A split second can sometimes dictate a major fantasy football value swing. In the NFL, a split second can be the difference between healthy and being injured the rest of the season.
A split second could be just enough time to throw the costly interception that gets you pulled for the backup quarterback.
Staying on top of these situations in a timely fashion is critical if you want to beat your league mates to the big free agency signing. Here are some important updates to digest.
Keiland Williams, WAS. He was only bright spot during dismal outing against the Eagles Monday night, but many fantasy owners were lax in picking him up this week because the RB carousel that could be brewing under Mike Shahanan’s watch. However, Williams’ burst and vision definitely made an impression, and injuries to Ryan Torain and Clinton Portis will likely keep them sidelined again this week vs. Tennessee. If Williams can make the most of his opportunity again, it will be hard even for Shanny to bench him moving forward. A favorable slate of games against less-than-stellar run defenses the rest of the way means you should stash away Williams now if you still can.
Mike Goodson, CAR. This week’s somewhat unexpected announcement of DeAngelo Williams’ trip to the IR means that Goodson has moved closer to the starting gig for the rest of the season. Add in that regularly injured Jonathan Stewart is dinged up again, and Goodson is a good bet to see solid game action moving forward … not just this weekend.
Tyler Thigpen, MIA. Not exactly an inspiring fantasy option even with his promotion to the starting gig, Thigpen looks to be at the helm for the Dolphins for quite some time as Chad Henne and Chad Pennington won’t be on a field soon. Against juicy matchups, Thigpen could be a nice desperation start.
Davone Bess and Brian Hartline, MIA. For those who missed it, Brandon Marshall was pulled from Thursday night’s game with an apparent hamstring injury. Those who saw the injury take place and Marshall’s gimping off the field afterward all concur that it looked serious enough for him to potentially miss more than just a few practices and next week’s game vs. the Raiders.
Jerome Harrison, PHI. Was a star for the Eagles in garbage time against an overwhelmed Washington defense. He proved he can run the football effectively by setting records the end of 2009 for the Browns. LeSean McCoy is dinged up and the Eagles are worried about keeping their starters fresh for a stretch run.
Randy McMichael, SD. Antonio Gates is one tough cookie. Whenever he can play, even if through excruciating pain, he will. So comments recently were discouraging. “I’ve got a way to go … At this point, I’m trying to give myself a chance to play … It’s a tear. It’s brutal. It’s pain … This is probably as frustrated as I’ve been in my career based on the recovery.” You need to stash away McMichael if you have Gates … to guard against any last-second deactivations on a Monday night where all the other options are no longer available.
Joseph Addai and Austin Collie, IND. Both players have been dealing with a slew of injuries and missed time. Both practiced to some degree this week so far and look to be back in the fold (Collie moreso than Addai) starting this week.
Pierre Thomas, NO. After weeks upon weeks of nursing a sore ankle and landing in the coach’s doghouse, Thomas finally has “turned a corner,” according to coach Sean Payton. He’s unlikely to play this week, but could be back as early as Week 12. Available still in 30 percent of Yahoo leagues, you should stash him now for a potential fantasy playoff run.
Malcolm Floyd, SD. After missing several weeks of game action, Floyd is due back this weekend, to the dismay of fantasy owners who gleaned points off Seyi Ajirotutu and Patrick Crayton.
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