First, everyone wants to stash Adrian Peterson but I prefer a different RB, who could return in Week 11.
Stashing AP is fine. In fact, I own him in numerous leagues. But he might not come back this season. He might not get reinstated and, even if he does, will he be in football shape? Well, he’ll probably be in football shape. The dude is a freak. But anyway, I’d prefer to stash injured Giants RB Rashad Jennings.
Jennings is a must-stash RB in all leagues, as he’s targeting Week 11 to return from his sprained MCL and will immediately regain his starting gig. Jennings was averaging 4.4 yards per carry through five games before his injury and had 34 carries for 176 yards back in Week 3.
Andre Williams doesn’t appear to be a capable workhorse back and the Giants need a proven runner that isn’t named Peyton Hillis. Williams has been given every opportunity to run away with the job. Carlos Hyde owners only dream of such an opportunity. But Williams has only averaged 3.0 ypc and the Giants desperately need an offensive spark.
If you own AP and can swap him to an overzealous owner for Jennings, it’s the safer play. Peterson might come back and help you but Jennings definitely will.
- The Browns were able to feed three mouths during Thursday night’s whooping of the Bengals, as Terrance West received 26 carries, Isaiah Crowell received 12 and Ben Tate carried the ball 10 times. This will probably be a Fantasy headache for the immediate future, but Crowell remains the most talented and my preferred option in keeper formats.
- I love Sammy Watkins but his nagging injuries are starting to annoy Fantasy owners, and rightfully so. His status for Week 10 is uncertain and he’s missed practice this week with a groin injury.
- 3. If Calvin Johnson looks healthy but stud Dolphins DB Brent Grimes keeps him from exploding in his return to action… trade for Megatron! The usually untouchable asset will frustrate owners if he doesn’t return with a bang.
- Expect another big week from Mark Ingram with Khiry Robinson and Pierre Thomas out of action. But don’t expect Ingram to dominate carries once everyone is healthy. He’ll be a nice sell-high candidate come Monday morning.
- Six teams have a bye this week and its way too many for Fantasy purposes.
- Blake Bortles has thrown 13 interceptions through seven games. The now-benched Geno Smith and the now-injured Nick Foles are tied for second with 10 apiece. Next up? MVP candidate Andrew Luck with nine. I’m not sure what this means, but you obviously can’t judge a QB solely on the numbers of interceptions they throw.
- Antonio Brown is an absolute monster. His 71 receptions are 13 ahead of Matt Forte’s 58 for the league lead. That said, will Forte enter 2015 as the No. 1 overall pick in PPR formats?
- Mike Evans is still available in 25 percent of CBS leagues despite busting out for seven catches and 124 yards with two TDs last week. He’s for real.
- 9. Raiders TE Mychal Rivera has 20 targets in the last two weeks and is a very capable bye-week replacement when the Raiders host the Broncos on Sunday.
- With a Monday Night game approaching and a handful of solid Fantasy QBs on a bye this week, expect a lot of Fantasy matchups to come down to Mark Sanchez. I think Sanchez is fully capable of thriving in Chip Kelly’s offense, but I’ll be rooting for him to succeed for a different reason. Think of all the Jets fans out there that will lose their matchup when Sanchez drops 25 Fantasy points on MNF.
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