Brandon LaFell Patriots
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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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Derek Carr, QB, Oakland Raiders
Derek Carr threw for 283 yards and four touchdowns against the San Diego Chargers. There are better quarterback options available.
Ruling: Don’t Sweat ‘em.
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Brandon Bolden, RB, New England Patriots
Brandon Bolden only had 10 yards on six carries, but he’s worth a look with Stevan Ridley (knee) out.
Ruling: Get ‘em.
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Isaiah Crowell, RB, Cleveland Browns
Isaiah Crowell ran for 77 yards and a touchdown against the Pittsburgh Steelers. He’s a good handcuff to the oft-injured Ben Tate. Not a bad bench option.
Ruling: Get ‘em.
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Storm Johnson, RB, Jacksonville Jaguars
Johnson ran for 21 yards and a touchdown against the Tennessee Titans. He’s worth rostering as long as he’s the starter, but probably shouldn’t be in your lineup.
Ruling: Get ‘em.
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Theo Riddick, RB, Detroit Lions
Theo Riddick ran for six yards and caught five passes for 75 yards and a score against the Minnesota Vikings. Reggie Bush should be back next week.
Ruling: Don’t Sweat ‘em.
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Fozzy Whittaker, RB, Carolina Panthers
Fozzy Whittaker had 52 total yars and a touchdown against the Cincinnati Bengals. I don’t expect much from him unless you’re in a pinch.
Ruling: Don’t Sweat ‘em.
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Brice Butler, WR, Oakland Raiders
Brice Butler caught three of five targets for 64 yards and a touchdown against the Chargers. Look elsewhere.
Ruling: Don’t Sweat ‘em.
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Chris Hogan, WR, Buffalo Bills
Chris Hogan caught five of six targets for 72 yards and a score against the Patriots. No thank you.
Ruling: Don’t Sweat ‘em.
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Andre Holmes, WR, Oakland Raiders
Andre Holmes caught four of eight targets for 121 yards against the Chargers. That gives him 195 yards and three touchdowns in his last two games. He’s worth a look.
Ruling: Get ‘em.
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Brandon LaFell, WR, New England Patriots
Brandon LaFell caught four of six targets for 97 yards and a pair of touchdowns against the Buffalo Bills. His stock is trending up.
Ruling: Get ‘em.
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Jarvis Landry, WR, Miami Dolphins
Jarvis Landry caught six of eight targets for 75 yards and a touchdown against the Green Bay Packers. Not ready to use him.
Ruling: Don’t Sweat ‘em.
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Louis Murhpy, WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Louis Murphy caught seven of nine targets for 72 yards and a touchdown. He keeps showing up here. The Bucs defense is bad. Murphy is a decent option.
Ruling: Get ‘em.
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Robert Woods, WR, Buffalo Bills
Robert Woods caught seven of ten targets for 78 yards and a score against the Pats. I’m not ready to add him to my bench.
Ruling: Don’t Sweat ‘em.
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Jace Amaro, TE, New York Jets
Jace Amaro caught 10 of 12 targets for 68 yards and a score. Keep an eye on him, but don’t add him.
Ruling: Don’t Sweat ‘em.
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Scott Chandler, TE, Buffalo Bills
Scott Chandler caught six of nine targets for 105 yards against New England. He’s not consistent enough to add.
Ruling: Don’t Sweat ‘em.
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Clay Harbor, TE, Jacksonville Jaguars
Clay Harbor caught three of four targets for 91 yards and a touchdown. He’s averaging 61 yards the past three games. He’s worth a look if you are hurting at TE.
Ruling: Get ‘em.
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Ronnie Hillman
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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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Austin Davis, QB, St. Louis Rams
Davis threw for 375 yards and three touchdowns against the Philadelphia Eagles. He’s averaged 351 yards and three touchdowns in the past two games. He faces the San Francisco 49ers and Seattle Seahawks the next two weeks. I’d let him marinate on the waiver wire.
Ruling: Don’t Sweat ‘em.
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Brian Hoyer, QB, Cleveland Browns
Hoyer threw for 292 yards and three touchdowns as he led the Browns to a 29-28 victory over the Tennessee Titans on 26 unanswered points. There should be better fantasy options available.
