The other is Visanthe Shiancoe. The Vikings tight end exploded onto the fantasy scene in September, posting 162 yards and a TD in his first two games. Teams that waited on a tight end and selected Shiancoe at the end of their drafts were looking pretty smart.
Flash forward to Week 9. Shiancoe is currently 20th on the fantasy charts at his position, behind such fantasy forces as Anthony Fasano, Daniel Fells and Jermichael Finley, who only put up four weeks of fantasy stats before hitting the IR. So what happened?
Oh, right. That guy.
The addition of Randy Moss opened up the field for Percy Harvin, who stole Shiancoe's role as Favre's go-to guy. In the four games since the trade, Shiancoe averaged just 24 yards per game and scored no TDs.
As I know you've heard, Moss has been given his parting gift and exited stage right, leaving the Minnesota passing game much like he found it. Harvin may miss this week, but if he plays, teams are going to show him the same respect they showed Moss. Cue Shiancoe's stock rising. It also helps that Arizona, the Vikings' Week 9 opponent, has shown a penchant for allowing TEs to score, ranking 26th in the league in that respect.
Taking everything into account, we expect Shiancoe's return to fantasy glory to happen in Week 9. Grab him, use him, and thank Moss on his way out.
Here are your benchmarks in each category (normal 20/4 pass, 10/6 rush/rec scoring applies):
QB - 18 points (200 yards passing, 2 TDs; 220 yards passing, 2 TDs, 1 INT, etc.)
RB1 - 16 points (100 yards and 1 TD)
RB2 - 10 points (100 yards, zero TDs; 40 yards, 1 TD)
WR1 - 12 points (120 yards, zero TDs; 60 yards, 1 TD)
WR2 - 10 points (100 yards, zero TDs; 40 yards, 1 TD)
WR3 - 8 points (80 yards, zero TDs; 20 yards, 1 TD)
FLEX - 6 points (60 yards or a TD)
TE - 8 points (80 yards, zero TDs; 20 yards, 1 TD)
• With Michael Vick returning, he becomes a must-start to everyone but Paul Bourdett, who rates him as getting under 18 points this week. I bet you're using him in most cases, anyway. Colt McCoy has a little bit of sleeper buzz going, but our no-over rating should squash any idea you had of starting him in standard leagues. Of our remaining four guys, the only one I'm endorsing is Josh Freeman, who has been a top-ten QB this year.
• I expected there to be a bit more resistance to Jahvid Best as a RB2. He's facing the stout Jets run defense, and he now has to contend with Kevin Smith for touches. Those two things were enough to knock Best to an "under" on just one RB2 ballot. After a disappointing season, Ryan Mathews only secured one "over" vote as an RB2.
• You should definitely be starting Crayton and Tampa Mike Williams this week, as Crayton swept the "overs" while Williams earned just one detractor as a WR2. Seattle Mike Williams' injury status and tough opponent has him as an "under" across the board.
• Toby Gerhart is emerging as the third-down back in Minnesota, but his solid Week 8 isn't enough to earn him an "over" vote from anyone as a flex play this week. We're generally avoiding Derrick Ward, C.J. Spiller and Danny Woodhead, too. As a potential flex receiver, we're mostly buying the stock of Seyi Ajirotutu, and both Arrelious Benn and Jordy Nelson also drew more "over" flex votes than "under."
• Along with Shiancoe, we're mostly enthused about the prospects of Aaron Hernandez, Jacob Tamme and Todd Heap in Week 9. I'm the only one willing to take Chicago's Greg Olsen as an "over" tight end as well. He's facing a defense that surrenders 70 yards and a TD to fantasy TEs in an average game. I expect him to reach the end zone, making eight points all but assured.