Fantasy Adviser: We're on a hot streak now

November 7, 2010 

Two strong weeks in a row? Must be some kind of fluke. Let's hope I didn't jinx it with these keys to Week 9:

SUIT 'EM UP

  • Calvin Johnson, WR, Detroit -- I know you were hoping for a little bolder predictions, but I'm including Calvin on here because I've noticed managers have had a tendency to bench players matching up against the New York Jets, specifically those matched up one-on-one with Darrelle Revis. Well, consider Calvin one of the exceptions. With Matthew Stafford back, look for his targets to his No. 1 receiver to continue to rise.

  • Jacob Tamme, TE, Indianapolis -- He won't be the most talented tight end on your fantasy roster, but the fact is, anybody in the Colts offense is a legitimate threat for catches, yards and touchdowns. Defenses won't key on Tamme -- why would they? -- which means he'll be open and see some Peyton Manning passes.

    LET 'EM RIDE THE PINE

  • Percy Harvin, WR, Minnesota -- The shifty receiver has been on a bit of a roll as of late, but a bundle of factors will change that. Randy Moss has left town, which means defenses can key on stopping Harvin. Add to that, he was reportedly walking with a noticeable limp during Friday's practice and will be limited by an ankle injury. If you insist on starting him anyway, check his status to make sure he's even active

  • Matt Cassel, QB, Kansas City -- I received an e-mail this week asking about Cassel, so I'll address it here. Although he has thrown for six touchdowns versus no interceptions over the past four weeks, Cassel simply isn't a viable fantasy option. The Chiefs are a run-first team, and Cassel doesn't have any sort of big-play threat, which limits his numbers every week.

    PICK 'EM UP

  • Vincent Jackson, WR, San Diego -- The Chargers' big-play man has finally shown up to practice and will be eligible to return to the lineup in Week 12. In the meantime, pick him up and stash him on your bench. With Legedu Naanee, Malcom Floyd and Craig Davis all injured -- and Antonio Gates banged up -- Jackson may return as the No. 1 option for Philip Rivers, in which case you've landed a star off the waiver wire.

    SELL 'EM HIGH

  • Dwayne Bowe, WR, Kansas City -- If you were patient with Bowe after his early-season struggles, you've been rewarded with five touchdowns in the last three weeks. The fine print, however, would tell you the Chiefs have played some pretty cushy pass defenses in the last month. Nearly half of Bowe's catches have gone for touchdowns, an extraordinary amount that simply won't last.

    BUY 'EM LOW

  • Brandon Marshall, WR, Miami -- Depending on your scoring format, Marshall has been bad in some leagues and mediocre in others. While he has caught 47 passes, he has only one touchdown all year, as the Dolphins have struggled mightily in the red zone. The best way for Miami to solve those problems is to find their 6-foot-4 receiver on some fade routes.
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