Le'Veon Bell ($7,500) – The rookie out of Michigan State posted 4.6 yards per carry against the Ravens defense on Thursday night. He was also targeted nine times and reeled in seven of them. You have to see the games to realize just how well he is running. He’s a balanced runner, good at just about everything. When I first watched him, the former Spartan didn’t jump off the screen, but the more I see him the more impressed I become. He has good strength and vision and decent burst. Todd Haley has Bell line up in the slot quite a bit and Big Ben Roethlisberger has narrowly missed connecting with #26 for a big play a number of times. The talented rookie is shaping up to be a late 1st round pick in redraft leagues next year and is a solid value play this week against the Dolphins as long as he passes concussion tests heading into Sunday.
Andre Johnson ($7,800) – The installment of Case Keenum as the Houston Texans starting quarterback has revived Andre Johnson’s fantasy production back up to elite levels. In fact, since Week 9 Andre ranks second only to Josh Gordon among wideouts. Yes, he’s outproduced Megatron. Oddly enough, he remains a risk-reward player against the Jaguars, who held him to just two catches a couple of weeks ago. Keenum is still learning how to recognize blitz packages and handle pressure. When defensive coordinators turn up the heat, the rookie struggles mightily. Therein lies the risk. On the other hand, the mighty Brandon Weeden connected with Josh Gordon ten times for 261 yards and two scores. Johnson possesses a high ceiling and low floor.
Some inexpensive WR’s worth a look – Torrey Smith ($6,600 vs. Minnesota), Riley Cooper ($5,900 vs. Detroit), Doug Baldwin ($5,200 vs. San Francisco), Andre Holmes ($5,100 at New York Jets), Keenan Allen ($6,500 vs. New York Giants), Rod Streater ($4,800 at New York Jets).
Jordan Cameron ($5,400) – Bill Belichick and the Patriots usually focus on one offensive weapon and remove that threat from the attack. It doesn’t always work out that way (here’s looking at you, Andre Johnson 8-121), but I have to think that Josh Gordon’s 24 catches for 498 yards and three touchdowns the last two weeks alone has got Bill’s attention. For all intents and purposes, Jordan Cameron and Josh Gordon are the only two real offensive weapons the Cleveland Browns possess. My bet is that Belichick has Aqib Talib shadow Josh Gordon and gives him help in the form of bracket coverage. The Browns running game is ineffective, to be kind. They have nobody in their backfield who can make the Patriots pay for added attention given to Gordon. If Josh posts another 200+ yard day, I’ll just call him Superman and call it a day.
Jared Cook ($4,900) – Philadelphia tight ends Zach Ertz and Brent Celek combined to put up nine catches for 97 yards and three touchdowns against the Arizona Cardinals in Week 12. The Cardinals are yielding the most fantasy points to tight ends over the course of the season.