Now fantasy really gets fun. Some guys were hot the first two weeks and disappeared during Week 3 (hello Eddie Royal). Others are talents of yesteryear, who have yet to get going (hello Frank Gore). Throw in the start of bye weeks and fielding the best roster can be downright mindboggling. I’ll get more into specific lineup decisions in Thursday’s Week 4 Startability Index (Feel free to make SI requests now).
But for now, consider adding these guys to your roster. Even if you’re 3-0 and your starters are phenomenal, it’s always in your best interest to upgrade your overall roster. All players mentioned are owned in less than 55% of FleaFlicker leagues.
Bilal Powell, Jets RB (54% owned): Finally a Jet considered a Top 20 fantasy pick at his position! Powell comes off a breakout game Sunday where he rushed for 149 yards on a 27 attempts. With Chris Ivory out, Powell is the main man. He can do a little bit of everything but Powell’s best feature is the liklihood of a heavy workload for the foreseeable future, even with Mike Goodson’s return from suspension Week 5.
Denarius Moore, Raiders WR (42% owned): Moore is a risky proposition. He could be held catchless as he was against Jacksonville in Week 2. Or the speedster could bust out with a 73-yard touchdown, not to mention 124 yards as he last night. As long as the Raiders are close or behind, which should be the natural order of things, Moore should see a healthy dose of targets.
Justin Blackmon, Jaguars WR (51% owned): This is our thinking ahead selection as Blackmon returns Week 5 against the Rams. The Jags as a whole are terrible, and the news that Blaine Gabbert is re-assumed the starting quarterback job doesn’t help. But Blackmon is a crazy talent who will see ample targets upon his return and could really clean up in garbage time. The second year receiver comes off 5 touchdowns and 865 receiving yards last season.
Jason Snelling, Falcons RB (18% owned): Heading into Sunday’s game against Miami the spotlight was on Jacquizz Rodgers. But it was Snelling who was the more productive back overall. He pounded home 53 yards on 11 carries and added 58 receiving yards and a score. As long as Steven Jackson remains out with the hamstring injury, expect Snelling to be factor.
Ryan Broyles, Lions WR (13% owned): Because Nate Burleson was too focused on dashboard pizza this morning and broke his arm, Ryan Broyles will assume a starting role, most likely as a slot guy. Broyles, who is coming off of knee surgery, looked decent Sunday, catching all three of his targets. The Lions have been waiting for this kid to develop. Here’s his chance. And yours too.
Charles Clay, Dolphins TE (31% owned): Because Clay comes off his worst statistical game of the season, he’ll likely clear waivers and you can do a simple pickup later in the week. But the emerging tight end still had six targets and will continue his path toward serious weapon, Clay makes a nice replacement for a drafted guy, say Fred Davis, who has greatly disappointed
Mike Tolbert, Panthers RB (20% owned): Let me preface by cutting to the chase: Tolbert is a sleeper and is only a smart play as a bye week replacement. That said, I intently watched the Giants/Panthers game and Tolbert was brought in for every 1st and goal inside the 10, including one relatively easy score. Of course, Cam Newton can always vulture touchdown from Tolbert.
Note: I intentionally avoided Green Bay rusher Johnathan Franklin on this list, mostly because I’m speculating an Eddie Lacy return. If we start to get reports hat suggest otherwise (i.e. he fails o return to practice) than indeed go the Franklin route.