Knile Davis
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There were some unusual heroes this week. There always are. Let’s take a look at them and see if they are worthy of your fantasy rosters.
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Kirk Cousins, QB, Washington Redskins
Cousins threw for 250 yards and a pair of touchdowns in relief of Robert Griffin III. Grab him if your quarterback pool is shallow, but there are likely better options on your waiver wire in shallower leagues.
Ruling:  Get ‘em.
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Matt Asiata, RB, Minnesota Vikings
Asiata had 84 total yards and a touchdown starting in the place of the deactivated Adrian Peterson. Now that Peterson has been re-instated, Asiata becomes less certain of an add. Roger Goodell could use this opportunity to get some public favor so Peterson isn’t out of the woods yet.
Ruling:  Get ‘em.
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Knile Davis, RB, Kansas City Chiefs
Davis ran for 79 yards and a pair of touchdowns against the Denver Broncos. He added 26 receiving yards. If Jamaal Charles (ankle) is forced to miss any time, Davis would be a nice replacement.
Ruling:  Get ‘em.
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Bobby Rainey, RB, Tampa Bay  Buccaneers
Rainey rolled for 144 yards against the St. Louis Rams. He added 30 receiving yards. He’s worth a look, especially if Doug Martin misses another game.
Ruling:  Get ‘em.
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Miles Austin, WR, Cleveland Browns
Austin caught six of 10 targets for 44 yards and a touchdown against the New Orleans Saints. He’s not a strong add at this stage of his career.
Ruling:  Don’t Sweat ‘em.”
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Jason Avant, WR, Carolina Panthers
Avant caught five of seven targets for 54 yards and a touchdown against the Detroit Lions. He’s never been a quality fantasy asset.
Ruling:  Don’t Sweat ‘em.
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James Jones, WR, Oakland Raiders
Jones caught nine of 14 targets for 112 yards and a touchdown. He scored last week as well making Jones a solid add.
Ruling:  Get ‘em.
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Mohamed Sanu, WR, Cincinnati Bengals
Sanu caught three of four targets for 84 yards and a touchdown against the Atlanta Falcons. With A.J. Green banged up Sanu should see extra looks next week against the Tennessee Titans.
Ruling:  Get ‘em.
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Owen Daniels, TE, Baltimore Ravens
Daniels caught five catches for 28 yards and a pair of touchdowns against the Pittsburgh Steelers. He’s a great second tight end for the Ravens, but not for fantasy teams.
Ruling:  Don’t Sweat ‘em.
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Larry Donnell, TE, New York Giants
Donnell caught seven of nine targets for 81 yards against the Arizona Cardinals. Last week he had 56 yards and a score. Donnell looks like a borderline TE1.
Ruling:  Get ‘em.
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Niles Paul, TE, Washington Redskins
Paul caught eight of 11 targets for 99 yards and a score one week after collecting 86 yards. He also looks like a borderline TE1.
Ruling:  Get ‘em.
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Kelvin Benjamin
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There were some unusual heroes this week. There always are. Let’s take a look at them and see if they are worthy of your fantasy rosters.
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Jake Locker, QB, Tennessee Titans
Locker threw for 266 yards and a pair of touchdowns. He added 14 rushing yards. Locker will face the Dallas Cowboys next week, which makes him a solid option.
Ruling:  Get ‘em.
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Justin Forsett, RB, Baltimore Ravens
Forsett ran for 70 yards on 11 carries as he took advantage of a Bernard Pierce fumble. Forsett added 14 receiving yards. In the wake of Ray Rice’s release, he should be added.
Ruling:  Get ‘em.
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Shonn Greene, RB, Tennessee Titans
Greene is not ready to give up the starting job just yet. He ran for 71 yards on 15 carries. As long as he is the starting running back, he should be on fantasy football rosters.  My recommendation is for smaller leagues because he’s likely owned in 12-team leagues.
Ruling:  Get ‘em.
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Terrance West, RB, Cleveland Browns
West ran 16 times for 100 yards as Ben Tate injured his knee. Isaiah Crowell also ran for 32 yards and two touchdowns. I expect West to be the better option should Tate miss time, but Crowell could get the goal line work.
Ruling:  Get ‘em.
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Kelvin Benjamin, WR, Carolina Panthers
Benjamin caught six of eight targets for 92 yards and a touchdown with Derek Anderson at quarterback. Benjamin should be a solid option for Cam Newton and fantasy owners alike.
Ruling:  Get ‘em.
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Devin Hester, WR, Atlanta Falcons
Hester caught five of six targets for 99 yards. He has never been a fantasy factor and I wouldn’t expect that to change at this stage of his career.
