bill-swift - September 12, 2012
By now most fantasy football players have probably recognized at least one or two players on their bench that are expendable. They are probably one of the final picks you made; guys you hoped might contribute, but ultimately did not. These are the guys you are going to drop for one of the guys that shocked fans everywhere by blowing up in Week One.
It happens every season, and sometimes almost every week. Players that no one saw coming have solid weeks enticing fantasy team owners to add them to the their rosters. The action this past Sunday was no different.
Now some of these guys you may not want to start just yet, but assuming you have someone expendable on your bench they are certainly worth taking off the waiver wire and stashing on your bench:
Alfred Morris, RB, Washington Redskins: Thanks to the running back by committee approach there are not a lot of solid, dependable fantasy running backs anymore. Morris proved against the Saints that his preseason performance was not a fluke by running for 96 yards on 28 carries and scoring two TDs.
The problem here of course is the Running Back Whisperer, head coach Mike Shanahan. It is hard to trust that he'll make Morris the main man next week or the week after. If you have the room on your bench he is still worth stashing though.
Stephen Hill, WR, New York Jets: After the preseason these clowns had, only a fool would have drafted anything other than the Jets defense. A wide receiver with only 49 career catches in college was definitely not on anyone's radar. That is, until now. Hill blew up with the rest of the Jets offense accounting for 89 yards on five catches and two touchdowns Sunday.
With the way the Jets preseason (and last three seasons) played out offensively it is still hard to imagine picking up a Jets players. That being said, this could be the beginning of something for Rex Ryan and company. Do you really want to be left behind? Pick him up and stash him till we see whether the Jets offense will keep this new-found success going.
Alshon Jeffrey, WR, Chicago Bears: Fantasy football has not looked fondly on wide receivers in Chicago for some time, but that could all be changing this season. Jay Cutler and Brandon Marshall proved against the Colts that the magic is still there, and rookie Alshon Jeffrey had a solid day with 80 yards and a TD off of three catches.
Don't be surprised if teams look to double Marshall going forward. This will inevitably make it easier to throw Jeffrey's way making it likely that his stats are going to be even better in the weeks to come.
Randall Cobb, WR, Green Bay Packers: He did well against a tough 49ers defense with nine catches for 77 yards and scored on a punt return as well. The Packers had the speed demon on the field often; proof that they want to get him worked into the game a lot more. With Greg Jennings possibly nursing an injured groin he could see even more action Thursday against the Bears.
Kevin Ogletree, WR, Dallas Cowboys: Do I really need to point this guy out? After catching eight balls for 114 yards and 2 TDs he should be at the top of everyone's list. His chances of continued success are good, even as the team's No. 3 wide receiver, but with the injury history that Miles Austin has he could easily become a No. 2 during the season.
Danny Amendola, WR, St. Louis Rams: The Rams will be better this year thanks to head coach Jeff Fisher; how much better remains to be seen of course. The defense will put the ball in Sam Bradford's hands more often this season making some of the Rams worthy of adding to your fantasy roster.
Amendola had a good day against the Lions Sunday catching five balls for 70 yards. He has the talent to do even better and was the most targeted player by Sam Bradford. He's worth stashing for now and could prove to at least be a good-bye week replacement or trade bait down the line.
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