Fantasy Football Bust a Move: Ryan Fitzpatrick Serves as Romo Replacement
Ryan Fitzpatrick (QB, Bills, 4,386 adds) - As the feature of this week's Waiver Wire Wonders column on Monday, you already know how we feel about Ryan Fitzpatrick. He's single-handedly turned the Bills offense around, and now has 11 touchdowns in his past four games. With owners sucking wind in the quarterback department after the injury to Tony Romo and general badness of Jay Cutler, Fitzpatrick makes a strong case for a replacement. I do worry about consistency here, but with four games of two, two, three, and four touchdowns consecutively, there's no sense second-guessing.
Washington (D/ST, Redskins, 3,251 adds) - There are two ways to look at this popular selection. On the one hand, you have one of the league's hottest defenses coming off one of the biggest fantasy days of the season (four interceptions, two fumble recoveries and a touchdown). On the other hand, Washington heads to Detroit this weekend -- which people probably assume is a no-brainer start -- but Detroit is the best 1-5 team in the NFL and will probably win this game. I would think twice about this move, personally.
Kenny Britt (WR, Titans, 2,789 adds) - What else do you need to know: Kenny Britt scored three touchdowns on seven catches for 225 yards last week? If that's not enough, Britt now has scored a touchdown in five consecutive games. At this point, 77 percent of leagues own Britt, but for those other 23 percent, put your pants on and get up off the couch for a change. Add him.
Steve Johnson (WR, Bills, 2,777 adds) - In conjunction with Ryan Fitzpatrick's emergence in Buffalo, Steve Johnson and Lee Evans have both benefited mightily as well. Last week, Johnson posted his fourth consecutive 10-plus point fantasy outing by going way above and beyond with eight catches, 158 yards and a touchdown. That makes five touchdown receptions in the past four weeks for Johnson.
Jon Kitna (QB, Cowboys, 2,416 adds) - When you combine America's Team and God's Team, absolutely anything is possible. With Tony Romo leaving Monday night's game with a fractured clavicle, journeyman quarterback Jon Kitna assumed the starting role. He played extremely well considering the circumstances, completing 16 of 33 passes for 187 yards and two touchdowns. If nothing else, the dude puts together a mean Halloween costume.
Tony Romo (QB, Cowboys, 2,679 drops) - One man gathers what another man spills. What comes as opportunity for Jon Kitna is a season-ender for Tony Romo -- at least in fantasy terms. Romo's clavicle injury is expected to keep him out of commission for 6-8 weeks, which means he might be back just in time for the fantasy playoffs. At this point in the season, there's really no sense hanging on to him until then. Roster space is too valuable, and making the playoffs is hard enough to justify carrying around an injured player for the rest of the regular season.
Matt Bryant (K, Falcons, 2,480 drops) - Matt Bryant continues to post terrific kicking numbers, having missed just three field goals and no point-after tries this season. The only reason behind the high level of drops -- as with virtually all kickers -- is the fact that the Falcons have a bye week.
Ben Watson (TE, Browns, 1,568 drops) - Just one week after enjoying a run as one of the week's more popular pickups, Ben Watson sees a fall from grace. Watson did have a slow game, catching just one pass for 18 yards, but it's mainly due to the Browns' bye week that he's being dumped from so many rosters. Look for him to regain interest again next week.
Brett Favre (QB, Vikings, 1,079 drops) - Folks have been slow to make the cut from Father Time, but Favre reportedly now has fractures in his ankles and a scandal to go along with his 10 interceptions in just six games. The gunslinger isn't using bullets anymore, he's slinging s**t. The Vikings haven't cracked 300 yards passing once this season, so until Favre shows some semblance of old form, don't waste any more time on him.
Chris Ivory (RB, Saints, 951 drops) - This one is a bit strange, as the Saints have given no indication regarding the timetable for Pierre Thomas' return, hence rookie Chris Ivory would seemingly continue his material role in the offense. Reggie Bush did get cleared to practice this week, and will presumably eat away at some of Ivory's touches, but we all know that Bush will not be expected to carry the full load. The Saints do face Pittsburgh this week, so Ivory doesn't make for a good start in the immediate future, but he remains a source of cheap carries going forward so he still has some value.