Ruling:  Don’t Sweat ‘em.
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Allen Hurns, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars
Hurns exploded on the scene with four catches on nine targets for 110 yards and a pair of touchdowns. It is hard not to grab a guy after a performance like that, but be cautious to not drop a player with more long-term potential.
Ruling:  Get ‘em.
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Greg Jennings, WR, Minnesota Vikings
Jennings caught six of seven targets for 58 yards and a touchdown. He is a favorite of Matt Cassel and should be on your fantasy radar.
Ruling:  Get ‘em.
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Niles Paul, TE, Washington Redskins
Paul caught all four of his targets for 86 yards after Jordan Reed hurt his hamstring. The tight end position is deep so there are likely better options available.
Ruling:  Don’t Sweat ‘em.
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Edwin Baker
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There were some unusual heroes this week. There always are. Let’s take a look at them and see if they are worthy of your fantasy rosters. Keep in mind that this time of year it’s pretty much injuries that dictate roster moves.
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Edwin Baker, RB, Cleveland Browns
Edwin Baker ran for 64 yards and a touchdown against a tough New York Jets’ run defense. He also caught two passes for 12 yards. He’s a decent add for next week against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Ruling: Get ‘em.
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Mark Ingram, RB, New Orleans Saints
Mark Ingram ran for 83 yards against the Carolina Panthers. He also caught a pass for seven yards. I wouldn’t trust the New Orleans Saints to start feeding him the ball regularly.
Ruling: Don’t Sweat ‘em.
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Mike Brown, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars
Mike Brown caught five of six targets for 71 yards and a touchdown against the Tennessee Titans. He’s not a viable option for the final week of the season against the Indianapolis Colts.
Ruling: Don’t Sweat ‘em.
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Jerrel Jernigan, WR, New York Giants
Jerrel Jernigan caught six of 12 targets for 80 yards and a touchdown against the Detroit Lions. He had seven catches for 67 yards the week before. I’d look elsewhere next week against the Washington Redskins unless you’re looking for a deep sleeper play.
Ruling: Don’t Sweat ‘em.
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David Nelson, WR, New York Jets
David Nelson caught four of five targets for 33 yards and two touchdowns against the Cleveland Browns. He’s not a recommended add based on his 2013 production.
Ruling: Don’t Sweat ‘em.
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Griff Whalen, WR, Indianapolis Colts
Griff Whalen caught seven of eight targets for 80 yards against the Kansas City Chiefs. Last week he had 45 yards and a score against the Houston Texans. I wouldn’t trust him for a third straight solid game.
Ruling: Don’t Sweat ‘em.
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Marcedes Lewis, TE, Jacksonville Jaguars
Marcedes Lewis caught four of six targets for 50 yards and a touchdown against the Titans. Lewis has scored in four straight games. If you’re looking for tight end help in Week 17, he’s worth a look.
Ruling: Get ‘em.
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There were some unusual heroes this week. There always are. Let’s take a look at them and see if they are worthy of your fantasy rosters. Keep in mind that this time of year it’s pretty much injuries that dictate roster moves.
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Matt Cassel, QB, Minnesota Vikings
Matt Cassel threw for 382 yards and a pair of touchdowns against the Philadelphia Eagles. He added 19 yards and a score on the ground. He’s not a recommended play this week against the Cincinnati Bengals.
Ruling: Don’t Sweat ‘em.
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Kirk Cousins, QB, Washington Redskins
Kirk Cousins threw for 381 yards and three touchdowns against the Atlanta Falcons. With a matchup against a terrible Dallas Cowboys team this week, he’s worth a look.
Ruling: Get ‘em.
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Ryan Fitzpatrick, QB, Tennessee Titans
Ryan Fitzpatrick threw for 402 yards and four touchdowns against the Arizona Cardinals. He also ran for 22 yards. He faces the Jacksonville Jaguars this week, but I like other options better.
Ruling: Don’t Sweat ‘em.
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Matt Flynn, QB, Green Bay Packers
Matt Flynn threw for 299 yards and four touchdowns against the Dallas Cowboys. The Boys have a terrible pass defense. As the Green Bay Packers remain in the playoff hunt, the odds that Aaron Rodgers returns is greater. I don’t love Flynn against the Pittsburgh Steelers this week.
Ruling: Don’t Sweat ‘em.
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Alex Smith, QB, Kansas City Chiefs
Alex Smith threw for 287 yards and five touchdowns against the Oakland Raiders. He also ran for 17 yards. He has 14 touchdown passes in his past five games. He’s a decent option this week against the Indianapolis Colts.
