Last week at this time we gave you Cecil “Too” Shorts (the third!) who had a 3/56 (8.5 points ppr) line and then backed it up with a monster Thursday night going 6/105/1 (22.5 pts) and Joique Bell who dropped 109 yards, 3 receptions and a TD (20 pts). Sure, we may have pimped Domenik Hixon, but how did we know that Brother Eli was suffering from “dead arm” (is that the equivalent of a pornstar suffering from limp dick?!); we thought that prognosis was exclusively reserved as an excuse for Archie’s 5 INT performance at the Annual Manning Family Thanksgiving Day Pigskin Classic!
Anyways, the point is that even our crystal ball needs some polishing from time to time. The players listed are merely some bottom of the barrel flex-type desparation plays that have some potential upside. Let’s scour the waiver wire, shall we:
1. Jake Locker, QB (16% Y!) – Locker is excepted to draw the start in Miami today. This one won’t be pretty, the Titans offense has been all over the board this year and in Locker’s brief appearance this year (Week’s 1-3) he has 4 turnovers (2 INTs, 2 FUMs). However, the Titans do have some weapons on the offensive side of the ball (Johnson, Britt, Wright) and Locker has developed some mojo with Nate Washington. Chances are that the Titans will be playing from behind, and thus forced to chuck the rock, as they have allowed a league leading 308 points this season (fyi – no other team as allowed 250 points yet this year….not even the Bills, Redskins or Saints!).
2. Taiwan Jones, RB (14% Y!) – Jones certainly fits the bill as a desparation play with some upside potential. With Run DMC and Mike Goodson nursing ankle injuries, Jones is the de facto starting tailback for the black and silver. The former 2011 4-rounder is more of an ideal change-of-pace back, and he should share the load with FB Marcel Reece, however Jones has blazing speed (why else would the Raiders draft him) and could cetainly make a dent on the stat sheet with 10-12 touches.
3. Jacquizz Rodgers, RB (36% Y!) – If there was ever a week that ‘Qizz was going to crack your starting line-up (PPR only!) it’s this week as the Falcons travel to divisional rival New Orleans for what should be a bonanza of fantasy points. Perennial plodder Mike Turner (4.0 ypc) is firmly entrenched as the Falcons bell cow. However, Qizz has been getting more and more involved as a change-of-pace and third down back, as evident by his 9 rec/133 yards totaled in the last two weeks. If he can get the ball in open space against this porous defense a dirtybird dance may soon follow!
4. Emmanuel Sanders, WR (23% Y!) – Don’t be fooled by the string of 100-yard rushing games but up by Dwyer and Redman, the foundation of the Steelers offense is Big Ben and the passing game. With Antonio Brown expected to miss this tasty match-up against the Romeo Rules Kansas City Chiefs, look for Sanders to get a few extra looks. Heath Miller and Mike Wallace will probably gobble up any additional extra red zone and long ball opportunities respectively, Brown could post a 5/55 type of line. You could do worse as a flex WR.
Others for consideration: Tannehill, QB (13% Y!), Chandler, TE (33% Y!), Broyles, WR (17% Y!), D. Alexander, WR (2% Y!) [That’s right, a 2% owned player! Only at The Machine!]