I can’t ever recall a weekend with so much carnage on the gridiron. How do the events of Sunday impact the fantasy landscape?
Darrius Heyward-Bey received a season high 7 targets and found the end zone en route to a 17.4-point performance. Expect DHB to become more involved in the Colt offense now that Reggie Wayne is out for the season with a torn ACL. He’s been dropped in a few leagues and is definitely worth the add for receiver depth. LaVon Brazil flashed during the 2012 preseason and as a result was a target of mine in 2012 draft champions leagues. Brazil is probably not worth a pickup yet unless you’ve got dead weight on your roster, but he is someone to keep an eye on.
Mike James ran well Sunday in relief of the injured Doug Martin. He is a good blocker, so he should be on the field for both passing and running plays and should also receive the bulk of the snaps while Doug Martin recovers. The Buccaneers have a tough schedule coming up but a starting running back is a starting running back. Bobby Rainey looked very good for the Ravens during the preseason before ultimately getting waived by both Baltimore and Cleveland. Tampa signed him in the wake of Martin’s labrum tear and he’s the current handcuff to James while Martin is sidelined.
Sam Bradford joined the wreckage on Sunday. With his season over, Kellen Clemons will fill in the rest of the way. Tentatively downgrade the entire Rams offense with the exception of Zac Stacy as Clemons may check down to him, increasing receptions for the rookie.
Thankfully, Jermichael Finley has made it out of the intensive care unit. He remains sidelined indefinitely. The Packers offense has been decimated and Andrew Quarless could get targets by default. The third year pro out of Penn State is a big target (6’4” 252 lbs.) and has the upside of a 2012 version of Brandon Myers. For Week 8, he’s more of a stash and hold than an immediate plug into your starting lineup until we see how he is deployed.
C.J. Spiller’s touches have been limited most weeks as he’s been dinged up since Week 1. His teammate Fred Jackson injured his knee on Sunday. That makes Tashard Choice worth a look for those truly desperate for touches.
Tavarres King was a target of mine in draft champions formats this fall. The Broncos drafted him, and Mile High Stadium seemed to be the perfect place for a sleeper in the event that injuries befell the Denver WR corps. Brandon LaFell made an appearance on the injury report Monday, and interestingly the Panthers claimed King off waivers from the Broncos. He’s not worth a roster spot yet, but keep an eye on his snap count and usage in coming weeks as he might turn into a viable WR4 if he gets the opportunity.
That’ll do it for today, folks. Come back Friday and I’ll have a couple of thoughts for this weekend’s matchups at Fanduel.