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Let’s open up this week with a brief discussion as to the situation in Minnesota, and we’ll work our way out from the quarterback position. For fantasy purposes,
Brett Favre’s value right now could not be any lower. Given the emergence of several young signal callers, it is fair to say that unless you are in an extremely deep league, there is no reason to have him taking up any roster space. He is literally falling apart at the seams, and when he’s on the field, the production has not been very good.
They say that a rolling stone grows no moss, and this year,
Randy Moss is growing on no one. After what has to be described as a stellar return to fantasy prominence the last two years in New England, he quickly fell out of favor and was shipped to Minnesota. In a month’s time, reports are that the Vikings will place him on waivers. From a fantasy perspective, he’s done nothing this season, but if you own him, you have to hold onto him to see where he lands.
As was the case in New England (see also Welker, Wes), the fallout will be felt in the entire receiving core.
Percy Harvin was enjoying some great numbers the last couple of weeks, becoming a viable fantasy option with Moss drawing the double coverage. Moss’ departure, coupled with his ankle injury, spells the end of Harvin’s fantasy relevance. There is literally no one on the Vikings’ roster to pick up the slack.
Bernard Berrian, Greg Camarillo, Sidney Rice and Greg Lewis are not worth a roster spot.
I’m not rewriting the gospel by writing that the only Viking worth owning right now is
Adrian Peterson. Though many will say that his value will take a dive, I disagree. Despite a constant presence of a stacked line against New England, he had a great game and now the Vikings will have no choice but to run him early and often.
Previously Listed Players
We’ve been talking about
LeGarrette Blount (Tampa Bay) almost ad nauseam in this space for the last couple of weeks. I am surprised to see that he is still only owned in 45 percent of leagues run on www.myfantasyleague.com. Certainly that number is going to go way up after last week’s 120-yard and two-touchdown effort. Blount should be one of the top players picked up this week if still available.
Another running back to consider that we’ve mentioned here is
BenJarvus Green-Ellis (New England), currently owned in only 56 percent of leagues. The Patriots ask a lot of the whole stable they have at running back, so the ball does get spread around. Right now, it’s only spread between Green-Ellis and Danny Woodhead, with Green-Ellis exploding for a big week against the Vikings. The weather is going to turn cold in New England very soon, so the starting running back for the Patriots will have high value in late November and December.
We hit it big last week listing
QB Jon Kitna (Dallas) and
TE Jacob Tamme (Indianapolis) as hot selections. Kitna steps in as the quarterback of a desperate offense with plenty of weapons, and Tamme steps into the role filled by Dallas Clark (six catches, 64 yards and a touchdown on Monday night). Both are solid pickups and both are potential Top 10 fantasy players at their position based on weekly matchups.
I still like wide receivers
Deion Branch (New England), Mike Williams (Seattle) and David Gettis (Carolina). Branch has been nursing a sore hamstring, so hopefully this was news that you caught before lineups were due last week. Williams and Gettis were held down last week. I don’t expect 100-plus yards each week from these guys, but they should be settling around 70 or so yards and a score each week. If you have the room, I’d hold only wide receiver
Kenny Britt (Tennessee). Reports are that he could be out a few weeks, a tough break indeed for those that spent a high waiver wire selection on him last week.
RB Keiland Williams, Washington
The Redskins are on a bye this week, but those of you starving for production from the running back position need look no further for Week 10 and beyond. Owned in less than 10 percent of leagues, Williams is likely out on your waiver wire. If any of the ‘previously mentioned’ guys are gone, then Williams should be your top selection. Fifty-one yards of total offense and a touchdown won’t create a stampede, but Ryan Torain’s injury does create a bit of an opportunity for Williams to claim a significant offensive role going forward.
RB Mike Hart, Indianapolis
Owned in only 31 percent of leagues, Hart got the starting nod for the Colts on Monday night and he did not disappoint. He picked up 84 yards on the ground, but more importantly he was involved in the passing game grabbing three throws from Peyton Manning. There is plenty of competition in Indianapolis, but for the moment, Hart has claimed his spot to the fantasy throne.
WR Nate Washington, Tennessee
Things were about to get complicated in Tennessee, with Washington finally returning to 100 percent health. Unfortunately for Kenny Britt owners, he went down with a hamstring injury early, and reports are that he’ll be out for a few weeks. Yes, the Titans have a bye week, but 117 yards and a touchdown speaks volumes for Washington, currently owned in less than a third of leagues. Washington will be the go-to guy for the Titans.
WR Jordy Nelson, Green Bay
As difficult as it is to write, it has to be said – the Packers’ offense is in disarray right now. They can’t keep anyone healthy, especially on the offensive line, and Aaron Rodgers is simply not looking good without a running attack, that translates into plenty of fantasy opportunity if it can be generated. Donald Driver is hurting and James Jones has looked absolutely pathetic. Nelson has seven looks in each of the last three games, but look for those numbers to go up with no one else stepping up to the plate.
TE Marcedes Lewis, Jacksonville
Many have been asking, especially of late with injuries and bye weeks, where to find a viable tight end. Lewis has been a steady producer all season and all he seems to do is catch touchdown passes. Two catches this week, two touchdowns – that is being efficient. He’s owned in just a hair over half the leagues, so check your waiver wire if you are in need.
WR Steve Breaston, Arizona
I’m throwing Breaston on the list because I see that he’s owned in 69 percent of leagues. He’s been out long enough that some roster crunched owners needed to cut bait. Eight catches for 147 yards was his announcement this week that he is finally healthy. The two games he’s been healthy this season he’s produced more than 100 yards in each, so he is a ‘waiver to fantasy starter’ candidate.
On The Radar
WR Brandon Tate, New England
I have Tate rated a little lower than most, but 100 yards and a touchdown gets the attention of many, and a mention in this space. Most of his yards came on a long touchdown pass, and I do anticipate that the Patriots will start to move some offense back into the direction of Wes Welker. Those in deep leagues with roster space can stash him to see if he can become a steady fantasy performer.
RB Darren Sproles, San Diego
Sproles has been seeing a steady diet of action in the passing game, especially in the last three games (5 rushes for 48 yards, 9-for-70, 4-for-26 and a touchdown). What was interesting this past week was his collection of 41 yards in the running game. Averaging close to 100 total yards per game in his last three, he’s getting close to being a viable flex starter. As a handcuff to Ryan Mathews, he is already owned in 65 percent of leagues, but that leaves quite a few that he is available in.
Deep and/or Dynasty Only
RB Julius Jones, New Orleans
Listing Jones here is like being forced to eat Brussels sprouts as a kid. I assure you, that it is with much trepidation that I add Jones to this week’s story in any capacity, but it has to be done. Chris Ivory left last week’s game early, Pierre Thomas doesn’t appear to be anywhere near being healthy, and Ladell Betts has already had his chance to shine. Someone will be playing in the Saints backfield, so act accordingly.