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Jackie Battle should continue to steal TD's in SD.
Week two brought us fantasy footballers a dose of reality - you just never really know who is going to stand up and produce on a week to week basis.  Us who play the sport know that sometimes a Peyton Manning vs. the Falcons match-up is not all it's cracked up to be.  Peyton was outplayed by the likes of Brandon Weeden, Ryan Tannehill, and Matt Cassel last week, and anyone who played him expecting major MNF points was severely disappointed.  We all know that does not mean you should rush out and drop PM for one of these guys, what I'm saying is that there are always ways to improve on your team each week through the waiver wire.  Anyone who took a flier on Danny Amendola after week 1's 5-70-0 outing vs. Detroit were rewarded handsomely with his 15-160-1 outburst this week.  Anyone who took heed to my column on the three rookie kickers (and how they could help) were pleased to garner at least 10 points a piece (all three were at least 2-2 on FG's; Tucker led all K's in points).  I know one team that I beat in week two managed just one point from his K (I even gave him the advice to pick up Justin Tucker.)  Point here is this: there is absolutely no reason to stay put every week in FFL's.  Although managers will grab just a mirage of a fantasy starter once in a while, every week turns up at least one fresh face that rewards the manager who acted on him.  Here are a few guys who could be that diamond in the rough that managers are looking for this week.

J. Tucker, B. Walsh, G. Zuerlein K - This is the last call on my blog about these guys.  All three rookie kickers are contributing big time for real-life and fantasy teams alike.  Tucker is leading FFL kickers in points thus far, Walsh is number two in kicker points, and Zuerlein is currently ranked 8th.  I urge you to grab one of these guys unless you have one of the three or four veterans in the league that consistently rack up FF points (Crosby, Bryant, Gostkowski, Akers...)  All three of these rookie kickers are perfect on the season, including an eye popping 11/11 from 40+.

Shaun Draughn RB, KC - We all thought that Kansas City would be more than all-set this season at running back.  But with Jamaal Charles and Peyton Hillis not playing up to par (Charles has 109 total yards, Hillis a costly goal-line fumble,) the 6', 210lb rookie is punishing defenses with authority.  He has a modest 120 yards and a score this season, but that is with just 14 touches through two weeks.  Look for Draughn to steal some important carries in the fast paced KC offense.  He is just 3% owned and faces a NO team that gave up 219 yards on the ground last week.

Brandon Gibson WR, StL - I've always loved Sam Bradford, and I think he could be a top 15 QB in this league whenever he finally gets some trusty WR's to throw to consistently.  With Amendola looking like a true #1 WR that can handle the load, Gibson is quietly stepping up into a solid #2.  Gibson has averaged 12 yards per catch over his three year career, and with a full time starting gig while healthy, look for him to continue to post lines very similar to his week-one line of 4-51-1.  Not a bad #3 or #4 WR at all.

Brent Celek TE, Phi - Though I'm not a huge fan of Celek, he is putting up some fantastic numbers in Philly and should continue to do so.  He is owned most leagues, but one could argue that he should be owned in just about all of them.  Celek has very quietly amassed over 3000 yards in his 5+ year career, twice eclipsing the 800 yard mark.  Celek has never missed a game and is relied heavily upon by the unreliable Mike Vick.  Last week's 8-157-0 line certainly helped out those that started him, and Celek should be one of the top waiver pickups in leagues in which he is on the wire.  Take a gander, and consider adding him if you drafted Aaron Hernandez, or are a frustrated owner of Dallas Clark, Heath Miller, or Fred Davis.  Celek leads all TE's in yards thus far.

Brian Hartline WR, Mia - Now one of the many rules in drafting receivers is that if he is on a bad team, he could pay dividends as they try and play catch-up every week.  So long as Tannehill continues to build on his week two performance and not his week one performance, the 4% Y! owned Hartline could keep his owners happy as a #4 or #5 WR.  One of several Welker-lite's in the league, Hartline is a hybrid slot receiver with size.  He has reportedly been shadowing Tannehill around the 'Fins facilities, and it showed with their 9-111-0 connection last week.  Keep your eyes on BH, and if he keeps nabbing 5+ catches a week, you could be in for a treat in PPR leagues.

Sam Bradford QB, StL - Bradford was all the hype just two years ago, former #1 overall pick, solid young nucleus on his team, and nowhere to go but up.  Well, after his 3500 yard, 18 TD rookie season, Bradford played in just 10 games a year ago and posted an ugly 2100 yards and just 6 scores.  The Rams have done a nice job of bringing in some players (an offensive line, 6'4" TE Mulligan, S. Smith) and developing guys (Amendola, Gibson, Kendricks), making Bradford's job easier.  Smooth Sam has responded with a 112 QB rating, 500+ yards, and a 4:1 TD:INT ratio.  Bank on Bradford as a lock as your #2 QB who is still sitting on your wire.  He has outperformed most QB's including Cutler, A. Smith, Freeman, Dalton, and Fitzpatrick to name a few, and is owned in just 22% of Y! leagues.

Jackie Battle RB, SD - Ronnie Brown is looking like an old situational back, Brinkley looked awful in whatever game action I have seen him in, and Matthews has a glass jaw.  All of this paves the way for more touches moving forward for the 6'2" 240lb bruising back.  A former KC cast-off, Battle has averaged more than 4.0 yards per carry in his past two seasons, and looks to be at least the SD goal-line back this year.  The Chargers will look to keep Matthews healthy, and use Brown in passing-downs only.  Battle is owned in just 3% of leagues, and had two TD's in his limited game action this season.  Grab him and wait for the opportunity.  You won't be sorry you did so.

Pierre Thomas RB, NO - Thomas is owned in less than 50% of leagues, and the reason why is obvious - too much depth at RB in Nawlins.  But the Saints like to spread Sproles out wide and use him in passing downs.  Ingram is a great back but still very raw, and Chris Ivory is looking more and more like the odd man out in NO.  The knock on Pierre is that he's only played a full season once in his six years in NO, but Thomas has shown several times that he is capable of carrying the load.  He has amassed more than 560 yards on the ground three times in a little over four seasons, and he's caught at least 30 passes three times as well.  If Thomas is available in your league, grab him now.

Dexter McCluster WR/RB, KC - Dex carries the valuable double eligibility tag in leagues and produces enough to warrant ownership in more than three-quarters of leagues in my opinion.  He is owned in 39% of Y! leagues - which is not nearly enough in my opinion.  McCluster has more catches than Randy Moss and Nate Washington combined, and more yards than Meachem and Greg Little combined.  All four of those players are rostered in more leagues than Dexter.  The Cheifs like to spread McCluster out wide (like Sproles-lite), and they run him once in a while, too.  Look for about 5 catches and 70 yards per game moving forward.  Oh yeah, and did I mention he's got that tricky dual eligibility?




 


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