Updated October 14, 2013
Jordan Reed, TE, Washington – Reed is a great athlete who played some quarterback and running back early in his career at Florida. His strength is catching the ball and he knows what to do with it once he has it. Even though he had four receptions for 58 yards last night versus Dallas, you still may be able to catch the other owners in your league napping. He’s only a rookie but he’s coming on fast. Now is the time to roster him.
Khiry Robinson, RB, New Orleans – Robinson is another deep stash who had a bit of a coming out party in Week 6. He carried the ball seven times for 53 yards and a touchdown. Although Robinson has shown great promise, he is in a crowded backfield with Darren Sproles and Pierre Thomas and his touches could be wildly inconsistent, especially when Mark Ingram comes back. But use all this to your advantage as you’re thinking 1-2 years down the road.
Latavius Murray, RB, Oakland – A physical specimen at 6-foot-3, 225 pounds with sub 4.38 40-speed, Murray was placed on IR near the end of training camp after having his ankle scoped. Although, the real reason may have been his bad attitude. Regardless, Darren McFadden has once again proven that he can’t be counted on to play a full season, hence, look for the Raiders to explore other options in 2014 as McFadden’s six-year, $60 million rookie contract will expire after the 2013 season.
Quinton Patton, WR, San Francisco – Patton was rising up the 49ers wide receiver depth chart and was expected to takeover as a starter opposite Anquan Boldin before breaking his foot in Week 4. Patton has not been placed on injured reserve and could make it back this season given that he doesn’t experience any setbacks in his recovery. Patton runs precise routes endearing himself to 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick and given that San Francisco is woefully thin at wide receiver there is plenty of upside here.
Brice Butler, WR, Oakland – The Raiders do love their speed and Butler has plenty of it. While his production was less than stellar in college, 65 total catches between both USC and San Diego State, his physical tools are off the charts as he’s 6-foot-3, 213 pounds and runs a 4.37 40. He’ll need some time to get adjusted to the Pro game but without a legit No. 1 wide receiver in Oakland Butler has a great chance to emerge as a fantasy factor in 2013.
Jim Bukowski a Senior Staff Writer/Content Manager for FantasySharks.com and is a member of the Fantasy Sports Writers Association. He can be reached at