NFL Week 8 saw Megatron post numbers beyond what we could have hoped for—and Cincinnati’s Marvin Jones score four TDs we never dreamed of. It’s a wild league that’s constantly changing. We Footballguys make it our business to keep you on top of who’s moving up and down the value charts. So here are a few players we’re sizing up for Week 9.

Terrance Williams has locked down his role and looks to be a safer play to continue producing. Until Dez Bryant blackmails Tony Romo into throwing to him on every single play, that is.

RISING UP

Jake Locker, QB, Tennessee Titans
Don’t look now, but Jake Locker is quietly putting up solid numbers. The Titans look like a team that will have to throw the ball to stay in games, and Locker’s a guy you need on your roster. Even if it’s just to keep him away from a competing owner.

Shane Vereen, RB, New England Patriots
Vereen is eligible for return in Week 11, but it’s wise to be thinking ahead. You can make an offer now while his value is relatively low. None of the New England RBs are seizing the opportunity, so he may be looking at a lot of touches in a few weeks.

Terrance Williams, WR, Dallas Cowboys
Guys like Marvin Jones and Kenny Stills are obvious upgrades, but their low snap count still worries me. Williams has locked down his role in the offense and looks to be a safer play to continue producing. Until Dez Bryant blackmails Tony Romo into throwing to him on every single play, that is.

Jordan Reed, TE, Washington Redskins
Reed made this list last week and he’s on it again as some people still aren’t buying into the young tight end. Trust me, this guy is for real and will continue to be a big part of the Washington offense (which will throw a lot because the defense is terrible). Don’t miss out on him.


“Am I flying or tripping? It’s up to you…”

HANGING IN

Tony Romo, QB, Dallas Cowboys
Another week, another dramatic Cowboy loss. But lost in all the sideline madness is the fact that Romo will continue to produce solid numbers. He’s got a favorable schedule and excellent weapons on a team that will rely on his arm.

SLIDING DOWN

Tom Brady, QB, New England Patriots
We put up with Brady’s dismal stats in the early part of the year thinking Rob Gronkowski was the key. But he still looks shaky. The magic looks to be quickly fading, and we don’t see a lot of reasons to think he’ll regain his form. He still has value but he’s trending the wrong direction.

LeSean McCoy, RB, Philadelphia Eagles
McCoy’s still one of the elite RB talents in the league, but if you can find an owner in dire need of a top RB, it might be time to deal McCoy. The Eagles offense without Michael Vick and Nick Foles scares nobody. McCoy is special, but he can’t do it all by himself.

Danny Amendola, WR, New England Patriots
It’s time to finally admit what we’ve been feeling for a while—Amendola can’t come close to filling Wes Welker’s shoes. And there’s the huge worry about how long he’ll stay healthy. He’s got nice value still, so get something for him that’s worthwhile. He’ll have good games here and there but we don’t exactly see any Old Spice ads in his future.


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