QBs to Add
Brock Osweiler – I came away from Sunday's game feeling like Brock Osweiler is the best quarterback for the Broncos. He didn't make any key mistakes, and his ability to work under center was a huge advantage for the running game. He doesn't have a big arm, but in every way his arm looks better than Peyton Manning's. I know Gary Kubiak is in a tough spot, but if he wants to win games, he's got to give Osweiler more starts. Osweiler will face the Patriots next, and most opposing quarterbacks end up with solid numbers against them (even if they're coming in garbage time). Blind bidding recommendation: 10%.
Mark Sanchez – I know that Mark Sanchez threw three interceptions, and that his team got spanked on a lopsided loss to the Buccaneers. But, overall, I thought he looked better than Sam Bradford. There's a decent chance that he'll start against Detroit on Thanksgiving, and that he'll have some success against a mediocre secondary. Blind bidding recommendation: 1%.
RBs to Add
Thomas Rawls – It looks increasingly like Marshawn Lynch has a sports hernia, and if so, it will likely require season-ending surgery. If that happens, Thomas Rawls becomes an astoundingly strong free agent addition. As you already know, Rawls is a powerful runner with remarkable speed and agility. I know this will sound like heresy, but his nimbleness makes him better suited to run behind a bad offensive line than Lynch. He'll likely be a top-10 running back any week in which Lynch doesn't play. And that might be all of the weeks. Blind bidding recommendation: ALL IN.
Tevin Coleman – Devonta Freeman left last week's game with a concussion. While we don't know the seriousness of it, the fact that he was immediately ruled out of the game could portent a serious issue. The Falcons coaches anointed Tevin Coleman as the starter when the season opened, so we know they like and trust him. They won't hesitate to give him a substantial workload. If you've got Freeman you'll need to be aggressive about getting Coleman. For everyone else, he's much more of a gamble because Freeman could be back as soon as next week. Blind bidding recommendation: 20%.
Spencer Ware – Charcandrick West was sitting on a monster game last week, but a hamstring injury knocked him out, and backup Spenser Ware blew up for 101 total yards and two scores. The severity of West's hamstring injury is unknown at the moment. West didn't return to the game, but then again, it was a blowout, so there was no need for him to be rushed back onto the field. Based on what little we know at the moment, I'd view Ware as a probable fantasy starter this week against a (usually) tough Buffalo run defense, and as a handcuff after that. Blind bidding recommendation: 10%.
Ahmad Bradshaw – Frank Gore was forced out of last Sunday's game for a while, and it highlighted how helpful Ahmad Bradshaw can be in that offense. Bradshaw is more than just a handcuff (to an aging player), because he's also a solid change of pace runner and an excellent receiver. As long has his always-problematic feet hold out, he's a guy who might help your team. Blind bidding recommendation: 10%.
Jonathan Grimes – 1) Alfred Blue is unspeakably awful, and Bill O'Brien should be considering anything that reduces his impact on the game. 2) Backup runner Chris Polk was a healthy scratch last week. Combine those two things (1+2) and 3) Jonathan Grimes should see an uptick in usage. He's a very good pass catching back, and a solid change of pace runner, averaging 1.5 yards more per carry than Blue. Blind bidding recommendation: 5%.
Javorius "Buck" Allen – Justin Forsett broke his arm, and will miss the rest of the season. That puts Buck Allen into the starter's role. As a No. 1running back, he belongs on fantasy rosters. But, this upside is highly limited. First, he's not good. He's averaged just 3.9 yards per carry. Second, his offensive line is a train wreck with injuries and inconsistent play. Third, his offense will be led by Matt Schaub. I expect a lot of lackluster box scores. See also Alfred Blue. Blind bidding recommendation: 7%.
Robert Turbin – If you want Darren McFadden's handcuff, here's your guy, apparently. Other than McFadden, Turbin was the only Dallas back to get carries last week. Blind bidding recommendation: 1%.
WRs to Add
Devin Funchess – With Philly Brown hurt, Devin Funchess started last week, and eventually found the end zone, catching the fifth of five Cam Newton touchdowns. I'm not fully sold on Funchess as a reliable receiving target, but I'm not sold on Ted Ginn or Brown either. Even when Brown returns, the team should have some motivation to continue to develop Funchess, but who has, by far, the best physical tools of the Panthers' tepid receivers. Blind bidding recommendation: 15%.
Dorial Green-Beckham – With Justin Hunter on IR, Dorial Green-Beckham steps into the full time starter's role for the Titans. To this point, his development has been painfully slow. But, the Titans passing schedule is incredibly friendly, and I like his chances to have some impact between now and end of the season. Blind bidding recommendation: 7%.
Leonard Hankerson – Falcons slot receiver Leonard Hankerson missed a month of games, and was dropped in most leagues. But last week, in his first game back, he went back to being productive, as he was before the injury. Like most slot receivers, he's going to be a boom-or-bust contributor to your roster. Blind bidding recommendation: 5%.
Anquan Boldin – Blaine Gabbert has been a tangible upgrade over Colin Kaepernick [wow, I just wrote that!], and Boldin was his preferred receiver last week with seven targets for 93 yards, despite a brutal matchup in Seattle. Boldin could be a spot starter a couple of times the rest of the way. Blind bidding recommendation: 2%.
TEs to Add
Austin Seferian-Jenkins – It looks like Austin Seferian-Jenkins is finally (maybe?) ready to return next week. And Jameis Winston has improved dramatically over the past month. Remember, when healthy, he's a size-speed mismatch for most defenses, as we saw in Week 1. Blind bidding recommendation: 3%.
Brent Celek – In a shocking turn of events, Zach Ertz is hurt. This time it's a concussion. Normally, Brent Celek and Ertz timeshare, which cancels each other out. If Ertz is going to miss any games, Brent Celek would see a sizable uptick in production. Blind bidding recommendation: 1%.