We are coming off another solid week and another long shot hit. Jonas Gray may not have been as long a shot as some of our picks, but he still came out and looked great for the Pats. He should be a nice stash moving forward. Anthony Dixon didn’t look great against a tough Jets’ run defense, but he did out carry Bryce Brown 22-to-7. As easily predicted. Denard Robinson also was one of the few bright spots on the Jags offense against the Dolphins. Doug Baldwin only put up 61 yards, however, he did lead the Seahawks in both targets and receptions. Kenny Stills put up similar numbers to Baldwin. Jermaine Gresham was the only real flop and with A.J. Green’s return appearing to be imminent, he may have missed his opportunity. Continue to wait and be patient with Robert Griffin III.
QB Zach Mettenberger, TEN
Okay, we know he probably won’t be great. Still, he’s a starting QB and we are reaching the bottom of the barrel at this point of the season. He threw the ball 27 times on Sunday. He also totaled a very respectable 299 yards, two TDs and an INT. He is a very risky play but he does appear to have some upside.
RB Theo Riddick, DET
Riddick did a great job of frustrating Joique Bell owners on Monday morning. He looks like an excellent option in the passing game. It would be surprising to see Reggie Bush last another season in Detroit. Riddick was highly touted this preseason and created a ton of buzz. We are beginning to see why everybody in Detroit loved him. He has big time PPR upside.
RB Travaris Cadet, NO
Cadet will be taking on the Pierre Thomas roll in his absence. Even when Thomas returns, Cadet will likely see some work. He saw four receptions and one carry on Sunday Night Football. He could continue to see an increase in work. He is worth a bench stash if you are desperate for RB help.
WR Martavis Bryant, PIT
Bryant has been red-hot since being activated for the past two games. He has already tallied seven receptions, 123 yards and three TDs. He is looking like he is already surpassing Markus Wheaton and Lance Moore as the lead compliment to Antonio Brown. Bryant could be a key piece for a borderline fantasy team making a playoff push. He should be a top priority.
WR Brandon Lafell, NE
Lafell has had big games in two of his last three matchups. He is becoming one of Tom Brady’s top targets as the offense begins to take shape. What we like about Lafell is not just his ceiling, but his floor as well. He is not all that dangerous a play and he has upside. He is a nice player to have on your roster.
TE Scott Chandler, BUF
Chandler is becoming a viable target for Kyle Orton. In the past three weeks he’s had 16 targets, a 100 yard game and a TD. He is far from a sure thing, however, if you’re in need of a TE he could be a nice pickup. HE is becoming a solid TE2.
Long Shot of the Week
RB Charles Sims, TB
Sims should be returning to action soon after missing the entire season to this point due to injury. The rookie is an excellent pass-catcher out of the backfield and unlike many pass-catching specialist he can run the ball too. That Tampa Bay backfield is there for the taking and he could very well take it. He has the potential to be the Bucs RB1 for your playoff run.