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NFL Fantasy Fixer-Uppers November 17th 2015
Has there been a week in this NFL season in which there wasn't a big injury? I'm asking. Seriously. If you know please tell me. It's uncanny. Team walking wounded added a few more players this week which means that it's another time to be on top of the waiver wire. Who is out there that can help you this week? Well, let's take a quick look.
Tony Romo, QB, Dallas Cowboys (47% owned standard ESPN leagues)
OK, I get that Romo broke his collarbone early in the year. I also get that there is no DL slot in fantasy football like there is in baseball but are you telling me that Tony Romo, a mere few days before he is scheduled to return to the lineup, is available in more than half of standard ESPN leagues? Are your benches that shallow? This is beyond me. Romo is an elite fantasy quarterback and he will have stud wideout Dez Bryant on the field. If Romo is available in your league he is the top add this week. Regardless of position or need he is it. Trust me.
Danny Amendola, WR, New England Patriots (22% owned)
This much we know: Julian Edelman will more than likely miss the rest of the regular season. That means he is safe to drop in most fantasy formats as those typically wrap up prior to the final week of the season. This much we also know: Danny Amendola is going to slip into the slot and take over for Edelman. Julian was leading the team in targets and those have to go somewhere. Odds are good Amendola will see his share and act as Tom Brady's new safety valve. He put up good numbers during his time in St. Louis and hauled in 10 passes after Edelman went down on Sunday with his broken foot. Look for that trend to continue. On a top offense Amendola now becomes must-own material especially in PPR leagues.
Jay Ajayi, RB, Miami Dolphins (9% owned)
While he isn't about to unseat Lamar Miller, Ajayi is certainly an interesting option. Over the past two weeks the rookie from Boise State has provided a boost while scooting for 89 yards on just 11 carries. That kind of production can't be ignored and it should make for a larger workload as the season rolls on. If you are a Miller owner you should find room on your roster for Ajayi. If you are just looking for a flash in the pan he can certainly fit that bill as well. For now keep your expectations tempered but if he starts getting 8-10 carries a game he could merit flex play in deeper leagues. Home run hitters are always fun to play.
Mark Sanchez, QB, Philadelphia Eagles (<1% owned)
Gotta love the players that are virtually unowned. Expect that to change this week with Mark Sanchez as he now takes over the quarterbacking duties in Philadelphia due to the injury to Sam Bradford. Sanchez played decently in relief this past weekend though his end zone interception was a killer. That said, he did throw what should have been two touchdown passes on that same drive, one of which Miles Austin couldn't keep his second foot in bounds and another was called back due to a penalty. He played well in eight games last season and the play-calling shouldn't change. If you are in need of a bye-week fill-in Sanchez is an intriguing option at home against a so-so Tampa secondary.
Zach Miller, TE, Chicago Bears (<1% owned)
Double-dipping in the less than one percent owned category? Why not. Miller exploded this past Sunday with a season-high five catches for 107 yards and two touchdowns. In fact, he had amassed just five catches all season prior to the game in St. Louis. But Chicago already has a fantasy stud tight end in Martellus Bennett you might say? True. What Chicago doesn't have, however, is a reliable wide receiver outside of Alshon Jeffrey. That opened the door for Miller and he could have another big day in him. Kind of a boom or bust pick but if you are desperate for a tight end this week (as I am with Gary Barnidge on a bye) he is worth taking a flier on.
Is there a player you have your eye on that I didn’t cover here? Please leave a comment and I’ll get back to you as soon as I can. Want to reach me more directly? Ask me on Twitter @therichwhiteguy and give me a follow so you can stay up on all my blogs as they are posted. Not sure you should take my word for it? Well, I have won over $30 on Draft Kings. Pretty sure I'll be on a commercial any day now.