Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Win Week 9- Top Waiver Wire Pickups

Marvin Jones, WR, Bengals- Week 8 Stats: 8 rec, 122 rec yds, 4 rec TDs

Marvin the Monster had eight catches for 122 yards and four touchdowns in the Bengals 49-9 beat down of the New York Jets. Jones has now scored in three consecutive weeks and has emerged as one of the league's premier red zone threats. His historic outing comes a day in which he played in less than one third of his team's offensive snaps, but when you're putting up results like that you can certainly justify starting him on your fantasy team. Also, I've mentioned this before but Andy Dalton is a must own at this stage of the season (still available in about a quarter of all Yahoo! leagues). No quarterback has more fantasy points in the past three weeks and he has been a top 10 fantasy QB through one half of the season.

Mike Tolbert, RB, Panthers- Week 8 Stats: 7 car, 35 rush yds, 4 rec, 29 rec yds, 1 rec TD

I love Mike Tolbert as a Week 9 flex play verses the flawed Falcons. He's both the goal line and passing down back on a team that's firing on all cylinders of late and putting up lots of points, and he's causing DeAngelo Williams fantasy owners to sprout gray hairs on a weekly basis. Teammate Jonathan Stewart is believed to come back this week, but I wouldn't worry about him chipping into Tolbert's work load until I see it happen.

Kenny Stills, WR, Saints- Week 8 Stats: 3 rec, 129 rec yds, 2 rec TDs

It's hard to believe we've gotten to this point but for the rest of the season I would feel more comfortable starting Kenny Stills than Marques Colston. The long-time must-own wide out's fall from grace this year has been painful to watch. Colston has just 13 more receiving yards this season than Calvin Johnson had ON SUNDAY, and was unable to get in the end zone in a game that saw Brees throw for five scores. Stills on the other hand has been on the up and up, imitating Lance Moore's old deep threat role to perfection. The boom or bust rookie out of Oklahoma should continue to see his fair share of targets in this high octane offense, and will be a capable, though low end, fantasy WR3 the rest of the way.

Scott Chandler, TE, Bills- Week 8 Stats: 7 rec, 72 rec yds

If you had Week 8 in the "When will Scott Chandler have a half-decent game and sucker us into filing a waiver claim for him" pool then come on up and claim your prize! Like clockwork you can bank on three or four above average outings from the seventh year tight end out of Iowa, and Sunday was certainly one of those performances. Chandler caught seven passes for 72 yards in the Bills 35-17 loss to the Saints. Buffalo doesn't have their bye until week 12 so Gronk, Cameron, Davis and Witten owners should rest easy knowing Chandler is more than likely out there for a one time use.

Jason Campbell, QB, Browns- Week 8 Stats: 22 of 37 for 293 pass yds, 2 pass TDs, 3 car, 17 rush yds

Campbell looked surprisingly competent in the Browns closer-than-the-score-indicates 23-17 loss to the still undefeated Chiefs. He threw for nearly three hundred yards against the league's top defense and connected on touchdowns to fantasy stud Josh Gordon, and my new favorite name in the NFL- running back Fozzy Whittaker. Coming into last weekend Kansas City had been averaging two and a half takeaways per game, so the fact that Campbell was able to sustain drives and hold onto the ball bodes well moving forward. Just goes to show that pretty much anyone with a pulse is a better option at quarterback than Brandon Weeden (Blane Gabbart excluded). He's a capable bye week fill in, or starter in two QB leagues.

-fresh (@danye33)

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