by Will Overton
Week nine is almost totally in the books and week ten is upon us. The chase for the playoffs is heating up and you have to have your best possible lineup in place. Sometimes it’s not as much about long term upside at this point as it is matchups you play.
Here are five guys I like as potential pickups this week either based on matchups coming up or based on the way they have been playing as of late:
Ryan Tannehill – QB, Miami Dolphins: So far this season Ryan Tannehill has been better for the Miami Dolphins then he has been for your fantasy team. He’s a game manager type of guy in the mold of Alex Smith who doesn’t get many big plays. Yet here I am recommending him this week with a matchup against the Tampa Bucs coming. Tannehill doesn’t rack up the yards, but the Dolphins do throw a lot averaging 36 pass attempts per game. He also has 5 passing TD’s and 1 rushing TD the last three weeks. The Bucs are a favorable matchup for him, even with Darelle Revis, and while Tannehill might not get 20 – 25 points, he should get 14 – 15 which makes him a solid fill in.
Mike Tolbert – RB, Carolina Panthers: All he can do is score TD’s, I think fantasy owners are probably ok with that though, or they should be. Tolbert is only owned in 35% of leagues, but he’s a TD machine right now which makes him almost a lock for 8 – 10 points per week in fantasy. You hear a lot about how it’s hard to count on TD’s, especially with Cam Newton a threat to run. However now in the last four weeks he has 3 TD’s rushing and 2 receiving TD’s. He might barely get used outside the goal line, but it doesn’t really matter that much right now.
Rashad Jennings – RB, Oakland Raiders: We all know how fragile Darren McFadden is and that’s what has kept Rashad Jennings on our radars all season. McFadden went down with a hamstring injury yesterday and Jennings filled in nicely with 102 yards on 15 carries and a TD, as well as 7 catches for 74 yards. The Raiders could be without McFadden and Terrelle Pryor next week which would really put a hurt in their offense. Still if McFadden is out the upside of having a 20 carry guy off the wire is hard to pass up if you need someone.
Aaron Dobson – WR, New England Patriots: This is the add of the week in leagues as far as I am concerned. It seems very clear that Dobson has established himself as the Patriots second best wide receiver. Kenbrell Thompkins was a healthy scratch Sunday and Julian Edelman caught just one pass. Meanwhile Dobson had 5 catches on 9 targets for 130 yards and 2 TD’s. Rob Gronkowski is the team’s go to guy, but Dobson is making a name for himself and he’s earned Tom Brady’s trust which is a big deal.
Mike Brown – WR, Jacksonville Jaguars: Here’s what we know about the Jaguars. They lose a lot and they lose by a lot most of the time. That means they are playing from behind and they throw a lot. Justin Blackmon is suspended indefinitely now. Cecil Shorts is the man guy, but they throw over 40 times per game so someone else needs to be catching passes, enter Mike Brown. Two games ago Brown had over 100 yards receiving and in his last game he caught a TD. That was with Blackmon in the mix. This is a pretty good opportunity to Brown to make an impact.
Riley Cooper – WR, Philadelphia Eagles: It took a little while for him to get going, but Riley Cooper is on a roll right now for the Eagles and he’s still owned in less than 10% of leagues. Cooper was one of two guys to catch 3 TD’s and I would much rather have Cooper then Jerricho Cotchery, the other guy to do it. Cooper had 5 catches for 139 yards and the 3 TD’s yesterday. Cooper has turned in really strong games in three of his last four games and Nick Foles really seems to like him. Cooper is almost a must add this week, though I would still rather have Dobson.
What do you think of these six guys? Who would you and who wouldn’t you add in this group.