The first week of fantasy football is in the books and a lot of us have some catching up to do. Never fear, I have the ten guys you can pick up to make things feel better.
The only thing is, you have to beat the other league folks to the punch.
A few of these players you are not going to get, because let's face it, everyone is going to be gunning for them.
But there are some diamonds in the rough that might help.
Let's get to it.
This is for you who play individual defensive guys. I prefer this, but most leagues are too lazy so they go with whole defenses.
Anyway, Pat Chung is in his second year but he is going to be on the field a lot, as will Brandon Merriweather.
Since the Pats defense is so young, the safeties are going to make a lot of tackles.
He opened the season with 12 solo tackles. That's a lot of points if you get a point per tackle. He probably won't get that every week but keep an eye on the Pats safeties.
Just like Rodney Harrison used to do, these guys stay busy.
Pierre Garcon is dropping passes. You can't drop passes and expect many more from Peyton Manning.
Anthony Gonzalez is injured again and is getting an MRI on his ankle.
All signs point to this being a good thing if you need a flex and you take a shot at Austin Collie.
I said it before and I will say it again, get a Mike Williams on your team, immediately.
The one in Seattle is probably gone, but if you can get the one from Tampa, you might be better off in the long run.
You are now on Mike Williams alert. He is the number one over there and the division isn't known for it's pass defense.
Hopefully this time you'll listen to me.
I don't know what it is, but the Cleveland Browns refuse to commit to Jerome Harrison. It's like Peyton Hillis has some pics of the Mangini doing something that he shouldn't be.
Hillis is getting the same amount of carries as Harrison. Just not as many yards.
He scored once, fumbled twice but still should be picked up.
He might win the job outright.
Speaking of Cleveland, Massaquoi almost made Brady Quinn look good and makes Delhomme look like he is still breathing. If you didn't draft him you should definitely grab him.
If the Browns do any passing, it's to MM.
Here's an oldie but goodie. Taylor is the lead back of the committee and he gets the bulk of the carries when he is healthy.
(But if you are in a PPR league and you feel feisty, you might think equally elderly and go Kevin Faulk.)
Laurence Maroney is the opposite of Peyton Hillis. His coach hates him. You get the feeling if Belichick was driving by and saw LM stranded on the side of the road he would U-turn.
Cut you losses and grab Taylor.
UPDATE - The Patriots are said to be trading Maroney as we speak. More reason to grab Freddie.
Yes, they got beat pretty bad. Yes, he is the same guy who go shipped out of Washington.
But he has weapons and is following after JaMarcus Russell. That means just showing up without a flask of Purple Drank is going to get him cheered.
He has weapons and he is going to have to pass every week. Because they are going to be behind.
Don't start him, but keep him close just in case of injury, bye week or some other surprise.
Most fantasy experts are screaming to pick up John Carlson over in Seattle. I can understand that since Hasselbeck is looking good and Mike Williams might get double teamed soon.
But what about Gresham? Ochocinco and TO will have to be covered so that leaves Jermaine to roam the interior of the field.
He is a star in the making. If he is taken, grab Carlson, but if he isn't I am telling you. Take a flyer on him.
Just in case the guy in your league that owns Ryan Grant doesn't know, he could possibly be out for 10-12 weeks.
If you are a nice guy, you will call him and let him know.
If you are me, you pick up Brandon Jackson and giggle once the add/drop goes through.
I am becoming a fan of Philly fans. I think it was the second bad incompletion from Kevin Kolb that brought out the boo birds.
There is truly no better spot to be in than the back up quarterback. Everyone loves you.
Even if your name is Michael Vick.
The Eagles are better with Vick at quarterback. As soon as he figures out when to pass and when to run, he will lead them to wins.
Expect Kolb's concussion to be an ongoing story all season.
Pick. Up. Vick.