The “Duh” Pick-Ups
Legarrette Blount-He racked up 78 yards and two touchdowns after last week’s waiver wire darling Jonas Gray was benched and missed the whole game for dubious Patriot-like reasons. You can add Blount and he might be a good add going into the fantasy playoffs or for the final stretch, or he could blow up in your face like Gray, the lesson as always be extremely wary with the Patriots running backs.
Ryan Tannehill- He is a legit top 10 fantasy QB. I wrote about him way back in week 8 and he has kept up what put him in that column since then. The rushing stats are a big plus(at least 15 yards in every game but 1 since week 4) and the seven turnovers in his last eight games prove that he can be mostly mistake free. Tannehill has taken the leap and needs to be owned everywhere.
Delanie Walker- He’s finally healthy again and I’m sure owners had dropped him while he was struggling with injuries and poor performance. He had 155 receiving yards last week on 5 catches and 9 targets and needs to be picked back up in all leagues because he should resume his status as a top 8 fantasy tight end.
The Other Pick-Ups
Marques Colston, Kenny Stills- I knew at least one of these guys were going to benefit due to Brandin Cooks absence, but I wasn’t sure which one. Turns out it’s both of them, but in different ways. Colston had the better surface fantasy game(4 catches for 82 yards and a TD) but he only had 4 targets. Stills benefited by getting the volume that Cooks was getting. Stills had 8 catches for 98 yards on 9 targets against the Ravens.
Charles Johnson- He has come out of nowhere to have a very productive last two games. He has 9 catches on 18 targets for 137 yards a TD and a 2 point conversion in those two games. If your someone who trusts targets a lot I would gamble on Johnson, he doesn’t have much pedigree but could be worth a shot(RIP Cordarrelle Patterson).
Jarvis Landry- The PPR machine came through in standard leagues last week. He has had at least 3 catches in every game since week 2 and has had at least 5 catches in his last 4 games. The rest of the production varies but he should be added in all PPR leagues and considered in deeper standard leagues.
Latavius Murray- He was amazing when he played last week. He scored 2 TD’s(one of them being of the 90 yards run variety) but got sidelined due to injury and had to be taken out of the game. If he can start this week or even going forward he is a solid options if he can get some good volume as running back has been so brutal this year.
Zach Mettenberger- Mettenberger has put together consecutive games worthy of being started in fantasy. He isn’t great but he has a nice schedule the rest of the way with a game against every team in the division(Colts, Jaguars, Texans) and he gets both New York teams(Jets, Giants). He could definitely take advantage of the Jags and Jets and might play well against the Giants and Colts. He is worth the flier if you stream QB’s, are in a deeper league or a 2 QB league.
Colts D/ST- Favorable match-ups the rest of the way for the Colts D. They have Washington this week with Cleveland, Tennessee, Houston and only Dallas as a tough match-up. They have been up and down all year but have mostly taken advantage of their plus match-ups, especially inside the division where they have multiple 10+ point games.
Rams D/ST- Another defense you might want to consider. This pre-season darling has a great upcoming schedule starting with Oakland this week. After that they have Washington, Arizona the Giants and close with the Seahawks.