Fantasy Football Bust a Move: Scobee Dooby Doo
Josh Scobee (K, Jaguars, 2,796 adds) - Hold on to your hats, folks -- gripping stuff here. The most added player this week is Josh Scobee, the kicker for the Jaguars. While you're probably thinking this is just bye-week maintenance, Scobee actually provides a marginal upgrade for most fantasy rosters. He's a perfect 10 for 10 on field goal tries this season and has 41 points to his name, which puts him at sixth in the league. Plus, the Jaguars have scored over 30 points in the past two games, which obviously bodes well for Scobee's output.
Danny Amendola (WR, Rams, 2,780 adds) - Despite widespread coverage in the fantasy media this week, Danny Amendola does not appear to have reached his critical mass in terms of fantasy appeal. At this point, just 24 percent of leagues own Amendola, despite being arguably the best pickup available this week. Amendola caught 12 passes last week for 95 yards, and more importantly, should see a material uptick in targets with Mark Clayton suffering a season-ending injury.
Nick Folk (K, Jets, 1,839 adds) - Sometimes fantasy football players react like bad investors, chasing performance like the tail between their legs. You certainly can't blame folks for raising an eyebrow at Nick Folk's play last week, as he went five for five on field goal tries and hit both of his extra points, but Folk is a career 6-for-11 kicker beyond 50 yards and 24-for-32 between 40-49 yards. On the plus side, the Jets seem to be scoring so Folk should be serviceable, but he's by no means elite.
Deion Branch (WR, Patriots, 1,563 adds) - Here we have one of the more interesting situations of the week. With the departure of Randy Moss, the Pats traded for 31-year-old veteran Deion Branch to fill a void in the receiving corps. While on one hand, I'm thinking Branch hasn't done a thing this season and is probably long past his prime. On the other, this is Tom Brady's favorite receiver from 2002 to 2005, so the chemistry should still be there. In deep leagues or for teams suffering at the wide receiver position, I can't see the harm in picking him up this week and dropping him next week if he doesn't produce. Just don't go blowing a high waiver priority on him as this is probably a long shot.
Steve Johnson (WR, Bills, 1,459 adds) - As someone who's written quite a few waiver wire articles in the past few years, I can tell you that this almost never happens: Steve Johnson made the most-added list with a bye in the coming week. He must be good, and the proof is in the pudding as Johnson now has four touchdowns in just three weeks. Combine that with the fact that Ryan Fitzpatrick has the Bills offense playing much better, and the dude with the generic name could become household by season's end.
Mark Clayton (WR, Rams, 5,812 drops) - No surprise here. As we mentioned in referencing Danny Amendola, Mark Clayton suffered a season-ending knee injury and went straight to the injured reserve. The Rams cannot catch a break as they not only lost yet another receiver, but they got handed their biggest defeat of the season at the hands of the Lions.
Mike Nugent (K, Bengals, 2,511 drops) - With the Bengals on a bye week, Nuge owners have been heading to the waiver wire to find a serviceable replacement. Since other fantasy owners almost never take the opportunity to upgrade kickers on account of not wanting to carry two kickers on the roster even for a single week, he'll be there next week to pick up again.
Jermichael Finley (TE, Packers, 955 drops) - Nobody wants to hear this, but it's over. Finley's knee recovery is expected to take significantly longer than expected, and the consensus seems to be leaning toward "done for the season." It's really not worth wasting a roster spot to hold him for 8-10 weeks unless you have a particularly high number of bench spots. You're better off focusing on finding somebody to take his place (which is impossible).
Sam Bradford (WR, Rams, 991 drops) - Since Sam Bradford really did not have much fantasy value before, the news of Mark Clayton's injury dealt the critical blow for owners hoping he might emerge into a late-season fantasy stud. There's a number of better sleeper quarterbacks out there at this point. If you're thoughtful, figure out when your starter has byes and/or tough matchups and play the spot-start game with guys like Henne, Freeman, Cassel, Hasselbeck and Smith.
St. Louis Defense (D/ST, Rams, 805 drops) - Just when it looked as though the Rams defense could emerge as a pleasant surprise, it went out and gave up 44 points to the Lions. Prior to the meltdown, the Rams averaged just about 13 points allowed per game and managed to make big plays week in and week out on the defensive end, but at this point, you really can't consider them an option.