Week 9 Byes: Panthers, Lions, Jaguars, Vikings
Andy Dalton – QB
The rookie combination of Andy Dalton and A.J. Greene has been a thing of beauty all week. Tennessee has given up double digits fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks in five straight weeks. If you need a bye-week fill-in, he is likely your best option.
A.J. Feeley – QB
Going on match-up alone here and I am assuming Sam Bradford will still be out. Arizona is awful against the pass and you can guarantee Feely is available in your league (owned in <1% of all leagues). With the emergence of Brandon Lloyd and Greg Salas he has good receivers and a solid running back to open up the passing game. Realistic expectations is 10-12 points.
Javon Ringer – RB
Another speculative add here, but Ringer has clearly outproduced Chris Johnson to this point in the season. In fact, I would argue almost any running back in the NFL would have outproduced CJ2K to this point. The Titans aren’t in a position to bench Johnson, but they certainly can’t afford to put the workload on his back. Assuming a 50/50 split for the rest of the season, Javon Ringer’s value is on par with the likes of James Starks, Ben Tate, Ryan Torain, and Delone Carter.
Kevin Faulk – RB
As noted in my Sunday Notes, Kevin Faulk is a favorite of Bill Belichik and stands to see a large part of the work load going forward. After only practicing for one week the Patriots trusted him enough to take six carries. It is also interesting that Danny Woodhead and Stevan Ridley didn’t touch the ball in the game. BGJE probably has the goal line work but with the guarnateed touches alone, Faulk is a solid add.
Antonio Brown – WR
Brown is Mike Wallace 2.0. He has all the intangibles of a great NFL receiver and he has enough speed to be a deep threat (which he is). He is a PPR monster and an above average play in standard formats. If he is available in your league, which there is a good chance of, he is almost a must add. Dangerous match-up this week against Baltimore, but following Baltimore are some favorable match-ups.
Demaryius Thomas – WR
Leave Thomas here to reiterate I believe he is the long term option in Denver.
From last week: Not so much for this week but for the rest of the season. With Brandon Lloyd gone and Eric Decker getting all the attention (for now) from defenses Demaryius Thomas is a deep threat waiting to happen. We all know how Tim Tebow makes poor decisions but that actually benefits physical receivers. Once Thomas and Tebow improve their chemistry it is entirely possible he becomes the go to guy.
Brent Celek – TE
Impossible not to recommend the add after his past two performances. He has 11 catches in his last two games and almost double the targets. He has become apart of the Eagles offense and that is extremely important as Philadelphia starts putting together good match-ups. Week 9 Celek meets the Bears who are dead last in the NFL against tight ends.
Heath Miller – TE
Another repeat of last week. Same reasoning as Celek.
From last week: Great match up this week for Miller as the Patriots are severely lacking at the linebacker position. Expect Miller to have another 5-7 catch day with a strong possibility for a touchdown. One of the better times this year to use Miller.
Kicker pick-up of the week: Rian Lindell
D/ST pick-up of the week: Chiefs
Other Potential Pick-ups: Alex Smith(QB), Christian Ponder (BYE) (QB), Alfonso Smith (RB), Delone Carter (RB), Jabar Gaffney (WR), Michael Jenkins (BYE) (WR), Michael Crabtree (WR), Jake Ballard (TE), Jared Cook(TE)
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