Carson Palmer (50% Y!): He has thrown for at least 250 yards and 2 touchdowns in each of the 3 games he has started since returning from injury. Palmer continues to find targets to throw to, even if it isn’t Michael Floyd (unfortunately). With a receiving core of Fitzgerald, Floyd, John Brown and pass-catching tailback Andre Ellington, Palmer needs to be owned. Palmer is playing at a high level and has only thrown 1 pick since returning. Owners should roster two quarterbacks and Palmer should definitely take up one of those slots. Grab him quick.
Andy Dalton (68% Y!): I have two bits of good news regarding Dalton. First, he ran for 2 rushing scores on Sunday. And two, there is a chance A.J. Green returns in week 9 as well. Now the bad news. He is simply playing nowhere near the elite level with which he played in 2013. He has thrown for over 1,600 yards, but only 6 touchdowns thus far. But as I pointed out, he may very well indeed get his All-Pro wideout back in this week. If that is indeed the case, look for Dalton to flourish in a juicy matchup against the Jaguars. Green’s presence changes the entire complexion of the Bengal offense. If you need a streaming option this week, Dalton is your man.
Denard Robinson (57% Y!): Who would’ve funked it? “Shoelace” has back-to-back 100-yard rushing performances since being named starter. He has the starting job locked down as Storm Johnson was a healthy scratch on Sunday and Toby Gerhart played a minimal role. And with how much JAX is giving him the ball and the high level Robinson is playing at, he needs to be owned across the board in every league and format. And seeing as he going up against a rather weak CIN run defense, there is no reason to believe he shouldn’t not only be owned but started as well. If you have the chance to still grab him, get him quick.
Lorenzo Taliaferro (8% Y!): He has finally surpassed Bernard Pierce as the #2 RB in Baltimore. Pierce was a true healthy scratch on Sunday and Taliaferro didn’t disappoint as he served as the short-yard and red-zone RB on Sunday, scoring 2 TDs. He also led the Ravens in receiving yards too. He seemed to have sealed the deal on becoming the new GL back for the Ravens, along with getting looks in the receiving game. Taliaferro also has a ton of talent to boot as well, which makes him even more appetizing as a pick-up this week. He may be TD dependent, but seeing as the Ravens offense finds ways to score, he has a lot of upside. He is not a bad RB3/FLEX play going forward, and could get even more looks as time progresses,
Jonas Gray (6% Y!): After only receiving 2 carries last week in his season debut, Gray got 17 carries for 86 yards on Sunday in the rout against CHI. Clearly taken over the Stevan Ridley role in NE, Gray did not disappoint when finally being given a chance to strut his stuff. Given the lack of proven depth behind Shane Vereen (Bolden and White are not that proven), Gray is going to be in line for a good amount of carries going forward and is no worse than a RB4 with a lot of upside, especially if any RB injuries were to happen. And given how injury-prone Vereen has shown to be, it’s not crazy to think it could happen. Gray could really do some damage now and you want to hope he is on your team when he does.
Brandon LaFell (36% Y!): Thought to be a joke off-season signing for the Patriots now may look to be a steal. He caught all 11 of his targets (which led NE WRs) on Sunday for 124 yards and a TD. In the 6 games that he has actually made a catch (Week 3-8), he has 44 targets, 30 catches, 461 yards and 4 TDs. That is weekly averages of 7.3 targets, 5 catches, 76.8 yards, and .66 TDs. That is a weekly average of 16.7 points in PPR leagues (11.7 points in standard leagues). He has earned the trust of Tom Brady and Bill Belichick and will continue to be thrown the ball to and have a chance to put up big stats. He is going to be a WR3 going forward, and a reliable one at that. New England’s offense has found it’s identity again and LaFell will certainly benefit from that.
Allen Robinson (23% Y!): This is Robinson’s FOURTH time on this list during the season. It’s crazy to think he has been on this list so many times and not even owned in 1/4 of Yahoo! leagues. Now the proud owner of two straight games with a TD, Robinson will continue to be on this list until he is owned a heck of a ton more than he is right now. He has 63 targets on the season, which is in the top 25 in the NFL. He has led all Jaguars’ WR in snaps for 3 straight weeks now and outside of week 1, he has been targeted at least 6 times per game. And in 6 of the 8 games so far this season, Robinson has scored double-digit points in PPR leagues. Clearly the favorite WR for Blake Bortles and the Jaguars coaching staff, I cannot preach enough on how Robinson needs to be owned. Raise the totals folks, pick him up.
Davante Adams (14% Y!): Surpassing Jarrett Boykin is checked off of Davante Adams’ to-do list this season. Now as the #3 WR in the high-powered GB offense makes Adams someone worth owning, given his situation and his sky-high potential from what we’ve gotten to witness so far this season. Most writers are pegging Adams as a WR3 going forward, but I’d say he is a very high-end WR4 with lots of upside. With Randall Cobb and Jordy Nelson receiving so much attention from the opposing DEF, Adams is a guy that will be looked at a lot and with an All-Pro QB throwing to him, there is no reason to not love his situation. I believe he will have more games like he did yesterday and should be picked up before he does and everyone else catches on. He could help a team in the playoffs as his role expands each week.
Heath Miller (61% Y!): While he hasn’t proven to be consistent this season and has had his fair share of ups and downs, Miller is a reliable target in a very high-powered and given how weak the TE class is this year after Thomas, Graham, Olsen, and Gronk, Miller needs to be owned and will put up TE1 numbers almost every week. The Steelers now rank 3rd in the NFL in average yards per game with over 400 yards of offense. Big Ben is working on his impressive late-season performance last season and has brought it over to this season. While Miller may not receive 10 catches for 100 yards and a score every week, he is still a nice bet to give you some points at the TE position with a chance to have a big game like he did on Sunday.
Dwayne Allen (74% Y!): Again, this goes to show how shallow the TEs in fantasy football are. Allen has now scored in 6 of 8 games this season and has at least 3 catches and 38 yards in all but 2 games this season as well. He is a weekly TD threat, being looked at in the RZ by Andrew Luck, who is leading the Colts to very a productive offensive season. Allen is arguably the top RZ target for the Colts. Because of his 6 TDs, he is in TE1 range and should continue to put up low-end TE1 numbers the rest of the way. Add him in you need any TE help at all, as he is reaping the benefits of being a top RZ threat.
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