Stop me if you’ve heard this before – Darren McFadden out with (insert injury here). This time, it’s a high ankle sprain, and although the Raiders haven’t ruled him out for Sunday’s game against the Ravens yet, his backup is still worth a speculative pickup. There’s just one problem, the primary beneficiary in McFadden’s absence is Mike Goodson – who also suffered a high ankle sprain in the same game. So, the next man up is?…
Well, it’s hard to say. Marcel Reece clearly had the more productive day between he and Taiwan Jones; however, he didn’t receive a single carry – doing all of his damage in the passing game (8 REC 95 YDS 1 TD). Meanwhile, Jones got only 1 carry and 1 catch, for a combined 6 yards. Still, I think if McFadden and Goodson both miss Sunday’s game, Jones will draw the start – but that doesn’t automatically translate to value. I could actually see the Raiders continuing to throw the way they did late in last weeks’ game. Therefore, I think Reece is the guy I’d rather own because of his pass catching ability and assumed goal-line role.
QB – Carson Palmer – OAK – Piggy-backing my analysis of Reece’s value, it’s probably obvious that I think Palmer is in for some monster passing days. The Raiders barely had a running game with one of the most talented RBs in the league, so who’s to believe they run better without him. Plus, Palmer has a cupcake schedule going forward.
QB – Josh Freeman – TB – Can’t believed he isn’t more owned. But the emergence of Doug Martin only enhances my belief that Freeman will continue his stretch of solid games the rest of the way. I’d be surprised if he finishes outside the top-10 in QB scoring.
WR – Emmanuel Sanders – PIT – Could inherit Antonio Brown’s role if Brown misses Monday’s game with the Chiefs.
WR – Donnie Avery – IND – The Colts are really letting Luck turn it loose, so if he’s available, Avery could be in for some big weeks ahead.
WR – T.Y. Hilton – IND – If you can’t get Avery, Hilton is a solid consolation. He can make big plays and has another very nice matchup with the Jaguars on Thursday.
WR – Golden Tate – SEA – Really reliant on TDs since the Seahawks don’t throw for big yards, but if you’re in desperate need of a WR, you may as well ride him while he and Russell Wilson are hot.
RB – Mike Goodson – OAK – If he ends up returning in McFadden’s absence, I’d add him immediately. He actually fits the zone-blocking scheme better than McFadden, and can catch some passes out of the backfield, as well.
RB – Isaac Redman – PIT – Maybe the Steeler offensive line is finally getting it together. I still believe Dwyer is the best RB they have, but if he is out again, I think Redman could grind out another solid game Monday against the Chiefs.
RB – Chris Ivory – NO – Sproles aside (and he’s not really a RB anyway), Ivory has been the best RB on the Saints since he got there – just lacked opportunity. After a solid game against the Eagles, I’d bet he’s earned himself some more carries.
TE – Brandon Myers – OAK – Finally got in the end-zone for the first time in his career on Sunday – then followed it up with another. You can always count on him for 60 yards, so the risk is low – and if he keeps finding pay-dirt, the risk/reward could be great.
TE – Joel Dreessen – DEN – After a dud last week, he got back in-sync with Peyton Manning by scoring another TD.
DEF – Pittsburgh vs. Kansas City – Lions vs. Vikings – Cowboys vs. Eagles – New England vs. Buffalo – Indianapolis vs. Jacksonville – Tampa Bay vs. Chargers
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