There is nothing finer than a fantasy football championship fueled by hard work on the trade and free agent front. The real "pros" look a week or so ahead for streaming options as well as add players right before they break out. The players who just don't get it, are the ones with Toby Gerhart still burning a hole in their bench while Denard Robinson is winning fantasy match ups.
With the injury to Carson Palmer and the questionable future for Jay Cutler, a lot of owners could be looking for QB help on the waiver wire this week.
Mark Sanchez, Philadelphia Eagles - (36.7 percent owned ESPN) Sanchez takes over for the injured Nick Foles and hopes to get the Eagles' passing game going tonight against the Panthers. Sanchez has his limitations, but the weapons and offensive scheme are there for him to a QB1 value going forward. The offensive line is getting healthy again and the only thing that could hold him back is if he doesn't trust the protection up front.
Robert Griffin III, Washington- (32 percent owned ESPN) Griffin looked rusty when he came back, but now he will have had two full weeks of starters reps coming off the bye for Washington. He has the weapons in Jackson, Garcon and Reed, and can be part of a dynamic running game with Morris. I think Griffin could approach QB1 numbers in 4-point passing TD leagues for the rest of the way, but I would rather have Sanchez. (Can't believe I'm saying that!)
Josh McCown , Tampa Bay Buccaneers - (3.9 percent owned ESPN) McCown showed that he can sustain the chemistry that Glennon showed with rookie Mike Evans as they hooked up regularly on Sunday. With the Buccaneers defense being pretty bad and the total lack of a running game McCown will be forced to throw quite a bit and should be a solid QB2 for superflex and two-QB leagues.
Ryan Mallett, Houston Texans - (2.6 percent owned ESPN) The Texans want to get a look at Mallett under game conditions so that they can fully evaluate their needs at the position. Mallett has a great opportunity to run with the job as he has a slid running game at his disposal as well as two outside receivers that should keep teams honest. Again, he's a superflex and 2QB league option, but I would rather roll with McCown as the devil I know.
Terrence West, Cleveland Browns - (66.5 percent owned ESPN) West looked to be a key cog in the Browns running game early in the season and then fell out of favor as he danced around the holes. With the injury to Alex Mack the Browns have needed a running back with more agility and vision and it seems West is providing them that. I fully expect the Brown to remain hot-hand going forward, but West is now into the solid RB2 territory in standard leagues.
Steven Jackson, Atlanta Falcons - (81.9 percent owned ESPN) Jackson had his best game of the season this past week against the Buccaneers and gets the lowly Panthers run defense next week. Plug him in while you can, and he may be available in your 10 team leagues.
CJ Anderson, Denver Broncos - (3 percent owned ESPN) Anderson exploded with Ronnie Hillman in and out of the lineup on Sunday. The extent of Hillman's foot injury is unknown, but it would be smart to take a chance on Anderson. Anderson was highly touted in the off season and now we know why. Take shot especially if you went all in on Hillman in free agency or trades.
Cecil Shorts III, Jacksonville Jaguars - (28 percent owned ESPN) Shorts and his running mate Allen Robinson could be on your waiver wire or sacrificed to it with their bye week coming in week 11. They would be perfect insurance policies as guys that could see usage as the Jaguars have to catch up to opposing teams. Shorts has seen a lot of targets lately, but hasn't produced until this week in London.
Jarvis Landry, Miami Dolphins - (7.7 percent owned ESPN) Landry is the type of guy you want as a bye week full PPR flex play. He is being used more and more in the Dolphins offense and has the makings of a solid slot PPR guy. If you don't need a homerun in your flex spot I would grab Landry.
Dwayne Bowe, Kansas City Chief s- (56.4 percent owned ESPN) Sometimes you just need a consistent floor when it comes to points, and it looks like Bowe is settling in to that 12 point full PPR range every week. In leagues where I was holding out hope for Michael Floyd I had to finally drop him for the touchdown allergic Bowe. Know the needs of your team when you grab a guy like Bowe.
Two guys that may have been dropped because of bye week issues
While Allen has been inconsistent this season and his touchdown production has proved to be too good to be true last season, he is still a must own in all formats. One injury to Floyd or Gates puts him right back into the WR1 mix. LaFell has really blossomed in New England. The space afforded him by the presence of Rob Gronkowski and Julian Edleman have him putting up solid numbers week in and week out. Since week four against Kansas City you would have been unhappy only twice with LaFell's production.
This is the week you hope to scoop up last second drops by owners. Dwayne Allen and Jordan Reed being the top two. Allen has been a standard scoring stud this season and Reed should see more targets as Griffin rounds back into form.
If you aren't lucky enough to have one of those two guys on your waiver wire you can look to these guys.
Kyle Rudolph, Minnesota Vikings - Rudolph is due back this week from his sports hernia surgery. In his absence, Chase Ford put up back to back nice receiving weeks. Rudolph has been a disappointment this season because of injury and his lack of production when he was healthy, but he could be a nice late season addition to your team now that Teddy Bridgewater has shown he can get the ball to the tight end.
Mychal Rivera, Oakland Raiders - Rivera has been on fire the last few weeks and it doesn't look like it's a fluke.
Mychal Rivera has been TE3 overall since Tony Sparano took over as Raiders HC.
— Heath Cummings (@heathcummingssr) November 10, 2014