Can’t believe we are approaching week 12 of the season and fantasy regular seasons are in their final stretch! Well folks, this is where roster management is paramount. Whether it is to fill a much needed void, build roster depth for the stretch run, or to block your opponent from grabbing a much needed player, you need to be cognizant of everything around you.
Fantasy football can be an interesting chess match of sorts and you need to plan your attack and deliver a solid check mate late in the season when it really counts. Let’s take a look at some quality options that may be available in your league:
Case Keenum, Houston Texans – Don’t let the benching concern you. Everyone is entitled to an off day, even high-priced athletes. The Texans are well aware that the QB Matt Schaub era in Houston is long over, as evidenced by again anointing Keenum as their starter yet again. He’s been solid, revitalized WR Andre Johnson and should be a decent option down the stretch if you are in need at the position.
Josh McCown, Chicago Bears – If you’ve read the read the reports regarding QB Jay Cutler and his ankle, no doubt the words “worrisome ligament issues” jumped out at you. McCown is most definitely in line for a few starts if not more.
Mike Glennon, Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Week after week I mention Glennon, and I am surprised at the tepid response he’s received in fantasy circles from coast to coast. In seven games, Glennon has thrown for over 1,500 yards, 11 touchdowns and only 4 interceptions. With some decent downfield options and what could be a solid rushing attack courtesy of RB Bobby Rainey, things are looking up.
Bobby Rainey, Tampa Bay Buccaneers – I can readily admit I swung and missed in regards to Rainey in my Sleeper Picks for Week 11. He rose to the occasion in a big way with the best performance at the position for the Buccaneers all season. With 163 rushing yard and three total touchdowns scored this past week, safe to say Rainey will be a popular waiver option this week.
Daniel Thomas, Miami Dolphins – The offensive line is in shambles, but bottom line is Thomas is out-producing RB Lamar Miller. Both Miami running backs are risky options moving forward, but it seems as though Thomas is bringing the most to the table.
Donald Brown, Indianapolis Colts – Like Thomas above, this is another example of a secondary player just plat out playing the “starter”. Brown is making the most of his opportunities, eluding defenders and ultimately standing out as the superior option over RB Trent Richardson. He more than deserves roster consideration.
Montee Ball, Denver Broncos –It is obvious that the Broncos are looking to lighten RB Knowshon Moreno’s load and Ball is the direct benefactor, especially near the goal line. That coupled with the fact that Moreno generally is an injury waiting to happen should make the rookie pretty attractive moving forward.
Chris Ogbonnaya, Cleveland Browns – Like most, I was intrigued by the Browns signing of RB Willis McGahee earlier this year. However, it is pretty obvious he is not the team’s best option out of the backfield. Ogbonnaya is averaging over 6 yards per carry and proving a solid receiving option as well. Add in some nice matchups down the stretch and you could do worse.
Roddy White, Atlanta Falcons – It took him awhile to get himself into the lineup, week after week with a myriad of ailments that caused fantasy owners endless frustration. In many cases White was flat out released and forgotten about. Well if that is the case he’s worth the add as he s the most competent down field option for Atlanta and could be viable down the stretch.
Miles Austin, Dallas Cowboys – Like the aforementioned White, Austin may be a prior cast off that could be available in your league. It’s taken half a season, but it looks as though Austin is finally healthy and ready to contribute. His chronic hamstring issues make him a risky proposition, but his talent is undeniable and he’s not that far removed from the days of being a solid fantasy option.
Rod Streater, Oakland Raiders – With QB Matt McGloin at the helm, Streater has seen a dramatic increase in his targets and overall production. There is no telling how long McGloin will be behind center, but it is a situation worth monitoring.
Dexter McCluster, Kansas City Chiefs – Granted he is not the most exciting pick you’ll come across on the wire, but his multi-faceted game in Head Coach Andy Reid’s offense makes McCluster pretty interesting. He’s becoming more and more involved in the offensive attack and if that continues, he’ll be a viable fantasy weapon. His mid-range routes fall right into QB Alex Smith’s wheelhouse.
Marquise Goodwin, Buffalo Bills – As long as the injury carousel continues to run over the Bills WR’s ahead of him on the depth chart, Goodwin will have opportunities to perform. Thus far he’s made the most of them, becoming a much-needed healthy and reliable option.
Garrett Graham, Houston Texans – This was the performance that folsk were waiting for when TE Owen Daniels went down weeks ago. Graham was heavily involved all afternoon, with 13 targets, 136 yards receiving and a touchdown. It’s a bit crazy to expect this output week after week obviously, but the involvement is reason for excited optimism.
Delanie Walker, Tennessee Titans –He was mentioned before, but after this past week’s performance against the Indianapolis Colts, he merits mentioning again. While QB Jake Locker didn’t zero in on Walker much, QB Ryan Fitzpatrick has taken quite a liking to him. Given the enigma-status that most Tight Ends have in the realm of fantasy, when you can grab a quality option, you do it.
Joel Dreessen, Denver Broncos – You’ll want to keep an eye on the status of TE Julius Thomas, because if he misses any time with the knee injury, Dreessen steps up and has the ability to perform quite well.
I’ll be back this week with more info, insights and general hilarity. Follow me on twitter @djleason #FFCENTRAL Google+
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