Waiver-Wire Pickups, Week 9
Week 8 is now officially in the books and it gave us a lot to think about. As usual, I will write about 3 new players to claim rather than repeat myself on the same guy. Past options that I have written about include: Andre Ellington, Zac Stacy, Mike James, Darius Heyward-Bey and Percy Harvin.
1. Marvin Jones, WR, Bengals – Lets start with the good: Little known Marvin Jones out of Cal had the game of his life on Sunday, catching 8 passes for 122 yards and 4 touchdowns. That amounts to an absurd 36 fantasy points. Now the bad: Jones was on the field for just 18 snaps on Sunday. While that makes his performance even more impressive, it also means that he’s a likely one-game wonder candidate. Remember Eddie Royal’s 3 touchdown performance in week 2? Well in the 4 games after that, Royal averaged less than 2 fantasy points per game. That being said, I still believe Jones can be useful down the stretch, but just don’t expect to see gaudy numbers every week.
2. Andy Dalton, QB, Bengals – The man throwing Marvin Jones the ball has amassed 1,034 yards, 11 TDs and 2 INTs in his past 3 games and he’s now on pace for a 4,498 passing yards this season. While the superb numbers might regress slightly back to Dalton’s career average (233 passing yards per game) he’s still a viable fantasy starter from here on out. At this point, I would have no qualms with starting Dalton over struggling quarterbacks like Tom Brady, Ben Roethlisberger, or Eli Manning.
3. Kenny Stills, WR, Saints – Remember Marques Colston? Because I sure don’t. In his past 3 games, Colston has averaged 2 catches for 14 yards which is good for 1 fantasy point per game. In those same 3 games, Kenny Stills has averaged 12 fantasy points and is quickly becoming Drew Brees’ favorite outside receiving target. So while Colston is quickly becoming irrelevant, Stills is showing up on more and more fantasy radars across the country.