Here are a few of my knee-jerk reactions to Sunday. Just a few guys you might want to pick up if you of the right humour.
Chris Ivory: He totaled 175 yards and that is good no matter who you are playing. He left the game limping, but it didn’t look too bad. And I am a “doctor.” This game should keep him in the picture even when Pierre Thomas returns, which is not the best news Thomas owners could ever hear. Pierre could still miss next week against Cleveland and Ivory would be the lead back again. He should be owned.
Donald Brown: Joseph Addai aggravated his injury and probably added a few more after taking a big hit from London Fletcher. Indianapolis has a BYE next week which will give Brown plenty of time to recover from his hamstring injury. That will also give Addai some time, but Brown needs to be owned with Addai hurting and the Colts always in the red zone. In deeper leagues grab Mike Hart.
Danny Woodhead: Woodhead had a great all around game by accumulating over 100 total yards, but his real value will come in PPR leagues where he looks like he has taken over Faulk’s role in the offense.
Deion Branch: Brady found his old pal for some big catches and a TD while targeting him 12 times. If only the two had been fighting at some point we could have seen about a thousand “olive branch” references, but alas. If those targets keep up, Branch should continue to be useful in fantasy circles. He’s worth a pick up.
Robert Meachem: Well, Bobby has done it in back to back games so I’m going to hope this is a trend and say grab him and grab him some more. He had 5 games in a row last season with TDs and now he’s on 2. Let’s see if he can relive some of that magic.
Nate Burleson: He got his second touchdown in as many weeks and as long as Burls is healthy he belongs on rosters, but he does have a BYE next week, so don’t screw yourself.
Patrick Crayton: Antonio Gates was in a walking boot after the game and Malcolm Floyd left the game with a hamstring injury. Crayton benefited by going over 100 yards and if both can’t make it back for week 7 he should benefit again.
Buster Davis: See above. Davis isn’t as reliable as Crayton, but will continue to see targets with Gates and Floyd hurting.
Owen Daniels: He finally looks like he is as close to 100% as he can be with multiple knee surgeries. Schaub targeted him a lot during crunch time. I’d finally feel good about having on my team.
Ben Watson: He’s topped 5 receptions in each of the last 4 games and grabbed 2 touchdowns in that span. Colt McCoy showed some real presence and all that poise crap against a murderous Steelers defense and targeted Watson 9 times. He’s worth a look if you lost Gates/Finley/Cooley, etc…
Danario Alexander: The Rams keep winning at home, but with Clayton gone they are still trying to find their go to guy. The top targets in their win over San Diego were Alexander, Gibson, Amendola and Bajema (yeah, Bajema) who all had 5 targets. Alexander did the most with those 5 targets catching 4 of them for 72 yards and a TD. Bradford is good enough to make a decent fantasy player out of someone, but figuring out who that will be week to week is tough. Alexander showed good speed and nice hands and has as good a shot as anyone.
Jordy Nelson: James Jones looked like he could be the beneficiary of Finley’s departure, but he didn’t take advantage, but Nelson at least tried to take advantage. He caught 4 of 7 targets for 64 yards. Someone needs to fill that Finley void.