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The Fire Sale: Week 9

It’s with great regret I announce this will be my final season writing The Fire Sale. Due to reasons beyond my control, I’ll be stepping down from a majority of my writing obligations after the 2016 NFL season. Thank you for following and reading my work. It’s greatly appreciated. I’ll post an official Thank You in my last column.

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Now on with The Fire Sale

Going Up

Marcus Mariota, QB, Tennessee – Does anyone remember when I said Tennessee and Philadelphia were my two sleeper teams back in August? Probably not. Ah, who cares? I was wrong on a bunch of stuff too. That was pretty impressive though. Mariota has now thrown 10 touchdown passes and just one interception over his last four games. He doesn’t have many weapons, but Mariota is one of the hottest fantasy quarterbacks going right now. With a schedule that has San Diego, Green Bay, Indianapolis and Chicago coming up before Tennessee’s bye week, this is the time to grab Mariota if he’s still available on your waiver wire.

Charcandrick West, RB, Kansas City – Spencer Ware must really have a concussion if the team is admitting to it. I doubt we see Jamaal Charles again this season. West is on the fantasy radar as Ware’s handcuff, but more importantly, he could start this week against Jacksonville. You know, I think Jacksonville may have given up on the season. It’s just a hunch. West will be a high-end RB2 against the dreadful Jacksonville rush defense if Ware is out this week.

J.J. Nelson, WR, Arizona – I actually threw Nelson in a couple of daily lineups and picked him up in two leagues last week. It was the one good decision I made. Nelson caught eight balls for 79 yards and two touchdowns on a team-high 12 targets against Carolina. In his last two games, Nelson has 11 receptions for 163 yards and two touchdowns on 19 targets. Michael Floyd has struggled this year and now he’s dealing with a hamstring injury. Arizona coach Bruce Arians said Nelson is now a starting receiver, meaning he has replaced Floyd in three-receiver sets. Arizona is heading into a bye but I expect Nelson to be a bigger part of the offense in Week 10. Nelson should help fantasy owners over the final two months of the season.

C.J. Fiedorowicz, TE, Houston – I have a big problem with Fiedorowicz. I can’t spell his last name. There are certain names I just can’t spell and his is one of them. Fiedorowicz has emerged as a weekly fantasy starter at tight end. He caught five passes for 43 yards and a touchdown against Detroit. Fiedorowicz now has at least five receptions and two touchdowns in his last three games. Brock Osweiler can’t throw to receivers, so Fiedorowicz is now in the weekly TE1 conversation. I kind of hope he falls off the map though so I don’t have to spell his name anymore. Who would have thought I’d have to spell “Fiedorowicz” and forget how to spell “Hopkins.”

About Thomas Casale

Thomas began playing fantasy football back when owners had to mail in their starting lineups and work out trades over the phone. He started writing The Fire Sale in 1998. Since then his articles have appeared on numerous web sites sites including Fantasy Sharks, USA Today and SI.com.