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NFL Fantasy Fixer-Uppers September 29th 2015
NFL Fantasy Fixer-Uppers
We are now three weeks into the season and you should probably have a good idea of your teams strengths and weaknesses. Hopefully the good outweighs the bad. Either way I'm here to help. Here's some players worth targeting for your team in week four and beyond.
Antonio Gates, TE, San Diego Chargers (70% owned standard ESPN leagues)
This is a bit of a high ownership to merit being mentioned on here but Antonio Gates is a special case. First off, he is probably Canton bound. Second off, he is due back from his suspension after this weekend. The fact that he is available in 30% of leagues is mind-blowing. I can't quite explain it. Gates and Philip Rivers are one of the best QB-TE combos in NFL history and I expect them to pick right up where they left off in week five. If you are in one of these leagues where Gates is sitting there on the waiver wire pick him up now and be thankful the other owners in your league are idiots.
Tyrod Taylor, QB, Buffalo Bills (44% owned)
Early in the season and we already have a repeat on the list. After Sunday's showing I can only assume this will be the last time. Taylor went off in Miami throwing for 277 yards and three touchdowns without a turnover. He also chipped in 12 yards rushing which marked the first time this season he was under 40. The Bills look for real and I can't believe I'm about to say this but Rex Ryan looks all kinds of smart for anointing him as the starting QB. Taylor went largely undrafted in fantasy leagues this year but is now a legit top-10 signal-caller the rest of the way. If you can still get him do so. Now. You've been told. Twice.
Karlos Williams, RB, Buffalo Bills (24% owned)
Ask anyone outside of Buffalo which Bills running back has scored in each of the first three games of the season. I highly doubt many people will say Karlos Williams. But it's true! The rookie from Florida State has found paydirt in each of his first three NFL games and topped 100 yards against Miami. He is behind LeSean McCoy on the depth chart but if his hamstring issues continue Williams looks more than capable of handling the load for a team that has scored 100 points in three games. If you are a McCoy owner you hopefully already have Williams on your roster. If not, grab him now before it's too late. He should be owned in all formats.
Derek Carr, QB, Oakland Raiders (20% owned)
Could I interest you in a quarterback who has topped 300 yards passing with multiple touchdowns in each of the past two weeks? Yes? I thought so. Believe it or not Derek Carr is putting up big numbers for a surprising 2-1 Raiders squad. They revamped their receiving corps this year by signing free agent Michael Crabtree and drafting Amari Cooper in the first round. So far those moves have paid off big time. That should continue this week when the Raiders take on a woeful Chicago Bears team. If you are a Tom Brady ownerand need a bye week fill-in there aren't many better options out there. He's worth adding in all leagues whether you need him to fill-in or not.
Rishard Matthews, WR, Miami Dolphins (16% owned)
Miami has largely been a disappointment this season but if there is one bright spot over the past two weeks it has been Matthews. The unheralded wideout has 12 catches for 228 yards and two scores over the last two weeks. Right now the Dolphins stink which means they could be playing from behind a lot. That means Ryan Tannehill has to throw it to someone and so far Matthews has been that guy. As someone who was up against him over the weekend in fantasy I can tell you I didn't see it coming. Based on his low ownership levels I have a feeling I'm not the only one. I expect his ownership to rise greatly when waivers go through tomorrow. He's certainly worthy of claim.
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.