With Ahmad Bradshaw out with a neck injury, and the length unknown, an opportunity is present for Andre Brown right now. We saw David Wilson get in Tom Coughlin’s doghouse right away in the first game with a fumble. Perhaps the doors to the doghouse get cracked open this week with the Bradshaw injury, but perhaps not. At worst, he’s a platoon split start in a flex in an offense that will get red zone opportunities for a few weeks. Brown was a relative unknown entering the week, but should garner a bid around 15-20% of your budget, perhaps more if you are a Bradshaw owner, because there is upside to grab hold of an opportunity and run with it.
Just like last week, I list each position with potential pickups in Shallow (owned by between 50-70% of leagues already), Deep (25-50% ownership entering week) and Deeper (less than 25% owned) Leagues.
Shallow: Andy Dalton could be available, but it is also Ryan Fitzpatrick who is available in some leagues, with a matchup going against the same team that Dalton just benefited from playing, while they are without top cornerback Joe Haden. In addition, Russell Wilson is running just over 50% ownership, and he is going to start getting some quality rushing numbers and continues to be a QB2 option.
Deep: Sam Bradford benefitted from some injuries to Washington in the second half and put up some big numbers. He’s worth a flier with Amendola looking completely healthy. At worst, you know he will continue to start when healthy, if you are setting your future matchups.
Deeper: I would still take a chance on Christian Ponder in deeper leagues, but he’s not an emergency starting option this week going against the 49ers. Just know that Jerome Simpson returns after this week, and the matchups will get better. If you can afford to plan ahead I think he is a guy you can add.
Shallow: Pierre Thomas is an immediate pickup and start if he is available, going against Kansas City.
Deep: I’ll continue to bang the Kendall Hunter drum. A viable flex start with a good matchup, and an instant top 10 start if something happens to Gore. San Francisco isn’t going anywhere and will provide running back value.
Deeper: I already talked about Andre Brown. Daryl Richardson got his numbers because Steven Jackson was benched for the spike, and the Redskins defense collapsed. He’s worth a speculative add as a primary backup, but I wouldn’t go crazy unless you are desperate. Jackie Battle might get another start if Ryan Mathews isn’t ready, and would be a definite start for this week.
Shallow: Greg Little has a pretty good matchup going against Buffalo, as both Stephen Hill and Dwayne Bowe have put up good numbers. Mike Williams does not have as good a draw this week as last against the Giants, but looks like he’s worth a roster spot to stash for future matchups.
Deep: Let’s call this the “start anyone against New Orleans” rule. If you are desperate, and need a matchup start, Dexter McCluster is usually out there, as is Jonathan Baldwin. I have more faith in McCluster getting targets than Baldwin, but both are viable in deep leagues. Nate Burleson goes against Tennessee.
Deeper: Leonard Hankerson and Aldrick Robinson are potential adds with the Redskins offense, who should be in shootouts. Robinson got his numbers as the backup taking Garcon’s role, so Hankerson is probably the safer add, while Robinson would be the better start this week if Garcon is still out.
Shallow: Not much new here, pick up Kyle Rudolph
Deep: Same advice as last week, add Martellus Bennett. I’m sure that won’t be an issue this week.
Deeper: Brandon Myers put up some numbers for Oakland, though he would be nothing more than bye week fill in option at this point. Dante Rosario came out and saw his shadow. I wouldn’t bite unless you have Gates or need a guy for a start this week only just in case.
Deep: Justin Tucker is still owned in only 35% of leagues, but that should change. He should have been an add already, but 3 field goals of 48+ insure it.
Deep: The Arizona Cardinals are owned 25% of leagues and have Philadelphia, who have been known to contribute some turnovers, at home this week. They look like a good add for the rest of the year.
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