This week I want to reintroduce the Off the Grid(iron) portion of the Corner Post. For those that are new readers or if you have just forgotten, every week I like to give a few undervalued and under-owned players that could be useful in PPR formats. After all PPR is the new standard right??? Anyway, let’s get to that Top-10 list!
Julian Edelman / NE – 13 REC / 18 TAR / 78 YDS / 0 TD – Edelman didn’t get into the end zone last Thursday night, but that’s about all he didn’t do in that game. Tom Brady looked his way most of the game with the rookie receivers not making enough catches to let Edelman get free. He is the only receiver that Brady trusts right now and should prove to be a nice PPR WR3/flex option, but that could taper off once some other guys get healthy. Feel free to start him against a young Buccaneers team this week.
DeSean Jackson / PHI – 9 REC / 15 TAR / 193 YDS / 1 TD – Jackson would had a great game, and is showing he can still be a good NFL receiver so far in this new offense. The only problem now is it’s only a matter of time before opposing defenses start to double cover him. I Like Jackson as a WR 3 most weeks, but he jumps up in PPR formats to a solid WR2. The Eagles draw the Chiefs tonight, and they have been playing tough defense. Let’s see what Jackson can do against his old coach Andy Reid.
A.J. Green / CIN – 6 REC / 14 TAR / 41 YDS / 1 TD – The Bengals star stayed on the board, but only had a disappointing 41 yards in a tough loss to the Ravens. Though thing’s are looking brighter tis week, as Green and company get the Packers defense that let Anquan Boldin run wild on them in week 1. Start him if you’ve got him.
Julio Jones / ATL – 11 REC / 14 TAR / 182 YDS / 1 TD – Jones ended up playing last week after he nursed an injury, and it didn’t seem to be affecting him much as you can see by his production of 182 yards and a touchdown. He may have to carry the Falcons on his back if they plan on making any run at the playoffs, but that should only help your fantasy teams so it’s a win-win. Jones goes to Miami this week and the Dolphins have been a tougher defense than expected, but I still trust Jones to play well.
Cecil Shorts / JAC – 8 REC / 14 TAR / 93 YDS / 0 TD – Well it was only a matter of time before Shorts made the top 10 list, and with the offense crumbling around him in Jacksonville he may make it a permanent home. His value at this point is in PPR leagues, but there could be a few random standard scoring weeks in him down the road. I only see Shorts as a WR4 at best, and you will have to really play match-ups with him going forward.
Torrey Smith / BAL – 7 REC / 13 TAR / 85 YDS / 0 TD – Smith is getting his targets, but is having trouble being able to be the speed threat he is known to be with defenses making sure to tackle him immediately. Time seems like the biggest factor for him right now, as the Ravens try to bring Marlon Brown into the fold quickly so Smith can get some breathing room on his routes. This week may be another tough go facing off agains the Texans, but I still think Smith is a good WR2 and better flex if you can get him in there.
Pierre Garcon / WAS – 8 REC / 13 TAR / 143 YDS / 1 TD – The “rust” issue that Robert Griffin III may or may not be dealing with doesn’t seem to be an issue for Garcon, and that is terrific news for fantasy owners at least for now. Garcon was possibly the only good thing that happened to the Redskins on Sunday, as they got thumped by the Packers. They play Detroit this week, and I like Garcon again for this one as a WR2.
Dez Bryant / DAL – 9 REC / 13 TAR / 141 YDS / 1 TD – Bryant has been dealing with some back issues since last weeks game, but it didn’t stop him during the game from racking up 141 yards and a TD. Hopefully he goes this week, and it looks likely that he will. Bryant is a WR1 as long as he plays on Sunday.
DeAndre Hopkins / HOU – 7 REC / 13 TAR / 117 YDS / 1 TD – The rookie proved to be the difference in an overtime win last week, and it looked like Matt Schaub is starting to really trust him down field. That means if you were lucky enough to draft him or pick him up off waivers, you may be in line for some fantasy points in the near future. Hopkins “took over” when Andre Johnson left the game with a concussion, but I think he will still have value when Johnson is back. He’s a WR3 this week though.
Eric Decker / DEN – 9 REC / 13 TAR / 87 YDS / 0 TD – Decker is still alive! After the kickoff game mishaps it was speculated by many that Decker may not have a roll in that Denver offense, but he showed up in week 2 and that’s a good sign for his owners. If there is one quarterback in the league that can find a way to make three or four receivers fanatasy relevant it has to be Peyton Manning. I’m still not expecting huge things from Decker, but there will be useful points as a flex option going forward with him.
Off the Grid(iron)
Jeremy Kerley, WR: This guy has been injured and is on his way back which is good, but even better is that I believe Geno Smith will be looking for him once he’s back. If you listen to the Friday Night Football podcast with myself and @ThatMurph you will have heard Murph mention another respected writer @RumfordJohnny compare Kerley with Smith’s WVU teammate Tavon Austin. I agree 100% with them.
Kenbrell Thompkins, WR: Brady seems to keep trying to get him the ball even with all the drops, and someone has to step up soon for the Patriots to survive the season. I still believe Thompkins is the gut Brady thinks he can be, so just keep an eye on him.
Ruben Randle, WR: Seems strange to say, but Randle is actually tied for targets with Nicks at 11 apiece. I think Randle has potential and should be able to start to hold his own in this offense, but how long can you wait before that happens is the real question.
|1||Andre Johnson / WR||HOU||20||29||222||69||0|
|2||Julian Edelman / WR||NE||20||27||157||74||2|
|A.J. Green / WR||CIN||15||27||203||56||2|
|4||Vincent Jackson / WR||TB||12||24||231||50||0|
|DeSean Jackson / WR||PHI||16||24||297||80||2|
|Pierre Garcon / WR||WAS||15||24||207||63||1|
|Julio Jones / WR||ATL||18||24||258||75||2|
|Cecil Shorts / WR||JAC||11||24||133||46||0|
|9||Brian Hartline / WR||MIA||14||23||182||61||1|
|Jimmy Graham / TE||NO||14||23||224||61||2|
|11||Emmanuel Sanders / WR||PIT||12||22||135||55||0|
|Greg Little / WR||CLE||8||22||59||36||0|
|Torrey Smith / WR||BAL||11||22||177||50||0|
|Randall Cobb / WR||GB||16||22||236||73||2|
|15||Anquan Boldin / WR||SF||14||21||215||67||1|
|Dez Bryant / WR||DAL||13||21||163||62||1|
|Kenbrell Thompkins / WR||NE||6||21||89||29||0|
|18||Brandon Marshall / WR||CHI||15||20||217||75||2|
|Eric Decker / WR||DEN||11||20||119||55||0|
|Jordan Cameron / TE||CLE||14||20||203||70||1|
|21||Larry Fitzgerald / WR||ARI||10||19||113||53||2|
|Wes Welker / WR||DEN||12||19||106||63||3|
|Brandon Myers / TE||NYG||13||19||140||68||1|
|Victor Cruz / WR||NYG||13||19||236||68||3|
|Tavon Austin / WR||STL||12||19||88||63||2|
Born and raised in Massachusetts, Robert now resides in Philadelphia, PA. Has been playing fantasy football since 2003, and is a former high school football coach. Always a student of the game, he uses knowledge of coaching for fantasy wins. He’s always available for advice on twitter at @RoJoPal.