Ruling: Don’t Sweat ‘em.
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Kyle Orton, QB, Buffalo Bills
Orton threw for 308 yards and a touchdown against the Detroit Lions. Nice day, but there are better quarterback options out there.
Ruling: Don’t Sweat ‘em.
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Ronnie Hillman, RB, Denver Broncos
Hillman ran for 64 yards against the Arizona Cardinals as Montee Ball left with a groin injury. You’ll want to grab him if Ball will be out for a while.
Ruling: Get ‘em.
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Chris Ogbonnaya, RB, Carolina Panthers
Ogbonnaya ran for 24 yards and a touchdown against the Chicago Bears. He’s sharing the load with Darrin Reaves while Jonathan Stewart and DeAngelo Williams are out, but if Ogbonnaya is going to get the call at the stripe, he’s worth a look.
Ruling: Get ‘em.
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Branden Oliver, RB, San Diego Chargers
Oliver ran for 114 yards and a touchdown against the New York Jets. He added four catches for 68 yards and another touchdown. Donald Brown left with a concussion. Oliver could get the start next week.
Ruling: Get ‘em.
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Antone Smith, RB, Atlanta Falcons
Smith ran for two yard, but caught three passes for 83 yards and a score against the New York Giants. He averages 16.3 yards per touch. Smith has scored four touchdowns on just 17 touches. He’s worth a speculative add in deeper leagues in case he ever gets a heavier workload.
Ruling: Get ‘em.
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George Winn, RB, Detroit Lions
Winn ran for 48 yarsd on 11 carries against the Buffalo Bills. If Reggie Bush and Joique Bell can’t play next week, Winn will get the start. He’s worth a look in deep leagues.
Ruling: Get ‘em.
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Travis Benjamin, WR, Cleveland Browns
Benjamin caught all four of his targets for 48 yards and a pair of touchdowns against the Titans. Benjamin had just 69 yards entering the week.
Ruling: Don’t Sweat ‘em.
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Kenny Britt, WR, St. Louis Rams
Britt caught three of six targets for 68 yards and a touchdown against the Eagles.  He had 69 yards in Week 3. Britt is worth a look given his history.
Ruling: Get ‘em.
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Taylor Gabriel, WR, Cleveland Browns
Gabriel caught four of six targets for 95 yards against the Titans.  He had 81 yards in Week 3. Gabriel is worth keeping an eye on, but I’d wait to add him.
Ruling: Don’t Sweat ‘em.
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Louis Murphy, WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Murphy caught three of seven passes for 35 yards and a touchdown against the New Orleans Saints. He had 99 yards in Week 4. He’s another player to monitor.
Ruling: Don’t Sweat ’em.
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Tim Wright, TE, New England Patriots
Wright caught all five of his targets for 85 yards and a touchdown against the Cincinnati Bengals. He had just 35 yards combined in the first four games, but his meter is definitely pointing up.
Ruling: Get ‘em.
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Eddie Royal Chargers
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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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Mike Glennon, QB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers 
Glennon threw for 302 yards and a pair of touchdowns against the Pittsburgh Steelers. He’s not a great second fantasy quarterback, but he should make Vincent Jackson and Mike Evans solid plays.
Ruling: Don’t Sweat ‘em.
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Ka’Deem Carey, RB, Chicago Bears
Carey had 72 yards on 14 carries against the Green Bay Packers for an average of 5.1 yards per carry. If Matt Forte ever goes down you’ll want to snatch Carey up quickly. Until then he’s not worth a roster spot.
Ruling: Don’t Sweat ‘em.
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Jerick McKinnon, RB, Minnesota Vikings
McKinnon ran for 135 yards on 18 carries for a 7.5 ypc against the Atlanta Falcons. He also had 17 receiving yards. He’s worth a look in deeper leagues.
Ruling: Get ‘em.
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Antone Smith, RB, Atlanta Falcons
Smith had 62 yards and a touchdown against the Vikings giving him 112 yards and a pair of scores in just eight carries over the past two weeks. If he can get more carries he’d be worth a look.
Ruling: Don’t Sweat ‘em.
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Andre Holmes, WR, Oakland Raiders
Holmes caught five of 12 targets for 74 yards and a touchdown against the Miami Dolphins. He had the same number of yards entering the game. Despite doubling his yard total, Holmes is not worth a look.
