Rashard Mendenhall, RB, PIT – He’s still available in over 18% of leagues. He was drafted low because it would take time to see the field but he is back now and helped out any fantasy owners who risked using him as a bye week replacement. He won’t be great but he is certainly someone that will get flex consideration and will serve you well when you have bye week problems of your own.
Chris Givens, WR, STL – Amendola suffered a bizarre injury in the Thursday night game and SOMEONE has to catch some balls in this offense. Givens had the most targets other than Amendola in this game as well as the big insurance score. That play was his only catch so DEFINITELY don’t try and use Givens quite yet but if you don’t need a receiver for a couple weeks, he has a chance to rack up some stats while Amendola is out.
Kendall Hunter, RB, SF – Obviously San Francisco isn’t going to be decimating teams like they have the past couple of weeks but Hunter is probably the best handcuff option in the league right now. Gore may be playing great but Hunter has also been really effective with his limited time. Gore is getting up there in age and San Fran loves to pound the running game so I think Gore is a likely candidate to miss a couple games. Everyone who owns Gore should make a run at this guy.
Kendall Wright, WR, TEN – He was a popular preseason sleeper and he struggled early. His stock is on the rise again after 9 grabs on 11 targets. He didn’t break double digit points but what he was able to do was impressive considering just how bad this Titans team is through 5 weeks. He’s a flex possibility for bye weeks and injuries.
Kyle Rudolph, TE, MIN – So a lot of people, myself included, like to play TE roulette on free agency all year and Rudolph might be worth holding on to. I almost NEVER carry multiple tight ends on my roster so with a matchup against the Redskins next week, Rudolph is as likely as ever to score a TD and have a big day. Take note Jimmy Graham owners, he is on bye next week!
Jordan Norwood, WR, CLE – So clearly there aren’t very many injuries or shake ups this week because Jordan Norwood has graced one of my posts. You’d need to be in a pretty deep league to go for this guy in my opinion but over the past two weeks he has 13 catches on 14 targets. There has been some chemistry between him and Brandon Weeden, which can not be denied so if your digging really deep, then as long as Massaquoi is out, Norwood has a chance to be productive.
Chris Johnson, RB, TEN – You almost get two bonuses when you drop Johnson at this point. A) you don’t have to waste time thinking about this walking disappointment and B) one of the other guys in your league does! What kind of damage has he done to your weekly match-ups thus far?
Donnie Avery, WR, IND – If you truly won’t need him for a while, you can hold him. The Colts looked better than I thought they were going into this game against the Packers. It was a huge win and the manner in which Luck drove down the field on the final drive might just be a foreshadowing of the future for Indianapolis fans. Avery will have some nice games but given how successful they were without using him, I have a hard time trusting him for next week.
Dexter McCluster, RB/WR, KC – There just is nothing going on in Kansas City not named Jamaal Charles that I want to be a part of at the moment. Hold him in PPR leagues but you can’t play him.