Are you in need of some assistance on who to pickup to help bolster your roster? Here are some players who we think can make a positive impact on your fantasy squad, who are still available in most leagues.


Must Haves:

Davone Bess (WR) - I don't understand why this guy is owned in under 50% of leagues.  He has been compared to Wes Welker and has been amazing on third downs.  Henne really loves this guy when he needs to pick up short yardage or wants to dump a pass off, and Bess can pick up the YACs.  He's a great option in a PPR league as he has at least 5 catches in all but 1 game this year and has scored in 3 consecutive games.
7 Catches for 53 Yards (9 Targets).

Solid Pickups
Ryan Fitzpatrick (QB) - Never thought I would recommend picking up a Bills offensive player, but its hard to ignore Fitzpatrick's success this year.  In his 4 starts Fitzpatrick has 11 TD passes, and had a career game last week against a tough Ravens defense, going 29 of 43 for 374 Yards with 4 TDs and 2 INTs.  He would be a great pickup if you only have 1 QB on your team, or you have a BYE week coming up or even worse have Tony Romo.
24 of 48 for 223 Yards with 1 TD and 1 INT.

Jon Kitna (QB) - With the news that Tony Romo is out 6-8 weeks with a broken collarbone, Kitna will take over the QB duties in Dallas.  He has some great options with Austin, Witten, Williams, and Bryant, not to mention his RBs of Jones and Barber.  He has all the right tools around him to succeed and is worth picking up.
34 of 49 for 379 Yards with 1 TD and 4 INTs.

Willis McGahee (RB) - McGahee got the start this Sunday against the Bills over Ray Rice, just a week after sitting out against the Pats.  Over his past 3 games McGahee has rushed 35 times for 170 yards and 3 TDs, scoring in all three games.  The Ravens continue to be a run heavy offense, and with that and the fact Rice has been banged up, McGahee is in line for an increase in carries as he's had 10+ in his last three.  By giving McGahee carries it allows Rice to avoid injury and keep him fresh during games.  McGahee being the more powerful back appears to be the goalline guy as well.
BYE Week.

David Gettis (WR) - Never heard of him until this week when he exploded for 8 catches for 125 yards and 2 TDs, helping the Panthers get their first win of the season.  With Matt Moore back and the run game struggling, it appears Moore and Gettis are forming a nice chemistry, and Gettis lines up nicely opposite Steve Smith, which could mean more success to come.
0 Catches (3 Targets).

Jacob Tamme (TE) - From CBS Sports


TE Jacob Tamme was touted as being a "Dallas Clark clone" after being selected in the fourth round of the 2008 draft. Now with starting TE Dallas Clark (wrist) out for the remainder of the season, Tamme is getting the opportunity to replace Clark in the lineup. (Updated 10/26/10) TSX

Fantasy Analysis
Tamme has six catches for 47 yards in his three-year NFL career and looked good this preseason when Clark went down. Sure, he's no Clark athletically, but Tamme might well see plenty of targets from Peyton Manning in the second half and is certainly worth adding in deeper formats if you need TE help.

(Updated 10/22/2010).


Good For A Week
Buccaneers Defense - With some good defenses on a BYE this week (Falcons, Bears, Giants, Ravens, Eagles) the Bucs play a Cards team that just had 5 turnovers on offense and only put up 10 points against the Seahawks.  If you need a BYE week fill in and the Bucs are available they will be a good play for this week.
29 Points Allowed, 1 Sack, 4 INTs, 2 TDs.

Players to Watch
Jordan Shipley (WR) - Shipley had his best game in his short rookie season so far on Sunday, bringing in 6 catches for 131 yards and a TD.  The Bengals were in a shootout with the Falcons and that might be why he had such a big game, especially as a third receiver behind Ochocinco and TO.  Palmer has struggled early but if he can continue to play the way he did in week 7, then Shipley could be worth a shot.
3 Catches for 28 Yards (6 Targets).

12 comments so far,Add yours

  1. should i drop devin hester and pick up mario manningham and i was thinking of dropping either brandon jacobs OR deangalo williams for willis mchaghee

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  2. Drop Jacobs(bye week) if you need Willis

    And Manningham is a much safer play since he looks healthy again

    Eli Manning > Jay Cutler

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  3. I am not suggesting picking up Willis unless you have no other options

    But who else can you drop

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  4. Need 2 RBs for this week, my options aren't great but its all I got. Playing #1 need a W!!! Need 2 out of Torain, Stewart, Greene.. I have Turner but he's on a bye. Also fa has Reggie Bush, Sproles, D. Brown, and Spiller. Not great choices there either.. any thoughts? Ppr if that matters

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  5. @ Anonymous - Torain is a good option this week and I also like Stewart this week as Deangelo Williams might not play this wee, so he'll see a huge workload against a average Rams defense.

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  6. Should I pick up Kitna, Sanchez, or Fitzpatrick. I have Vick and Ryan on Bye's and Romo who we all know is all but done for the season

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  7. If you are looking for a QB to swap with Ryan based on Matchups i would take Sanchez

    if you need a filer for this week, go with Fitzpatrick

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  8. Hmm. Quandary at RB for me. I have Arian Foster (@IND), Thomas Jones (BUF), and Ryan Torrain (@DET) on my fantasy team, and have no idea who to start. Foster has been a beast so far, but Indy at home is no push-over, and Jones and Torrain have better matchups and have been tearing it up lately, too.

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  9. @ jj spaceman - You have to start Foster after he tore up the Colts in week 1 for 231 yards with 3 TDs. Id also go with Thomas Jones as he has back to back games with 100+ yards and a TD. I know Torain also has 100+ yards in 2 straight and is playing the Lions but I think Jones and Foster will have better weeks.

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  10. @LiLbRo:
    Thanks. That's kind of how I was leaning. And I was also thinking if the Lions start putting up points (not as laughable as it sounds, at home, coming off a bye, with Stafford back and the offense they have), the Redskins might abandon their running game in favor of McNabb's arm, whereas Kansas City's bread and butter is the run game, and they're not likely to give up on that soon. All in all, it's a nice problem to have, as opposed to my receiver issue (almost all are injured or on a bye)...

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  11. Do I start Schaub who only scored me 7 pts last time he played the Colts, or do I stop hating on Matt Cassel vs BUF. Also in a similar situation, do I play Ronnie Brown who's been a bust or do I go with my gut and play Blount vs ARI, I also have Woodhead on my bench.

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  12. @ Boise St. Brawler - Id go with Schaub in this one. I doubt Foster runs wild against the Colts again, so expect a shootout but expect the Texans to do it thru the air. Also stick with Brown, I think he'll get it done, Blount is hit or miss whether or not he'll get touches.

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