I haven't compared historical numbers, but fantasy owners just aren't getting the passing numbers (targets) to supplement the dreaded running back by committee. Ray Rice owners have quickly moved him back into starting lineups after his bye week. The Buffalo duo of C.J. Spiller and Fred Jackson, the law firm of BenJarvus Green-Ellis and fantasy god Arian Foster are also returning. Shonn Greene, Frank Gore, Stephen Jackson and the New England committee are on vacation in week nine. Tight ends Jermaine Greshmam, Dennis Pitta, Scott Chandler and Owen Daniels are back in starting lineups, with Dustin Keller, the struggling Vernon Davis and fantasy favorite Rob Gronkowski taking a seat this weekend.
During normal weeks, you might be able to get by without adjusting your lineup... not so during bye weeks. Returning from a much needed break in week eight are Michael Turner, Willis McGahee, Jamaal Charles, Reggie Bush, LeSean McCoy and Ryan Matthews. Studs like Ray Rice, C.J. Spiller, Fred Jackson, BenJarvus Green-Ellis and Arian Foster need replacing in your lineup this week. Tight ends returning include Tony Gonzalez, Brent Celek and Antonio Gates with Dennis Pitta, Scott Chandler, Jermaine Greshman and Owen Daniels on bye week.
Week 17 is a wild card when it comes to Fantasy Football. Some leagues are in their Super Bowl, some leagues are done, some use the last week as a tiebreaker and some use it as any other week. What can we learn from the final weeks of the season? Teams looking to next season are using the final weeks as an audition for next season, while those locked into a playoff berth are resting starters, creating a great deal of uncertainty.
Is Jimmy Graham the best tight end in the NFL? The answer is a resounding yes, at least from a fantasy perspective. Saints quarterback Drew Brees has targeted the former University of Miami basketball star 96 times through ten weeks off play.