Two thumbs down to Dallas head coach Jason Garrett for using wide receiver Dez Bryant to return punts. Bryant is the best receiver on the Cowboys and has the tools to be the #1 wide receiver in the NFL. So please Jason, no more punt returns.
According to Peter King of SI.com, Dez Bryant will not play today. Make sure to confirm Bryant’s status before setting your lineup.
Owner’s of Arian Foster should be lining up trade partners as they read this (maybe you should wait until after you read this). It’s become painfully clear to those who drafted Foster that Ben Tate has performed well enough to earn at least 10-12 carries a week. Should Foster play well this week you may want to consider dealing him. He will not be the workhorse back that you thought you were getting and hamstring injuries have a way of lingering.
Redskins’ quarterback Rex Grossman should be starting for someone in your league. The ‘Skins will be facing a Cardinals team that just let Cam Newton gash them for 422 yards and two touchdowns. Meanwhile, Rex had a very solid game versus the Giants throwing for 305 yards and two touchdowns.
A deep, deep sleeper at tight end this week is Zach Miller of Jacksonville. Miller is a 6’4″, 245-pound former college quarterback. Should Marcedes Lewis miss today’s game as expected, Miller could actually surprise with a big play or two. Make sure to confirm that Lewis is out.
A couple of rookie wide receivers will be getting starts on Sunday, Cecil Shorts of Jacksonville and Greg Salas of St. Louis. They should only be considered in the most desperate of situations as Jacksonville is going up against the Jets and St. Louis quarterback Sam Bradford is still nursing a finger injury sustained last week. But, if I had to pick one it would be Salas who will be filling in for the injured Danny Amendola.
With the Green Bay running game finally sorting itself out with James Starks moving ahead of Ryan Grant it’s now time for dynasty leaguers to scoop up Alex Green. With Grant looking like he’s lost a step and Starks an injury risk it wouldn’t surprise me if Green was a factor in the Green Bay running game before the season is out.
With the Raiders’ Jacoby Ford out today Chaz Schilens will get the start. Injuries have derailed Schilens’ career up to this point but he is only 25-years old and at 6’4″ he offers the kinda size that Ford, Heyward-Bey and Moore do not.
Those in deeper redraft leagues and/or dynasty leagues may want to stash Tim Tebow. I keep hearing how Orton gives the Broncos the best chance to win, yet he’s 3-11 since the start of last season. Tebow was the leading fantasy scorer over weeks 15-17 last season and should pick up where he left off once given the chance.
After seeing what Cam Newton did last week I decided that I needed to get in on some that action. So, since he’s already owned in the industry league that I’m in I decided to dig deep since this is a 12-team, 40-players per roster league. I picked up wide receiver Kealoha Pilares. If you’re saying, ‘Who the heck is that?’ then you’ve come the right place.
Pilares was drafted in the fifth round out of Hawaii. He tore his PCL in the Hawaii Bowl but is fully recovered as he comes back from an ankle sprain suffered in August. Pilares ran a 4.42 40-yard dash at his pro-day and has impressed Panthers’ head coach Ron Rivera. If Cam Newton lives up to his enormous potential, and how can you doubt him after what he did last week, then the addition of Pilares is a low risk/high reward move should you have the room at this time.
Thanks for reading and have a great week.
Jim Bukowski is a staff writer for FantasySharks.com and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.