If you got out of the gate with a win this past week, congrats! If not don’t fret, it’s early and there is plenty of time to right the fantasy ship! Aside from sticking with your quality starters, here is a list of some players who might be under the radar, yet could perform a little better than expected!
Sam Bradford, St. Louis Rams – A pass first team, going against an Atlanta Falcons defensive secondary that gives it up through the air like a Mile High Club tramp. Seems like a great week to start Bradford and his downfield options this week. They may not come out on top when all is said and done, but Bradford will get his.
Josh Freeman, Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Wanting to put last week’s upset loss to the New York Jets as far behind them as possible, look for Bucs Head Coach Greg Schiano to have his squad focused, especially Freeman. The Saints defense is vastly improved from a year ago under the tutelage of new defensive coordinator Rob Ryan, but Tampa is at home and does possess some formidable weapons. Look for Freeman to assert himself early and find his two big receivers, WR Vincent Jackson and WR Mike Williams for big plays downfield. Expect a solid day and a rebound win at home.
Chad Henne, Jacksonville, Jaguars – Starting for injured QB Blaine Gabbert, Henne may be erratic, but he is clearly a better option, and against the Oakland Raiders he should be pretty effective. Given the depth at the position, it is highly unlikely Henne would get the starting nod from fantasy owners, but it should be interesting to see how his afternoon develops.
Terrelle Pryor, Oakland Raiders – Built in the mold of Panthers QB Cam Newton, Pryor if given the opportunity could do some nice things. This week is a perfect chance to build off his success from week one. He should find room to not only run, but to gain some solid yardage through the air as well. If not against the Jaguars, then who?
Davis Wilson, New York Giants – Why is he here? Well, no one thinks that much of him right now. And that would be a mistake. Whether or not the Giants sign any one of the free agent running backs they brought in this week, notice has been served. I expect Wilson to surprise everyone against the Denver Broncos and re-emerge as a viable fantasy force. The news is former Giants RB Brandon Jacobs is returning to the fold in the New York. Provided Jacobs can stay healthy, view him as just another post game jersey for the trainer to throw into the laundry bin.
DeAngelo Williams, Carolina Panthers – With the RBBC threat down to a minimum for the foreseeable future with RB Jonathan Stewart on the PUP list until mid-season, Williams should flourish as the main cog in the backfield. Against the Buffalo Bills, a team yielding over 130 yards on the ground thus far, he should have a productive afternoon for sure.
Ryan Mathews, San Diego Chargers – The Philadelphia Eagles were surprisingly decent against the run this past Monday night against the Redskins, but chalk that up to Washington being forced to abandon the run as they were playing from behind at the get go. That said I have a sneaky suspicion that the threat of the San Diego passing game allows Mathews to find some open space. Incidentally, versatile RB Danny Woodhead could chime in as well and make some noise.
Chris Ivory, New York Jets – Yes, RB Bilal Powell got more carries, so what. Between Powell and Ivory, they averaged as many yards per carry as my Aunt Dorothy and she’s passed, God rest her soul. But I am ready to give Ivory the benefit of the doubt this week. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are solid against the run, and between the two backs, Ivory is the better talent. Despite his injuries, he is in a good situation to start and with his skillset, provided he stays healthy, he should bounce back. No better time than against the New England Patriots, who are not exactly stout against the run. Look for Ivory to find a nice level of success this week.
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