Jason Avant, WR, PHI - With both Eagles quarterbacks playing at such a high-level and DeSean Jackson taking a huge hit and suffering a severe concussion Maclin and Avant will each be asked to run deep routes more often. Avant stands to see the biggest increase in production with all the extra time he will spend on the field in that pass-happy offense.
Fred Davis , TE, WAS – Cooley suffered a concussion last week and after seeing how effective Davis was in his place last season, you can be relatively confident he will be at least a redzone target of Donovan McNabb’s for as long as Cooley sits. It is worth noting that Cooley had 3 concussions in college and could miss considerable time given this history.
Deion Branch, WR, NE – There is a lot of love for Branch in the Patriots locker room and front office. In his return to the team he had a great game for any desperate fantasy owners that needed to dig this deep for a flex play. For now he will be the 2nd best fantasy receiver in New England, but don’t drop Brandon Tate just yet.
Patrick Crayton, WR, SD – I don’t know how it would work out well for the Chargers if they were missing both Malcom Floyd and Antonio Gates… but Rivers is going to find someone open in the passing game and with the experience that Crayton brings to the table, he would be the only one worth the risk to fantasy owners.
Demaryius Thomas, WR, DEN – Eddie Royal was the most consistently targeted receiver on the Broncos and with his injury, someone will need to pick up the slack. Thomas was loved by the Broncos organization in the pre-season and due to injury he has missed a lot of time. With Royal potentially missing time due to his groin injury, Thomas would be the likely candidate to come on in 3 WR sets.
Pierre Garcon, WR, IND - He was banged up again after a monster first half, over 100 yards and a score. He also isn’t available in that many leagues but he shouldn’t be in available in any so go make sure.
Devin Aromashodu, WR, CHI - You aren’t starting him, but all pre season I thought that Devin was the best red zone threat that Jay Cutler had at his disposal. There was chemistry between them at the end of last year, but for whatever reason he saw almost no playing time on offense in the first quarter of the season. He is a large receiver that is very hard to cover in the red zone so he is worth a roster spot if your looking for depth and upside.
Willis McGahee, RB, BAL – You have to be on the field to have value to fantasy owners and after Rice has seen so many more goal line looks in the last 2 weeks I would feel comfortable dropping Willis for someone with more upside and carries. WARNING: Trade deadline is Tuesday night at midnight, so don’t make a move until you’re sure he hasn’t been traded! (right before Waivers typically get processed… how convenient)
James Jones, WR, GB – With all the injuries for the Packers, Jones has yet to step up and become a play maker on offense. Until injury befalls either Jennings or Driver… there is no chance you would risk starting this guy so why keep him?
Mike Hart, RB, IND – Even with Addai leaving the game early Hart was not able to be too productive. It might take a while until the Colts backfield is at 100% but Hart isn’t going to get lead back carries ever. There is no need to waste a roster spot on this guy.
Kevin Walter, WR, HOU – Walter is a truly unique receiver in the NFL. There has never been one that is used exclusively for blocking in the past, but apart from one HUGE game he has done squat. Make sure you don’t go down with the ship.
Sam Bradford, QB, STL – I am only speaking to people in standard 10 team leagues that only start 1 QB. This guy is not worth the risk. They just beat the Chargers at home and Bradford got just 11 points, there will be uglier games than this so don’t take the risk.