TE Heath Miller (Pittsburgh)
Percent owned (ESPN): 24.4%
After returning in limited fashion week 3, Miller played essentially the whole game week 4, catching 6 passes for 70 yards. Ben Roethlisberger is more comfortable throwing to him than anyone else and he had a 71/816/8 line in 15 games in 2012. He’s a low end TE1 going forward.
RB Willis McGahee (Cleveland)
Percent owned (ESPN): 24.5%
McGahee isn’t very good any more, but he’s the Browns’ starting running back. He had his first start this week after his first full week of practice and rushed for 46 yards on 15 carries. He’ll have easier matchups going forward, starting with this week in Buffalo, and you pretty much want to own any NFL starting running back you can.
WR Nate Washington (Tennessee)
Percent owned (ESPN): 16.0%
Nate Washington now has back-to-back 100+ yard weeks and a 19/332/2 line on the season. He’d be higher on this list if Jake Locker wasn’t expected to miss at least a month, but he’s the Tennessee receiver you want to own if you’re into that kind of thing.
TE Coby Fleener (Indianapolis)
Percent owned (ESPN): 19.7%
Andrew Luck and offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton love utilizing the tight end, but with Dwayne Allen out for the season, all they really have left at the position is Coby Fleener, Luck’s college teammate who played for Hamilton as well at Stanford. He also had 11 catches for 152 yards and 2 touchdowns in the last 3 weeks. You can do worse is a bye week tight end filler and he’s a low end TE1 in deeper leagues.
RB Rashad Jennings (Oakland)
Percent owned (ESPN): 0.8%
Surprise, surprise Darren McFadden suffered his annual injury. His hamstring problem could keep him out of this week’s game against the Chargers. Backup running back Marcel Reece is also out with an injury and his might be even more serious. Jennings is tentatively expected to get the start this week. He had 129 total yards on 23 touches this week, though 71 of those came on 8 catches.
TE Charles Clay (Miami)
Percent owned (ESPN): 17.4%
Charles Clay had another good game and now has 20 catches for 245 yards and 2 total touchdowns in 4 games. If you need a bye week filler at tight end, you can do a lot worse than Clay, especially in deeper leagues where Heath Miller and Coby Fleener are already owned.
RB LeGarrette Blount (New England)
Percent owned (ESPN): 2.1%
Blount led the Patriots’ in rushing yards for the 2nd straight week. He’s somehow a more explosive and more ball secure runner than Stevan Ridley and will continue eating into his carries in a significant way until he proves otherwise. He’s rushed for 129 yards and a touchdown in the last 2 weeks combined. He’s worth a bench stash.
RB Khiry Robinson (New Orleans)
Percent owned (ESPN): 0.1%
With Mark Ingram out, Khiry Robinson, not Pierre Thomas, was the Saints’ lead back, rushing for 37 yards on 12 carries. He now has 75 yards on 16 carries in 2 games and could be New Orleans’ best back. He’s worth picking up in case this continues going forward.
QB Brian Hoyer (Cleveland)
Percent owned (ESPN): 1.2%
Brian Hoyer might not be great, but he’s done a good job of utilizing Josh Gordon and Jordan Cameron in two starts, throwing for 590 yards, 5 touchdowns, and 3 picks. He’s pretty much stolen Brandon Weeden’s starting job at this point and isn’t a bad option as a bye week fill-in depending on the matchup.