On the heels of a week where there weren’t any major trades or injuries to speak of, we’ve got a mixed bag. The list is light in the middle and heavy at the top and the bottom. In addition to a handful of running backs and wide receivers, a couple of tight ends make this week’s list. Something for everyone!
RB Zac Stacy, St. Louis
An NFL head coach with multiple options at running back is never a good thing for fantasy owners. And with those options at his disposal last week, Jeff Fisher made the move away from Daryl Richardson as he started Zac Stacy. Despite getting the wind knocked out of him and missing a few snaps, Stacy carried the load to the tune of 78 yards on fourteen carries. Though the final stats will show Richardson with thirteen carries, indicating an even split, he was the clear No. 2 option. Fisher will continue to go with Stacy as the starter, so Stacy should be owned in all formats. Our friends at fleaflicker.com have him as the top add this week, grab him while you can.
WR Keenan Allen, San Diego
We listed Allen as a Deep/Dynasty look last week, this week he gets a bump up into the top category. Six catches for 115 yards and a touchdown against the Raiders comes a week after he caught five passes for 80 yards against the Cowboys. The Chargers running game is struggling, so it will be up to the passing game to move the ball, leaving more opportunity for Allen to put up significant fantasy stats.
RB Andre Ellington, Arizona
Listed last week as a Solid Pickup, Ellington also gets a bump into this week’s top category as he is still available in about 50% of leagues. Splitting things right down the middle with Rashard Mendenhall, Ellington went for 83 yards in total offense against the Panthers this past week. Reports are the Cardinals will continue this split, making sure that Ellington is on the field for right around 30 snaps. He’s worth owning in all formats.
TE Garrett Graham, Houston
This is a speculative add based on the injury status of starter Owen Daniels, with early reports indicating that he will miss this week’s game. Graham has already found the end zone three times this season. As the full time starter he will be worth a spot-start to cover a bye week as the Houston offense uses the tight end in its passing game in all areas of the field. He’s worth a look for those in need at the position.
WR Austin Pettis, St. Louis
Two touchdowns in a week is enough to get the fantasy world’s attention, but it’s the consistency that he’s shown over the past couple of weeks that we like to see. Along with those two touchdowns, Pettis had four catches for 49 yards against the Jaguars, five catches for 59 yards in Week 4 against the 49ers and eight catches for 78 yards and touchdown back in Week 2. That all adds up to a fantasy sleeper. Pettis will not put up 100 yards very often, but 50-75 yards and a score is not out of the question.
TE Jeff Cumberland, New York Jets
With all the problems the Jets are having at wide receiver, their tight end is emerging as a threat in the passing game. He made the most of his single catch a week ago against the Titans, hitting paydirt. In early Monday night action, he has once again been hot, hauling in a long touchdown pass and going for more than 75 yards. He’s not a bad backup tight end to help cover a bye week.