Mike Davis
.
There were some unheralded heroes this week. There always are. Let’s take a look at them and see if they are worthy of your fantasy rosters.
.
Get ‘em
Giovani Bernard, RB, Cincinnati Bengals – 96 total yards. Good add if Joe Mixon is out.
Mike Davis, RB, Seattle Seahawks – 101 total yards. It’s Davis’ turn on the Seattle Running Back Carousel.
Josh Doctson, WR, Washington Redskins – 3 of 5 targets for 26 yards, TD. Scored in consecutive weeks.
Marquise Goodwin, WR, San Francisco 49ers- 8 of 8 targets for 99 yards. Averaging 86.7 yards in his last three games.
Josh Gordon, WR, Cleveland Browns – 4 of 11 targets for 85 yards. If he isn’t owned already, get him.
Jermaine Kearse, WR, New York Jets – 9 of 10 yards for 157 yards. 16 catches for 262 yards in last two games.
Marqise Lee, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars – 7 of 10 targets for 86 yards, TD.
Josh McCown, QB, New York Jets – 331 yards, TD.
Kenny Stills, WR, Miami Dolphins – 5 of 13 targets for 98 yards, TD. Averaging 98 yards in his last four games.
Mike Wallace, WR, Baltimore Ravens – 5 of 8 targets for 116 yards. At least four receptions in his last four games.
.
Don’t Sweat ‘em
Stephen Anderson, TE, Houston Texans – 5 of 12 targets for 79 yards, TD.
Peyton Barber, RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers – 136 total yards (95 rushing, 41 receiving). Grab if Doug Martin is out again.
Blake Bortles, QB, Jacksonville Jaguars – 309 yards, 2 TDs passing, 27 rushing yards.
Keelan Cole, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars – 3 of 3 targets for 49 yards, TD.
Ryan Grant, WR, Washington Redskins – 5 of 9 targets for 76 yards, TD. Nice game, but not someone you can count on down the stretch.
Tion Green, RB, Detroit Lions – 51 yards, TD.
Johnny Holton, WR, Oakland Raiders – 3 of 7 targets for 39 yards, TD.
Dontrelle Inman, WR, Chicago Bears – 2 of 2 targets for 21 yards, TD.
David Njoku, 4 of 6 targets for 74 yards, TD. Decent desperation play though if you’re hurting at TE.
Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, Oakland Raiders – 4 of 4 targets for 97 yards. Only consider if Amari Cooper is out again.
Tom Savage, QB, Houston Texans – 365 yards, TD.
Rod Smith, RB, Dallas Cowboys – 27 yards and a TD. Score came in garbage time and was only targeted once in the passing game.
Trent Taylor, WR, San Francisco – 6 of 6 targets for 92 yards.
Julius Thomas, TE, Miami Dolphins – 3 of 3 targets for 20 yards, TD.
Dede Westbrook, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars – 6 of 9 targets for 78 yards. Daily Fantasy option.
.
.
Also check out:

Malcolm Mitchell
.
There were some unheralded heroes this week. There always are. Let’s take a look at them and see if they are worthy of your fantasy rosters.
.
Get ‘em
Dwayne Allen, TE, Indianapolis Colts – 4 catches for 72 yards for 3 TDs. Caught five passes last week.
Cameron Brate, TE, Tampa Bay Buccaneers – 6 catches for 86 yards, TD. Four TDs in the past six games.
Pierre Garcon, WR, Washington Redskins – 7 catches for 78 yards. Averaging 77 yards over the past five games.
Mike Gillislee, RB, Buffalo Bills – 49 yards, 2 TDs. Great handcuff.
Ladarius Green, TE, Pittsburgh Steelers – 6 catches for 110 yards, TD.
Dontrelle Inman, WR, San Diego Chargers – 2 catches for 49 yards, TD. Scored in consecutive games. Averaging 66.2 yards in the past six games.
Brandon LaFell, WR, Cincinnati Bengals – 5 catches for 95 yards, TD.
Malcolm Mitchell, WR, New England Patriots – 8 catches for 82 yards. Averaging 74 yards and a touchdown in his last three games.
Dennis Pitta, TE, Baltimore Ravens – 9 catches for 90 yards, 2 TDs.
.
Don’t Sweat ‘em
Robby Anderson, WR, New York Jets – 4 catches for 61 yards, TD.
Joshua Bellamy, WR, Chicago Bears – 4 catches for 93 yards.
Joe Flacco, QB, Baltimore Ravens – 381 yards, 4 TDs.
Michael Floyd, WR, Arizona Cardinals – 3 catches for 18 yards, TD.
Ted Ginn, Jr., WR, Carolina Panthers – 5 catches for 80 yards, TD.
Ryan Griffin, TE, Houston Texans – 4 catches for 35 yards, TD.
Chris Hogan, WR, New England Patriots – 4 catches for 23 yards, TD.
John Kuhn, RB, New Orleans Saints – 15 total yards, TD.
Tyler Lockett, WR, Seattle Seahawks – 138 total yards, TD.
J.J. Nelson, WR, Arizona Cardinals – 42-yard TD catch.
Breshad Perrimiman, WR, Baltimore Ravens – 2 catches for 59 yards, TD.
Aaron Ripkowski, RB, Green Bay Packers – 18 total yards, TD.
Aldrick Robinson, WR, Atlanta Falcons – 2 catches for 18 yards, TD.
Robert Turbin, RB, Indianpolis Colts – 16 yards, TD.
Paul Turner, WR, Philadelphia Eagles – 6 catches for 80 yards.
Albert Wilson, WR, Kansas City Chiefs – 103 total yards, TD.
.
.
Also check out:

Click here to enter this week’s contest to win a cool fantasy football t-shirt.
.
.


.
.

There were some unusual heroes on Sunday. There always are. Let’s take a look at them and see if they are worthy of your fantasy rosters.
.
QBs
Drew Stanton, Detroit Lions

Stanton threw for 178 yards and a touchdown and added another score on the ground. Not too bad against a tough Bears team. His schedule during the playoffs is not favorable. Look elsewhere.
Ruling:  Don’t Sweat ‘em.
.
Tavaris Jackson, Minnesota Vikings
Jackson had mixed reviews throwing for 187 yards with two touchdowns and three picks. He added 22 yards on the ground. We was able to get Sidney Rice involved. We probably won’t know Brett Favre’s status until later in the week, so picking up Tavaris isn’t a must.
Ruling:  Don’t Sweat ‘em.
.

RBs
James Starks, Green Bay Packers
Starks ran for 73 yards on 18 carries against the Niners. Brandon Jackson was more utilized in the passing game. This is a formula that could be used going forward.
Ruling:  Get ‘em.
.
Rashad Jennings, Jacksonville Jaguars
Jennings ran for 45 yards on nine carries with a touchdown. He added a pair of catches for ten yards. He’s merely a handcuff to Maurice Jones-Drew, who ran the ball 31 times for 186 yards.
Ruling:  Don’t Sweat ‘em.
.
Tashard Choice, Dallas Cowboys
Choice ran for 100 yards and a touchdown on 19 carries. If he can retain a large role, he has some nice fantasy playoffs match-ups in Weeks 15 (Washington) and 16 (Arizona).
Ruling:  Get ‘em.
.

Tim Hightower, Arizona Cardinals
Hightower ran for 81 yards on 15 carries and added a catch for five yards. Beanie Wells had just three carries for 24 yards. It seems that Hightower is the Arizona back to own at this point.
Ruling:  Get ‘em.
.
Marshawn Lynch, Seattle Seahawks
While I don’t see another 100 total yards (83 rushing, 17 receiving), three touchdown day for Lynch, especially with San Francisco, Atlanta, and Tampa Bay on the horizon, but his performance was too brilliant to overlook.
Ruling:  Get ‘em.
.
Javarris James, Indianapolis Colts
James ran for 18 yards with two touchdowns. He added 17 yards on the ground. Strong performance, but I can’t bring myself to trust him during the fantasy playoffs.
continue reading »

Click here to enter this week’s contest to win a cool fantasy football t-shirt.
.

Image courtesy of Icon SMI

.
If your roster is pretty much set this week you may want to take a peak ahead to next week. I know you hear the phrase one opponent at a time, but that’s not the case in fantasyland. While people are struggling to fill out this week’s roster, be proactive and get a step ahead of them. Here are some targets with favorable Week 14 match-ups.
.
Josh Freeman, QB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
He has a decent match-up this week against Atlanta’s 26th ranked pass defense (265.3 yards allowed per game), but has an even more enticing one next week against 29th ranked Washington (280.8). If you’re rolling with Sam Bradford this week, Freeman could be a nice substitute when Bradford faces New Orleans next week.
.
Anthony Dixon, RB, San Francisco 49ers
Brian Westbrook was likely the guy who was snatched up following Frank Gore’s hip injury. What if Dixon has a stronger game? What if Westy gets banged up? You could be stashing next week’s top waiver claim before he gets to waivers.
.
Danario Alexander, WR, St. Louis Rams
Alexander is coming off a four catch, 95 yard game. If he delivers again against Arizona’s 24th ranked pass defense (262.3), he’ll be a hot commodity next week.
.
Devin Hester, WR, Chicago Bears
Hester had three grabs last week for 86 yards. He squares off against Detroit. If he does well again, he’ll be a top add next week, especially since the Bears are facing New England’s league-worst pass defense.
.
Jeremy Shockey, TE, New Orleans Saints
Shockey could return this week against Cincinnati. If he does well against their struggling defense, he’d be a popular guy next week.
.
Atlanta Falcons Defense
The Falcons could be floating out there because they don’t have a good match-up against the Bucs. If you look ahead a week though, you’ll see they are facing Carolina. Gotta like that match-up. A deeper sleeper pick would be Denver, who faces Arizona.
.


Partner of USA TODAY Sports Digital Properties