Ruling: Get ‘em.
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Ryan Tannehill, QB, Miami Dolphins
Ryan Tannehill threw for 312 yards and three touchdowns against the New England Patriots. He has eight touchdown passes in his past three games. If you’re having quarterback issues, Tannehill is a solid add for this week’s game against the Buffalo Bills.
Ruling: Get ‘em.
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Matt Asiata, RB, Minnesota Vikings
Matt Asiata ran for 51 yards and three touchdowns against the Eagles. He added three catches for 15 yards. Asiata averaged just 1.7 yards per carry. Adrian Peterson and/or Toby Gerhart could return this week, which would end Asiata’s value. Even if he gets the start, he’s not a strong play against the Bengals.
Ruling: Don’t Sweat ‘em.
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Edwin Baker, RB, Cleveland Browns
Edwin Baker ran for 38 yards and a touchdown against the Chicago Bears. He added four receptions for 46 yards. He’s only worth a look if you have no other options.
Ruling: Don’t Sweat ‘em.
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Jordan Todman, RB, Jacksonville Jaguars
Jordan Todman ran for 109 yards against the Buffalo Bills. He also caught four passes for 44 yards. If you’re looking for a running back, Todman is a solid add in case Maurice Jones-Drew remains out.
Ruling: Don’t Sweat ‘em.
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Doug Baldwin, WR, Seattle Seahawks
Doug Baldwin caught six or seven targets for 71 yards and a touchdown against the New York Giants. Baldwin has scored in three of the past four games and has averaged 66.3 yards and 0.7 touchdowns in his past six. He’s worth an add for this week’s matchup with the Arizona Cardinals.
Ruling: Get ‘em.
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Andre Caldwell, WR, Denver Broncos
Andre Caldwell picked up the slack in Wes Welker’s absence (concussion) with six receptions on 10 targets for 59 yards and a pair of touchdowns against the San Diego Chargers. Considering it was Welker’s second concussion so it’s possible that he’ll miss another game. Even if he does miss again, it’s unlikely that Demaryius Thomas, Eric Decker and Julius Thomas take a back seat to Caldwell again.
Ruling: Don’t Sweat ‘em.
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Andre Holmes, WR, Oakland Raiders
Andre Holmes caught four of seven targets for 58 yards and a touchdown against the Kansas City Chiefs. He’s averaging 85.7 yards in his past three games. If you’re looking for a sleeper option at wide receiver this week against the San Diego Chargers, Holmes isn’t a bad choice.
Ruling: Get ‘em.
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Santana Moss, WR, Washington Redskins
Santana Moss caught eight of nine targets for 64 yards and a touchdown against Atlanta. I don’t trust him at this stage of his career.
Ruling: Don’t Sweat ‘em.
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Michael Preston, WR, Tennessee Titans
Michael Preston caught three of five targets for 27 yards and two touchdowns against the Cardinals. He hasn’t done much to merit an add.
Ruling: Don’t Sweat ‘em.

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Aldrick Robinson, WR, Washington Redskins
Aldrick Robinson caught four of seven targets for 99 yards against the Falcons. He’s a sleeper option this week against the Boys, but I’d probably do a different direction. I do like him better than Moss though.
Ruling: Don’t Sweat ‘em.
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Jarius Wright, WR, Minnesota Vikings
Jarius Wright caught four of five targets for 95 yards against Philadelphia. The Bengals are a much tougher opponent this week.
Ruling: Don’t Sweat ‘em.
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Jeff Cumberland, TE, New York Jets
Jeff Cumberland caught three of four targets for 50 yards and a touchdown. He’s too risky to rely on in Week 16.
Ruling: Don’t Sweat ‘em.
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Marcedes Lewis, TE, Jacksonville Jaguars
Marcedes Lewis caught four of seven targets for 54 yards and a touchdown. It’s his third straight game with a score. He’s a desperation play this week against the Titans, but one that I’d avoid.
Ruling: Don’t Sweat ‘em.
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There were some unusual heroes this week. There always are. Let’s take a look at them and see if they are worthy of your fantasy rosters. Keep in mind that this time of year it’s pretty much injuries that dictate roster moves.
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Jason Campbell, QB, Cleveland Browns
Jason Campbell threw for 391 yard and three touchdowns against the New England Patriots. The Cleveland Browns have a favorable matchup next week against the Chicago Browns, but I couldn’t rely on Campbell in one-quarterback leagues.
Ruling: Don’t Sweat ‘em.
