Brian Hartline, WR, MIA – I am starting to become a believer in the Dolphins offense. I’m not saying that I think this team is going to win more than 6 games but they can certainly put up some fantasy numbers. Hartline was targeted 19 times on Sunday and hauled in 12 of those passes for 253 yards and a score. The most impressive thing is that it was done against an undefeated Cardinals team whose defense has played lights-out all season.
Jackie Battle, RB, SD – The Chargers finally have Ryan Mathews back in the lineup and what did they do? Used Battle 50% of the time. Also, they used Battle at the goal line, which was a surprise to me. It also means that we have to pick this guy up in all leagues to see how the work gets divided up the rest of the way. Not someone to start but rather just a roster-depth move.
Andre Roberts, WR, ARI – Roberts is quickly shaping up to be a really nice flex play. He has had at least 5 points in every game and has already racked up 4 touch downs in as many games. Roberts had 6 grabs for 118 yards and 2 scores against a Miami defense that had been playing really well, despite losing Vontae Davis. Defenses are clearly keying on Fitzgerald and Roberts has been able to make them pay for it so far. With bye weeks upon us, he will be a viable plug-in for now at the flex spot or WR3. Another game or two of solid production (5 or 6 plus points) and I’ll be ready to make his spot in the mid-20′s of my rankings more permanent.
Brandon Bolden, RB, NE – The Pats offense was working in full-effect this week against my Bills… at least in the 2nd half. The Patriots also appear to be back to a running back by committee offense. Bolden will be the #2 guy in that committee as it appears and considering how often New England runs at the goal line, he’ll make an adequate injury substitute through the bye weeks. If you have spread out by weeks and no injuries, don’t be afraid to let someone else pick him up.
Jerome Simpson, WR, MIN – Just 4 catches for 50 yards in the Vikings’ win against the Lions but there wasn’t much pressure to abandon the ground game and Simpson was just in his first game back. This guy has a serious chance to add a dimension to the offense and has to be owned after a solid first outing of the year.
Ramses Barden, WR, NYG – Despite his impressive size and great game two weeks ago, Barden had just two catches and had an offensive pass interference called against him that cost the Giants the game. It was pretty blatant and not something that Coach Coughlin is likely to reward with more playing time. Domenik Hixon sits above him on the depth chart and makes Barden too risky to play in my opinion, even if Nicks is out of the lineup and I would think that Nicks comes back before Barden can atone for his transgression.
Daryl Richardson, RB, STL – Unless SJax gets hurt again, Richardson doesn’t have value. And with Jackson’s value as low as it has been in years so if there is anyone else worth owning and you don’t have SJax yourself, don’t be scared to let Richardson go.
Brandon LaFell, WR, CAR – The Panthers offense rebounded great this week, despite the heart breaking loss to the Falcons. Problem is, LaFell was not involved at all. Zero catches on just three targets. He was a preseason sleeper and you should only cut him if your in serious need of a guy you can start in week 5. If you do, don’t feel too bad about it, his first two games were as impressive as his last two were scary. You just can’t start him till we see if the offense is going to perform consistently and if it does, will he be involved?
Shane Vereen, RB, NE – If Bolden is the #2 guy, Vereen is the #4 guy, behind Woodhead. MUST DROP.
Kevin Ogletree, WR, DAL – He hasn’t shown any ability to be a fantasy-relevant player since he broke out in week 1. The Dallas passing game hasn’t been hugely impressive and when they have succeeded, it has been with Miles Austin as the target. I almost didn’t include him on the list but then I realized he is owned in over half of leagues.
Tashard Choice, RB, BUF – Was just to fill in for Spiller and Jackson, who BOTH played against New England. No reason to hold Choice here.