We are getting to that part of the season where players who are going to be targeted off the waiver wire are guys I have been talking about last week, or even for a few weeks. Check out the previous week’s Pick-ups if you want more players to go after, some of you may or may not be gone in your league.
The “Duh” Pick-Ups
Carson Palmer- When he plays he is money. Palmer has thrown for at least 250 yards and 2 TD’s in every game he has started this season. If you didn’t take advantage of his good match-up against the Eagles he still has two solid match-ups(Dallas and the Rams) before the schedule gets brutal(49ers, Detroit, Kansas City and Seattle twice(although Seattle may not be that tought)). He should be looked at as a bye week fill in with Aaron Rodgers, Jay Cutler and Matt Ryan on bye this week.
Andy Dalton- Dalton didn’t play well Sunday, but he got the job done in fantasy thanks to 2 rushing TD’s. This is how Andy Dalton operates, ugly but gets the job done(it’s so ugly you really don’t want to watch him play). Dalton has only one game with single digits and only two games under 15 fantasy points this season(standard scoring). He is worth an add now because AJ Green should be coming back soon and the schedule gets easier. I doubted him without Green but he has still put together solid fantasy outings.
Denard Robinson- I wanted to see more and I saw it. Another stout performance by Robinson(18 carries for 108 yards) against a tough Miami defense and he now deserves to be added in all formats.
Andre Holmes- I talked about Holmes before but cooled off as he cooled off. A solid game with 69 yards and a score and I am back on board on Holmes as a flex or top 30 receiver.
Brandon LaFell- He has been good every other week since week 4. The three good weeks combine for 25 targets 21 catches 340 receiving yards and 4 TD’s. The bad weeks inbetween? 5 catches on 10 targets for 75 yards and no touchdowns in those two games. As with all Patriots in fantasy who aren’t Brady, Gostowski and Gronk, there is a lot of risk and unpredictability in playing them given the week to week disparity in usage, but when LaFell has been on, he has been on, and is worth the add to me.
Chiefs D/ST- They played a good game against the Rams, holding them to 7 points and getting extra points for a kickoff return for a TD. Their next 4 games are against The Jets, Raiders, Seahawks and Bills, which isn’t too shabby a schedule for a defense.
The “Other” Pick-Ups
Martavis Bryant- What a way to start your career! Bryant has 7 catches on 12 targets for 123 yards and 3 TD’s in his first two games as a pro! His productions suggest that he may have supplanted Markus Wheaton as the #2 receiver on the Steelers, and if they Steelers offense continues to him like it has the past few weeks that makes a solid flex or 3rd receiver going forward.
Allen Robinson- I had been a little dubious of Robinson so far this season. I thought Allen Hurns would be the big play guy for the Jaguars after how he started the season and Cecil Shorts would be the target monster when he came back from injury. Well Hurns has fallen off considerably and while Shorts is fine, Robinson is the target monster in the Jaguars offense. Robinson has had 54 targets over his last six games for an impressive average of 9 targets per game over that span. He has caught 34 of those targets for 378 yards and two touchdowns, with 142 yards and those two touchdowns in his last two games. I think he has become the receiver you want to own in Jacksonville going forward and should continue to be solid down the stretch.
Andrew Hawkins- Hawkins has put together a nice two game stretch that reads 12 catches on 18 targets for 200 yards and a touchdown. Outside of not showing up in the box score against Pittsburgh Hawkins has at LEAST 9 targets in every game this season. He has a plus match-up with Tampa Bay this week and I think Hawkins can easily put together another quality game.
Anthony Dixon- The production wasn’t there against a tough Jets run defense, but the workload is very encouraging. 22 carries is a lot for any running back and if he gets that kind of workload after the bye he will make better use of it.
Mike Evans- When Evans plays he has been a very solid for Tampa Bay. Granted, Evans has only played 3 games in the last 5 weeks(missed one game due to injury and had his bye week) and thus has probably been off people’s fantasy radar. In his last three games Evans has 12 catches on 22 targets for 198 yards and 2 TD’s. Another solid receiving option to add this week if you are looking for help at the position.
Dwayne Bowe- I may like Bowe more than others, and am fully aware that he has burned his fair share of bridges with fantasy owners in the past. However Bowe has been playing solidly this season, especially considering the bulk of Alex Smith’s attention has been towards the running backs and tight ends on the team. Bowe has had at least 5 targets, 3 catches and 30 yards in every game this year. I know those aren’t great stats but it shows a level of consistency and over the last two games he has had 148 yards receiving. I like his match-up this week against the Jets, who have given up the most passing touchdowns in the league(by a fairly big margin too) and I think Bowe could be a nice bye week fill in with a lot of receivers on bye this week(Randall Cobb, Jordy Nelson, Davante Adams, Alshon Jeffery, Brandon Marshall, Golden Tate, Sammy Watkins, Julio Jones, Roddy White).
Need to See More
Jonas Gray- Gray had a solid first start to his career with 86 yards on 17 carries. I would like to see more, especially from a New England running back(infamously unreliable due to usage) before I get really excited though.
Juwan Thompson- He scored two TD’s against the Chargers Thursday night and infuriated Ronnie Hillman owners everywhere. Right now I would rank him in the same group as guys like Matt Asiata and LeGarrette Blount, big backs who will vulture a touchdown every now and again.