Mohammed Sanu, WR, CIN – Hawkins could easily steal playing time from Sanu down the stretch but even when both guys were healthy, the Bengals appear to look to Sanu for big plays and Hawkins is much more the after-thought. Sanu is scary close to being a viable flex option and if it was week 5, I would be going out on a limb and saying that you should play him. Not with the playoffs on the line though. This is a great pickup for someone who has already locked in a playoff spot.
Knowshon Moreno, RB, DEN – Oops. Hillman was apparently not the valuable pick up that we thought he was going to be. It was a game-time decision to go with Moreno as the starter and he did a decent job, despite the offense as a whole being a little sluggish this week. I expect Moreno to keep the job and when Peyton is the QB, the hurry up is being used. Moreno won’t leave the field too much if he is indeed starting.
Cecil Shorts, WR, JAC – Chad Henne strikes again with another fantasy-relevant performance and he is spreading his own value to both receivers. Shorts is the guy I would rather own, simply because he’s been making big plays since before Henne took over and he is just more likely to score on a weekly basis.
Justin Blackmon, WR, JAC – I wasn’t kidding when I said that Henne was spreading fantasy value all across the Jaguars offense. Blackmon is the receiver to own for PPR owners and is a flex option in standard leagues. You should steer clear if the playoffs are on the line but he is absolutely worth a roster spot after a second solid outing with Henne at the helm.
Michael Bush, RB, CHI – Matt Forte’s injury is the same leg that he had his previous injury, this season. I do not think it is an exacerbation of that injury but it is a cause for concern. He might take an extra game or two to return and Bush would be a poor RB2 option in his absence.
Colin Kaepernick, QB, SF – I’m pretty pleased to have been right on this guy. He is a playmaker and very talented QB. His rushing ability gives him the safety that you got from Tebow at the end of last year and it was on display against the Saints. This is not a fluke, he’s a top 10 fantasy receiver.
Marcedes Lewis, TE, JAC – With guys like Antonio Gates being dead to his fantasy owners and Gronkowski owners being suddenly desperate, Lewis’s relevance cannot be ignored. He won’t be more than a match-up play but Henne is a legitimate threat in the passing game and the focus of defenses is sure to be Shorts and Blackmon. Keep him on your radar, but there is no need to scoop him up until he has a good match-up.
Jacquizz Rodgers, RB, ATL – I’ve been waiting for this week all season. Rodgers is probably my most added and most dropped player on the year as he always had a spot when I didn’t have bye-week issues but after this game and now that bye-weeks are over, he should not be available in any leagues. You aren’t using him yet but I believe that he is going to get between 50 and 60% of the snaps for the Falcons the rest of the way. Leave him on the bench for now though, until we see another game or two of increased touches.
Beanie Wells, RB, ARI – The Cardinal offense is really bad still but Wells is going to get the goal line work and at least half the touches. He’ll be a poor flex-start unless something gets the rest of his offense in gear.
Pierre Garcon, WR, WAS – He’s out there and there isn’t a ton of receiver talent on this Redskins roster. He has the highest upside and is a viable flex play after a really nice day of fantasy production this past week.
David Wilson, RB, NYG – This isn’t for everyone but Ahmad Bradshaw owners need to go get Wilson right now. Bradshaw should see just about ALL the touches the rest of the way for as long as he holds up, physically. Bradshaw is not know for durability and you should be proactive about guaranteeing that you have a productive guy for that roster spot at all time
Antonio Gates, TE, SD – The tight end position doesn’t often cost you wins, but Gates has been awful this season. It isn’t a health issue either and with the playoffs on our doorstep, you can just cut this guy to make room for someone that you can have a little more confidence in.
LaRod Stephens-Howling, RB, ARI – He’s immediately back to being an after-thought on this offense. That makes him an after-thought for fantasy owners too.
Brian Hartline, WR, MIA – The Dolphins offense has been declining over the past month and I was hoping that Hartline would get it together again in time to be worth a roster spot, in case of injuries. The pickups list is pretty long this week and Hartline has not been a viable receiver to start in quite a while. You’ve gotta cut him loose.
Rashard Mendenhall, RB, PIT – This goes for Redman and Dwyer too. None of these guys will be able to do enough that I am convinced they are a safe start the rest of the season. If you know you aren’t going to play someone, why keep them?
Greg Little, WR, CLE – Really? 25% owned… you shouldn’t need any numbers from me to demonstrate why this is insane. Cut him 3 weeks ago.