A group of relatively unowned players finished among the top scorers from Week 9. But do any of these guys deserve to be owned?
TE Brandon Myers, Oakland: Week 9 vs. Tampa Bay: 8 Receptions, 59 Yards, 2 Touchdowns. 5.3 percent owned Rank 1
Myers had the 7th most overall points scored in most fantasy leagues after his performance on Sunday. Meyers has been consistent all year. He's currently ranked fifth in receiving yards amongst tight ends (442) and tied fourth in receptions (39).
This was Myers fifth double digit point performance and also the fifth game in which he had caught five balls or more. On Sunday he was targeted a team high 13 times. He's clearly become Carson Palmer's security blanket. The only reason his name doesn't pop is due to his lack of touchdown production.
Sunday was the first two scores of Myers career. However, with the amount of production he is putting up with receptions and yards, there is no reason that he should be available in 94.7 percent of leagues. I would pick him up quickly although this week may be rough for Myers as he travels to Baltimore.
The Ravens have done a fairly good job at limiting other teams tight end production. They have only allowed one touchdown by an opposing tight end, and have only allowed one tight end to go for over a 100 plush yards receiving.
FB Marcel Reece, Oakland: Week 9 vs. Tampa Bay: 8 Receptions, 95 yards, 1 Touchdown. .2 percent owned Rank 7th
Don't be fooled by Reece's performance. Unless Darren McFadden and Mike Goodson are on crutches this coming week against Baltimore, don't expect Reece to put up another performance like this.
Reece did this a lot last year. He would have an explosive game by making a big catch and run and adding a touchdown, and than never be seen again for a number of weeks.
Reece doesn't really contribute to the running game at all, but he does catch passes (he has 24), so if you are in a deep PPR league, and in desperate need of a flex option, Reece may be someone to ponder over, considering they will be playing Baltimore, and Palmer may need to dump it off more than he'd like to.
WR T.Y. Hilton, Indianapolis: .Week 9 vs. Miami: 6 Receptions, 102 Yards, 1 Touchdown. .7 percent owned Rank 4th
Hilton was targeted 11 times on Sunday and is slowly working his way into becoming a consistent target. He's caught 11 passes the last two games for 137 yards. This was also the second time Hilton eclipsed the 100 yard receiving mark.
Even with this nice performance, Hilton is still to risky of an option to play on a consistent basis, only averaging three receptions a game and this was only his second touchdown reception he's scored all year.
Reggie Wayne is having a career year and is Luck's main guy, while Hilton and Donnie Avery seem to still be duking it out for the number two receiving slot. Hold off on the addition of Hilton
WR Golden Tate, Seattle: Week 9 @ Minnesota: 4 Receptions, 28 yards, 2 Touchdowns. 2.2 percent owned Rank 7th
Tate's final week nine stats may not look all that impressive, but he finished with the 7th most points put up by a wide receiver. His two scores were the first time he's seen the end zone since week five against Carolina, and he was targeted a team high six times.
Tate has come on strong the last two games, seeing more catches and targets. He's been averaging three receptions a game, but in his last two contests he's caught 11 passes for 92 yards.
Tate has also put up four double digit point totals this season, and looks to be a major factor in the offense.
The Seahawk offense is starting to become more dynamic and balanced with quarterback Russell Wilson seemingly becoming more confident. If this continues you can can start to count on solid production from Tate. He would be a pretty safe add in deep leagues.
However, he will have a tough match-up with the New York Jets coming to town. The Jets have managed to keep teams primary receivers in check. In the last six games, the Jets defense has not allowed a teams primary one or two receiver to score a touchdown or go for over 100 yards.
But with the Jets looking more and more in disarray, this could end up being a break-out game for Tate.
RB Joique Bell, Detroit: Week 9 @ Jacksonville: 73 Rushing Yards, 1 Touchdown, 3 Receptions, 36 Receiving yards. 2.1 percent owned Rank 10th
This is a very perplexing situation that is going on in Detroit. You could make an argument for either Joique Bell or Mikel Leshoure to be the starter. However, some say that Bell is actually out performing the latter.
Leshoure is doing a better job rushing the ball, have accumulated 375 yards on the ground, while Bell only has 189 rushing yards. However, Bell is doing better catching passes out of the backfield. He has caught a total of 23 passes for 263 yards, which is an impressive 11.4 yards per reception. While Leshoure has 20 receptions for 120 yards.
For now Detroit will probably continue to use both backs as a one-two punch, with Leshoure getting a majority of the carries and Bell seeing more action on passing plays.
They will face a Viking defense this Sunday that kept them in check in their last meeting. The two backs combined for 28 yards rushing, however, Bell did have 72 yards receiving against this defense.
Also, the Vikings defense has seemed to slow down as of late. They have allowed the last three feature backs they have faced to rush for over 100 yards, plus they have allowed three receiving touchdowns to running backs in their last three games.
If he's available in your league, Bell may be a good addition, especially this week. However, keep your expectations reasonable, as he's still considered a back-up.