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Toby Gerhart, RB, Minnesota Vikings
Toby Gerhart ran for 89 yards and a touchdown against the Baltimore Ravens. He’s worth a grab if Adrian Peterson (foot) is unable to go against the Philadelphia Eagles.
Ruling: Get ‘em.
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Shonn Greene, RB, Tennessee Titans
Shonn Greene ran for 46 yards and a pair of touchdowns against the Denver Broncos. He made the most of his nine carries. You have to hope for a touchdown if you’re using Greene. That’s too risky at this stage of the game.
Ruling: Don’t Sweat ‘em.
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Marcel Reece, RB, Oakland Raiders
Marcel Reece ran for 123 yards and a touchdown against a tough New York Jets run defense. He also caught a pair of passes for 38 yards. He’s worth an add in case Rashad Jennings is out again with his concussion.
Ruling: Get ‘em.
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LaVon Brazill, WR, Indianapolis Colts
LaVon Brazill caught three of four targets for 53 yard and a pair of touchdowns against the Cincinnati Bengals. He’s been coming on in recent weeks, but at this point he’s more of a player to consider for next year.
Ruling: Don’t Sweat ‘em.
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Justin Hunter, WR, Tennessee Titans
Justin Hunter caught four of eight targets for 114 yards and a touchdown against the Broncos. He’s inconsistent, but there is potential. He’s also a player to consider for next year.
Ruling: Don’t Sweat ‘em.
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Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, Minnesota Vikings
Cordarrelle Patterson caught five of seven targets for 141 yards and a touchdown against the Ravens. The Vikings are getting him more involved, but he’s more of a sleeper play against the Eagles.
Ruling: Don’t Sweat ‘em.
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Da’Rick Rogers, WR, Indianapolis Colts
Da’Rick Rogers caught six of nine targets for 107 yards and two touchdowns against the Bengals. It was an impressive performance, but it would be tough to count on him in Week 15.
Ruling: Don’t Sweat ‘em.
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Marcedes Lewis, TE, Jacksonville Jaguars
Marcedes Lewis caught two of four targets for 42 yards and a touchdown against the Houston Texans. It was his second straight game with a score. He has the Buffalo Bills in Week 15 and the stingy Tennessee Titans in Week 16. You can roll the dice on him against the Bills, but I’d look elsewhere.
Ruling: Don’t Sweat ‘em.
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Logan Paulsen, TE, Washington Redskins
Logan Paulsen caught three of five targets for 44 yards and a touchdown against the Kansas City Chiefs. It was his second straight game with a score. I wouldn’t trust him given the way the Washington Redskins have been playing lately. That said, if you are desperate at tight end, he does have a  nice matchup next week against the Falcons.
Ruling: Don’t Sweat’ em.
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Andrew Quarless, TE, Green Bay Packers
Andrew Quarless caught six of seven targets for 66 yards and a touchdown against the Atlanta Falcons. He has not been a consistent option. You should have a better tight end to rely on.
Ruling: Don’t Sweat ‘em.
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Luke Willson, TE, Seattle Seahawks
Luke Willson caught three of four targets for 70 yard and a touchdown against the San Francisco 49ers. He shouldn’t be on your radar.
Ruling: Don’t Sweat ‘em.
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Carson Palmer Cardinals
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There were some unusual heroes this week. There always are. Let’s take a look at them and see if they are worthy of your fantasy rosters.
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Carson Palmer, QB, Arizona Cardinals
Carson Palmer threw for 302 yards and three touchdowns against the Philadelphia Eagles. He’s averaging 345 yards and 2.3 touchdowns in his past three games. Larry Fitzgerald and Michael Floyd have formed a powerful duo. Palmer isn’t a bad option if you need quarterback help.
Ruling: Get ‘em.
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Ryan Tannehill, QB, Miami Dolphins
Ryan Tannehill threw for 331 yards and a pair of touchdowns against the New York Jets. He added 22 rushing yards. This is not the time of the year to add mediocre fantasy quarterbacks.
Ruling: Don’t Sweat ‘em.
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Brandon Weeden, QB, Cleveland Browns
Brandon Weeden threw for 370 yards and three touchdowns against the Jacksonville Jaguars. Josh Gordon has emerged as one of the best wide receiver options in the game, but I would still avoid Weeden, especially considering he is dealing with a concussion.
Ruling: Don’t Sweat ‘em.
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Legarrette Blount, RB, New England Patriots
Legarrette Blount ran for 44 yards and a touchdown against the Houston Texans. He led the team in carries. He’s worth adding in case Stevan Ridley remains in Bill Belichick’s doghouse.
Ruling: Get ‘em.
