Danny Amendola, WR, STL – The fact that 30% of leagues have this guy on waivers or free agency still is mind boggling. If he is out there, SCOOP HIM UP! We are talking about a flex-option regardless of match-up. Don’t believe me? He had 11 catches on 12 targets against the 49ers, who are arguably the best defense in the NFL.
Beanie Wells, RB, ARI – All signs point to an immediate return to the field in week 12, as soon as Wells is eligible to do so. LaRod Stephens-Howling has been a Cardinal since before they drafted Wells and Williams so if they thought he was a better option, he wouldn’t have had to wait until both guys got hurt to see the field. Wells will be the lead back and see the most carries immediately upon his return. While I’m not convinced that he can do much with these carries, especially behind that o-line, he has to be owned if he is indeed the starter.
Colin Kaepernick, QB, SF – The 49ers may be without Smith for a little bit, a concussion is not a sure-thing to come back from the following week. I thought Colin looked nervous and indecisive this week in the tie with St. Louis. He missed some open receivers and didn’t make the best decisions. On sheer athletic ability, however, he will be ranked in my top 15 should Smith be out. He is THAT good of a rusher.
Dustin Keller, TE, NYJ – Wake up fantasy owners (especially in PPR leagues). Dustin Keller is back from injury. He would have been inside my top 5-7 had he not been hurt coming into the season and he is definitely the best pass catcher that the Jets offense has. It was a tough matchup this week and he didn’t kill you but things look even brighter next week against the Rams.
Sidney Rice, WR, SEA – He really isn’t available in many leagues but you have to double-check and hope that he is. His numbers made me stop and double check to see if it was an error… I’m not a Russell Wilson fan but he knows how to get the most from Rice and really Golden Tate too. He is a very good flex option until he stops performing like it.
Chris Ivory, RB, NO – This isn’t the first time I’ve said this so apparently the Saints don’t read my blog… absurd right? Chris Ivory is the best rushing RB that the Saints have. I’m sorry Thomas or Ingram supporters, it’s the truth. He may not be the most talented but his instincts are better and he is making plays that the other backs simply are not. There is a decent chance that the Saints just put this guy back to the bench but what I saw this week was enough to make Ivory worth picking up and stashing on your bench until we see if he gets more carries.
Dolphins, D/ST, MIA – The Dolphins defense was allowing just 60 or so rushing yards per game in the first quarter of the season. In the second quarter, they have allowed around 120 per game. Something has changed and you can’t sit around and hope they figure it out. Drop them and continue playing the waiver wire on a weekly basis.
DeAngelo Williams, RB, CAR – There is just always going to be a time split here. We’ve seen one of the two guys get hurt and have never seen either Panthers back do anything with the lead carries in quite a while. I’m done waiting around hoping they get some of their value back. Dump them with confidence.
Jonathan Stewart, RB, CAR – See above.
Jeremy Kerley, WR, NYJ - He is admittedly, the best wide receiver on the team but I don’t want my fantasy success tied to Mark Sanchez in any way. You aren’t likely using him anyway so if you can get someone on the pick-up list, I have NO problem with dropping Kerley.
T.Y. Hilton, WR, IND – Only owned in 30% of leagues but even that is too many. If it isn’t a 14 team league, look somewhere else… there is almost CERTAINLY better options out there.