Pickups of the Week

Amendola Danny Amendola, WR, Rams (42.8 percent owned in ESPN standard 10-man leagues)

Week 1-4 stats: 7.75 rec/game, 87.75 yards/game, .5 TDs/game

Amendola is expected to return in Week 10, which means if he is in your league you pick him up right now.

He is a legitimate No.2 WR in standard leagues and a legitimate No.1 in PPR.

Cecil Shorts, WR, Jaguars (3.4 percent)

Week 7 stats: 4 rec, 79 yards, 1 TD, 10 Targets

Week 8 stats: 8 rec, 116 yards, 12 Targets

That's the second straight game for Shorts with at least 10 targets. If the last two games are any indication, the second-year WR has gained the trust of Blaine Gabbert and should continue to see an increase in targets.

Titus Young, WR, Lions (49.7 percent)

Week 8 stats: 6 rec, 81 yards, 8 Targets

Week 9 stats: 9 rec, 100 yards, 2 TDs, 9 Targets

Has he finally turned around his life? Doubt it. But what I don't doubt is Young's fantasy potential. 17 targets over the last two games says he is something special.

Brandon Lafell, WR, Panthers (18 percent)

Week 8 stats: 3 rec, 88 yards, 4 Targets            

The Panthers face Washington and their 31st most forgiving to opposing receivers' pass defense.

Miami D/ST (15.7 percent)

While their Week 9 matchup with Indianapolis is average at best, you pick up Miami for their Week 10-12 schedule which consists of Tennessee (23rd), Buffalo (17th) and Seattle (22nd).

For the record, now is the time to start planning ahead and identifying horrid offenses to play against while trying to flip a high performing D/ST for skill players. 

Now is the time in the season to flip your defense for a skill player and plan out your weekly defenses. Defenses playing KC, ARI, SEA, JAC, and MIA all have a great shot of putting up quality defense stats.

Team Week 9Week 10Week 11
Kansas CitySDPITCIN
Arizona@GBbyeATL
Seattle MINNYJBYE
JacksonvilleDETINDHOU
Miami@INDTENBUF

Bolded indicates <50% owned

Connor Barth, K, Buccaneers (9.8 percent)

The last four kickers to go up against Oakland all have at least 3 FGM. 

How Are They Still Available?

Rashad Jennings, RB, Jaguars (63.9 percent owned in standard ESPN 10-man leagues)

Week 7 stats: 21 carries, 44 yards, 1 TD, 7 rec, 58 yards

Week 8 stats: 17 carries, 59 yards, 6 rec, 56 yards

Jennings appears to be a slightly less-efficient version of Maurice Jones-Drew. He will continue to see high amounts of receptions and receiving yards. His upcoming tilts are Detroit (17th), Indianapolis (26th), Houston (5th), Tennessee (25th) and Buffalo (32nd).

LaRod Stephens-Howling, RB, Cardinals (33.4 percent)

Week 7 stats: 20 carries, 104 yards, 1 TD, 4 rec, 45 yards

Week 8 stats:  8 carries, 6 yards, 3 rec, 32 yards

It was the Cardinals and their awful offensive line vs. the 49ers and their defensive line. So it's no surprise that Stephens-Howling's day was insignificant. Wiliam Powell received zero carries. 

Josh Freeman, QB, Buccaneers (71.7 percent)

Week 6 stats: 15-26, 328 yards, 3 TDs, 1 int

Week 7 stats: 24-42, 420 yards, 3 TDs

Week 8 stats: 19-36, 262 yards, 3 TDs

That's three weeks in a row with three touchdowns for Freeman and his upcoming schedule is easy too. Oakland, San Diego and Carolina are all favorable opponents whom Freeman should keep up his multi-touchdown pace. 

PPR

Kendall Wright, WR, Titans (16.4 percent)

Week 5 stats: 9 rec, 66 yards, 11 Targets

Week 6 stats: 6 rec, 71 yards, 8 Targets

Week 7 stats: 3 rec, 19 yards, 3 Targets

Week 8 stats: 4 rec, 47 yards, 1 TD, 5 Targets

Matt Hasselbeck continues to look his way.

 

Alex Green, RB, Packers (74.6 percent)

Week 6 stats: 22 carries, 65 yards, 1 rec, 8 yards

Week 7 stats: 20 carries, 35 yards, 4 rec, 29 yards

Week 8 stats: 22 carries, 54 yards, 4 rec, 28 yards

Green is horrible as evidenced by three full games with at least 20 carries. That being said he does catch enough passes to warrant a roster spot in PPR leagues.

Feel Free to Drop These Players

(This is of course assuming guys like Rashad Jennings and Freeman are still available. While dropping Britt and Moss may be your 1st options, they very well could be worth the drop in smaller leagues.)

Kenny Britt, Santana Moss, Greg Jennings, DeAngelo Williams