We have finally reached the point in the season where half of the league is going to be heading into their off week. With the next three weeks of the season seeing 16 teams missing due to the bye week, I hope you have been stacking your rosters with players like Andrew Hawkins (CLE), Justin Forsett (BAL), Carson Palmer (ARI) and more to keep your team afloat as players begin to move to your bench.
With Week 9 approaching the Falcons, Bills, Bears, Lions, Packers and Titans are all taking a back seat, which will undoubtedly have a major impact on nearly every fantasy owner out there. Superstars like Matt Ryan (ATL), Julio Jones (ATL), Matt Forte (CHI), Aaron Rodgers (GB), Reggie Bush (DET) and many more all sitting on the side lines is going to make for a pretty exciting storyline as you peruse through the waiver wire to find replacements in a pinch.
Although Week 8 saw an outcry of fantasy points specifically from players who haven’t been known for doing so, the waiver wire is still pretty thin. Understanding trends and roster situations may be the only course you can take in order to solidify a decent week while your powerhouse players are all riding the pine.
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Brandon LaFell (NE): It has been a bit hard for me to discuss LaFell at all this year specifically because of his up and down nature through the first half of the football season. However, despite his on again off again behavior, LaFell (29 | 66 | 47) has been a decent target for Brady over the last five weeks. Although LaFell isn’t owned in less than 25% of leagues, his 29% in ESPN leagues is far too low for a player of his caliber who has put it on thick in the last few weeks. Nevertheless, LaFell’s 11 catches 124 yards and a score was good for 29 Fantasy points in PPR leagues, fifth best in the league in Week 8. LaFell has now had two 100-yard games in his last five while scoring four times in those respective games including at least six targets in all but two of the Patriots first eight contests. [Read more...]