Brandon Jackson hasn’t been fantasy gold since taking over as the starting running back in the Green Bay backfield, but he has gotten the job done as a serviceable option. Over the past four games, Jackson has averaged about 12.5 carries and 70 yards rushing. He hasn’t found the end zone that often (just twice all season), but he is averaging more than 4.5 yards per carry and right around three receptions per game so he is doing some good things for fantasy owners. Jackson has a great matchup this weekend against the Cowboys, so don’t be afraid to run him out there as a RB2 or RB3 at worst. He should at the very least have right around 10 fantasy points and if he can punch one in on the goal line then owners are looking at a very productive day out of Jackson.
LeGarrette Blount burst onto the scene in Week 8 for Tampa Bay when he ran for 120 yards on 22 carries with two touchdowns against Arizona. Although it’s not known if he has earned a start in Week 9, Blount should definitely be on a roster right now. Carnell “Cadillac” Williams is one baby tap away from injuring his left fingernail and being out for the season which would clearly open the door for Blount. At the very least he has played his way into a split for carries with Williams and should start seeing his number called on the goal line more frequently. Yes Williams is the better receiver out of the backfield, but the Buccaneers cannot look past Blount’s performance last Sunday. He would be a stretch to start this weekend at Atlanta, but keep a close eye on what Blount does in his next game.
Every team has been running and throwing all over the Houston Texans’ defense in 2010 so expect more of the same with San Diego coming to town. Ryan Mathews is the starting back, but I think Mike Tolbert is the one who will be scoring the rushing touchdowns in this contest. Tolbert has seen his touches go up and down this season so it’s been frustrating for his owners because when he gets the ball he produces. After having a combined five carries and one reception in Weeks 6 and 7, Tolbert saw 11 carries and four catches alone in Week 8 and the plan is to get him more of the same amount of touches against Houston. Expect at least 80 totals yards and a score out of him this weekend.
Jacob Tamme, TE, Indianapolis Colts
No matter whom the Colts run out on the field, Peyton Manning simply makes them a star. This was certainly the case for Tamme Monday night as he was Manning’s primary target for most of the game against the Texans. Tamme recorded six receptions for 64 yards and his first career touchdown. Seeing that starting tight end Dallas Clark is done for the season, Tamme figures to be the starter from here on out and should see much of the same production in 2010 for Indianapolis. As long as he has Manning throwing him the ball, Tamme should remain fantasy relevant the rest of the year and should provide a nice boost at the tight end spot for those struggling at that position.
Steve Breaston, WR, Arizona Cardinals
Breaston exploded for 147 receiving yards on eight catches in Week 8. Perhaps the most impressive stat of them all was that he had three of his catches go for more than 30 yards. With teams double teaming Larry Fitzgerald, Breaston has been able to work the middle of the field and use his speed to spring himself for big gains. Arizona has been very inconsistent at the quarterback position, but there is no doubt that Breaston benefits more with Derek Anderson behind center. As long as Anderson is out there, Breaston is going to get targets. Right now I think he should be used as a low-end WR2 at best because he has a tough contest against the Vikings, but if he can string another solid performance to go along with last week than Breaston will surely start to become a must start in most leagues.
Nate Washington, WR, Tennessee Titans
It looks like star wideout Kenny Britt is going to miss at least a month and probably more for the Titans so this news bodes well for Washington. Even though Tennessee just picked up Randy Moss, Washington still should see a lot of targets, especially some deep balls. Moss will be drawing all the double teams for the Titans now that Britt is out and that will open the field up for guys like Washington and Justin Gage. Right now I think Washington should be considered a solid WR2 in fantasy primarily because he has a knack for finding the end zone and believe it or not the acquisition of Moss actually helps him. Keep in mind that the Titans have a bye in Week 9, but don’t let Washington slip off waivers in the mean time.
Lock of the Week
Joe Flacco, QB, Baltimore Ravens
Flacco has been solid over the last month of the season and should continue his good play in Week 9 against the Dolphins. Miami has a very good run defense so expect the Ravens to throw a little more than usual in hopes of opening up the field for Ray Rice a little bit. Don’t be surprised if Flacco throws the ball 30-35 times this weekend and piles up around 250 passing yards with at least one touchdown pass. He has the weapons at wide receiver to have a field day against the soft Miami secondary so Flacco is a must start in fantasy on Sunday.