The “Duh” Pick-Ups
Joe Flacco-You pick a guy after he throws for 5 TD’s, especially when he has a match-up with the abominable Falcons defense next week.
James Jones- He had another solid game here and tacked on 56 yards and another touchdown on 5 catches(7 targets). He should be owned
Ronnie Hillman- I wanted to wait a week before suggesting a Broncos running back to grab after Montee Ball went down. Well after that week it looks abundantly clear that Hillman is the lead back in this offense, After a 24 carry 100 yard game Hillman is the running back pick-up of the week.
Mohammad Sanu- As long as AJ Green is out and Sanu is the de facto #1 receiver on the Bengals he is a must own. After racking up 10 catches for 120 yards and a touchdowns against the Panthers(on 14 targets!!). He has played well with AJ Green(2 games with 70+ yards and a TD) so he should be a pick-up for the rest of the season.
Lions D/ST- They have 4 double digit performances through the first 6 games of the season and are a legit top 5 fantasy defense.
The “other” Pick-Ups
Davante Adams- The 3rd Packers receiver has emerged. I wrote about this in the pre-season, I didn’t know who would emerge as the #3 in Green Bay but that when he did emerge I would want to own that guy. That guy is Adams. He beat out Jarrett Boykin for the role and has been solid the last two weeks. He caught one of his 4 targets against the Vikings for a 11 yard TD, which was encouraging. He played a bigger role in the offense this week, catching 6 out of his 8 targets for 77 yards. He has proved himself worthy of being on your team and could be a solid flex play against the Panthers woeful secondary.
Louis Murphy- I can’t ignore the fact that Murphy has played well the last 3 weeks. A touchdown in the last two weeks and 99 yards against Pittsburgh in week 4. I don’t know how likely it is that Murphy will continue to produce with both Mike Evans and Vincent Jackson playing but he is available in almost every league if you want to pick him up.
Jerick McKinnon- Well he leap-frogged Matt Asiata! He out touched him 17 to 3 and out-gained him with 82 yards to 13. He isn’t going to be great but if you are in a bind at running back he should be solid going forward if he continues to have the workload going forward.
Andre Holmes- This is two straight big games for him. He had a monster game against the Chargers hauling in 4 catches for 121 yards and 2 TD’s(the second one was a great catch) on 8 targets. Holmes isn’t a one week wonder either, the game before the Raiders had their bye he had 5 catches for 74 yards and a TD on 12 targets. He may not be as much of a known commodity(or safe bet) as James Jones but he deserves a chance based off his last two performances.
Malcolm Floyd- He’s kept it up since I wrote about him a few weeks ago. Floyd thrives off catching the deep ball and is showing success at it once again. He had 100 yards receiving and a touchdown against the Raiders last week and has actually been fairly consistent this season. He put up a total egg against the Seahawks, but other than that he is averaging a little over 70 yards a game(72.4) and has scored a TD in 3 of those 5 games.
Antone Smith- I don’t feel any differently about him than I did before. He just keeps producing long touchdown after long touchdown on very limited touches( a little under an average of 4 touches per game)
Pick-Ups due to injury
Reuben Randle, Odell Beckham Jr.- He has been playing some solid football the last few weeks and I mentioned him last week. and is now a must own after the injury to Victor Cruz. While he had a disappointing game this week with only 58 yards on 5 catches, the 9 targets are encouraging. Grab Randle if you can. As for Beckham I would like to see how he fares next week but I think he should also be considered as and add as he moves up the depth chart with the injury to Victor Cruz.
Branden Bolden, James White- Whoever replaces Stevan Ridley, it doesn’t look like it will be Shane Vereen(5 carries in this game). If you want to make a preemptive grab with either of those good luck. No one knows which one will assume the dominant rusher role.
Need to see more
Jordan Reed- I was extremely high on him in the pre-season and thought he would routinely produce box scores like he did this week when he caught 8 balls for 92 yards on 11 targets. If you need a tight end I would add him, but his injury risk is a concern.
Cecil Shorts- 10 catches for 103 yards and 16 targets needs to be on your radar, it’s certainly on mine.
Tim Wright- This is why he was in my Lose ’em list. Yeah he scored a touchdown, but it was from one yard out and he didn’t have a single target the rest of the game. If it were any other team than the Patriots we would have a better window into what his usage would be(which would ease concerns about owning/using him) but we won’t.
Storm Johnson- He punched in the TD and that counts for something! It’s been ugly trying to run the ball in Jacksonville so I want to see more than just a TD to convince me to add Johnson but he added himself to the fantasy radar.
Carson Palmer- He played well enough in his return to action. I have to believe he can be a top 12 fantasy QB if he can stay healthy, especially with weapons like Michael Floyd, John Brown, Larry Fitzgerald and Andre Ellington.