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 second installment, let’s zoom in on some Wide Receivers and Tight Ends that should be on your radar!
WR Eddie Royal, San Diego Chargers – Bottom line? The guy has five touchdowns in two weeks. Can this production continue? I am most certain no, but QB Phillip Rivers is playing incredibly well to start the season, and when he looks down field, he seems to be locking in on his diminutive teammate. Safe to say that Royal is flat out delivering like FF Royalty. Couldn’t resist… .
WR Marlon Brown, Baltimore Ravens – We talked about Brown last week, and if you grabbed him and even went so far as top start him, congratulations. Playing opposite WR Torrey Smith and filling in for injured WR Jacoby Jones all play to Brown’s favor. If he went unselected in your draft last week, don’t make the same mistake again. Brown is shaping up to be a solid WR3 or better moving forward.
WR Josh Gordon, Cleveland Browns – Because of a two game league suspension, Gordon was either drafted late or not drafted at all. He is easily their most explosive receiver and his return is a welcome sight in Cleveland. If by chance he was passed over, make the move and add him to your squad. Even if QB Brandon Weeden misses this week, Gordon should still manage to be effective.
WR Stephen Hill, New York Jets – Simply put, other than TE Kellen Winslow, Hill is probably the most dynamic, capable receiver on the Jets roster. He’ll struggle at times along with the Jets and their rookie QB Geno Smith, but Hill has the talent to make plays and should be somewhat of a factor week in and week out. He’s worth monitoring.
WR Reuben Randle, New York Giants – After last week’s 100+ yard performance, Randle didn’t add much to the stat sheet in week two against the Broncos. But he was still targeted a total of nine times in the game by QB Eli Manning and that says confidence to me. If WR Victor Cruz or more likely WR Hakeem Nicks go down, Randle will be a must start.
WR Aaron Dobson, New England Patriots – If Dobson can somehow manage to shed the dropsies that didn’t plague him in college, and this kid could be something. Between Dobson and WR Kenbrell Thompkins, the mental errors are understandable, but maddening all the same. Grab one of these guys and be patient it could reap rewards. Remember, that quarterback over there is pretty good.
WR Ace Sanders, Jacksonville Jaguars – Ace Sanders, Pet Detective. Sorry, had to be done. Now without a doubt, winner of the Cool Name of the Week award. Sanders was targeted heavily in the slot, and is worth keeping an eye on especially with QB Chad Henne in the lineup. Opposite WR Cecil Shorts, the stage is set for a complimentary option to emerge. The opportunity for Sanders is definitely there. Alllll righty then!!
TE Garrett Graham, Houston Texans – Admittedly, teammate TE Owen Daniels is the bigger name in Houston and in fantasy circles for sure, but both have emerged as factors in the Texans offense. They have combined for five total touchdowns this season thus far and just under 150 yards receiving. Graham is worth keeping on your radar for sure, especially with Daniels being susceptible to the injury bug.
TE Coby Fleener, Indianapolis Colts – With TE Dwayne Allen inactive, Fleener was called on upon to play a bigger role in the Colts offense and delivered. IF Allen misses any more time, Fleener is someone to consider, but if Allen is back in the mix, it becomes more difficult to count on production from the Stanford product. That said, it’s all about being mindful of status and acting accordingly.
TE Jordan Reed, Washington Redskins – I mentioned Reed in my sleeper article last week, and with his appearance in the end zone for the second straight week for the Redskins, I guess it is time to mention him here. TE Fred Davis is playing out a one year contract and still getting himself settled from last season’s Achilles injury. Reed is the younger, cheaper option and at it looks right now, the more productive one. He bears keeping a close watch.
TE Charles Clay, Miami Dolphins – After the Dolphins lost TE Dustin Keller for the season they needed another TE to step up and perform. It looks like the former fullback in college is making a modest attempt to comply. He used those fullback skills honed at Tulsa to give Miami a one yard score, and was active as a receiver with over 100 yards on the day. He is by no means a guarantee, but if he continues to fill a need, he could find himself gaining some fantasy attention.
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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