Ryan Fitzpatrick – Another week, another multiple touchdown game for Ryan Fitzpatrick, the top-10 fantasy quarterback who nobody wants. My cheerleading for #StewBeard started in the preseason, and I'm going to keep listing him in this spot until people figure it out. He's currently available in 51% of leagues. Blind bidding recommendation: 20%.
Jay Cutler – For a guy coming off back-to-back-to-back solid fantasy games, Jay Cutler's ownership is awfully low, at only 20%. It's probably a reflection of the schedule. He's coming off a bye, and now faces a series of difficult matchups: Min, @SD, @StL, Den. Those matchups limit his upside, but he's an awfully good quarterback who finally has a healthy Alshon Jeffery to throw to. Blind bidding recommendation: 3%.
Darren McFadden – In a game when everyone thought Christine Michael would be the story line, Michael got out-rushed by three different guys, including something called Lucky Whitehead, a guy whose two names have never been used consecutively by any teenager. Instead it was all Darren McFadden, who garnered a whopping 29 carries. Jerry Jones says that he'll start this week's game. So, does this mean you can count on McFadden going forward? Probably not. Prior to Sunday's game he was averaging a lousy 3.5 yards per carry, and hadn't seen more than 10 carries in a game. More than likely, last week was just a case of McFadden having the game's hot hand. And I won't even bother to mention the injury risk that comes with McFadden. Need to clincher to avoid McFadden? He faces Seattle's elite run defense this week, and Philly the week after. Those two teams have combined to shut out 10 of their combined 12 opposing teams' runners. Blind bidding recommendation: 10%.
Dexter McCluster – If you're in a PPR league, you should be looking at Dexter McCluster as a poor man's Danny Woodhead. He leads the team in yards per carry, and he's coming off a season-best game with six receptions and 68 total yards. If Ken Whisenhunt values his job (which is highly debatable at this point) he should keep putting the ball into the hands of one of his only playmakers. Blind bidding recommendation: 5%.
Jonathan Grimes – With Arian Foster done, I'd rather roster Jonathan Grimes than Alfred Blue or Chris Polk. Grimes is the team's best pass catcher, and the Texans offense is designed to throw to runners. Extrapolating Foster's 2015 receiving numbers to a full year, you get: 88 receptions, 908 yards and 8 touchdowns. Grimes isn't anywhere near as good as Foster, but if he can get half those numbers, he belongs on rosters. Earlier this year, when Foster was out, Grimes had three healthy games. In those three games, he was targeted 13 times. I could see him getting 4-7 targets per game the rest of the year, with a handful of carries as well. Blind bidding recommendation: 3%.
Orleans Darkwa – Sure, Orleans Darkwa looked pretty nifty on Sunday night, and he scored the team's lone touchdown run. But, unless he blows everyone away, he's locked into a four-way committee with Shane Vereen, Rashad Jennings, and Andre Williams. Gross. I don’t see Tom Coughlin suddenly giving Darkwa 15-20 touches per game. He's a coach who always uses a rotation of backs. Blind bidding recommendation: 2%.
Alfred Blue – I hesitate to list Alfred Blue here at all. First of all, he sucks. Second, he's not going to get a starting grade from me until Week 12. His next four opponents are all very tough to run against: Tennessee, Bye, Cincinnati, and the Jets. Remember, in his first crack at the job, Week 1-5, he was awful scoring once, and topping 42 rushing yards one time. And that was against an easier schedule than this one. Also, he doesn't catch the ball well, and is a non-factor for PPR leagues. Blind bidding recommendation: 2%.
Chris Polk – See also, Alfred Blue. Blind bidding recommendation: 1%.
David Cobb – At this point, I think we can safely say that the starting job in the Tennessee backfield is available to anyone who wants it. Antonio Andrews and Bishop Sankey aren't the answer. And, Dexter McCluster is more of a change-of-pace, pass-catching specialist type of back. David Cobb is eligible to come off the injury list in Week 9. If you grab him now, you'll be ahead of the rest of your league. Blind bidding recommendation: 1%.
Michael Floyd – Still available in 30% of leagues, Michael Floyd's ownership will be at 100% after his solid night on national television last Monday. He's scored in back to back weeks. With the finger injury behind him, he's fully integrated into Cardinals offense (at the expense of the other receivers, might I add). All that said, his usage is the lowest of the three guys, and he remains my third-favorite Cardinals wideout. Blind bidding recommendation: 15%.
Eric Ebron – I know a lot of you are streaming tight ends every week, and that's left Eric Ebron available in 37% leagues. He's scored in three of his five games, and he's topped 53 yards in three of his five games. He's too heavy to be much of a YAC threat, but he's ideally situated for goal line use, and I expect his touchdown production to continue. Detroit has a very favorable passing matchup with Kansas City on the docket this week. Blind bidding recommendation: 10%.
Austin Seferian-Jenkins – On a per game basis, Austin Seferian-Jenkins is the best tight end in fantasy football. His stat line from week one, prior to suffering a shoulder injury was a gaudy 7-139-2. He's didn't practice last week, but we're in the timetable for his return, and we could see him on the field as soon as this Sunday. He's particularly important to the Bucs because Vincent Jackson has a knee injury that could keep him out for several weeks, and Louis Murphy just went on IR. The team needs AS-J to come back soon, and when he does, he'll be a valuable target. Blind bidding recommendation: 10%.