While there’s no major news this week, there are some reasonable options available. This might also be a good time to start looking ahead to players with favorable playoff matchups.
Laurent Robinson, WR, Dallas – Last week’s pick remains a best bet. Robinson continues to be involved in the offense and should see an increased workload if Miles Austin misses yet more time. Robinson has big play capability, but showed his worth in PPR formats on Sunday, catching five passes for 32 yards.
Torrey Smith, WR, Baltimore – Smith had a solid game on Sunday and faces a beatable Seattle defense this week. Unfortunately, he has been a bit inconsistent so far, so it is difficult to fully predict how he might perform this week.
Jake Ballard, TE, New York – Ballard had yet another solid game this week, pulling in 67 yards and a TD. If he is still available, Ballard may merit starting consideration if you are lacking a bit of depth at TE. San Francisco has a solid defense, but they are not particularly stingy with TEs, so he should be a good start this week.
Tim Tebow, QB, Denver – Last week a few too many people jumped on stories of Tim Tebow’s possible long-term demise in Denver, forgetting that he still will likely be a fantasy force against most defenses. As a result, he is available again in many leagues. A matchup with Kansas City certainly looks favorable (though he may be broken in half by the Jets the following week).
Ben Tate, RB, Houston – With the return of Arian Foster, Tate has become relatively widely available. He had a big game on Sunday, going over 100 yards on only 12 carries. Tate is certainly not a weekly starter right now, but he will be facing some of the worst run defenses in the NFL in Weeks 15-17. If Foster should happen to go down again, Tate has the capability to make a huge playoff splash.
Jason Hanson, K, Detroit – Kickers are not usually on the menu, but Hanson was dropped in many leagues for his bye week and he might be available if you act quickly. Going into the bye, he was one of the top scoring kickers in fantasy football this season. He could be a solid upgrade for an underperforming kicker.
Roy Helu, RB, Washington – Shanahan has taken his wild running back swings to an entirely new level this year. Out of nowhere, Helu was penciled in as the starter. He didn’t do too much as a rusher, but racked up a ridiculous 14 receptions. In PPR leagues, Helu might merit some serious consideration. Unfortunately, there is also a good chance that Mike Shanahan will name RuPaul his starting running back between now and next week.
Jacoby Ford, WR, Oakland – Ford had a solid game in Oakland this week. However, its not clear if Ford just happens to be the latest in a long line of hot WR this season in Oakland or if he has developed chemistry with Carson Palmer. Personally, I would just keep an eye on Ford for now.
Marshall has over ten years fantasy football experience and maintains a fantasy football blog over at Sunday Morning Legend (In My Own Mind).
Want to write for the Cafe? Check out the Cafe's Pencil & Paper section!