Darren McFadden, RB, OAK - Here is hoping that you didn’t keep DMC on your bench this week as he returned from injury to have an amazing 40+ point game for fantasy owners. I saw a lot of questions about him on game day and shortly before, I told them all that if he plays he is healthy and should be started. For the future, when someone takes a long time to come back from an injury it is typically because the team was waiting until he was 100%. Welcome back to the top 10 Darren.
Kenny Britt, WR, TEN - Holy crap was this game completely out of left field… Kerry Collins has never been able to find Kenny Britt in the past and a game of 225 yards and 3 TDs obviously is impossible to predict. Hopefully, you weren’t like me and traded him away on Saturday night! Be cautious here, Young will come back and Britt should fall back to under 100 yards a week. It all depends on whether or not he can find the end zone to know if he can remain a WR 2 or flex play.
Roddy White, WR, ATL - What more can ya say about this guy that hasn’t already been said? Not much. He is truly a special player and has earned the right to be called the best receiver in fantasy football. White currently leads the league in receptions, yardage and targets.
Ryan Fitzpatrick, QB, BUF - As a Bills fan, I am still speechless that this guy has been able to make the Bills offensive weapons viable to fantasy owners. There are still some serious issues for the Bills to sort out before they can start to win some games, but since Fitzpatrick has taken the reins of the Bills offense everyone but CJ Spiller has benefited and now there are two WRs on this team who should be owned in all leagues.
Michael Turner, RB, ATL – Turner’s success was quieted Sunday in the wake of how absurd of a performance Roddy White had. But fantasy owners appreciated 121 yards and 2 scores no matter how many White got. Turner will prove to be a top 5 guy by the end of the season if he is able to stay healthy.
Marques Colston, WR, NO – I am torn about which occurrance is more surprising… Colt McCoy beating Drew Brees or Marques Colston finding the end zone this year. Ok clearly it is the McCoy victory but Colston is the only player on this Saints offense you can rely on for the next few weeks as a #2 WR. Lets hope this offense rebounds before too long.
Wes Welker, WR, NE – After two straight disappointing weeks since Randy Moss was traded, Welker’s fantasy owners have to start asking questions. It is looking like Wes is not going to benefit from from Moss’ departure like I had thought… Instead I believe he will hold his previous value as a #2 WR ranked somewhere between 15 and 20. There is also an interesting buy-low opportunity here if you think he still has the opportunity to be a top 10 guy.
Donald Driver, WR, GB – Driver was shut down on Sunday night, 0 catches. Now, he was not considered a top 10 guy in the past, because he never has a huge game… but his value has been consistency. It won’t take many games with no catches before owners panic… but there shouldn’t be any just yet. This should be treated as a fluke unless it happens again soon.
Larry Fitzgerald, WR, ARI - I am officially concerned now. Max Hall is not going to be capable of leading a consistently producing offense and Fitzgerald is out of the top 10 and it won’t take long before he falls out of the top 20 if there isn’t a nice game soon.
Jay Cutler, QB, CHI - Ok, so this week was statistically terrible, but you were robbed of 8 points on the goal line “fumble” that was never challenged. If you haven’t seen it watch the highlights on the NFL.com game center and you will see it… clearly a rushing TD. Even if that play was reversed… then Cutler would still have been a disappointment going against what has been a pretty bad defense.
Rashard Mendenhall, RB, PIT - Not much to be concerned with here, You are going to need to start this guy and he will do just fine. Miami’s defense is very underrated and they did an excellent job of taking the run game away from the Steelers and it almost got away with a big win.