On Friday, Justin Blackmon was suspended indefinitely for violating the League’s substance abuse policy. This will keep him out the rest of the 2013 season, so it is okay to drop him. He can apply to be reinstated before the 2014 season.
With this suspension, Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Mike Brown has been the headlines in the Fantasy Football world. The young wideout was not Fantasy relevant until this hole opened up – and now he has the chance to be the second wide receiver for the Jaguars. He will compete with wide receivers Ace Sanders and Stephen Burton for the role, but the obvious choice is Brown.
Over the last three weeks, Brown has put together solid numbers, making 12 receptions for 212 yards and a touchdown – roughly four receptions and 71 yards per game. This was with both Blackmon and number one receiver Cecil Shorts playing.
Even though the Jaguars are on their bye this week, Brown should be added in most, if not all leagues. In dynasty and deeper leagues he is a must-add and in shallower leagues he is a solid addition for players like Chris Givens (67.3% owned), DeAndre Hopkins (52.4% owned), or Kenny Stills (32.1% owned). Brown is just owned in 0.1% of ESPN Leagues as of Friday November 1st, so chances are he’s available in your league.
For the rest of the season, Brown could become Fantasy relevant and one of the league’s biggest sleepers. His speed works to his advantage, as it has helped him put up great games over the last three weeks. He could become a solid WR2 or FLEX option, especially come playoff time. With eight games left in the 2013 NFL season, Brown could end the season strong, accumulating 800+ receiving yards and five plus touchdowns.
Here are my Week 9 value plays.
Jake Locker – QB – Tennessee Titans – @STL – After injuring his hip and knee in Week 4, quarterback Jake Locker had a successful return in Week 7. Locker was held out of two games before his return, when he threw for 326 yards and two touchdowns, while only turning the ball over once – on an interception. This great game was against the potent San Francisco 49ers defense, as Locker proved he is a reliable and consistent quarterback. Locker has been solid in four of his five starts this season, even with weak receivers like Nate Washington, Kendall Wright, Delanie Walker, and running back Chris Johnson. Without Locker, these wide receivers rarely put together solid performances, but with him in, they had great games, putting together 50-100 yard games with a couple touchdowns. This week, Locker and the Titans will play the St. Louis Rams. The Rams defensive line will be the focus for the Titans – as Robert Quinn and Chris Long will be rushing Locker all game. The Titans offensive line will control one if not both of the defensive ends, giving Locker more time in the pocket and more chances for a big game.
Zac Stacy – RB – St. Louis Rams – Ten – Going up against the Seattle Seahawks defense is trouble for any running back, but last Monday St. Louis Rams running back Zac Stacy had a field day, amassing 134 yards on 26 carries. That’s 5.2 yards per carry, the highest of any starting running back against the Seahawks since December of last year (C.J. Spiller – 17 rushes, 103 yards). Stacy came into the season as the third-stringer for St. Louis, but in the last four games, Stacy has broken away from Daryl Richardson and Isaiah Pead, emerging as the team’s starting running back. Stacy will be facing the Tennessee Titans, who are ranked 25th among defenses against opposing running backs. The Titans surrender an average of 95.7 rushing yards per game while the Seahawks surrender 78.1 rushing yards per game (64.6 before the Rams running backs). He was able to practice despite an ankle injury and you should be able to use him.
Zach Miller – TE – Seattle Seahawks – TB – Most, if not all of Miller’s touchdowns occur when the Seattle Seahawks need a short pass on second or third down. This year, Miller has three touchdowns and 15 receptions for 130 yards in six games. This week, the Seahawks will play against the winless Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Buccaneers are ranked 19th against tight ends. If Tampa Bay can stop the run inside the 20, Miller will have a big day with a touchdown or two.
Dallas Cowboys Defense / Special Teams – Min – One of the most inconsistent defenses in the NFL are the Dallas Cowboys. Three of the team’s eight games resulted in two Fantasy points or less and have allowed over 30 points three times and over 50 points once. However, many defensive linemen on the Cowboys have gone down with injuries. At one point, the starting Dallas defensive line were all out, leaving their backups to rush the quarterback. In a emotional loss to the Detroit Lions in Week 8, the Cowboys defense surrendered 31 points but forced four turnovers – two fumbles and two interceptions. On the season, the Cowboys D/ST have forced 2.4 turnovers a game and have scored four touchdowns. Leading the Dallas defense is linebacker Sean Lee, defensive tackle Jason Hatcher, and when healthy, linebacker DeMarcus Ware. With Ware doubtful it will be up to Lee and Hatcher to do their jobs and to help other defenders to step up. This week, the Cowboys will face the Minnesota Vikings, who are off to a rough start in 2013. With a pretty weak offensive line, the Cowboys should be able to rush quarterback Christian Ponder’s throws, leading to multiple interceptions and possibly a couple sacks and a fumble.