harry Douglas – Ok, Harry, I am sorry. I don’t really like you much. It’s nothing personal. It’s not you it’s me. However, you are good pickup this week based on the news that Julio Jones if out for the year and that Roddy White tweaked his ankle again.
WR Terrance Williams – He is probably gone after last week’s performance, but if he is still there grab him. He will remain a good WR3 until Miles Austin gets back. Then, it will be interesting to see how he is used and how many targets he gets. He is worth a roster spot for a few weeks, especially if you have the roster space.
DEF Jets – This is another team with a great front seven (Panthers, Browns) that we like. I don’t think they will be world beaters every week, but if you are struggling on D they are definitely worth the pickup.
TE Jeff Cumberland- Holmes is out. Winslow is getting phased out and there aren’t a lot of options at TE out there. He is inconsistent at best with Geno Smith at QB, but if you are desperate, he might be worth a look.
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QB TJ Yates – Oh Matt Schaub… You know all about his troubles. The man looks to have lost his confidence. He soon might lose his job. If you have the roster space and are in need of a 3rd QB. You might want to think about grabbing him. Houston still has a great running game and 2 good WR’s. He would be good insurance moving into the playoff push and you would keep him away from other teams in your league
RB Andre Brown – Andre. Remember that movie about the seal named Andre? It reminds me in no way of Andre Brown. Brown is recovering from his surgery and nearing his return. Brandon Jacobs is slow and is running that way. David Wilson has a bad neck and host of other issues. Get him now before the rest of your league catches on.
WR Percy Harvin – He is probably a couple of weeks away from being back. Do not wait until they announce he will be playing to pick him up. If you do, you might get beat out for him. If you have the roster space and are weak at WR. He could be just what you need for your playoff push.
Rams D – The served their use against the Jags this past week. Aside from that game, they have been awful. Drop them for a better option.
:by Ron & Mike