Brian Hoyer has two more wins than Ben Roethlisberger and Eli Manning. Combined. It’s been that kind of season in the NFL, and your fantasy team is likely feeling the same craziness. Navigating the uncertainty of players rising and falling is what we do at and we’ve got the players you need to have an eye on this week. See below.

Hoyers WRs may be head cases, but they’re very talented head cases. And TE Jordan Cameron is proving to be elite.


Brian Hoyer, QB, Cleveland Browns
The Browns are in first place. In October. That’s enough to earn Hoyer a spot on your bench right there. Plus, he’s looked pretty good. His WRs may be head cases, but they’re very talented head cases. And TE Jordan Cameron is proving to be elite.

Le’Veon Bell, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers
Bell was likely drafted in many leagues but if you have a shot to trade for him, he looked solid Sunday. He brings a nice blend of power and speed plus a sweet head first somersault touchdown dive.

Danny Woodhead, RB, San Diego Chargers
Everyone’s raving about the rejuvenated Philip Rivers, and Woodhead is a big part of that. He’s a poor man’s Darren Sproles (ok, very poor man’s) who can rack up points in PPR leagues. Bonus: he often has those 4:25 Eastern kickoffs so you can make your opponent sweat a little.

Greg Jennings, WR, Minnesota Vikings
It’s always dangerous business to pin too much on Matt Cassel, but the reality is that the new Vikings QB has been playing well and feeding Jennings the ball. Nobody is confusing him with the Green Bay version, but the Vikings version isn’t bad.

Rush hour in Houston: worse than you think.


David Wilson, RB, New York Giants
It’s been tempting to throw in the towel on Wilson, but don’t do it just yet. The Giants have much bigger problems than worrying about Wilson’s potential fumbling right now, and you can bet they’ll use the RB to right their ship. He’s clearly the most talented player in their running back stable.


Ben Tate, RB, Houston Texans
Tate’s a phenomenal talent. But he just happens to be a phenomenal talent stuck behind Arian Foster. The tides seemed to shift this week with Foster rising to the top. If you were thinking of trading Tate, this might be your best shot to deal him at max value.

Aaron Dobson, WR, New England Patriots
Dobson suffered a neck injury Sunday that hopefully looked uglier than it really was. Even at full strength, it feels like his window is closing with fellow rookie Kenbrell Thompkins playing great and weapons like Rob Gronkowski and Danny Amendola nearing return.

Michael Vick, QB, Philadelphia Eagles
I told you last week Vick was a guy worth holding until it felt like the ride was nearing an end. It feels like the ride is nearing the end. He’s still got plenty of value and there’s a shot he can get this team going. But if you’re looking to sell high, now is the time.

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