Week 8 belongs to Megatron. There’s not much more that can be said about Calvin Johnson’s 329 yards receiving other than “absolutely ridiculous.” Unfortunately for Cowboys’ fans, the same words can be uttered in response to Dez Bryant’s Kanye West impression on the sidelines. The only person that had a more embarrassing post game was Maurkice Pouncey. In Philadelphia, Chip Kelly is making Eagles’ fans yearn for the days of Andy Reid’s time management skills. Out west, the Steelers defense looked just a little bit older as Terrelle Pryor gashed them for a 93-yard touchdown run that breaks the great Bo Jackon’s record that he set as a rookie back in 1987. And the Jets have figured out a way to manage the rookie wall by having Geno Smith show up every other week. It’s a brilliant plan.
As we get ready for Week 9, the free agent pool may seem like it’s beginning to dry up but there are always guys that come on late in the season that can change the course of your fantasy team. Let’s take a look at this week’s ’10 Names You Should Know’ that may end up putting your team over the edge.
Marvin Jones, WR CIN (I have to mention him again)
Me and Mr. Jones, we got a thing going on. Marvin made the “10 Names” list last week after scoring in back-to-back games but he gets a second mention this week after destroying the Jets secondary for four touchdowns on Sunday. That gives him six TDs in three games and Andy Dalton and the Bengals look to have finally found that second receiving option opposite A.J. Green. While Jones will never score four touchdowns in one game again, his performance is by no means a fluke. As long as Andy Dalton continues to play well, Marvin Jones will be a dependable fantasy option.
Kenny Stills, WR NOS
Kenny Stills can change your weekly game with a catch or two. He has done just that in the last two games. You don’t need me to tell you that it’s nearly impossible to predict which Saints offensive player not named Jimmy Graham will have a great fantasy week.
However, Kenny Stills has 193 yards receiving and three touchdowns in the past two Saints games playing the second fiddle to Graham. Next on the Saints schedule is the Jets who just allowed four TDs to the Bengals second fiddle Marvin Jones. I think you can find room on your team this week for Kenny Stills fiddle skills.
Mike Brown, WR JAX
There is nothing appealing about the Jacksonville Jaguars and owning the third wide receiver on a bad team is probably not something you are clamoring for. But desperate times sometimes call for desperate measures and Mike Brown has strung together 163 yards and a TD in his past two games. With defenses paying extra attention to Justin Blackmon and Cecil Shorts playing at less than 100 percent, Mike Brown is proving more than capable of catching those garbage time heaves from Chad Henne. The Jaguars have a bye this week but keep an eye on Brown as a fill-in starter the rest of the way.
Matt Barkley, QB PHI
Matt Barkley is a name to know not for what he did in Week 8 (which wasn’t much) but for what the future holds. Chip Kelly’s high octane offense has hit a few speed bumps in the form of Mike Vick’s hamstring and Nick Foles head. Now it looks like it’s time for Matt Barkley to get first team reps and get a fighting chance to lead this Eagles team that is crumbling before our very eyes. The bye week is a long ways away so it will be up to Barkley to get this offense back on track.
Joel Dreessen, TE DEN
Julius Thomas suffered an ankle injury early in the second half of the Redskins’ game and failed to return to action. More will be known about the severity of the injury soon enough but if Thomas were to miss action, Joel Dreessen would step in as the starter. Unless it’s extremely bad news, the Broncos do have an upcoming bye week to get Thomas’ ankle straight so Dreessen should remain on waiver wires barring the unexpected. With so many mouths to feed in Denver, Dreessen would be hard pressed to be a dependable fantasy starter even with an extended absence from Thomas.