The Cardiac Colts...or should I say the Cardiac Arrhythmia Colts? They seem on life support in the first half in almost every game this year, and bounce back in the 2nd half to win games. Not a great formula for reality, but still viable as a garbage time fantasy feast. I think Luck will be fine despite a tough schedule, and T.Y. Hilton should still have some good games holstered. Buy in now before your trade deadline. Trent Richardson is persona non grata at this point, running with the urgency of an old man in Depends® ambling for the bathroom. Dammit Donald Brown is by far the best back in Indy, taking what he sees, and hitting the hole with authority. I expect Pep & Co. will eventually gave to concede that trying to "get Trent involved" is gumming up this offense.
*Note: Pretty thin on the waiver wire at this point in the fantasy year, and with the trade deadline passed in most leagues, I'll instead cite some streaming options to bolster your roster, instead of the usual "hiccup" trade targets. Now to the pickups...
Bobby Rainey- He served as the change of pace back to Brian Leonard last week, but it was clear he was more explosive than the pedestrian backup. This is a modest version of the Benjarvus Green-Ellis/Gio Bernard situation in Cincy, only Greg Schiano, to his credit, is not shy about playing the more explosive option right out of the gate. In the thinnest time of the year to pick up a running back, he's your top option. Rainey finished the day with a whopping 30/163/ 2TDs.
Matt McGloin- Like sands in the Oakland QB Hourglass...these are the days of our fantasy lives. The UDFA out of Penn State embarrassed the Houston defense, who we all thought (myself included) would beat up on the untested rookie. However, like Keenum before him, McGloin was up to the task (197/3TDS), and made a great case for an outright QB controversy in Oakland. Feel free to use McGloin as a streaming option in deep leagues, and as a dirt cheap daily league play moving forward.
Bryce Brown- With LeSean McCoy clutching his hamstring after a big play vs. an abused Redskin defense, Bryce Brown stands to inherit a huge role in Chip Kelly's offense. While it looked minor, it's another reason we preach stashing high upside backups on your roster. Brown is still out there in most leagues, hurry over to the wire and place a bulk of your FAAB cash on the highly sought after backup. *Note: McCoy did return for the 2nd half of play (cramp reportedly), but Brown is still worth a stash at such a volatile fantasy position.
Markus Wheaton- The underwhelming Emmanuel Sanders departs the game with a right foot injury. Enter the talented rookie Wheaton who only needed an injury open door to inherit meaningful snaps. Antonio Brown is still the target hog here, but Wheaton could be a nice lottery ticket for WR deficient teams.
Cordarrelle Patterson- Like Markus Wheaton, you know the talent is there...he just needed the opportunity. Both Jerome Simpson. And Greg Jennings were inactive, and Patterson got his audition. While C-Pat is still getting involved (and held back somewhat by a limited QB like Ponder), he's an immense talent with a favorable schedule.
Rod Streater- A young QB's best friend is a slot/check down option, and Streater capitilized as Matt McGloin's most heavily targeted option in the passing game. I do expect some regression here, but if McGloin keeps the starting job, Streater certainly has viability in PPR leagues.
Ladarius Green- Green is slowly becoming a bigger part of the game plan each week, and his skill set is not unlike Julius Thomas...a big athletic freak, with a nose for the red zone. Philip Rivers spread the ball around a little bit more this week (and Gates did score) but Green is worth a stash in redraft, and certainly a dynasty target in 2014.
Note: With trade deadlines in the rear view mirror, these are the one week (or possibly more) rentals that I like in upcoming matchups. Get em' while they're hot...and dump em' before they're hot garbage.
Mark Ingram- If he's been dropped after blowing up in week 10, and came crashing back to earth in week 11? Pick him up again. The Saints face the rickets riddled defense of the Falcons in week 12, the same defense that let Bobby Rainey rack up over 160 yards and two TDs...Jed Collins be damned.
Tavon Austin- I've often pointed readers into the direction of teams and players coming off of a bye, and while Austin's "breakout" was a mixed bag of big returns and scheme plays, I expect we'll see Austin more heavily involved with two weeks to prepare for a depleted Chicago defense, coming off a 5 hour + game vs. Baltimore. Pick him up if he's been dropped and plug him in as an upside flex in week 12.
Giant Defense- That's now four successive weeks of double digit fantasy production, and the Giants remain readily available on your league's waiver wire. The Giants have a tall order with the Cowboys visiting the Meadowlands in week 12, but this is about as steady of a streaming option that there is out there week to week.
Stay tuned on Monday for My SNF Game thoughts. Cheers.