With only a few weeks remaining in the fantasy football regular season, it is important to make every move count.
Every week presents a new host of players coming off big games. However, it takes a smart fantasy player to realize which performances are flukes and which are trends.
For example, T.Y Hilton scored two-touchdowns on Sunday to help him total 22 fantasy points in standard leagues. However, he has only put up big numbers against weaker defenses, and he is not consistent enough to be worthy of a start.
On the other hand, these players will provide plenty of value in the coming weeks. What makes things even better is that they are all available in over 85 percent of ESPN leagues.
Jalen Parmele, RB, Jacksonville Jaguars (Owned in 0.1 percent of leagues)
Jacksonville had given Rashad Jennings a chance to be the starting running back when Maurice Jones-Drew went down with an injury. Unfortunately, he was only able to manage 2.9 yards per carry.
His loss is Jalen Parmele's gain, and now the young running back will get his turn in the spotlight.
Parmele finished with 80 yards on 24 carries, which is not too bad against the No. 2 rushing defense in the NFL. Considering next week's opponent, the Tennessee Titans, is ranked No. 28 in that category, things will get much easier.
Until MJD is able to return to the field, the former Toledo running back has a lot of fantasy upside.
Danario Alexander, WR, San Diego Chargers (Owned in 4.5 percent of leagues)
In just three weeks, Danario Alexander went from not seeing the field to being a legitimate fantasy football starter.
The former St. Louis Rams player has now totaled 40 fantasy points in the last two weeks, and it is no longer just a fluke. After an 80-yard touchdown pass in Week 10, Philip Rivers kept throwing him the ball, and it is paying dividends for the offense.
He led the Chargers with 11 targets in the last game, five more than teammate Malcom Floyd. This shows he is not only a big part of the offense, but he is quickly becoming the focal point of the offense.
San Diego has been looking for someone to replace Vincent Jackson all year. Alexander has the size and speed to be that player. Grab him for your fantasy team while you still can.
Brandon Myers, TE, Oakland Raiders (Owned in 14.5 percent of leagues)
Marcel Reece had the big day for Oakland with 193 yards from scrimmage, but his role will be uncertain once Darren McFadden returns from injury. He is likely worth a pickup, but do not expect big numbers for the remainder of the year.
However, the game against the New Orleans Saints highlighted a more consistent target: Brandon Myers.
Outside of a few elite players, the tight end position comes down to hoping your guy gets a touchdown. That is not the case with Myers, who is fifth in the NFL in receiving yards among tight ends.
After leading the team in targets in three of the past five weeks, he is a solid part of the game plan for an offense that throws the ball often. He also has three touchdown receptions in the last three weeks.
For the many people that need a replacement for Rob Gronkowski, this should be the first place you turn.
Julian Edelman, WR, New England Patriots (Owned in 0.7 percent of leagues)
With 21 fantasy points against the Indianapolis Colts, Julian Edelman finished fourth among receivers in scoring in Week 10.
He did a little bit of everything in the game, catching five passes for 58 yards and a touchdown, as well as adding a 47-yard run and a punt return for a touchdown.
For the first time in weeks, Edelman was highly involved in the offense and played a majority of the offensive snaps. He will become even more important now that Gronkowski is out for a few weeks with a forearm injury.
It might be too risky to start the receiver right away, but it is a good idea to pick him up for future use once his role is better established.
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