Week 9 Pickups

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May 122012

RB LeGarrette Blount- Tampa Bay

Percent owned (ESPN): 18.5%

For the 2nd straight week, Blount was Tampa’s lead back. He rushed for 120 yards on 22 carries and 2 scores and actually added 2 catches, something he was notoriously bad at in college.

WR Davone Bess- Miami

Percent owned (ESPN): 30.0%

Bess has 39 catches for 401 yards and 3 scores this season and this week was his first as a starter. He certainly didn’t do anything to lose him his starting job, catching 7 balls for 53 yards. He’s a starter in PPR leagues and should be owned universally.

QB Josh Freeman- Tampa Bay

Percent owned (ESPN): 25.7%

Freeman is looking like a legit QB1 this season or at least a strong backup. In 7 games, he’s 135 for 224 for 1533 yards, 8 touchdowns, and 3 picks. He should be owned pretty universally.

QB Matt Stafford- Detroit

Percent owned (ESPN): 29.2%

I’m buying the hype. This kid looks like the real deal. He was 26 for 45 for 212 yards and 4 scores to only 1 pick in his first week back. He’s still not a regular starter until he shows consistency, but he’s an excellent backup with huge upside for the rest of the season.


TE Jacob Tamme- Indianapolis

Percent owned (ESPN): 4.2%

After Dallas Clark went down, everyone’s question was, which Indy tight end would Peyton Manning turn into a fantasy monster. That question was answered, Jacob Tamme, who caught 6 balls for 64 yards and a touchdown in the Colts first game since they put Clark on IR.

WR Mike Thomas- Jacksonville

Percent owned (ESPN): 7.1%

He didn’t lead the team in yards this week, but he did get his first career touchdown, a good sign. In 7 games with David Garrard (excluding that Todd Bouman game) he has 33 catches for 387 yards and a score. He’s more valuable in PPR, but he’s still worth a look in deep regular leagues.

RB Mike Hart- Indianapolis

Percent owned (ESPN): 10.4%

Hart rushed for 84 yards on 12 carries splitting carries with Donald Brown. Joseph Addai could miss a few more weeks, which means Hart could be the starter over the inept Donald Brown, who didn’t even manage 2 yards per carry this week.

WR Nate Burleson- Detroit

Percent owned (ESPN): 27.4%

He and Stafford clicked as he caught 7 balls for 47 yards. Even with Shaun Hill in the lineup, weeks 5-6, he caught 10 passes for 116 yards in 2 games. He’s worth a look as Detroit’s #2 receiver.

WR Anthony Armstrong- Washington

Percent owned (ESPN): 2.1%

The undrafted 27 yard rookie continues to be worth a look in deep leagues with 14 catches for 321 yards and a score in his last 5 weeks, including 3 catches for 92 yards this week against Detroit.

WR Anthony Gonzalez- Indianapolis

Percent owned (ESPN): 4.0%

Gonzalez played his first full game since 2008 and caught 4 balls for 55 yards as the Colts’ slot receiver. Austin Collie is out for a few weeks so Gonzalez is going to be their #3 receiver for a few weeks. He could have some PPR value for a few weeks.


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