This past week was a very interesting one from a fantasy perspective. More than in previous weeks, we saw players put up some monster numbers. Week nine figures to be a little tougher as six teams are on bye. Among those six teams, there are plenty of fantasy stars who will be out of weekend this action. This includes Aaron Rodgers and the Packers offense, Matt Ryan, Julio Jones, Matt Forte and the Bears receivers, Matthew Stafford and more. With that said, it could be an up hill battle for a lot of fantasy owners. Here are some players who are available in the majority of leagues who should help.
Bobby Rainey, RB Buccaneers: This is more of a speculative move assuming Doug Martin can’t go this weekend or is traded. Rainey showed while he was starting for the Buccaneers last year that he can fill a stat sheet. Along with decent running numbers, he has shown the ability to contribute in the passing game. This week Rainey has a favorable matchup against the Browns who have been slashed by the run. If you are in need of a back, the matchup makes him worth a look this week.
Donte Moncrief, WR Colts: In a loaded rookie receiver class, Moncrief wins the physical specimen award. At 6’2″ 221 pounds, Moncrief runs a 4.40 forty with a 40 inch vertical. With Reggie Wayne out against the Steelers, Moncrief saw his first extended action and made the most of it. He recorded seven catches for 113 yards and a touchdown showing off his ability to both win jump balls and create after the catch. In terms of pure physical skill, no Colts receiver has more than Moncrief. It is only a matter of time before he becomes a consistent contributor in a dangerous passing attack. Stash him while you can.
Brandon LaFell, WR Patriots: Unless you’re Rob Gronkowski, it seems Patriots skill players are inconsistent week to week fantasy performers. What LaFell showed this past Sunday can change that. In a route against the Bears, he caught all 11 targets that went his way for 124 yards and a touchdown. While those numbers may not be there weekly, the 11 targets shows that Tom Brady clearly has confidence in LaFell. While the next few weeks are tougher matchups, LaFell is still worth picking up as a WR3 with upside.
Allen Robinson, WR Jaguars: While Cecil Shorts is known for being the Jerry Rice of garbage time, Robinson is the Jaguars best receiver. Since Blake Bortles has become the starter, he has thrown Robinson’s way at least seven times in each game. While rookie inconsistency could be an issue, he has managed a touchdown in his past two games. At this point, Robinson has produced enough to be on a team in most leagues.