Who would have ever guessed that, three weeks into the 2013 NFL season, the Jets would have as many wins as the Giants, Redskins, Packers, Niners, Steelers and Vikings combined? As topsy-turvy as the teams themselves have been, however, we Footballguys now have some concrete knowledge about individual players who can put your fantasy team over the top… or sink it. Read, process and maneuver accordingly.
Knowing when to get off the Michael Vick Train can be tricky. The reason they can build Caesar a Palace in Nevada is that most people stay on too long.
Ryan Broyles, WR, Detroit Lions
Fantasy football is all about opportunity and health. Ryan Broyles is now healthy and with Nate Burleson crashing cars, he has the opportunity he needs. He’s a fantastic talent now thrust into a favorable situation playing for pass-happy Detroit opposite attention-drawing Calvin Johnson.
Brandon Bolden, RB, New England Patriots
Similar to Ryan Broyles, Bolden has benefited from a teammate’s injury. RB Shane Vereen is out for a while and Bolden’s looked excellent in his place. Stevan Ridley will steal carries away but Ridley has fumbling issues. And in Bill Belichick’s world, fumbling carries severe consequences. Stash Bolden and see how this plays out, especially in PPR Leagues.
Antonio Brown, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers
Brown followed the Mike Wallace school of wide receiver complaining and saw a huge week after not being used earlier. Diva or not, the reality is that Brown’s team looks like they’ll be playing from behind often. Add in the fact that Brown is clearly Ben Roethlisberger’s best deep threat, and even if the Steelers continue to struggle —actually, especially if they continue to struggle—he should produce.
Heath Miller, TE, Pittsburgh Steelers
Aside from Antonio Brown, the other passing threat for Pittsburgh is Miller. He returned this week from a knee injury and promptly had 11 targets Sunday night. In the same way that Brown benefits from the Steeler’s woes, Miller should continue to get plenty of touches as Pittsburgh takes to the air.
Michael Vick, QB, Philadelphia Eagles
Vick and the Eagles have gone from Invincible Revolutionaries to Ho Hum in a matter of weeks. The reality lies somewhere in between. Vick carries a huge injury risk, in our opinion. But you already knew that. If he’s your guy, you can make the case for riding it out until he’s injured. But knowing when to get off the train can be tricky. The reason they can build Caesar a Palace in the Nevada desert is that most people stay on too long.
Green Bay Running Backs Not Named Jonathan Franklin
Injuries to Eddie Lacy and James Stark put the spotlight on Franklin. And he delivered in a big way. Yes, his late fumble cost Green Bay the game. But coaches look at the big picture, and Franklin’s skill’s were evident. James Starks looks to be expendable and we think you’ll see a Lacy/Franklin timeshare after Green Bay’s Week 4 bye.
Kenny Britt, WR, Tennessee Titans
When you’re wrong, you’re wrong. And I was wrong on Britt. I felt it was reasonable to expect some maturity as he entered a contract year. So much for that. I’m ready to add him to the long list of über-talented WRs who just couldn’t maximize their physical talent at this level. Apparently, not being a complete knucklehead counts for something after all.