My Watch List reflects the cream of the crop of the players I am genuinely watching in my fantasy league, in order to monitor them to see if their fantasy situations keep improving, or in some cases to pick them up and roll the dice with them as early as this week.
- Julian Edelman’s ascension to third receiver in New England just became official with the release of veteran Joey Galloway today. While he is not a must-own by any stretch, he had six catches last game to bring his ’09 total to 21, not too bad for someone that is virtually an unknown. With people questioning Tom Brady’s play he answered the call with six TD passes vs the hapless Titans, which could be the beginning of the return of the juggernaut pass-happy Patriots of ’07. Edelman can pad his stats with return yards because he returns punts and kickoffs, and has shown the ability to take ‘em to the house. If you are weak at receiver, you could do worse. If you aren’t quite that desperate yet, put him on deck.
- ***UPDATE: YOU CAN UN-WATCH JULIAN EDELMAN, HE HAS A BROKEN ARM***
- Keenan Burton may become the default No. 1 WR in St. Louis this week with Laurent Robinson out for the year, and Donnie Avery possibly missing time with a bruised hip. With Bulger back under center, he is worth a gamble. Even then, I am not sure how much stock to put in any Ram going up against the Colts’ surprisingly stiff No. 9 ranked pass defense who may be getting leader Bob Sanders back for this game.
- I know I just said to be weary of any Ram, but I have to include Danny Amendola. I spotlighted him in my Bookmark Him Now series last week, so I won’t rehash his story here, just state the facts. He is a new addition to the Rams, a team very thin at receiver. Depending on how thoroughly the Rams are shut down this week, Burton may not have many chances to catch a pass, whereas Amendola will get work regardless in the return game. He is getting closer to returning one for six, as he had a 58-yard kickoff return last week. You’d have to think he is going to get A LOT of return work this week. That said, he may be the safer choice between he and Burton.
- Mohamed Massaquoi plays on a bad offense with unreliable output. The only thing you can count on is that he is the No. 1 receiver for the Browns, and may catch half of Derek Anderson’s completions for the rest of the season.
- Mike Thomas snagged a career-high seven passes last week and added three returns for the Jaguars. More noticeable is that he was second on the team in targets, with one more than Torry Holt and one less than Mike Sims-Walker, neither of which offer Thomas’ blazing speed.
- Jacoby Jones only has eight catches for the Texans but three of them have gone for TDs. In the return game he is always a threat to go all the way, with one TD and 649 yards to date. His production is going to be hit or miss, but consider him on stand by should Andre Johnson go down with an injury.
~Tight Ends and Running Backs~
- TE Jermichael Finley looks like the real deal and is getting more involved in Green Bay. However fellow TE Donald Lee has out-targeted him on the season, so don’t get too excited.
- RB Beanie Wells cannot be counted on until the Cardinals begin to count on him, and their rushing attack. Tim Hightower has more value because he is second on the team in receptions, is the better blocker, and gets the goal-line carries. Still, who isn’t waiting for that breakout game from Wells? Give him time, its coming. While I think Hightower’s value will remain relatively steady and solid, once Wells gets warmed up his value has the potential to surpass Hightower’s. This potential however, is squarely in the hands of play caller Ken Whisenhunt. If Arizona remains near the bottom in rushing attempts per game, Wells will be a non-factor this fantasy season.
- Marc Bulger is that classic former fantasy superstar, whose light has grown dim. He still has top tier QB ability, just not the supporting cast. Do you trust him vs the Colts? I doubt it. Still, he is available on the waiver wire, and may be worth a look in future weeks.
- Ryan Fitzpatrick showed a lot of promise as Bulger’s backup in St Louis, and I thought he might perform better than he actually did in Cincinnati last year subbing for the injured Carson Palmer. Sure, this year’s Bills are not any better than last year’s Bengals, so maybe the same result is in order. Unless Trent Edwards ends up missing a significant amount of time, Fitzpatrick will likely not last here long.
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