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Greg Jennings, WR, Minnesota Vikings
Greg Jennings caught seven of nine targets for 78 yards and a touchdown against the Chicago Bears. He has the talent, but he’s been very inconsistent due to quarterback play. He’s a questionable add.
Ruling: Don’t Sweat ‘em.
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Andre Holmes, WR, Oakland Raiders
Andre Holmes caught seven of 11 targets for 136 yards against the Dallas Cowboys. He sure looked good, but I wouldn’t add him based on just one strong performance.
Ruling: Don’t Sweat ‘em.
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Brian Quick, WR, St. Louis Rams
Brian Quick caught three of four targets for 41 yards and a touchdown against the San Francisco 49ers. He’s not a consistent fantasy option.
Ruling: Don’t Sweat ‘em.
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Zach Ertz, TE, Philadelphia Eagles
Zach Ertz caught five of six targets for 68 yards and a pair of touchdowns against the Arizona Cardinals. He has appeal in dynasty leagues as his long-term potential is great. Short-term his value is limited due to inconsistency.
Ruling: Don’t Sweat ‘em.
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Ladarius Green, TE, San Diego Chargers
Ladarius Green caught two of six targets for 45 yards and a touchdown. It was his third solid game in a row.
Ruling: Get ‘em.
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Tavon Austin TD
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There were some unusual heroes this week. There always are. Let’s take a look at them and see if they are worthy of your fantasy rosters.
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Ryan Fitzpatrick, QB, Tennessee Titans
Ryan Fitzpatrick threw for 320 yards and a pair of touchdowns against the Oakland Raiders. He also ran for 26 yards. I’d hesitate to add him.
Ruling: Don’t Sweat ‘em.
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Alex Smith, QB, Kansas City Chiefs
Alex Smith threw for 294 yards and three touchdown against the San Diego Chargers. There are plenty of better quarterback options. The Kansas City Chiefs don’t typically air it out as much.
Ruling: Don’t Sweat ‘em.
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Ryan Tannehill, QB, Miami Dolphins
Ryan Tannehill threw for 310 yards and a touchdown against the Carolina Panthers. He added 36 rushing yards. Like Smith, there are too many better options available.
Ruling: Don’t Sweat ‘em.
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Benny Cunningham, RB, St. Louis Rams
Benny Cunningham took over for Zac Stacy (concussion). He ran for 109 yards and a touchdown against the Chicago Bears. He’s worth a speculative add in case Stacy doesn’t pass concussion protocol.
Ruling: Get ‘em.
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Dennis Johnson, RB, Houston Texans
Dennis Johnson ran for 74 yards against the Jacksonville Jaguars. He also caught a pair of passes for 13 yards. Ben Tate didn’t look good in this. Johnson is worth adding in case the Houston Texans turn to him again.
Ruling: Get ‘em.
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Tavon Austin, WR, St. Louis Rams
Tavon Austin had a 65-yard touchdown run against the Bears. He also caught two of five targets for 39 yards. He’s dynamic, but I’m not sure he’s reliable down the stretch for fantasy purposes.
Ruling: Don’t Sweat ‘em.
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Donnie Avery, WR, Kansas City Chiefs
Donnie Avery caught four of five targets for 91 yards and a touchdown against the Chargers. He’s too inconsistent.
Ruling: Don’t Sweat ‘em.
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Nate Burleson, WR, Detroit Lions
Nate Burleson caught seven of 10 targets for 77 yards and a touchdown against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He’s a nice secondary option for the Detroit Lions and a real asset for fantasy teams, particularly in points-per-reception leagues.
Ruling: Get ‘em.
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Justin Hunter, WR, Tennessee Titans
Justin Hunter caught all six of his targets for 109 yards and a touchdown. He’s not consistent enough to take a chance on this late in the season.
Ruling: Don’t Sweat ‘em.
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Jacoby Jones, WR, Baltimore Ravens
Jacoby Jones caught four of six targets for 103 yards and a touchdown against the New  York Jets. He’s not a consistent fantasy threat.
Ruling: Don’t Sweat ‘em.
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Tiquan Underwood, WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Tiquan Underwood caught three of five targets for 108 yards and two touchdowns against the Detroit Lions. He’s has a decent rapport with Mike Glennon. Underwood is worth a spot on your roster.
Ruling: Get ‘em.
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Ladarius Green, TE, San Diego Chargers
Ladarius Green caught three of five targets for 80 yards and a touchdown against the Kansas City Chiefs. He had 81 yards last week and is coming on. I’d still hesitate to add him.
Ruling: Don’t Sweat ‘em.
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