Dustin Keller, TE, NYJ – My stance on picking up and owning Keller pre-dates the week 8 loss to the Dolphins but he was pretty solid yet again. You aren’t picking up an elite TE here but you are getting a guy that you can play week in and week out, regardless of match up. He is the possession receiver for the Jets offense and Shonn Greene FINALLY impressed me this week as his respectable performance came against one of the worst match-ups possible and while the rest of his team played like crap. Keller has to be owned in 90% or more of leagues and that number is currently 47%.
Cecil Shorts, WR, JAC – Back to back 11 yard performances are enough to make you worth a speculative pick up but I have to say, the ceiling is pretty low here. The offense is bad and banged up to boot. Gabbert has his moments where he seems like he may be able to provide a talented receiver with enough fantasy value to be worth owning (high praise, right?) so it can’t hurt to pick him up as he could end up a flex consideration.
Vick Ballard, RB, IND – A lot of owners dropped Ballard when Donald Brown’s return was announced and Ballard was still very productive with 12 fantasy points, despite splitting time. Ballard still has value when both guys are active and will do well if Brown goes down again. Pick him back up!
Santana Moss, WR, WAS – With Pierre Garcon’s return timetable still completely up in the air. Fred Davis on IR and Leonard Hankerson dropping an unseemly number of passes, Moss is clearly a must-own player in all leagues. RG3 hasn’t stopped making plays and the defense is still struggling. All of this bodes well for Moss’ fantasy production. He’s available in 40% of leagues.
Jonathan Dwyer, RB, PIT – I expected this to happen much earlier in the year but with Redman and Mendenhall out, it appears as though Dwyer has played his way into at least a 50/50 time split when Mendenhall is healthy again. Ownership percentage is rising quickly but if your league does use waivers (as it should!) then make sure you put a claim in before it’s too late.
Titus Young, WR, DET – Nate Burleson’s injury seems like it will bean good things for Titus Young so far. Defenses have been effective at containing Calvin Johnson thus far and finally someone has shown that they can also make some plays in the receiving game. Something tells me that his 22 point outing this week against a great Seahawks secondary will bring his ownership percentage up from the 40% it is at now. 80% or so is where it SHOULD be.
Daryl Richardson, RB, STL – You might be surprised to hear that Richardson is averaging 5.4 yards per carry on the season. Combine that with trade rumors circling around about SJax, Richardson should have a lot of claims put in for him right now. What is really nice is that the trade deadline is before the standard Wednesday morning processing of waiver claims so you can just cancel the claim if there is no trade!
Brandon Gibson, WR, STL – Amendola is due to return after the bye and Chris Givens has asserted himself as the team’s deep threat. Gibson’s role in the offense is about to drop off a cliff and you should drop Gibson NOW rather than wait around through his bye week.
Martellus Bennett, TE, NYG – 4 of the last 5 games have been 3 or less fantasy points. The bubble burst a while ago and you can do better by using free agency on a weekly basis.
Brandon Bolden, RB, NE – I’m not saying I think anyone has taken his number two spot from him but Bolden is going to be REALLY hard to trust so feel free to drop him now if you can pick up someone that can make a considerable impact right away.
Greg Little, WR, CLE – Owned in a third of leagues? I guess some people really do need to hear it get said. DROP HIM ASAP!
Michael Bush, RB, CHI – He’s just a handcuff. If you need someone that is a flex-option, I am completely fine with dropping Bush. Don’t do it though, Forte owners.
Donnie Avery, WR, IND – I have been big on Avery the past few weeks. Targets have been high but production hasn’t. It doesn’t take me long to bail on a guy like that and I recommend you stop trying to rely on him at all immediately.