Each week, we'll talk about specific players and what you should do with them (particularly when setting your daily fantasy lineups).
The trade deadline is rapidly approaching in most leagues - November 18 in Sportsline, for example. He is scoring touchdowns (three straight games) and I expect it to continue. The remaining RB trio of Rashad Jennings, Andre Williams and Orleans Darkwa shouldn't be used, regardless of format.
Eddie Lacy has only forced two missed tackles in his last 33 carries.
Wes Welker: Here's your fool's gold player this week.
There is arguably no uglier team to watch play professional football than the St. Louis Rams. Instead, he has Nick Foles, who is not good at throwing intermediate passing routes.
Cousins is the bargain of the week, as he faces a Saints team that has given up an NFL-high 28.7 fantasy points per week. We project the Spartans to pass for over 250 yards versus Maryland, and with an implied total of 35 points (or 5 touchdowns) Price is a likely touchdown candidate. However, with Big Ben out next week at least, I'd give a few thoughts to benching Brown if you have another option against the Browns.
The ownership rates listed for each player were obtained at Yahoo! I expect that trend to continue, no matter how much attention the Patriots' defense gives him, as he should get force-fed here. Aiken and the Ravens take on the Jacksonville Jaguars in their next game.
It is situations like this that make me wonder if anyone reads this. I'd grab Washington over Shorts, and leave Shorts on the waiver wire if only he is available unless you are in desperate need of a WR.
Allen Hurns has 36 receptions. And guess what? The Saints officially took the crown from the Raiders as the defense, allowing the most fantasy points per game to TEs. If you passed on him last week, let's look at the stats again. He hasn't been hot this year, but he does have an easy match up against the Lions. The difference between Carr and Bortles, and Mariota is the first to have playmakers at WR and the other doesn't. I'd consider him a top 6-7 fantasy QB this week. Terrified enough that I am looking to move Julio for another Elite WR if I can. This is the week to play Starks as a RB, and even WR Davante Adams as a WR3. Now he's gone, reportedly lost for the season with an ACL tear in his left knee.
Start LaGarrette Blount, Patriots: Blount had a great game last week against the Redskins as he rushed over 100 yards and a touchdown, according to ESPN. Williams is worth owning, but I'd wait until Wednesday before deciding if I play Williams against the Jets.
Blake Bortles, JAX (@ Baltimore Ravens) - While not getting as much pub as Andy Dalton, Bortles has also been a surprisingly solid fantasy QB all year.
Kent Bazemore SG SF Atlanta Hawks: Hawks fans are thrilled with the way Bazemore has started the season and with good reason; over the past 5 games Bazemore is averaging 12 points a night that includes 2 triples per ballgame.
I've been doing a start 'em, sit 'em column for five seasons now, and never have I whiffed so hard. They are trailing a bit in sacks with 19.0, but they make up for it with 164 points allowed (9).
Stefon Diggs ($106,500): Yes, I know, I said above. I dislike naming players two weeks in a row, but the matchup Diggs has is too good to pass up. Philadelphia's defense is prone to giving up points and with the game total at 47, I can't see Ryan Tannehill and the passing game accounting for all the Miami points. Emmanuel Sanders has yet to practice and the Chiefs have allowed the most fantasy points to opposing wideouts.
Sit Ronnie Hillman/CJ Anderson, Broncos: Hillman and Anderson are both coming off a bad performance against the Colts' last week. The point being, this is a true every-down feature back in a modern marketplace dominated by specialization and committee approaches at the position. Of course, Williams small sample size inflates his point-per-touch number, but it also illustrates just how deadly he has been with his chances this year. His role is now relegated to change-of-pace duties, which means not on the fantasy radar for RBs.
Travis Benjamin - Browns: I saw a writer on NFL.com say "why should the Browns worry about nickels and dimes, when they have a Benjamin on the field?" While you shouldn't rush to cut any underachiever on your rosters - see Hayward, Gordon as an example of a slow starter who's caught fire of late - but it's fair to cut bait on a late-round pick who hasn't worked his way into his team's rotation as expected. Ben Roethlisberger sprained his foot and might not play in Week 10, when the Pittsburgh Steelers host the Cleveland Browns. Funchess finally showed up in Week 8, setting career highs in catches and yards. While the coaching staff is talking him up and saying his role will be expanded, I'm not sure he is the right fit for the Jay Gruden's offensive scheme.
Jacob Tamme, Falcons (26% Owned): The Falcons are on bye this week, but Tamme has seen double-digit targets in back-to-back weeks.
Chris Johnson, AZ (@ Seattle Seahawks) - They're still the Seahawks. Instead, I'm rolling with Christine Michael.