Pickups After Week 13
Chris Givens – WR – Rams – Owned in 3% of ESPN Leagues – Givens has had 2 great weeks in a row, as he followed up his first 100-yard game with an 11 catch 92 yard performance against the 49ers. He is becoming more and more involved in this offense.
Pierre Thomas – RB – Saints – Owned in 64% of ESPN Leagues – Thomas is still a risky play, as he is mired in a major backfield committee. His 84 yards this week were the most rushing yards he has had since his 110-yard game in week 2. He is still not the goal line back, so that works against him as well.
Montell Owens – RB – Jaguars – Owned in 0% of ESPN Leagues – Owens is a deep option, but the only option right now for the Jaguars, as Rashad Jennings had to leave this weeks game. This is a move if you are in a deep league and in a real bind.
Russell Wilson – QB – Seahawks – Owned in18% of ESPN Leagues – Wilson has been pretty effective as of late with 11 TD to 1 INT over his last 5 games and threw 2 more this week against the Bears. He is quietly having a very nice second half and his rushing yards have made him even more viable.
Golden Tate – WR – Seahawks – Owned in10% of ESPN Leagues – Tate is coming off a 5 catch game for 96 yards with a score against the Bears, which is his high yardage total for a game on the season. Tate now has a TD catch in 3 of his last 4 games and his ability to find the endzone makes him a threat in Fantasy.
Coby Fleener – TE – Colts – Owned in 12% of ESPN Leagues – Finally returned from injury and only had 1 catch this week for 26 yards, but it went for a TD. Luck is on fire, so if Fleener can get in the flow of the offense he could score some points.
Donnie Avery – WR – Colts – Owned in 8% of ESPN Leagues – Avery was a beast this weak against the Lions with 5 catches for 91 yards and 2 TD. What was even more impressive was that Avery had 14 targets in the game. The TD marked his first since week 1, but with Luck playing as well as he is Avery could become more a threat down the road, but still somewhat inconsistent.
Jonathan Dwyer – RB – Steelers – Owned in 41% of ESPN Leagues – Dwyer was the lead back for the Steelers this week and answered the bell with 49 yards rushing with a TD and 3 receptions for 8 more yards. Dwyer is the most consistent back for the Steelers and is the option in the redzone as well.
James Starks – RB – Packers – Owned in 1.5% of ESPN Leagues – Starks saw the most action he has seen this season as he split the carries with Alex Green this week, but finished with 15 carries for 66 yards and a TD. He led the team in rushing and has fresh legs for the Fantasy playoffs.
Jared Cook – TE – Titans – Owned in 59% of ESPN Leagues – Cook had 4 catches for 51 yards on 12 targets from Jake Locker. This was the first game in which he had double-digit targets, and only the 4th game in which he has had more than 50 yards receiving in a game. The targets are encouraging and maybe Cook can catch fire at the end of the season like he did last year.
Michael Floyd – WR – Cardinals – Owned in2% of ESPN Leagues – Floyd has not been good this season and has quarterback issues taboot, but he is the starter with the ankle injury to Andre Roberts. He is a deep league option only.
Jacob Tamme – TE – Broncos – Owned in 56% of ESPN Leagues – Tamme had 9 catches for 89 yards this week, and the chemistry with Manning is showing. If you need a TE down the stretch feel good about this guy, if he is available in your league.
Ben Watson – TE – Browns – Owned in 6% of ESPN Leagues – Watson is coming off a big day with 6 catches for 80 yards against the Raiders, which are both season highs. Watson is a hit or miss, with more misses, but 2 of his last 3 weeks have been pretty good, with the 2TD performance 2 weeks ago against Dallas. Watson is a deep league option.
Josh Gordon – WR – Browns – Owned in 24% of ESPN Leagues – Gordon looked like a savvy veteran this week finishing with 6 catches for 116 yards and a 44-yard TD catch. Gordon is the most dynamic receiver the Browns have and as they look to next year, they should be opening the playbook up the rest of the way and that benefits Gordon.
Danario Alexander – WR – Chargers – Owned in 27% of ESPN Leagues – Alexander continues to impress since he burst on the scene in week 9 and had another good game this week against the Bengals with 6 catches for 102 yards on 10 targets from Rivers. Alexander looks solid and is worth the pickup.
Bryce Brown – RB – Eagles – Owned in 68% of ESPN Leagues – Okay if he is available grab him now!!! He had over 100 yards and 2 TD in the first half on the road against the Cowboys. He shows great burst and even though he needs to be more secure with the ball, he definitely has skills.
Knowshon Moreno – RB – Broncos – Owned in 49% of ESPN Leagues – Moreno had a decent second week back with 69 yards on the ground and added 4 catches for 14 more yards. Moreno was held out of the endzone again, but the amount of touches he is getting in this offense is very encouraging for the Fantasy playoffs.
Greg Olsen – TE – Panthers – Owned in 54% of ESPN Leagues – Olsen hit paydirt again this week with a 47-yard TD catch. That was his only catch on the day, but he showed great speed on the play and is a good option if you need help at Tight End.
Brandon Myers – TE – Raiders – Owned in 22% of ESPN Leagues – Can you say breakout for the Iowa Grad??? Yes, you can with a 14 catch 130-yard and a TD performance this week. It is clear that Palmer loves this guy and he should be available, so grab like we told you to do 7 weeks ago.
Dallas Clark – TE – Buccaneers – Owned in 5% of ESPN Leagues – Clark only had 3 catches for 21 yards this week, but his first catch was an 11-yard TD. Clark is targeted in the redzone and has been scoring more as of late. If you miss out on Myers or Olsen, then Clark may be your guy.
SOME INJURIES TO INSPIRE SOME FOOD FOR THOUGHT!
These situations open up opportunities in most cases, pay attention to the below and seek out some guys that could see an increase in looks.
Jordy Nelson - Hamstring; Rodgers seems to think he'll miss some time
Ryan Broyles - Knee; doesn't look great
Cecil Shorts - Possible concussion, but not sure yet
Stevie Johnson - Possible hamstring injury, but might not keep him out
Julian Edelman - On crutches and in a walking boot after the game
Brandon LaFell - Foot; in a walking boot on Monday
Rashad Jennings - Concussion
Dustin Keller - Left ankle or foot
Donald Brown - Ankle
Sidney Rice - Possible concussion, but not sure yet
Mario Manningham - Shoulder
Garrett Graham - Concussion
Earl Bennett - Concussion
Cedric Peerman - Ankle
Damian Williams - Hamstring
*** In my opinion (Dåwg), I believe the 49ers will activate and get LaMichael James involved next week (and from here on out) to give Frank Gore a REAL change-of-pace RB. Brandon Jacobs simply isn't the guy.
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