Well the first quarter of the season is officially over, how have you done so far? I am comfortably sitting at 3-1 alone in second place. I don’t have too much time so lets get to it. The options are getting slimmer and slimmer each week. I hope there is something here you can use on your way to you championship.
Eli Manning, New York Giants- Ranked 6th in overall scoring Manning is quietly working his way back to fantasy relevance after multiple disappointing seasons. His 17.5 fantasy pts per game put him ahead of names like Brees, Stafford, and Brady. This week he is going up against an Atlanta team that loves to score points but also loves to give them up. This game should be a shoot-out.
Alex Smith, Kansas City Chiefs- After routing the Brady-lead Patriots on Monday night I don’t see how you can ignore Alex Smith any longer. The former #1 pick is putting together one of his strongest seasons and I am not even sure who he is throwing to. He is ranked 12th overall which means statistically he could be starting in most leagues yet he is only owned in 15% of them. He has 7 touchdowns and 3 interceptions. All 3 interceptions came in week 1 which means for the last 3 weeks he has been a top 5 quarterback.
Joe Flacco, Baltimore Ravens- Once again not a sexy pick but consistency is always the theme. Sure I could throw up Bridgewater or Boyles but if you are looking for a sure thing you have to consider Flacco. Another quarterback ranked in the top 12 (10th) that isn’t starting for anyone. If your drafted started was Brady, Newton, RG III, Foles or Wilson you would have been better off starting Smith over the first 4 weeks. That has to be worth something.
Teddy Bridgewater, Minnesota Vikings- Speak of the devil. Here is the sexy pick of the week. How do ignore a guy who throws for over 300 yards and runs for almost 30 yards and touchdown. Even more impressive is that he was able to do it with a Vikings offense minus AP. Sure they were able to run for 200 yards which opens up the passing game, but Teddy could be this year’s Foles.
Jerick McKinnon, Minnesota Vikings- Wow, multiple Vikings on the same waiver wire. Same thoughts for Bridgewater apply to McKinnon as well. How do you ignore a guy of runs for 135 on 18 carries? He didn’t find the endzone but he racked up massive yards. Available starting running backs are few and far between so if you have to take a shot, McKinnon will get more chances to prove what he can do.
Eddie Royal, San Diego Chargers- Leading the Chargers in targets as well as touchdowns, Royal is the real deal and have become a must start in all leagues. He is a strong #2 receiver or flex option. With Gates and Allen receiving most of the defense attention and a lack of a running game, Royal will continue to see ball coming his way.
Rueben Randle, New York Giants- When your offense scores as much as the Giants did this week your players are going to get a little more attention. There were high hopes for Randle this season lining up opposite Victor Cruz. 89 yard on 8 catches are the numbers those of us who drafted him were hoping for. If this is Giants team that shows up the rest of the season picking up Randle will be a steal.
Devin Hester, Atlanta Falcons- Another interesting pick because he still gets the occasional punt or kickoff return. Falcons are planning to continue to use him as part of their weekly passing attack. With Douglas and White nursing injuries, Hester could be a nice bye week fill in.
Dwayne Allen, Indianapolis Colts- Luck is throwing the ball so much that Allen is always going to be a threat. He has respectively scored 12, 9, and 10pts is 3 games this season. If you can look passed his goose egg against Philly and pick him up you won’t be disappointed.
Larry Donnell, New York Giants- A guy who has been getting targets since week 1. In 4 games his catch totals read 5, 7, 6, 7 and 4 touchdowns. Yes, I know that 3 of those touchdowns happened on Thursday night but the upside is still there. If I had to use my waiver this week, I think Donnell is the best skill option on the board.