After the obvious pickups like Colin Kaepernick and Bryce Brown fantasy owners may have to do a little guess work as to which players are worth stashing as potential breakout options.
While Jacquizz Rodgers plays on Thursday night this week, stash him at this point as it appears Michael Turner is starting to slow down and the coaching staff is giving their second-year tailback more work in the offense.
QB. Colin Kaepernick -
As long as Kaepernick is the starting quarterback in San Francisco, he’s a worthy low-end starter in fantasy leagues. Kaepernick’s skill-set changes the way defenses normally would attack this offense when Alex Smith is starting because of his big arm and his running ability.
Couple Kaepernick’s tools with offensive coordinator Greg Roman’s creative game plans and you have a winning situation that should reward fantasy owners with at least 20 fantasy points weekly.
RB. Bryce Brown -
If for some reason Brown is still sitting around on your waiver wire jump on him right away. We should anticipate Brown remaining as the feature back in the Eagles backfield as long as LeSean McCoy is out of action as he recovers from a concussion that forced him to be carted off the field.
RB. Knowshon Moreno -
Just before Sunday’s early games started, reports of Knowshon Moreno starting made headlines on fantasy football websites. Moreno went on to total over 100 yards against the Chiefs and worked in 55 of the Broncos 63 offensive snaps that had a running back working in the offense.
Moreno will remain as the feature back because of his skills in the passing game and that he ran respectably well on early downs. With that said, I would like to see the veteran not dance when a defender fills his running lane, rather hitting the hole and taking what the defense will give him.
Then again, this is Moreno and perhaps that’s asking too much. While Moreno won’t run like Willis McGahee, he’s the best option they have until Ronnie Hillman proves ready to take a starting job.
RB. Beanie Wells -
Expect William Powell to continue to work in passing situations as Wells serves as the early down run back. Wells should touch the football at least 15 times a week going forward and will be the goal line back. Just don’t expect big numbers in any given week and he won’t disappoint you.
RB. Michael Bush -
If Matt Forte should miss time with an ankle injury suffered last week, it will be Michael Bush that takes over as the early down running back in Chicago. The last game Forte missed was Week Three against the Rams and Bush worked on 39 of the 69 snaps where a running back was present in the offensive formation.
In that game Khlil Bell worked on most of the Bears passing downs with 27 snaps and Armando Allen had only three snaps in that game. At this point in the season, Bell is not longer with the team and Allen would serve as Bush’s backup.
This week the Bears face the Seahawks and we should anticipate a close game where Bush touches the football up to 20 times.
RB. Jacquizz Rodgers -
Rodgers looked explosive against the Buccaneers and was clearly the better running back in Atlanta’s backfield as Michael Turner rushed for 17 yards on 13 carries.
Rodgers on the other hand brought a new-found energy and explosive element to the running game with 49-yards on 10 carries and a score. Rodgers also got it done when called upon in the passing game with two receptions for 30 yards.
Even more impressive is Rodgers outworked Turner in terms of the snap count as Rodgers was in on 31 snaps and Turner just 23 snaps in the game. Even the week before Rodgers worked in the offense for 34 snaps and Turner 33 against the Cardinals.
The question is, what will Rodgers have to do in order to earn a bigger portion of the workload? Making big plays and playing well in all phases of the game would be a good start, but as long as Turner is around I have to feel he will have some role in the offense.
At this point Rodgers is a worthy pickup off the waiver wire and if your in need of a roll of the dice option as your flex play you could do much worse than to start Rodgers against the Saints struggling run defense. If Turner continues to look ineffective or fall to injury, we could see Rodgers explode down the stretch as a starter.
RB. Bilal Powell -
I like what I’m seeing from Bilal Powell in the Jets offense of late. In the past two weeks Powell has three touchdown runs and seems to have a firm grasp on the goal line back job over Shonn Greene. If Greene should fall to injury, Powell could easily move into RB2 status.
RB. David Wilson -
With Andre Brown done for the season it should be rookie David Wilson as the Giants backup behind Ahmad Bradshaw going forward. That’s a good thing for the rookie as Bradshaw’s foot problems could put him on the shelf at anytime.
WR. Pierre Garcon -
What looked to be a promising first season in Washington went up in smoke as Garcon suffered a foot injury on a long touchdown catch and run during a Week One game against the Saints. Since that time, Garcon has battled getting back into the lineup but after last weeks performance in Dallas, it appears Garcon is ready to be a starting option in fantasy leagues.
Perfect timing as his quarterback Robert Griffin is playing lights out in recent weeks as the Redskins will continue to lean on the rookie to win games. Look to Garcon as a WR3 with big upside going forward.
WR. Ryan Broyles -
The Lions will continue to be a pass heavy team and now that Broyles has unseated Titus Young as a starter, we should like his odds of playing well down the stretch. Broyles was a terrific receiver in college and while he doesn’t posses the deep speed that Young has, he’s going to be an accountable option for Matthew Stafford in his route running and reliable hands.
WR. T.Y. Hilton -
Hilton continues to show us his big play upside with a 75-yard punt return for a touchdown last week. Many of you wouldn’t of received points for the touchdown, but he did have another score inside the red zone later in the game.
Consider Hilton a boom or bust WR3 play down the stretch. Because the Colts are winning by leaning on rookie quarterback Andrew Luck, his odds of returning good production down the stretch is likely.
TE. Marcedes Lewis -
The Jaguars will lean on Chad Henne and the passing game to close out the season which ups the value of Lewis. Lewis should continue to have success going forward so if you need tight end help give him a shot.
D. Jets Defense -
The Cardinals will continue to stick with rookie quarterback Ryan Lindley this week which should mean big things for the Jets defense. What makes this matchup even more enticing is that the Jets will be playing at home and the Cardinals will be traveling cross country. Consider them the top defense to target off the waiver wire this week.