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Previously Listed Players
Chris Ivory (RB, New Orleans)
had a very strong week, rewarding those owners that were keen to see that Ladell Betts’ role would be diminished. It is still unknown when Pierre Thomas will return, but even when he does, Ivory has done enough to get a portion of the regular touches. He’s currently owned in less than 20 percent of leagues run on myfantasyleague.com.
I will continue to trumpet
James Starks (RB, Green Bay), who is currently owned in only 13 percent of leagues. Stash him now while you can.
Heath Miller (TE, Pittsburgh) is another player to target if you need a tight end. In Ben Roethlisberger’s return, Miller only caught two passes, but one was a touchdown. Look for these numbers to increase.
WR Deion Branch, New England
Welcome back to the Patriots, old friend! It didn’t take Branch long to re-acquaint himself with Tom Brady and in one short week, he’s won over this humble fantasy writer. All he did was catch a touchdown pass, and a key long gain in the overtime to set up the winning kick for New England. Falling just shy of a 100-yard day, he’s owned in only 36 percent of the leagues and should be the top waiver wire pickup for both his short-term and long-term fantasy potential.
WR Mike Williams, Seattle
Williams was targeted a whopping 15 times for the Seahawks this past week, with the next highest total being a paltry four. With the aforementioned Branch having taken his skills to the east coast, Williams is the clear No. 1 in Seattle, and a viable fantasy starter. Favorable matchups against Arizona and Oakland are on the horizon for Williams, currently owned in less than 20 percent of leagues.
WR Danario Alexander, St.Louis
Yes, we had Danny Amendola in this space last week, but that was last week’s news. This week we shift gears and spotlight Alexander, formerly of the practice squad, currently inked to a four-year contract and inserted directly into the Rams starting lineup. Four catches for 72 yards and a touchdown in his debut lands him on this week’s short hot list.
TE Ben Watson, Cleveland
Owned in only 20 percent of leagues, it is time that Watson be elevated to a viable bye week fill in at tight end. His six catches for 88 yards and a touchdown this past week was not a one-week outburst. His previous three weeks saw him haul in five, six and five catches for 47, 60 and 45 yards. Regardless of who the Browns trot out at quarterback, they are looking to the safety value at tight end.
TE Fred Davis, Washington
At press time it was unclear what the status of Chris Cooley would be going forward. Those that have owned Cooley in previous years already know that when he has missed some time, Davis has stepped in and produced at a similarly high fantasy level. With several tight ends getting hurt of late, prospecting here and grabbing Davis makes sense if you have a bye to cover.
On The Radar
WR Craig Davis and Patrick Crayton, San Diego
With Malcom Floyd and the rest of the Chargers’ receiving corps hurting and/or on the shelf, it will be up to Davis and Crayton to carry the short term load. Crayton got most of the action this past week (six catches for 149 yards) while Davis saw some red zone action (three catches for 39 yards and a touchdown). I only list these guys as short term pickups for those that are in dire straights at the position. Forced to choose, I’d grab Crayton over Davis, but anything goes for the next couple of weeks with these two players.
Deep and/or Dynasty Only
TE Owen Daniels, Houston
I know many of you out there are hurting at the tight end position. Some of the big guns have gone down, and the bye weeks are limiting the supply of viable candidates for your starting lineup. Daniels appears to be healthy again, and this week’s five-catch, 79-yard effort is a sign of more good things to come.