Election Day is here, and with that comes the one significant issue that everyone can agree on regardless of beliefs or party affiliations…no more political ads on our televisions and radios! I am here to clear up all your worries and tell you who to vote for. Well not exactly which politicians to vote for, but which fantasy football players are worthy of a spot on your roster. Don’t step in the booth and pull the lever committing valuable roster spots without first consulting my public service announcement.
With the news out of Oakland that both Darren McFadden and Mike Goodson suffered the dreaded high ankle sprain this week, Marcel Reece figures to be a hot addition for fantasy owners looking to snatch a spot-start running back off the waiver wire. Many will point to a solid outing for Reece in Week 9 and assume that he stepped up and filled in admirably while the other backs were nursing injuries.
The truth of the matter is that Reece accumulated his points out of the backfield by catching the ball. Reece has exactly one carry on the season thus far. He certainly has value as a receiving back in deep leagues, but he will get limited opportunities as a ball carrier. Taiwan Jones figures to be in the mix to get some carries, and neither McFadden nor Goodson has been ruled out for the coming week. How well do you expect a third- or fourth-string back, on a team that hasn’t exactly run the ball effectively all season, to perform anyway?
Isaac Redman was cast aside in many leagues when Rashard Mendenhall returned from an injury and Jonathan Dwyer posted back-to-back 100-yard outings in Weeks 7 and 8. Redman stepped up in Week 9 and delivered as his backfield mates missed the game with injuries. The situation has the makings of a dreaded running back by committee given the litany of injuries the team has experienced at running back. But Redman is worth owning as he figures to get first crack at the hapless Kansas City defense in Week 10. Don’t invest much unless you have a bye week hole to fill, but Redman is positioned to post his own back-to-back 100-yard outings.
The Indianapolis Colts made a smart move when they re-signed Reggie Wayne to help bring along their rookie quarterback, Andrew Luck, this season. What no one saw coming was the success that the Colts have had so quickly. Luck has been the dependable fantasy quarterback that most thought he would be in the future. After receiver Donnie Avery exited Week 9 with an injury, rookie wideout T.Y. Hilton stepped up, catching a touchdown on his way to eclipsing the 100-yard mark.
Hilton has a good future and is developing a solid rapport with Luck. Hilton has caught passes in every game except one this season. He will have his ups and downs, but his Week 10 matchup against the Jacksonville Jaguars should be one of those ‘ups’. Week 9 wasn’t Hilton’s only time topping 100 yards; he torched the Jaguars for 113 yards and a touchdown in Week 3. If you are desperate for help at receiver, you could do far worse than Hilton this week.
If you are like me and are holding on to some disappointing options at tight end, you should find a spot on your team for Brandon Myers. With Brandon Pettigrew slumping and early season pick up Dennis Pitta seeing less opportunities, I can’t ignore the success that Myers is having in Oakland. Myers has been a frequent checkdown option for Carson Palmer and is emerging as a fantasy option for owners who are thin at tight end. After several good weeks, the knock on Myers had been his inability to get in the end zone. Myers found his way into the end zone twice on 13 targets in Week 9. His upside is limited, but he figures to be a steady option for you down the stretch.
James Starks got more carries than Alex Green against Arizona in Week 9, but don’t rush out and throw your money down on Starks. He was given the opportunity to shine in the backfield last season and failed to impress. Green appears to have the same type of opportunity this season. Starks got six more carries, but only managed eight more yards than Green. Green was targeted four times in the passing game and is still a better all-around option for the Green Bay Packers. Don’t mistake this as a ringing endorsement for Green, it’s just that Starks is no more exciting.
At this point in the season you can’t expect to be choosing your leaders from the scrap heap waiver wire, but you should always make your choices carefully.
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