Late picks round out teams
Success in the later rounds of your draft suddenly matters.
How you’ve fared on waiver wire transactions matters, too. Byes begin this weekend and four teams — Kansas City, Dallas, Minnesota, and Tampa Bay — are idle. With mainstays such as Tony Romo, Adrian Peterson, and Jamaal Charles not playing (note that no players of significance were mentioned from Tampa Bay, although a case could be made for wide receiver Mike Williams), owners are going to have to rely on their benches — their late round picks and waiver pickups — to fill holes.
With byes occurring for the next seven weekends (through Week 10), depth is key. Here are some players to consider — and bypass — when you’re making those lineup decisions.
Chad Henne, QB, Miami: Henne passed for a combined 296 yards in his first two contests but broke out with 363 Sunday night against the Jets. Now Henne faces New England. You may have heard — the Patriots are allowing a lot of yards and a lot of points this season.
Mark Sanchez, QB, NY Jets: Because this is New England, and because Sanchez plays for the Jets, no one wants to believe he’s any good. But the guy they call “Sanchise’’ is starting to emerge. He’s thrown six touchdown passes against no interceptions, and he’s racked up 48 fantasy points (in standard scoring leagues) the last two weeks.
Ryan Torain, RB, Washington: Last week we told you about Keiland Williams, a backup to the ailing Clinton Portis. Williams seems more like a third-down back, though, and Torain carried seven times for 46 yards last Sunday. If Portis ends up on the sideline, Torain could be the guy getting most of the carries.
Ahmad Bradshaw, RB, NY Giants: Bradshaw has been productive but has the misfortune of facing the Bears, who are allowing a paltry 39.7 rushing yards per game.
Robert Meachem, WR, New Orleans: Despite playing in one of the league’s most explosive offenses, Meachem has been a bust with just four receptions. Even if he breaks out in a random game, he is not to be trusted. Lance Moore — playing the Reggie Bush role — is the Saints receiver worth picking up.
Kyle Orton, QB, Denver: Orton has been an excellent fantasy quarterback but he’s facing a Titans defense that has allowed just one passing touchdown and only 11 third-down conversions.