Another week in the books and here we find more players warranting consideration in the realm of Fantasy Football insanity! Maybe it is due to injury, or ineffectiveness, or a noticeable performance, but regardless you need to be mindful of the existence of these players. Rest assured, your opponents are!
In the first of two installments, let’s take a look at some QB’s and RB’s that you’ll want to keep a close eye on or make a play for…
QB Phillip Rivers, San Diego Chargers – It is becoming quite obvious that Rivers is buying into the new offensive system and it is fitting him well. Through the first two weeks, Rivers has complied over 600 yards passing, seven touchdowns and surprisingly only ONE interception. The lack of love felt by Rivers in most fantasy draft rooms could very well make him available in a few leagues. With the emphasis and need on a solid passing attack you could pluck yourself quite a nice option off the wire. Note: this week will be quite a test against the Titans.
QB Sam Bradford, St. Louis Rams – He is averaging over 325 yards passing a game in an offense that will be throwing the ball early and often. He has a corps of young speedy receivers, a big talented tight end in TE Jared Cook and will be playing from behind more often than not. He’s a fantasy joy. In the vast majority of leagues, the guy is a QB2 and that’s a crazy good backup folks.
QB Ryan Tannehill, Miami Dolphins – If you are in a deeper league and need a bye week replacement a quarterback, look no further than Tannehill. While he hasn’t been other-worldly, he has been consistent and has some real solid weapons to work with. Depending on the matchup, he could serve you well in a pinch.
RB Bernard Pierce, Baltimore Ravens – Chances are in most leagues around the globe, this guy is long gone. But if the RB Ray Rice owner is napping at the wheel, or for some other strange reason Pierce is available, please stop the insanity and get him on a roster. They say Rice is fine, but hip injuries can be tricky and complicated. Bo Jackson ring a bell?
RB James Starks, Green Bay Packers – You’ll want to be mindful of a few things considering Starks. One is the health status of RB Eddie Lacy, who left the game early due to a concussion. Second is we’ve been here before with Starks. He gets fantasy owners scrambling after a solid performance, only to be an after-thought the following week in this offense. If you own Lacy, Starks is a no brainer. If you don’t, temper your enthusiasm, he’s not steering you to the fantasy promised land. But 20 carries for 132 yards and a touchdown warrants mention, no?
RB Joique Bell, Detroit Lions – He emerged on many a fantasy owner’s radar after his week one performance, and if the injury to RB Reggie Bush wasn’t enough to bring him to the forefront of fantasy relevancy… Bush’s injury doesn’t seem to be serious, but you have to question how the workload will affect him in the long run. While Bell will be a factor even if Bush is healthy, his stock skyrockets if the former Dolphin and Saint is forced to miss any time.
RB Andre Ellington, Arizona Cardinals – We all know that RB Rashard Mendenhall is not a beacon of on the field healthiness, so any player that steps up and produces early is worth taking note of. It seems as though the Cardinals are taking a look at the rookie and if last week’s production is any indication, he might be a player to consider.
RB Jacquizz Rodgers, Atlanta Falcons – With the uncertainty surrounding RB Steven Jackson, Rodgers and fellow RB Jason Snelling will have more opportunities to earn their keep. Everything hinges on the health of Jackson of course, so keep an eye on status updates as the week progresses. Rodgers is the better bet for more work, so Jackson owners would be smart to target him and stash him away.
Take the plunge! Do your homework and make a play for someone that can not only help you now, but can benefit you down the road!
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Good luck this week!
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