No super long story this week. I have been in school for couple of months now and this is one of many papers I have to write each week. My creative juices are limited, so I will forgo the usual monologue. However I hope that this week some of you are happy because of who you got out of your Peyton Manning trades. With that being said, let’s hop right into it.
Jay Cutler, QB, Chicago Bears- 26.3% Owned
That’s right, I am going Jay Cutler as the first fantasy add this week. I don’t know how many people had a backup plan for Peyton Manning but Cutler is a good call. Sure, you look at his schedule and it isn’t going to be easy, but Cutler has play several good weeks in a row against some strong defenses. I have said it over and over again, that Cutler is a fantasy stud. Since his return in week six he has not scored less than 17 fantasy points. That is six straight weeks in the top 10. Cutler is the #1 QB to pick up this week.
Tony Romo, QB, Dallas Cowboys- 47.4% Owned
Romo is no doubt a hot pick up this week, probably everybody’s number one. I have all kinds of reservations about putting him on this list, but it’s Tony Romo. The talent is undeniable. The offense line is going to give him time to throw. He has healthy Dez Bryant to throw to. He isn’t my first choice because I don’t know how long it will take to get back in to the groove against some strong defenses. If you don’t want Cutler, then Romo is the next best thing.
If Cutler or Romo are not options for you there are a number of QB who deserve an honorable mention. Kirk Cousins, Joe Flacco and Alex Smith are all readily available in most leagues. There is no reason to not have a guarantee double digit QB in your lineup this week.
Alfred Morris, RB, Washington Redskins- 51% Owned
It took 8 weeks for Morris to finally show up. Sunday we saw the Morris that we expected to see when we drafted him in the top half of the draft in August. 15 carries for 92 yards, 3 catches for 14 yards on his way to double digit points. With Cousins and the rest of the offense starting to click, Morris is in prime position to regain his fantasy mojo.
Andre Ellington, RB, Arizona Cardinals- 51% Owned
Ellington started the season as the #1 in Arizona only to lose it to Johnson due to injury. 5 carries for 61 yards that included the score that sealed the deal against a good Seahawks defense. There is obviously still some value in Ellington. At this point he is just a handcuff, but if Johnson goes down Ellington is a must start. As we saw this weekend, he can still do damage in limited work.
James White, RB, New England Patriots- 36.7% Owned
This pick didn’t pan out last week, but I am expecting it to pay off sooner than later. Belicheck as usual pulled a fast one on fantasy owners. There is no secret that the NE running game is hard to predict. White was on the field for 28 snaps against a Giants team that played the Pats real tough. Look for White to get active in the passing game. Once Brady is on board White’s value will sky rocket. Another handcuff add at this point.
As you can see the RB pool is shallower than ever. A far cry from the great options we saw last week. If you are looking for a RB it’s probably in your best interest to get a handcuff and play matchups. Dexter McCluster is a possible add in PPR leagues, he is no stranger to the end zone.
Danny Amendola, WR, New England Patriots- 22.2% Owned
Here is the no brainer grab of the week. When Edelman went down early on Sunday, Amendola stepped up to the tune of 10 catches and 80 yards. The only thing missing was TD, but the Giants defense was able to keep the Pats offense in check for most of the game. Now that he is healthy, look for Amendola to fill the Edelman roll. He is a must start WR2 in leagues, possibly a low WR1 in ppr.
Kamar Aiken, WR, Baltimore Ravens- 45.8% Owned
I feel like a broken record as this is the third or fourth week Aiken has been on the list. It looks like his ownership is steadily climbing so you need to grab him now. As you know Smith is out for the season and that makes Aiken the first option for Flacco and no one else to go to. 7 catches on Sunday and 6 catches the week before, Aiken is obviously the real deal. It is only a matter of time before he starts scoring TD’s. You want him in your lineup when that happens.
Terrance Williams, WR, Dallas Cowboys- 31.1% Owned
Williams was off to a good start before Romo got hurt. The return of Romo makes every receiver on the Cowboys better. Williams will be a nice 2nd option when Bryant can’t get open. Look for Williams to average 4-6 catches and 50+ yards, possibly a score. Williams is a good flex option with a healthy Romo under center.
Richard Rodgers, TE, Green Bay Packers-51% Owned
It seems like each week Rodgers takes another step forward becoming a bigger part of the offense. He has had 5 catches in each of the last 2 games and has found the end zone a total of 3 times during that span. Looks like Rodgers is a prime target on short yardage and redzone plays. Rodgers is slowly becoming a must start.
Crockett Gillmore, TE, Baltimore Ravens – 11% Owned
Fresh off the bye week Gillmore scored for the second straight game. His targets seem to fluctuate from game to game but we see what he can do when he is given the ball. Like Aiken, Gillmore should continue to see his roll increase each week due to Smith’s injury. Keep you eye on Gilmore, I think he is the real deal.