By now, many fantasy owners have given up because of player injuries or little success. Although things may seem bleak, don’t give up. There is still plenty of time for struggling owners to make a run and be this year’s Cinderella team. Here are a few fantasy tidbits to kickstart that winning streak many owners desperately need:
Players to Start:
1) Arian Foster, RB, Houston Texans
Let’s be real, anyone who isn’t starting Arian Foster on a regular basis is borderline insane. That applies especially to this week, when Foster faces the Bills. Buffalo has the second-worst fantasy defense against opposing running backs and allowed a whopping four rushing touchdowns against the Titans in its last game. Coming off of his bye week, Foster will be rested and ready to rack up the fantasy points.
2) James Jones, WR, Green Bay Packers
After a fiery stretch in which he caught two touchdowns in three straight games, Jones has cooled off over the past two weeks, failing to reach the end zone or eclipse 100 yards receiving in either contest. However, with Aaron Rodgers heating up and returning to MVP form, Jones should get some good opportunities against the Cardinals on Sunday.
3) Jimmy Graham, TE, New Orleans Saints
Many people have forgotten about Graham, whose production faded after he suffered an ankle injury in week four against the Packers. However, Graham was able to score against the Broncos on Sunday night, albeit during garbage time, and he faces a struggling Eagles team this week. Saints fans haven’t had much to cheer about this season, but with the Superdome sure to be rocking for Monday Night Football, Graham should provide some fireworks.
Players to Sit:
1) Matt Hasselbeck, QB, Tennessee Titans
A week after appearing on this list as a player to start, Hasselbeck is now on the outside looking in. Although he has played well in Jake Locker’s absence, a date with Chicago’s opportunistic defense looms Sunday, spelling trouble for the veteran QB. The Bears have the best fantasy defense against opposing quarterbacks and have only allowed one passing touchdown in their past three games.
2) Kyle Rudolph, TE, Minnesota Vikings
Rudolph is a bit of an anomaly in that he has five touchdowns this year but has only eclipsed 50 yards receiving twice. Clearly, the Vikings view him solely as a red zone threat and don’t give him many opportunities in the passing game. Considering he has a combined two catches and 17 yards over the past two games, Rudolph can’t be considered a legitimate fantasy starter.
3) Golden Tate, WR, Seattle Seahawks
Many believed this would be a breakout year for Tate. Instead Tate has only one touchdown reception since week three and has struggled with dropped passes. With a rookie quarterback directing the offense and the Seahawks facing the Vikings, who rank fourth defensively against opposing wide receivers, Tate should be in for a quiet game.
Printed on Thursday, November 1, 2012 as: Foster racking up points, Tate lacks consistency