Joique Bell, RB, DET – Bell saw a shade under half the carries on Sunday and while LeShoure scored 3 times, Bell also found the end zone and was the only one of the two backs to be involved in the passing game. If touches are going to be equal the rest of the way, Bell will have a lot of consistent value for ppr owners. 10 team and deeper standard leagues should be picking this guy up as well.
Carson Palmer, QB, OAK – “BUT… HE’S SOOO OLD!” Shove it, he’s incredibly consistent. I wrote this in my QB positional analysis and I’m sticking to it: “If you have an elite guy on your roster, then I think you should target Carson Palmer as your backup. You can probably scoop him up at the very end of your draft and I think he has a serious shot at being a top 15 fantasy QB for the second half of the season.” I look at his games so far and he only has ONE game below 14 fantasy points. That was against the best defense he has faced all year, Denver. He only has one scary match up left and its… DENVER! I expect a stronger second half as the offense seems to be more effective in recent weeks.
Nate Washington, WR, TEN – Hopefully we get some clarity about Kendall Wright’s status for week 10 in time to cancel waiver claims if he is sure to be active but if he ISN’T, I like Washington to see the most benefit. Britt will be productive when he’s back to 100% healthy and in the mean-time, he will continue to struggle. Washington is the safest bet for a WR play but with Wright gone, his upside increases significantly.
Isaac Redman, RB, PIT – What a mess in Pittsburgh for fantasy owners of Redman, Dwyer and Mendenhall. The only thing that is currently providing any concrete information about who is worth a start is the injury report and assuming all three are active next week against Kansas City, it will be a mess to figure out who will see the work. One thing is certain, all three guys have to be owned and one of them, at least, is going to be a worthy flex play once the smoke clears.
T.Y. Hilton, WR, IND – Indy just threw 48 times on Sunday and there is not another scary match up on the horizon that isn’t Houston (weeks 15 and 17) and with New England and Buffalo on that list in the next three weeks, Hilton is a potential flex play in deep formats and a bye week plug-in. He also has the potential to take off a bit and be worthy of holding down the stretch.
Brandon Meyers, TE, OAK – As I mentioned with Palmer, this passing game is improving weekly and Meyers has only had fewer than 3 catches once on the season. He won’t be a top 8 guy much but he’ll be a top 10 guy more often than not.
Daniel Thomas, RB, MIA – Another week, another split workload. Still can’t start him but this is interesting. He is more than a backup now.
Brandon Gibson, WR, STL – Still owned in 22% of leagues and that’s around 20% too many. What are you waiting for? Cut this guy yesterday.
Jermichael Finley, TE, GB – The Packers offense is simply not looking to utilize him as a receiver. As long as Rodgers is the QB, he’ll crack the top 15 or 20 but he won’t be a top 10 guy again the rest of the season. You NEED to be using the waiver wire weekly to pick your TE every week. If you are lazy, just go grab Meyers.
Michael Bush, RB, CHI – People drafted this guy to use him and he’s around 70% owned. If you NEED the guy in this roster spot to play or at least be a flex consideration, you can drop Bush. Forte is playing well and it’s only an injury that could make Bush worth playing again.
Philip Rivers, QB, SD – This week was a good game for Rivers this season. 18/21 and a decisive victory. Still just 18 fantasy points. Considering 4 or so teams in standard leagues should only carry the one QB on their roster, Rivers being 83% owned is nothing short of stupid. I hate to say it but his career is over… for fantasy football at least.
Brandon Pettigrew, TE, DET – 80+% of leagues do not have this guy available. Why? Is it the single TD he’s scored this season (week 2)? Maybe his 100 yard receiving games… nope because he has none.
Brandon Stokely, WR, DEN – His ownership %age in standard leagues should be 0%. He’s a deep after-thought in the Broncos passing game.