More volatile than the stock market, fantasy football in 2010 has thrown major value change after major value change at us in bunches. Week 8 was no different.
And, even though we are more than halfway through the fantasy regular season, there are tons of great waiver snags you really need to jump on before it is too late.
LeGarrette Blount, TB. We called it last week as an emergency start. Blount exploded on the scene against the hapless Arizona Cardinals with 120 yards and two TDs. As one sports radio announcer admitted, Blount is running with an attitude right now and no one seems to have an answer. The Buccaneers will continue to use Carnell Williams in passing situations, but Blount has emerged as the top rusher for Tampa moving forward, and is amazingly owned in just 32 percent of Yahoo leagues heading into the waiver period.
BenJarvus Green-Ellis, NE. Already a popular emergency fill in back among chinstrap ninjas based on easy matchups, Green-Ellis took his game to the next level last week against a typically stout run defense in Minnesota. He rushed for 112 yards and two TDs, most in the second half. Typically the Patriots spread the wealth in carries, but after a slew of injuries, Green-Ellis is the last man standing and still available in 46 percent of Yahoo leagues as of this writing.
Nate Washington, TEN. Not a great PPR guy, Washington is known for big play potential with a smaller reception total. However, his four catches for 117 yards and a TD last week was impressive. What drives up his stock even more is the loss of Kenny Britt to injury. Britt will be out at least several weeks, if not possibly the whole season at this point. Since Justin Gage continues to miss time with injury demons of his own, Washington will likely see even more action in the offense. Washington is owned in just 37 percent of Yahoo leagues.
Matthew Stafford, DET. Owned in less than 50 percent of Yahoo leagues, Stafford stormed back onto the fantasy scene with four TDs and 212 yards for the Lions. Considering his talented corps of weapons, Stafford looks to be a solid option moving forward in all formats.
Mike Tolbert, SD. Ryan Mathews’ struggles have led to an increased role for Tolbert, who capitalized with 63 yards rushing and a TD. More impressive in some ways was his four catches for 27 yards, showing he isn’t just a one-trick pony.
Jacob Tamme, IND. Forward-thinking fantasy football owners snagged Tamme before he blew up for six catches, 64 yards and a TD on Monday Night Football. Peyton Manning is comfortable checking down to the TE after building such good rapport with Dallas Clark, and Tamme looks to be falling into a really productive role for the Colts. Owned in 13 percent of Yahoo leagues before waivers cleared, he is a must-add.
Mike Thomas, JAX. Already garnering plenty of attention in PPR leagues, Thomas’ big knock was a lack of TD production. He complied with a score on Sunday and a solid 14 points in standard PPR formats. And he’s owned in just 20 percent of Yahoo leagues as of this writing.
Pierre Garcon, IND. With Austin Collie sidelined and Anthony Gonzalez back on the field, many wondered who would emerge from the pile as the best fantasy option under Reggie Wayne. Garcon had seven catches for 78 yards. Not that he’s a consistent option with so many weapons for the Colts. Still, he’s worth a flyer if you have room on your roster.
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