In this week’s edition of fantasy insomnia, we prey on the struggling Law Firm, delve into the depths of the Saints’ backfield, and place a couple of injury replacements under the microscope.
Brian Leonard (CIN / RB) – owned in 0% / 0% of ESPN/Yahoo leagues – BenJarvus Green-Ellis is yet to eclipse 100 yards rushing in a game this season. That’s forced the Bengals to try something different. They clearly aren’t enthralled with their backup Brian Leonard, but they don’t have any other choice. Last week, Leonard had four carries and three receptions for a total of two fantasy points. That’s not enough to seriously consider adding him, but this situation is trending positively in the right direction, so it’s worth keeping an eye on.
Chris Ivory (NO / RB) – owned in 2% / 9% of ESPN/Yahoo leagues – A strange thing happened last Monday night as Chris Ivory took his first carries of the season. Somehow, Ivory ended up leading the Saints in carries (10) and rushing yards (48). He added a touchdown for good measure and left fantasy owners of Pierre Thomas and Mark Ingram feeling confused and perturbed. This is a very fluid situation going forward, and I don’t particularly like any of these backs.
Jerricho Cotchery (PIT / WR) – owned in 1% / 1% of ESPN/Yahoo leagues – Although Emmanuel Sanders is going to step into the starting role, it’s Cotchery who figures to see the largest increase in production with Antonio Brown hurt. The Steelers run a lot of three-wide sets, and Cotchery will play the role of slot receiver to fill the void left by Brown. Those in PPR leagues looking for a spot starter could do much worse than Cotchery this week.
Rod Streater (OAK / WR) – owned in 0% / 0% of ESPN/Yahoo leagues – A depleted Oakland Raiders backfield, means the Silver and Black will be taking to the air even more in coming weeks. The depth chart at wide receiver in Oakland isn’t even close to being set in stone. Denarius Moore is clearly the top talent in this group, but after that it’s anyone’s guess. Streater had 54 yards and a touchdown last week, which was good for 11 fantasy points. Over the next few weeks we’ll find out if that was a flash in the pan.
Garrett Graham (HOU / TE) – owned in 0% / 0% of ESPN/Yahoo leagues – Graham will only become relevant if regular starter Owen Daniels doesn’t play this week. Daniels is suffering from a hip injury, and he didn’t participate in practice this week until today, and even that was on only on a limited basis. That’s led to the ol’ game-time decision tag, which is still the worst. The Texans like to feature their tight end often, and they usually have at least one on the field at all times. This means Graham could become a viable play if Daniels is indeed sidelined.