TE Brandon Myers (Oakland)
Percent owned (ESPN): 22.7%
Brandon Myers had the most 5th fantasy points among tight ends this year. I’m telling you, he’s good. Pick him up! After catching 14 passes for 130 yards and a touchdown against the Browns, Myers now has 69 catches for 721 yards and 4 touchdowns through 12 games and is on pace to catch 92 passes for 961 yards and 5 touchdowns. Seriously! I know he’s on the Raiders, but he’s good!
RB Montell Owens (Jacksonville)
Percent owned (ESPN): 0.0%
Maurice Jones-Drew, Rashad Jennings, Jalen Parmele, those guys are all now hurt so Montell Owens is the next random running back up in Jacksonville. Unless any of those 3 guys can get healthy in time for this week’s game (unlikely), Owens will make his first NFL start with little to no competition for carries. His talent level is definitely a question, but feature backs are always a candidate to start in fantasy.
QB Russell Wilson (Seattle)
Percent owned (ESPN): 17.8%
This rookie seems to have finally hit his groove, going for at least 200 total yards and 2 touchdowns in each of his last 5 games, with only 1 interception. If you need quarterback help, think about picking this guy up.
WR Golden Tate (Seattle)
Percent owned (ESPN): 10.0%
With Wilson heating up in his last 5 games, Tate, his top receiver, has also understandably seen an increase in production, catching 22 passes for 296 yards and 4 touchdowns in those last 5 games. He might be worth picking up.
WR Chris Givens (St. Louis)
Percent owned (ESPN): 2.8%
Here’s another rookie who seems to have hit his groove. With Danny Amendola out the last 2 weeks, he has 16 catches for 207 yards and a touchdown. Amendola is questionable going forward, so Givens is worth a flier in deeper leagues.
RB James Starks (Green Bay)
Percent owned (ESPN): 7.1%
James Starks is splitting carries with Alex Green. Both had solid games against Minnesota, so they might be worth picking up in deeper leagues. I’m surprised they’re owned in so few leagues. Starks, who rushed for 66 yards on 15 attempts, has more value because he’s getting the goal line carries.
RB Alex Green (Green Bay)
Percent owned (ESPN): 24.5%
James Starks is splitting carries with Alex Green. Both had solid games against Minnesota, so they might be worth picking up in deeper leagues. I’m surprised they’re owned in so few leagues. Green rushed for 58 yards on 12 attempts, though Starks is getting the goal line carries.
WR Mike Thomas (Jacksonville)
Percent owned (ESPN): 0.2%
With Ryan Broyles out with a torn ACL and Titus Young suspended, Mike Thomas will short opposite Calvin Johnson. Thomas struggled mightily in Jacksonville with Blaine Gabbert and then he was buried on the depth chart in Detroit, but he had 66 catches for 820 yards and 4 touchdowns the last time he was a starter and had a real quarterback throwing him the ball, back in 2010. He’s never played with a quarterback as good as Matt Stafford so he has upside.
TE Marcedes Lewis (Jacksonville)
Percent owned (ESPN): 17.5%
The last time Lewis had a competent quarterback throwing to him, he caught 58 passes for 700 yards and 10 touchdowns, that being in 2010. Blaine Gabbert is injured and Chad Henne looks, at the very least, like a clear upgrade over Gabbert. In 3 games with Henne, he’s caught 11 passes for 164 yards and 2 touchdowns. He might be worth a bench stash if you need tight end help.