Tennessee Titans running back Javon Ringer may have just gotten a big-time boost from his coach. While Mike Munchak claimed that Chris Johnson is still his starting running back, it is clear that Ringer will be getting more touches. Ringer is one of three guys fantasy owners need to consider picking up immediately.
In Week 8 against the Indianapolis Colts, Ringer rushed 14 times for 60 yards and caught a team-high five passes for 42 yards as well. The Michigan State product played almost every fourth-quarter snap, with Johnson entering the game only when Ringer needed someone to spell him.
While Munchak did say that Johnson was his starter, he claimed that it will be a backfield by committee from here on out. That's why you need to pick Ringer up. He showed toughness running between the tackles and has excellent burst when rounding the corner. In Week 9 against the Cincinnati Bengals, Ringer is likely to see a good amount of action, and that should continue until Johnson breaks out of his current funk.
New York Giants tight end Jake Ballard caught four passes for 55 yards during the team's Week 8 win over the Miami Dolphins, but it could have been an even bigger day. The Ohio State product dropped a perfect pass in the second half that would have gone for at least a 30-yard gain. Still, Ballard is emerging as a threat thanks to quarterback Eli Manning's proficiency over the past few weeks.
Ballard is averaging 3.7 catches and 60.2 yards with two touchdowns over his past four games. Good tight ends are hard to find and Ballard appears to be developing into a consistent points machine. If he's available, grab him before someone else does. He'll produce a 100-yard, two-touchdown game at some point this year and you'll want him on your roster when he does.
Washington Redskins rookie running back is going to break out at some point this season, I just know it. Helu led the 'Skins running backs with 34 snaps played in Week 8, but that hasn't translated into yards yet. That means he should still be available. Pick him up if he is.
Helu is going to get his chance to carry the load at some point and while this weekend Washington faces the 49ers' top-ranked run defense, the 22-year-old out of Nebraska should get an opportunity to do some damage soon.
Helu has size, speed and toughness and is also a solid receiver out of the backfield. At some point head coach Mike Shanahan has to give him a chance to shine.