Andre Brown – I would think Brown has already been scooped up in most leagues, however, if you happen to be in a league where he is still available go grab him now. There was concern about Brown being eased into the lineup last Sunday, as per Tom Coughlin, only to see him rush the ball 30 times for 115 yards and a TD. Thanks coach. Brown has assumed feature back duties and should be a in for a strong finish to the season. The Giants won’t likely have him touch the ball that many times every game, but Brown is locked in as a legit starter for the stretch. He is currently available in 51% of leagues.
Shane Vereen – He is another player who should not be available on waivers right now, and should be grabbed right away if he is. After breaking his wrist in week 1, Vereen is finally ready to make his return and should take over passing back duties for the Patriots. Since the injury wasn’t to his lower body he has reportedly kept in good shape and should assume a large role in the offense right away. We shouldn’t be expecting an Andre Brown like return, but Vereen will be a big part of what the Patriots do on offense. He is currently available in 51% of leagues.
Rishard Mathews – He blew up on Monday night, and has more value in PPR settings running in the slot for Miami. Though he isn’t proven, the 11/120/2 line should not be ignored. He is currently available in 94% of leagues.
Case Keenum – Keenum has been solid in 3 starts now and has shown to be a suitable fantasy starter. Owners facing the late BYE weeks should consider Keenum as a filler for the week. However, be sure to temper expectation as he is still a young QB and could be due for a down game. Regardless of all that Keenum is worth rostering in most formats. He is currently available in 71% of leagues.
Riley Cooper – It seems that Nick Foles is going to will Riley Cooper into fantasy relevance. Who we to argue with that? With 5 TDs in the last 2 games, Cooper is fantasy gold right now and should be rostered and started in most leagues, especially with a game against Washington this week. He is currently available in 50% of leagues.
John Carlson – For those who don’t remember, John Carlson was once a solid draft pick in fantasy leagues for the TE position before he fell off the map. Now that he has assumed the starting gig in Minnesota, he has some value, especially with the Vikings looking to the TE so much in the red zone. He is a strong add if you are in need of a TE, though he is more of a high end TE2 in value right now. He is currently available in 98% of leagues.
Brian Leonard – Another bites the dust in Tampa, so to speak, as Mike James went down on Monday with a fractured ankle. While Bobby Rainey got some looks, it was Brian Leonard who got the majority of touches. Coach Greg Schiano coached Leonard while they were both at Rutgers giving him the edge on the larger role in the backfield. While Rainey will get some time, Leonard is the back to own if you are relying on the Tampa backfield. He is currently available in 94% of leagues.
Mark Ingram – Ingram finally had a game people were hoping he would have since the Saints drafted him. However, owners should note that he did so against a Cowboys team that had visibly given up and while the team was sitting on a big lead. The likelihood that he assumes a serviceable workload is unlikely, but at this time in the season with the wire getting thinner, a speculative add couldn’t hurt if you have the bench space. He is currently available in 85% of leagues.
Dennis Johnson – Arian Foster has officially been put on injured reserve, and so Ben Tate is the feature back for Houston. This is something many fantasy owners have wanted to get a look at for a long time to see what Tate can do in a feature role. However, he is still nursing 4 broken ribs, which cannot be taken lightly. Kudos to Tate for playing through the pain, but the reality is that the injury could sideline him at any time. So Tate owners should do the same as most Foster owners did be fore him and handcuff Johnson for insurance. Johnson hasn’t shown much on the field to get too excited about, but would be better than most options on the waiver wirers if owners are left without Tate. He is currently available in 79% of leagues.
Scott Tolzien – Another Packers QB goes down, and now it’s Scott Tolzien who is manning the guns in Green Bay. After seeing what Matt Flynn did the last time Rodgers was out, and with Tolzien did on Sunday in relief of Seneca Wallace (280 yards and a TD), it’s safe for owners to add Tolzien if you’re in a pinch. The Pack’s system under Mike McCarthy should yield enough room for Tolzien to put up respectable numbers in Rodgers absence. He is currently available in 99% of leagues.
Others to watch: Donald Brown (84% of leagues), Jason Campbell (91% of leagues), Carson Palmer (72% of leagues), Tyler Eifert (82% of leagues), and Aaron Dobson (45% of leagues).
About the Author
Written by David Willow
My name is David Willow. Your NFL and Fantasy Jedi. I have lived in Dallas, TX most of my life. I have been following both football and basketball since I was a child. I love being able to research and analyze different players and teams. I've been a fantasy sports enthusiast for around 8 years with some titles to back that. I have a Bachelors degree in History with a minor in English. Other hobbies include me being part of an acting workshop for five years, playing guitar, and working out. Hit me up with any comments, questions or opinions.