Ruling: Don’t Sweat ‘em.
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Louis Murhpy, WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Murphy caught six of 11 targets for 99 yards against the Steelers. Look elsewhere.
Ruling: Don’t Sweat ‘em.
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Jeremy Ross, WR, Detroit Lions
Ross caught both of his targets for 65 yards and a touchdown against the New York Jets. He should not be on your radar.
Ruling: Don’t Sweat ‘em.
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Eddie Royal, WR, San Diego Chargers
Royal caught five of seven targets for 105 yards and a pair of touchdown against the Jacksonville Jaguars. It’s his second straight week with multiple scores.
Ruling: Get ‘em.
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Mike Williams, WR, Buffalo Bills
Williams caught two of six targets for 84 yards and a touchdown against the Houston Texans. 80 yards came on one catch and Williams entered the game with just 50 yards.
Ruling: Don’t Sweat ‘em.
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Jarius Wright, WR, Minnesota Vikings
Wright caught eight of 10 targets for 132 yards against the Falcons. He had done little up to this point.
Ruling:  Don’t Sweat ‘em.
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Lorenzo Taliaferro
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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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Austin Davis, QB, St. Louis Rams
Davis threw for 327 yards and three touchdowns against the Dallas Cowboys. He’s been a nice story for the Rams, but shouldn’t be on your fantasy radar.
Ruling:  Don’t Sweat ‘em.
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Alex Smith, QB, Kansas City Chiefs
Smith threw for 186 yards and three touchdowns against the Miami Dolphins. He also ran for 17 yards. He’s not a consistent fantasy option.
Ruling:  Don’t Sweat ‘em.
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Alfred Blue, RB, Houston Texans
Blue ran for 78 yards against the New York Giants. He added one catch for 10 more yards. Unless Foster misses again, Blue is not worth adding.
Ruling:  Don’t Sweat ‘em.
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Lorenzo Taliaferro, RB, Baltimore Ravens
Taliaferro will be a hot acquisition this week. He filled in for Bernard Pierce and ran for 91 yards and a touchdown against the Cleveland Browns on 18 carries. He’s definitely worth a look if you are hurting at running back. Pierce could be back as early as this week so don’t use too much of your free agent bid money.
Ruling: Get ‘em.
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Miles Austin, WR, Cleveland Browns
Austin caught six of seven targets for 51 yards and a touchdown against the Ravens. It’s his second straight week with a score. He’s worth a look in deeper leagues, but I’m still a little hesitant to add him.
Ruling: Don’t Sweat ‘em.
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John Brown, WR, Arizona Cardinals
Brown caught four of six targets for 52 yards and a pair of touchdowns against the San Francisco 49ers. He’s up to three touchdowns, but he’s averaging 36.3 yards. Brown is only viable in deep leagues at this point as the team’s third option in the passing game.
Ruling:  Don’t Sweat ‘em.
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Andrew Hawkins, WR, Cleveland Browns
Hawkins caught seven of 10 targets for 87 yards against Baltimore. He’s averaging seven catches for 81.3 yards. He’s worth an add in  points-per-receptions leagues.
Ruling:  Get ‘em.
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Jordan Matthews, WR, Philadelphia Eagles
Matthews caught eight of nine targets for 59 yards and a pair of touchdowns. He’s worth a look in Philadelphia’s explosive offense.
Ruling:  Get ‘em.
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Brian Quick, WR, St. Louis Rams
Quick caught two of four targets for 62 yards and a score against the Cowboys. He’s averaging 78.3 yards per game. Quick is solid wide receiver depth during the bye weeks.
Ruling:  Get ‘em.
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Eddie Royal, WR, San Diego Chargers
Royal caught four of six targets for 42 yards and a pair of touchdowns against the Buffalo Bills. He had seven catches for 69 yards in Week 2. He’s worth a look during the bye weeks, particularly in PPR  leagues.
Ruling: Get ‘em.
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Andrew Quarless, TE, Green Bay Packers
Quarless caught four of five targets for 43 yards and a touchdown against the Detroit Lions. There are too many solid tight options to consider Quarless.
Ruling:  Don’t Sweat ‘em.
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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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