Our top category comes back, and rightly so as we have a player that will have an immediate fantasy impact as both a short- and long-term solution. Despite the fact that three starting quarterbacks went down with a concussion, their backups all played so poorly that none are worth considering in any format. Wide receivers and running backs carry the day in this week’s edition, though we do reach deep in our effort to list at least one tight end. There’s something for everyone this week!
WR Danario Alexander, San Diego
Alexander was slated to split time with Robert Meachem as the starter opposite Malcom Floyd this past week. Just over a minute into the game against Tampa Bay, he got his hands on a slant pass and 80 yards later he was in the end zone. More importantly, the coaching staff had seen enough to keep him on the field for nearly every one of the Chargers’ offensive plays. He finished the day with five catches good for 134 yards and the one touchdown, which clearly moves him ahead of Meachem as the starter for San Diego. Even though the Chargers have difficult matchups against Denver and Baltimore, look for Alexander to be an integral part of the San Diego passing game and he should be owned in all formats.
RB Chris Ivory, New Orleans
We talked about Ivory last week, and his performance against the Atlanta Falcons backed up the high praise that we heaped upon him. With Darren Sproles likely to miss at least another game or two, we continue to like Ivory as a waiver wire pickup that can provide help at the running back position. The return of Sproles will put a damper on Ivory’s playing time, but until that happens Ivory is worth a look in all formats. He backed up a 10-carry 48-yard performance two weeks ago by rushing seven times for 72 yards against the Falcons while scoring a touchdown for the second week in a row. He is only owned in 30 percent of online leagues, numbers that are sure to rise as running backs that touch the ball 5-10 times per game are a rare find on the waiver wire. Our friends at fleaflicker.com have him as one of the top adds this week, so get him while you can.
WR Laurent Robinson, Jacksonville
The Jaguars have adapted their offense since losing Maurice Jones-Drew to injury, with the realization that Rashad Jennings cannot carry the same load. The Jaguars offense is relying more on the passing game, frequently going with three wide receivers on the field. The beneficiary is Robinson, who is taking advantage of the increased playing time. A week after catching a half-dozen passes against the Detroit Lions, Robinson grabbed nine passes this past week, good for 77 yards against the Indianapolis Colts. Even as the third option, Robinson is a viable fantasy option for the Jaguars, especially while they are playing without their work horse to grind out the ball on the ground.