Last week the big addition of the week was Brandon Jackson, as for this week there is not one name who particularly sticks out. Yes, you could add Jason Snelling or Mike Tolbert, but it’s unclear how serious the injuries for Michael Turner and Ryan Mathews are and most likely they both start on Sunday. This week, I am looking at some solid plays for the long haul as well as one must start for this week.
Mark Sanchez – In terms of fantasy has anyone ever given Sanchez love? I am not recommending Sanchez as your starter for the matchup vs. the Dolphins stout defense. What I am merely stating is that Sanchez is a solid backup quarterback who is worth in almost every league. If we go back to Sanchez’s last five games, which includes last year’s playoff games, Sanchez has thrown for 833 yards and seven touchdowns. It might be time for Offensive Coordinator Brian Schottenheimer to take the training wheels off Sanchez and let him win games for the Jets. Sanchez is a name to keep any eye on, and depending on your league, how he could be an interesting keeper option.
Mark Clayton – In life all you need is an opportunity, and Clayton has taken advantage of that teaming of with Sam Bradford. The former Sooners have hit it off; Clayton has 12 catches for 143 receiving yards and two touchdowns. With the Rams lacking talent on the offensive end, the former first round pick is far and away the best receiver on the Rams roster. Clayton who was a surprise cut from the Ravens before the season started, Clayton has looked better than any of the Baltimore receivers early on. For the matchup with the Redskins this week, Clayton makes for an excellent flex play in 12 team leagues.
Nate Washington –Outside of Chris Johnson and Vince Young the Titans lack fantasy punch, but Washington is clearly looking to change that way of thinking. While Washington only had four receptions on Sunday he was targeted nine times scoring a touchdown, and has become Tennessee’s primary target. This is now back to back games with a touchdown, while Kenny Britt has been a no show in the Titans passing game. Washington has a solid matchup this week vs. a Giants defense that gave up three touchdowns through the air on Sunday. Look for Young to air it out and for Washington to be the beneficiary of the weak New York defense.
Aaron Hernandez – Ladies and Gentleman, the New England Patriots have finally learned how to utilize the tight end in their offensive game plan. While Hernandez isn’t likely to be the next Ben Coates, he’s been solid through two games with seven receptions for 146 yards. The Patriots like to spread the ball around so Hernandez can’t be relied on for every game, but this week he is a must start. The Bills defense has given up a combined seven receptions for 149 yards to tight ends Anthony Fasano and Jermichael Finley, while containing receivers Brandon Marshall, Greg Jennings and Donald Driver. Buffalo has a problem defending the tight end, so Hernandez like Fasano and Finley will break through the Bills defense.