A group of relatively unowned players finished among the top scorers from Week 8. But do any of these guys deserve to be owned?
WR Cecil Shorts, Jacksonville: Week 8 @ Green Bay: 8 Receptions, 116 yards. 1.9 percent owned owned Rank 8th
Cecil Shorts has pretty much cemented himself as the number one receiver in Jacksonville. Highly touted rookie Justin Blackmon has been extremely inconsistent (he dropped a two point conversion that would have tied the game in the first half against the Packers), and Shorts, who was rated as an okay receiver coming out of college, has done nothing but catch passes.
He was targeted 12 times against Green Bay and put up career highs in receptions and receiving yards. However, this was the fourth game in which Shorts put up double digit points. Only in back to back games against Chicago and Cincinnati was Shorts contained for four catches for 51 yards.
But his last two games have seen him haul in 12 catches for 195 yards and a touchdown. His matchup with Detroit is fairly intriguing as number one receivers have all scored double digit points against the Detroit secondary. Only Percy Harvin and Michael Crabtree failed to reach double digit points.
If you are in need of a reciever or a flex option, Shorts should be added to your team as he's devolping into consistent source of fantasy points.
WR Dexter McCluster, Kansas City: Week 8 vs. Oakland: 6 Receptions, 54 Yards, 1 Touchdown. 1.3 percent owned Rank 11th
McCluster found the end-zone for the first time this season and led the team in receptions and targets with eight.
This was the second straight game McCluster pulled off six receptions, and his second double digit performance. His touchdown helped him have the 11th highest scoring day for a receiver.
McCluster is a guy that you can't bank on for consistent points, there's to many other offensive options, however, Matt Cassel will be starting at San Diego on Thursday, so there may be a good chance that McCluster may get involved
However, in their last encounter McCluster only had two receptions for six yards. So, add only him if you are in desperate need of a running back.
RB Ronnie Brown, San Diego: Week 8 @ Cleveland: 17 Rushing Yards, 7 Receptions, 85 Yards. 3 percent owned Rank 11
The atrocious weather benefited Ronnie Brown as the short passing game allowed Brown to score the most points he has all season. If you are in a PPR League, he ended up with the 11th most points from the running back position.
Brown has has earned a nice role as the third-down back for San Diego; however, he hasn't really earned a role as a viable fantasy option. This is the second time he's scored double digit points but he he doesn't participate in the ground game to much, and he has yet to see the end zone. In fact, he only had one touchdown last year with the Eagles.
He did have three receptions for 50 yards in his last outing against Kansas City, and the Chiefs have been allowing running backs to tear them up this season, but Brown is still a risky pick-up
QB Baline Gabbert, Jacksonville: Week 8 @ Green Bay: 27/49, 303 Passing Yards, 1 Touchdown. 0.9 percent owned Rank 9
Believe it or not, Gabbert actually had the scored the 9th most points from the quarterback position in the Jaguars loss to the Packers last Sunday. It was also the first time he's thrown for over 300 yards in a game in his career, and the second straight game he has not thrown a pick. He also looks to have found a go-to guy in Cecil Shorts (see above).
Those are the positives. The negatives are that his season has been relatively inconsistent. This has only been his fourth double digit point scoring game this season, the last time was in week four against Cincinnati.
However, if you are both in desperate need of a quarterback and a gambling man, you could roll the dice with Gabbert this week against the Lions. Every starting quarterback has put up double digit points and has thrown at least one touchdown pass against the Detroit secondary except Christian Ponder. But to put it in perspective, Jake Locker and Michael Vick (the latter having not such a great year) torched this secondary for over 300 yards passing.
WR Chris Givens, St. Louis: Week 8 vs. New England: 3 Receptions, 63 Yards, 1 Touchdowns. 5.9 percent owned Rank 17
Givens has been very consistent as of late. In his last three games he's got three catches in each game and has put up 221 yards receiving. He's also had four straight double digit point games and in his last five games he's gone over the 50 yard receiving mark.
The problem is he hasn't found the red-zone too often, as Sunday was only is second touchdown on the season, and that was on a fifty-yard pass play. He's also clearly only a secondary option or deep threat as Danny Amendola is still considered (when healthy) the number one receiver.
If Givens can continue to be consistent, he would be hard to keep on the waiver wire. However, the Rams have a bye coming up and than take on San Francisco. If he puts up similar numbers against the 49ers, he would make an intriguing pick up if you need a better flex option.