Fantasy Football Bust a Move: Jacob Tamme, Peyton's New Toy
Jacob Tamme (TE, Colts, 3,718 adds) - One week after stalwart tight end Dallas Clark went down with an injury that sent him to the IR, Peyton Manning proved his tight ends can be a product of the system -- much like we saw with Austin Collie and Pierre Garcon at wide receiver last season. Tamme managed six catches for 64 yards and a touchdown in his first-ever start, so he looks like a goldmine if he can keep this up. If he can produce anything close to what Dallas Clark did over the past two seasons, Tamme could be a real difference-maker going forward.
LeGarrette Blount (RB, Bucs, 3,503 adds) - Blount would probably have even more pickups this week, except for the fact that he's already been a hot waiver-wire ticket for the past couple. Blount finally had his breakout performance this past week after stealing the bulk of the workload from Cadillac Williams by amassing 120 yards on 22 carries with two touchdowns. Going forward, he looks to have the potential of a starting lineup-worthy RB No. 3 or flex start.
Dan Carpenter (K, Dolphins, 2,445 adds) - I know you are all sweating bullets out there wondering what to do about your kicker situation this week, but Dan Carpenter seems to be the popular answer for byes and upgrades. Carpenter comes off two consecutive games with five-for-five field goal performances, so you might as well go with the guy scoring points.
BenJarvus Green-Ellis (RB, Patriots, 1,809 adds) - There must be a lot of shallow leagues out there, because according to Fleaflicker, only 55 percent of leagues own Green-Ellis. I suspect anyone in a 10-teamer or higher will have no shot at this pickup, but for those who haven't snapped him up, BenJarvus comes off a huge game of 112 yards and two touchdowns rushing. More importantly, he has quietly scored touchdowns in each of his past five games, so consistency from the dreaded Pats backfield doesn't even appear to be an issue at this point.
Mike Williams (WR, Bucs, 1,808 adds) - Unable to consistently keep himself off waivers in many leagues, Tampa Mike Williams now has four touchdowns on the season and four games with five catches or more. He still makes for a risky start, but he's at least a definite add for depth. You can certainly make a strong case for starting Williams at your flex on weeks when the roster comes up a little weak due to byes or injuries.
Josh Scobee (K, Jaguars, 2,332 drops) - While Scobee still possesses a hot hand -- or foot I should say -- he faces a bye week, so owners are being forced to part with the kicker, despite his perfect field-goal percentage thus far. There's little threat in dropping him, but it's probably a good idea to swap him back in next week.
Kenny Britt (WR, Titans, 1,266 drops) - Coach Jeff Fisher already ruled Kenny Britt out for the Titans' Week 10 matchup after this week's bye, which likely means Britt has a pretty serious hamstring injury. However, the decision here should be situational. Depending on your wide receiver depth and the likelihood of your team making the playoffs, it might be worth hanging on to Britt until we get a little more clarity on the seriousness of the injury. At the same time, this is the point in the season where you need to scratch and claw for wins, so carrying dead weight could be too costly if you need those wins now.
Deion Branch (WR, Patriots, 1,021 drops) - After his big homecoming with Tom Brady in Week 6, Branch followed the stellar game with a four-catch, 39-yard performance and a one-catch, 21-yard performance. Plus, Tom Brady looks awfully pedestrian these days without Randy Moss, so the hope of a breakout second half for Branch is looking less and less likely. At this point, there's not much use in holding out hope, as starting a receiver with this kind of inconsistency is not prudent.
Marshawn Lynch (RB, Seahawks, 886 drops) - Those faint hopes of the return of Beast Mode vanished as fast as they came, despite coach Pete Carroll's genuine attempts to work Marshawn Lynch into the Seattle offense. Lynch got 17 and 24 carries in his first two Seattle starts, respectively, but this past weekend he ran just nine times for even fewer yards -- seven total. A 0.8 yards-per-carry average just isn't gonna cut it in the NFL, so we can understand why folks cut him, but there's one thing to note for owners if it's not too late: the Seahawks do have a few cream-puff rushing defenses on the upcoming schedule, such as Arizona, Carolina and Tampa Bay, so it may be worth holding him a tad bit longer.
Roy Williams (WR, Cowboys, 697 drops) - After a brief fantasy courtship, the Roy Williams emergence ended as quick as it started. For a fine stretch there, he had five touchdowns in just three games, but he trailed off fast, catching just one pass in the subsequent two games. Welcome to Lee Evans' house of flops.