We may have finally caved. We discounted him after his first decent outing and chalked it up to beginner’s luck. We felt buttered up, but when he whipped a 41-yard bomb to receiver Andre Johnson on a dime with a Colts defender bearing down on, another layer of talent surfaced. This guy delivered another solid performance against another decent defense, further improving his fantasy stock!
QB Case Keenum @ Arizona Cardinals (owned in 9% of Yahoo! Leagues)
Week 9 stats (vs. Indianapolis): 20-for-34, 350 yards, three touchdowns, zero interceptions, 3 rushes for 26 yards
Keenum surprised once again on Sunday night in a losing effort to the Colts. He displayed mobility outside the pocket, hooked up with Johnson on all three of his touchdowns, and breathed life into an offense seemingly dead under veteran Matt Schaub. In two starts, Keenum has 621 yards passing, four touchdowns and zero interceptions. More importantly, he’s completing 59% of his passes and is averaging more than 10 yards per completion. He takes on a below average Cardinals passing defense next week, and should be picked up in all leagues.
RB Rashad Jennings @ New York Giants (owned in 6% of Yahoo! Leagues)
Week 9 stats: 15 carries for 102 yards, seven catches for 74 yards
Yet another fantasy throw away we’ve shuddered at the thought of having to start in the past. Jennings took advantage of a golden opportunity after Darren McFadden’s recurring injury problems resurfaced. Jennings averaged 6.8 yards per carry and put together the best receiving game of his career. Although he profited from garbage time and poor Eagles run defense, Jennings could be in line for more touches if DMC’s hamstring continues to be a problem. We all know how unpredictable hamstring injuries can be, just look at Michael Vick. Jennings also gets another cushy defense in the New York Giants next Sunday.
WR Mike Brown @ Tennessee Titans (owned in 7% of Yahoo! Leagues)
Week 9 stats: Bye week
We’ve mentioned Brown before, but with Justin Blackmon’s latest suspension, He and Cecil Shorts are the top two receivers in the offense. Brown recorded his first career touchdown in the Jags’ last game against the 49ers, a 29-yarder from Chad Henne. The Titans defense shouldn’t hamper Brown’s ability to continue contributing to the offense and Jacksonville is starving for a victory. Brown has been consistent in his last three starts, averaging 70 yards and seven targets per game. Expect his target total to increase to around 10-12, which should creep up his average yardage potential to around 85-90.
RB Mike James vs. Miami Dolphins (owned in 48% of Yahoo! Leagues)
Week 9 stats: 28 carries for 158 yards, two receptions for eight yards, one passing touchdown
If anybody in your league hasn’t managed to pick up James yet, now is the time to get him. James impressed in his first start against a tough Carolina defense, but he showed even greater toughness against Seattle’s defense. Expect him to put up consistently good numbers against a weak Miami Dolphins team next Monday night.
WR Markus Wheaton (owned in 1% of Yahoo! leagues)
Week 9 stats: inactive
A true wildcard pickup. While the status of the rookie out of Oregon State is unknown, he has been practicing with the team and could return as early as next week. Even if he doesn’t, now is the time to go and grab him before everyone else does. The Steelers haven’t had consistent wide receiver production and are all but out of the playoff picture, meaning they will be giving the young guys a shot.