It’s Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012, and that means it is time to decide one very important thing. Who will be the next free agent to join your fantasy football roster? What else?
We’re heading down the stretch, as most head-to-head leagues have just four weeks of regular season play remaining before playoffs start. So, my fellow Americans, now more than ever it is time to make smart decisions for those who will help you be better off financially at season’s end. Hopefully, in Week 14 when the playoffs start, you can look at your fantasy roster and say, for certain, that you are better off than you were four weeks ago!
Michael Floyd, WR, Arizona: While the Cardinals are on a bye this week, it is even more time for the rookie Floyd to integrate into the team’s system for the stretch run. He has been seeing more and more responsibilities in the offense, and is poised to pass WR Early Doucet on the depth chart. The latter cannot seem the avoid the drops, having two more in Week 9, bringing his season total to six. Floyd is a dark horse candidate who might be a receiver worth using as a WR3 or ‘flex’ play heading into the fantasy playoffs.
Taiwan Jones, RB, Oakland: While Darren McFadden (ankle) has not been ruled out for Week 10 by head coach Dennis Allen, I think we have all seen this movie before. Run DMC is made out of tinsel, and it seems he is always sidelined for a chunk of the season. All indications were that he suffered a high ankle sprain, and even the most durable players do not bounce back the next week from one of those. Mike Goodson (ankle) also dinged an ankle, which means the speedy Jones might be in line to see a lion’s share of the carries, with FB Marcel Reece also in the mix for touches out of the backfield.
Joshua Morgan, WR, Washington: Morgan really cost the Redskins earlier in the season with a silly personal foul which forced the team into an impossible field goal attempt to stave off a loss. It angered many inside the Beltway, especially his coaches. He appears to slowly be working his way back into the good graces of the coaching staff, and has managed 22 targets over the past three games, with 13 catches and a pair of rushing attempts. With WR Santana Moss (concussion) uncertain, and WR Pierre Garcon (toe) still nowhere near a return, Morgan might be the top target in Week 10. WR Aldrick Robinson might also garner some votes, since WR Leonard Hankerson can’t seem to hang onto the ball when it is thrown his way.
Brandon Myers, TE, Oakland: We mentioned targets above for Moss, well Myers is the top RB-TE-WR available in two of my 12-team money leagues with 26 targets. He broke out last week against Tampa Bay with a pair of scores, and he has 18 catches for 152 yards and the two touchdowns over the past three games. He continues to draw the eye of QB Carson Palmer, especially when C.P. is under duress. With Oakland’s marginal O-line, that is unlikely to change.
Isaac Redman, RB, Pittsburgh: The injury wheel continues to spin in Pittsburgh, and which back steps up, no one knows from week to week. Two weeks ago, it was Jonathan Dwyer stepping up and eclipsing the century mark for a second straight game. Then, he suffered a quadriceps injury and was inactive in Week 9. Redman, who was inactive in Week 8 due to ankle issues, exploded for 147 yards and a touchdown in Week 9. Head coach Mike Tomlin has a secret ballot, and won’t commit to naming a starting right now, saying he’ll simply ride the hot hand. Who that will be is anyone’s guess, but if anyone in the Steelers cabinet of running backs (Redman, Dwyer or Rashard Mendenhall) are available, they should be snapped up.
Russell Wilson, QB, Seattle: In your fantasy league, the quarterback position is likely to have very slim pickings off the waiver wire. The usual third-party candidates, Wilson, Blaine Gabbert, Matt Hasselbeck, Mark Sanchez, John Skelton and perhaps Brandon Weeden are still available. If there are better options, good for you. Over the past three games, Wilson has managed five TD strikes and just two interceptions. If you’re looking for yardage, Skelton is your man. If you’re looking for potential scores, Wilson is your man.