Kansas City Chiefs rookie wide receiver Jonathan Baldwin had a bit of a breakthrough game against the San Diego Chargers in Week 9. He leads this week's list of guys you need to add if they are available in your fantasy league.
On Monday night Baldwin caught five passes for 82 yards, including a gorgeous touchdown grab. The Pittsburgh product worked mostly out of the slot and used his 6'4," 230-pound frame to shield defenders and go up and get balls that defenders couldn't reach. That gave quarterback Matt Cassel a lot of leeway in his passing and made throwing in Baldwin's direction a safe option.
Chiefs coach Todd Haley has said he wants to keep his rookie in the slot right now because he believes outside receivers Dwayne Bowe and Steve Breaston are playing well there. That means Baldwin will likely be matching up mostly with third corners and safeties, and if Cassel really is comfortable feeding the ball to the 22-year-old, he could become a serious fantasy threat.
Don't wait to pick up Baldwin, because he will likely be gone soon and this weekend's matchup against a weak Miami Dolphins secondary could be a big one for him.
Hey remember this guy? Used to play for the Browns, then the Jets, then sort of fell off the face of the Earth only to surface in San Francisco? Yeah, that Braylon Edwards. Last Sunday he was in the 49ers lineup for just the third time this season, but managed to get on the field for 33 snaps.
Edwards caught four passes for 42 yards and has just eight catches for 90 yards on the season, but we all know the guy can be a great threat in the red zone even in a run-dominated scheme.
If you're thin at receiver, picking up Edwards now when he has very little value could pay off in a few weeks as his injured knee gets healthier. As the season goes along opponents are bound to start stacking the line in order stop San Francisco's running game, which means Alex Smith and his receivers will have to pick up the slack and start producing. That's when Edwards could shine.
Don't worry if you're a little late to the Javon Ringer party. There's still plenty of room in here. The guy is available in a lot of leagues even though he has been a hot add all week. Ringer has been the main beneficiary of Chris Johnson's terrible season, as he is no part of a backfield by committee in Tennessee. The Titans have given the 24-year-old a chance and he has proven himself worthy of more carries so far.
On Sunday against the Indianapolis Colts Ringer had 19 touches for 102 yards, and was in on almost all of Tennessee's fourth quarter snaps. This season so far Ringer has averaged 7.6 yards per catch and 3.5 yards per carry, both dwarfing Johnson's averages.
You can bet the Titans are thoroughly disappointed in Johnson, who held out during the preseason for a bigger contract before finally inking a six-year, $55.26 million pact. Now he's playing like a below average running back, while Ringer is running hard and looks hungry.
Pick up Ringer and get him in your lineup until Johnson proves he's back to an All-Pro level.
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