Happy Thanksgiving to all of you secondly! We’ve got lot’s of fun planned for a Thanksgiving Special on T.F.E., so click that link to find out more. Football, turkey, beer, and Brandon Marshall playing the Giants. I ask you, what could be better?!?! A Special Holiday Edition of The Fantasy Exchange FF Podcast is WHAT!
The down-side is that thanks to the Holiday there will be 3 Thursday games to prepare for, all of your trade deadlines have likely passed, and if you suffer another injury you might just be a player or two short for your title run. I’ll give you a moment to let that sink in. . . GOOD! Now, it’s important to be ready for these things and the savvy FF Baller doesn’t get taken by surprise!
This isn’t another article about guys that are already on rosters, it’s for fantasy ballers that play in deep leagues. I’m warning you that this is not going to be pretty but adding solidity and depth is the way to be prepared for the run to the top. Constantly hitting the wire is our only defense when the big bad injury bug takes a bite out of crimeour fantasy roster.
On that note let’s crack open yet another Sixer and see if we can’t find a few more gems on the wire to replace those injured pills and cure your fantasy ills for week 12 on The Fanytasy 6-Pack!
QB Ryan Fitzpatrick – Buffalo Bills
I know WTF right! I’m 100% behind this guy and I think TO is going to actually be worth something going forward. There’s one simple reason I like Ryan Fitzpatrick and that’s his mental capacity, that’s right. . . I’m playing the Harvard card! I’ll take the Harvard grad over the Stanford alumn any day of the week. There’s already an aspect of the offense that Fitzpatrick has a decided advantage over Edwards and that’s the ability to process information on audibles and pre-snap reads. It’s already paid off, as observed in last week’s audible call at the line of scrimmage that resulted in a 98 yard bomb to Terrell Owens. I’m not saying this is going to happen on a regular basis because let’s be honest, they were playing the Jaguars joke of a secondary but there’s FINALLY up-side here and that simply could not be said of the situation previously. Doubt it all you want but I’ll leave it at this; “Smart like a Fox“!
RB Rock Cartwright – Washington Redskins
Welp! It’s about that time and Washington simply can’t keep a RB healthy long enough to finish a game, as they lost Ladell Betts for the year to a knee injury. Enter Rock Cartwright, last known descendant of Ben Cartwright, who gained 67 yards on 13 carries last week but he also chipped in 7 receptions for 73 yards. The bottom line here is he’s basically the last man standing and he’s going to get a bulk of the carries from here on out no matter who they bring in, especially if he’s going to be that effective in passing situations. There’s not a lot to get excited about in Washington’s offense but Catwright is a must-add in PPR leagues and he’s a very startable option in deeper leagues regardless of scoring. He’s going to get a lot of going forward, so he should be a solid addition to any roster.
RB Lex Hilliard – Miami Dolphins
This is more of a add for Ricky Williams owners but I’ve got to talk about Sexy Lexy! The guy saw only limited action in last week’s game but looked really good running the ball. Lex Hilliard had a running style and a nice low pad level. I can hear you thinking, why should we get excited about a backup RB who only had 31 total yards in a reserve roll? It was the way he got those 31 yards that showed Miami coaches why he’s the primary ball carrier after Ricky Williams. While on that topic, we are talking about a future massage therapist who hasn’t exactly been the role-model of consistent health. Once again, this guy is a must-add for Ricky Williams owners in my opinion with the skills he showed off Thhursday Night.
WR Julian Edelman – New England Patriots
Sure he’s behind to all-pro players and won’t see action right off but this kid has a bright future in the Patriots offense with his athletic ability. Julian Edelman isn’t your regular wide receiver either, we’re talking about an Option QB in High School and College that has double quick moves and is a very raw route runner at this point. What impresses the hell out of me, is that he’s just learning to refine his routes while being able to watch two of the best at the same time. I’m also of the opinion that Tom Brady can’t continue riding Wes Welker like a mule from game to game. The Patriots aren’t easy to figure out but we’re talking about depth players that are likely to have a late season impact and if you’re in a dynasty league, Edelman should already be rostered.
TE James Casey – Houston Texans
This is another guy that should already be rostered in a dynasty format and he’s in store for some good games coming up. I think James Casey got off to a nice start as the new TE in Houston when you consider that he’s only seen action in two total games. He’ll get more involved in the passing offense and while I don’t like his match-up against Indianapolis’ defense, he’s got a ton of upside coming from a passing offense in College(Rice). He’s also a former minor league baseball player, so the guy is definitely a pro. Now it’s a matter of developing the chemistry w/ Matt Schaub and earning his trust on gamedays. I’m thinking this fella will start seeing a lot more targets in the last six games of the year w/ the Texans trying to remain in the playoff race.
TE Bo Scaife – Tennessee Titans
Now that Vince YoungUncle Rico is back under center, he’s going to start looking for his Longhorn brethren Mr Bo Scaife. The TE is healthy and still a big part of the offense but the best part here is that Vince Young will look to the short passing game when his running lanes are full. He’s always looked for Bo Scaife in passing situations and I don’t think this time around will be any different. He’s got a decent match-up against the Cardinals coming up, so we’ll see if VY’s still in his Rose Bowl form and takes advantage of Scaife over the middle. You could do a lot worse is my thinking.
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