Last week we hit on yet another Long Shot, as Tre Mason got his first shot to play Monday night and broke out this Sunday. Austin Davis was solid, he wasn’t spectacular but actually performed better than we expected against the Seahawks. Our RBs Storm Johnson, Antone Smith and Brandon Bolden were all pretty much useless.
Nevertheless, they should still be held on to. Although Johnson has us a bit nervous. Our pass-catchers Jarvis Landry, Andre Holmes and Clay Harbor, all performed decent and more importantly continued to see targets. Hopefully some of those guys pan out for you moving forward. Remember, waiver wire pick adds are not “Start Ems” in many cases.
QB Robert Griffin III, WAS
With Kirk Cousins imploding in Washington and being replaced by Colt McCoy, there is clearly no QB controversy in the nation’s capital. RG3 could return as early as this week. He will practice this week and we will see how he progresses. While he is most likely a week or two away, he should still be added. He is great QB depth with QB1 upside.
RB Anthony Dixon, BUF
C.J. Spiller is out for the season and Fred Jackson is expected to miss at least two weeks with a groin injury. This leaves Dixon as the lead back and likely in a timeshare when Jackson returns. Bryce Brown is looming, but since he has struggled to even be active for a game, we do not expect the Bills to put too much faith in him.
RB Denard Robinson, JAX
Robinson emerged this week (and it’s very important we stress “This Week”) as the Jags RB1. He carried the ball 22 times. Johnson was second in carries with six. Robinson ran for 127 yards and a TD. The Jags rushing attack is extremely unpredictable and quite frankly has not been very good. However, Robinson is a duel-threat that is worth the risk of a bench stash. He has a unique skill set that very few players in the league possess.
WR Doug Baldwin, SEA
Please understand that Baldwin is far from a sure thing and may not even be the best WR on his team. With Percy Harvin shipped off to the Jets everybody is looking for the breakout fantasy star on the Seahawks. Honestly I don’t believe spreading around Harvin’s five targets-per-game will propel any on their WRs to superstardom. Since Baldwin was one of my preseason sleeper picks and he had a big game Week 7, we’re going with him. It is more than possible each week there will be a new breakout WR on the Seahawks. I personally believe Baldwin is the best WR on the team.
WR Kenny Stills, NO
Stills finally made himself useful in Week 7. He tallied 5 receptions, 103 yards and a TD. With Jimmy Graham less than 100-percent, Drew Brees will need to find other targets. Stills was very good last season and could emerge in the second half of this season. Stills is worth a bench stash in hopes of him busting out. He had a lot of hype this preseason and it’s not too late for him to live up to it.
TE Jermaine Gresham, CIN
After being miserable all season, Gresham has put together back-to-back nice games. In Week 6 he totaled 68 yards, which was more than he had all season. In Week 7 he was targeted 12 times for 10 receptions. He is clearly benefitting from A.J. Green’s absence. Green has no timetable for his return, so Gresham has a real shot to have a nice run. If you carry two TEs on your roster, Gresham could be a nice TE2. Especially with all the injuries and bye weeks.
Long Shot of the Week
RB Jonas Gray, NE
With Stevan Ridley sidelined, Gray has been bumped up to RB2 in New England. Unfortunately he only saw three carries in Thursday’s game. It is very hard to predict what the Patriots’ RBs are going to do, but there is one thing we do know. Shane Vereen is not a workhorse back and cannot carry a heavy workload, at least not on the ground. Those Ridley carries have to go somewhere and it is beginning to look like they will be going to Gray.