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NFL Fantasy Fixer-Uppers September 23rd 2015
NFL Fantasy Fixer-Uppers
Two weeks may be in the books but regardless of your fantasy team being 2-0 or 0-2 there is always room to reconfigure your roster. If a high pick has so far been a bust or a star player has been injured you’ve no doubt already waded into the waiver wire game. It’s a game you should be playing all year long. Players stocks rise and fall throughout the season and nobody’s roster is solid top to bottom to last a full year. Let’s take a look at some players who can possibly help you this week and beyond.
Donte Moncrief, WR, Indianapolis Colts (67% owned standard ESPN leagues)
A sexy pickup last week with worry about the health status of T.Y. Hilton, Moncrief delivered on Monday night despite a poor offensive output by the Colts. He hauled in a team-high seven receptions for 122 yards and found the end zone for the second week in a row. Offseason addition Andre Johnson doesn’t look comfortable yet in this offense and while Hilton played he is not 100% healthy. With a Tennessee Titans secondary on deck that just made Johnny Manziel look like an NFL-caliber quarterback Moncrief is a good bet to score yet again. He’s in my lineup this week and has the potential to be a solid WR2 throughout the season. Get him now before it’s too late.
Matt Jones, RB, Washington Redskins (53% owned)
The man with the common name made a name for himself this past weekend by slicing through a solid St. Louis Rams front to the tune of 123 yards and two scores. That is a first round pick stat line. What makes it even more impressive is that he shares a backfield with Alfred Morris. When a team has two explosive runners it can cause havoc from a fantasy perspective. Will Jones have the big week? Will Morris? Who should you sit and who should you play? Well, if I could answer that I’m sure I’d have a higher profile writing about fantasy sports. Either way Jones is worth an add in all leagues especially if you are rostering Morris. Maybe the workload situation becomes clearer as the games go on. For now, either one is worthy of at least a flex play.
Ronnie Hillman, RB, Denver Broncos (50% owned)
Through two games Hillman has amassed just 75 yards. On the surface that doesn’t seem like someone you need to run out and pick up right away. Let’s look a little deeper. Hillman is the “backup” to C.J. Anderson who has just 56 yards rushing through the first two weeks. This could be the beginning of a switch in the Denver backfield. Hillman has been solid during his time in Denver but aside from a nice second half last year Anderson is somewhat of an unknown. If you own Anderson (like I do in one league) it would be very wise to also have Hillman on your roster as some insurance for the likely high pick you used to get him. Right now I’m still plugging Anderson into my starting roster but if he puts up another dud it might be time to make a change.
Tyrod Taylor, QB, Buffalo Bills (36% owned)
Let me preface this by saying I was initially a bit shocked when I learned Taylor was awarded the starting QB job in Buffalo. Matt Cassell was there (since traded to Dallas) and EJ Manuel as well and I just assumed one of those two would snag the job. Manuel has largely been a disappointment since being taken in the first round and Cassell is steady if unspectacular. After two weeks it’s looking like Rex Ryan made the right decision. Taylor accounted for four touchdowns Sunday against New England and has also rushed for more than 40 yards in each of his two starts. Buffalo has some exciting young players like Sammy Watkins and should have a proficient run game as long as LeSean McCoy stays healthy. Taylor may largely be an unknown now but I’m betting he won’t be by season’s end. If you just lost Tony Romo for the next two months Taylor is an enticing option out there on the wire.
Eric Ebron, TE, Detroit Lions (34% owned)
Last year Ebron was a sleeper pick of mine in drafts. That didn’t work. This year I stayed away from him and now the tight end has scored in each of the season’s first two weeks. We all know Matthew Stafford is going to throw the ball. Most of those are going in the direction of either Calvin Johnson or Golden Tate but they can’t catch everything. Someone else has to be there and it’s looking like Ebron is ready to emerge as that guy. He had 10 catches last week against Minnesota and any tight end getting that many looks is worth a roster spot. Unless you have the Gronk on your team it doesn’t hurt to keep your options open at a thin position.
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.