Every week an unexpected player will have a statement game in the NFL and it’s our jobs as fantasy owners to weed through the diamonds in the rough.
Week 9 was no different as some under-the-radar players broke out to post some solid stat lines. However, as the old cliche goes: buyer beware.
The following 10 players could be fool’s gold. So, you should proceed with caution before picking up the subsequent players.
It looks like Alex Green is falling out of favor in Green Bay and James Starks might be the latest running back to fill in for Cedric Benson.
Starks ran for a respectable 61 yards on 17 carries in Sunday’s game against the Cardinals. However, this looks like an ugly timeshare written all over it.
Between the fact that the Packers are obviously a passing team and Starks will be splitting carries with Green (after all Green still did have 11 carries himself), Starks should be avoided if possible.
After entering the league amidst much hype, Blackmon has struggled to find a groove in the inconsistent Jaguars offense. Blackmon finally found the end zone in Week 9 and was heavily targeted (nine targets on the afternoon) in the Jags' passing game.
Considering that Blackmon is part of a mediocre offense with a quarterback in Blaine Gabbert, who is still maddeningly inconsistent, Blackmon may have too many erratic performances going forward.
While no one can question his skills and athleticism, it may just take a while for Blackmon to fully develop.
With Luck quickly maturing into an elite-level quarterback, he’ll be getting all his weapons involved soon enough.
Although Hilton was phenomenal on Sunday, hauling in six receptions for 102 yards and a touchdown, more often than not Luck will look to veterans like Reggie Wayne and Donnie Avery to get him through the season.
Hilton is a great keeper/dynasty league pick up, but he’ll continue to have his ups and downs this season.
Coming into the draft, Floyd was considered one of the more dynamic receivers on the board.
However, this year, he’ll have to endure some growing pains as Floyd is on a team that is not conducive for him to excel. The Cardinals are a mess up front, as their offensive line is a disaster. The line hardly gives John Skelton (or Kevin Kolb before him) any time to connect on their reads.
Although he did well on Sunday (five receptions for 80 yards), Floyd is still behind Larry Fitzgerald and Andre Roberts on the depth chart and he’ll continue to be overshadowed this season.
With Jermichael Finley struggling mightily, Crabtree is starting to get more involved in the Packers’ offense.
But let’s call a spade a spade here: Crabtree is a glorified backup. True, Crabtree did make a nice 72-yard touchdown reception in Sunday’s game against the Cardinals, but between Aaron Rodgers’ other weapons (Jordy Nelson, James, Jones, Randall Cobb and eventually Greg Jennings) and Finley still being the No. 1 tight end, Crabtree will be too risky to take a flier on.
Now that the Raiders could be without Darren McFadden for a while with a high-ankle sprain, they could call on Reece to make some plays.
Reece looked great in the passing game on Sunday when he made eight catches for 95 yards and a touchdown. Technically, Reece is a running back, but he has had only one carry all year and is more of an H-back specialist, who is used in passing downs.
Mike Goodson will likely receive the bulk of the carries if McFadden is out for an extended period of time.
Reece will be good for a few catches here and there, but don’t expect performances like last Sunday’s to be the norm.
We’ve been here before.
After bursting onto the scene in Week 1 when he burned the Giants’ secondary for 114 yards and two touchdowns, Ogletree was picked up by many giddy fantasy owners hoping they uncovered some early-season gem. After that game, though, Ogletree became pretty much nonexistent.
That was until last Sunday when Ogletree reappeared to make in impact, when he hauled in three receptions for 96 yards and a touchdown against the Falcons.
But after eight games, Tony Romo knows who he trusts and Ogletree is still behind Miles Austin, Dez Bryant and Jason Witten in the pecking order to make much of a difference.
Don’t be fooled again.
No one can deny the speed Streater possesses, but he still has a lot of room for growth and he should continue to produce inconsistent stats.
Sure, Streater looked good on Sunday, recording four receptions for 54 yards and a touchdown but Streater has had only two double-digit fantasy performances all year (his other was in Week 1 against the Chargers).
Although he was heavily targeted (10 targets) on Sunday, Streater still has to contend for catches with the likes of Denarius Moore, Darrius Heyward-Bey, Derek Hagan, Jacoby Ford and Brandon Myers.
Ivory has been good in spurts before and he looked the part on Monday night when he ran for 48 yards and a touchdown on 10 carries.
Consider, though, that we’re talking about a very crowded backfield in New Orleans. Sure, Darren Sproles will be out a few weeks, but the Saints will still also give carries to Pierre Thomas and Mark Ingram going forward.
Ivory may be a decent play for a week or two, but when Sproles returns his value will plummet. Unless you are in desperate need of a running back, Ivory will be just a flash in the pan.
Coby Fleener’s pain is Allen’s gain.
With Fleener suffering from a shoulder injury, Allen will step up as the No. 1 tight end option in Indianapolis for the time being.
Just like Hilton, Allen is yet another rookie who’ll have his ups and downs while Luck looks to his veterans for production.
There are simply too many other talented tight ends in the league to look to before Allen. Allen is nothing more than a desperation play in most fantasy leagues. Allen does have some keeper/dynasty appeal though.
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