By Ed Ryan
I missed Justin Blackmon’s explosion by one month.
Prior to Week 7, I was desperate for wide receiver help because two of my starters weren’t available. Danny Amendola of the Rams was injured and Eric Decker of the Broncos was on a bye. Knowing Decker would be back the next week and that Amendola was due to return soon, I wanted to make a small deal that would simply help me survive the week.
One asset I had was Rashad Jennings, who at the time was Maurice Jones-Drew’s backup in Jacksonville. I reached out to Jones-Drew’s owner and the deal was easy: He’d take Jennings and give me Blackmon, who had surprisingly underachieved to that point.
I tossed Blackmon into my lineup, and his 7 receiving yards produced zero fantasy points.
Naturally, Blackmon has been on my bench since, but after his career day against Houston (38 fantasy points on 236 receiving yards, including an 81-yard touchdown), I have a dilemma.
Decker, Amendola, and Miles Austin are my starting receivers. Who sits for Blackmon? Or does Blackmon remain on my bench?
It’s a question that likely won’t be resolved until Sunday around 12:50 p.m.
Chad Henne, QB, Jacksonville: Blackmon’s big numbers seemed to be a result of Henne replacing Blaine Gabbert at quarterback. The Jaguars now square off against Tennessee, which has arguably the NFL’s worst defense.
Ronnie Hillman, RB, Denver: Willis McGahee’s knee injury creates an opportunity for Hillman, who could have an immediate impact. Adding to Hillman’s potential — as long as fellow backup Lance Ball doesn’t cut into Hillman’s touches — is Denver’s matchup with Kansas City.
Miami Dolphins defense: Seattle will visit Miami, and the Seahawks’ quarterback, Russell Wilson, has four touchdowns and 11 interceptions on the road.
Bryce Brown, RB, Philadelphia: Now that LeSean McCoy has a concussion, it’s not a good idea to trust any skill position player on the bumbling Eagles.
Reggie Bush, RB, Miami: With 22 fantasy points in his last four games, you can no longer afford to leave Bush in your lineup.
C.J. Spiller, RB, Buffalo: Even with Fred Jackson sidelined, the Bills’ use of Spiller is maddening. His numbers are outstanding but he hasn’t had a breakout performance since Week 2 because the Bills are so intent on protecting him.