Drew Stanton (QB, Cardinals) – It looks as though Carson Palmer’s 2014 season is over, which means Stanton takes over as the starting QB again. He started three games while Palmer recovered from a mysterious nerve issue that weakened his arm strength but was miraculously cured after four weeks of rest. There will be no such luck this time, as surgery is the only answer for ACL and MCL tears. But I digress…Stanton did a decent job during his stint, leading the Cardinals to wins over the Giants and 49ers before putting up a stinker against the Broncos in Week 5. However, he completed just 49 percent of his pass attempts, averaged just 176 passing yards per game and only threw two TD passes on those three starts. In other words, he’s no Carson Palmer. Given Stanton’s low completion percentage and the very tough schedule ahead (Lions, Seahawks twice, Chiefs), don’t count on Stanton for Fantasy use unless you’re in a two-QB league or need to plug him in during Weeks 13 (vs. Falcons) or 15 (vs. Rams) when the matchups are favorable.
C.J. Anderson (RB, Broncos) – Ronnie Hillman was out of Sunday’s game relatively early and Montee Ball was a scratch even though he’d practiced all week and was expected to play. To see Anderson (and not Juwan Thompson) rack up 163 total yards was a surprise and it only further muddies the waters going forward. The general consensus is that Anderson is the least talented back of the whole lot, so it would be shocking to see him take over the starting job if Hillman misses more time with the ankle injury. Anderson is really no more than a handcuff if you have the luxury of a roster spot for him. Don’t break the FAAB bank to acquire him because he is unlikely to have another game like that, especially if Hillman gets healthy and Ball is worked into the offense again.
Charles Sims (RB, Buccaneers) – Sims finally got onto the field for the Bucs, getting total of 10 touches in the form of eight carries for 23 yards and two receptions (on two targets) for 17 yards, a reasonably good rookie debut by all accounts. However, the big question is how much more can we expect from Sims on a weekly basis. The thought is that Sims will continue to be introduced into the offense slowly and steadily as the team wants to get an idea of what he can do. But with Bobby Rainey performing well at times and both Mike James and Doug Martin still hanging around, it could be that 10-15 touches is all Sims will get unless he suddenly becomes so productive that the Bucs have no choice but to give him more. If you’ve got the roster space to take a flier, he could end up having some value in a flex role, and the Bucs’ Week 16 opponent (Packers) could be a good time to plug him in if his role expands. Just don’t invest a ton of FAAB in him; you might still find him on the waiver wire next week anyway.
Tre Mason (RB, Rams) – Mason got 20 touches for the second straight game in Week 10, and while he didn’t exactly tear it up against the Cardinals, they are one of the tougher run defenses in the NFL, so 3.4 yards per carry isn’t all that bad. More encouraging is the six targets in the passing game that resulted in four receptions for 33 yards. Mason looks like a RB3 for the rest of this season, especially if he starts getting consistent targets in the passing game. He’s probably the top RB addition for this week, as it looks like his role is well established, which is something we couldn’t say two weeks ago.
Damien Williams (RB, Dolphins) – Lamar Miller was banged up entering the Week 10 game and didn’t last long, but it doesn’t look as though he’ll miss more time. The Dolphins were merely going easy on him because they’ve got a short week to prepare for a Thursday game against Buffalo. That’s why Damien Williams got as many touches (10) as he did. The Miami backfield is a mess once you get beyond Miller, who is entrenched as the starter as long as he’s healthy. In addition to Williams, the Dolphins have Daniel Thomas and recently promoted practice squad RB LaMichael James hanging around. That makes Williams someone you should just leave on the waiver wire. Barring a major injury to Miller, nobody stands out from the crowd here, least of all Williams.
Jarvis Landry (WR, Dolphins) – Landry continues to assert himself in this offense and Ryan Tannehill has rewarded him with increasing targets, peaking at 10 in the Week 10 game against Detroit. Most of Landry’s work is between the 20s; only seven of his 50 targets have been in the red zone this season. That gives Landry some value in PPR formats but the lack of scoring potential and the relatively short depth of his targets limits his overall value. So, even though he’s getting WR2 volume, his value is more like a WR4 or WR5. Bid accordingly.
Martavis Bryant (WR, Steelers) – Considering what he did in Weeks 8 and 9, it’s hard to believe he’s still available on the waiver wire anywhere. Perhaps people just included him in as part of the flukiness of Ben Roethlisberger’s historic performances. Well, his four catches for 143 yards and a TD should finally convince folks that he should be 100 percent owned. He brings a dynamic dimension to the Steelers offense that elevates the play of everyone else on the team. Defenses will now have to game plan for Bryant just as they do for Le’Veon Bell and Antonio Brown because he can take the ball to the end zone on any play. Bid aggressively for him if you can.He is worth trading for as well.
Mychal Rivera (TE, Raiders) – Everyone recommended Rivera as a good Fantasy play for Week 10 and he didn’t disappoint. Rivera caught six passes for 64 yards and a touchdown against the Broncos, giving him three TDs over the past two games and establishing him as a favorite target for QB Derek Carr. More than half of his 52 targets this season have come in the last three games and Rivera now has more targets than everyone on the Raiders except the king of garbage time himself, James Jones. He also has more red zone targets than anyone except Jones, so it’s reasonable to expect continued production from Rivera for the rest of the season. At the very least, he’s worth adding as a replacement for Vernon Davis, who has struggled of late, or Tyler Eifert, who may not be back this season.
Charles Clay (TE, Dolphins) – Just like Rivera, Clay is suddenly the second-most targeted receiver and he’s received more targets over the past two games than anyone else on the Dolphins. His eight red zone targets over the last two games are more than the rest of the receiving corps combined. Overall, Clay is on pace to exceed his production from last season (69 receptions, 759 yards, six TDs). With the vast wasteland that is the tight end position only getting thinner, Clay is a great end of season investment to stabilize your team for the stretch run. Miami has several teams on the schedule that have allowed the TE position solid Fantasy point production, so go get him off the waiver wire before it’s too late.