The #1 TE (Rob Gronkowski) and the #1 RB (Adrian Peterson) are out with injury. Just another weekend in your Fantasy Football season. But as the playoffs near, begin or continue (depending on your league), now’s the time for all the right moves. And we at Footballguys.com have our eyes on the following ones…

The Red Rifle has been up and down, but he looked up last week, and we think he can continue the run. Especially against a horrible Minnesota secondary.

RISING UP

Andy Dalton, QB, Cincinnati Bengals
This one is thinking ahead to Week 16, which is the championship game in lots of leagues. The Red Rifle has been up and down, but he looked up last week, and we think he can continue the run. Especially against a horrible Minnesota secondary in Week 16.

Montee Ball, RB, Denver Broncos
Sunday in Lagasse Stadium Sportsbook in Las Vegas, I watched live as Montee Ball won one lucky fantasy owner a million dollars in FanDuel’s 3 Million Dollar tournament.  I doubt he’ll have the same payoff for you but he is clearly gaining trust in this offense (translation: he can protect Peyton Manning), and he’s seeing about 50 percent of the workload, plus some goal line looks. Nice value.

Shane Vereen, RB, New England Patriots
You hate to benefit from someone’s loss, but the Gronk owner in your league will see many of the passes that would have gone to the tight end now thrown toward this versatile back. He’s been on fire and as the team rallies around the “next man up” flag, Vereen should be a key player.

Justin Hunter, WR, Tennessee Titans
I’m not going to act like I know who’ll be catching the passes consistently in Tennessee. Nobody does. But Hunter’s got a high ceiling, and he’s facing Arizona and Jacksonville over the next two weeks, which could be interesting. If you’re looking for the sure play, Hunter’s probably not your guy. But if you need to heave a fantasy Hail Mary, he could be your guy.

Check your rules: Kung Fu kicks are worth three points in some leagues.

HANGING IN

Tony Romo, QB, Dallas Cowboys
Romo is a perennial player here, as he always gets more blame then he deserves. The reality is the Dallas defense lost Monday night’s game. He’s facing Green Bay this week in Dallas, and he should have an opportunity to put up solid numbers. He’s not great, but he’s really not bad, either.

SLIDING DOWN

Robert Griffin III, QB, Washington Redskins
Sometimes, Fantasy does imitate real life. Fantasy owners are now as tired of seeing RG3 jump in front of every available camera as much as some of his teammates and Mike Shanahan are. He’s a train wreck and may not even start Sunday. Then again, at least he’s still pretty certain to be on the team. Which is more than we can say for his coach.

CJ Spiller, RB, Buffalo Bills
Spiller’s a quality back, but this week he faces a tough matchup against… wait for it… Jacksonville.  The Jags have turned their run defense (and team) around of late, making Spiller a risky start this week.

Victor Cruz, WR, New York Giants
Cruz looks like a good but not great receiver, and teams are hitting him with double coverage he’s unable to shake. It’ll get even worse this week facing an angry Seattle defense with Richard Sherman likely to draw Cruz. Guys like Cruz just need one play to have a big day, but it’s hard to get excited about any wideout going up against the Legion of Boom.


Joe Bryant is owner of Footballguys.com. Check out Random Shots, his free weekly column posted each Wednesday evening where he rails on everything NFL from Adrian Peterson to Rex Ryan’s Mr. T. Starter Kit.