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Ryan Tannehill is starting to look like the player many fantasy owners thought he would be in 2014

Ryan Tannehill is starting to look like the player many fantasy owners thought he would be in 2014

Ryan Tannehill

Following a rocky start to the season, Ryan Tannehill has really come alive over his last three games. His lowest fantasy point total of those games was 18. Last weekend he managed to post great numbers throwing for 277 yards and two touchdowns and adding 48 yards on the ground. It does not look like things are going to change this Sunday as the Dolphins face the Jacksonville Jaguars. He makes a great start for any team with a quarterback on a bye week this week.

Justin Forsett

Believe it or not, Ravens’ running back Justin Forsett is eighth in the NFL among running backs in terms of fantasy points. However, for the second week in a row the team has given the goal line work to Bernard Pierce. This type of thing can really scare fantasy owners. Do not let it scare you away from starting him this weekend. The Ravens are playing the Cincinnati Bengals who have been terrible at stopping the run this season. There is a very good chance Forsett could break off a long touchdown run at some point in the game.

Shane Vereen

Shane Vereen is finally getting his chance at being the Patriots’ featured running back now that Stevan Ridley is out with a torn ACL. In his first game as the team’s leading back, Vereen rushed for 43 yards and caught two touchdown passes while gaining 71 yards through the air. These are the types of numbers we expect from him. He is not very effective on the ground, but he shines in the passing game. His problem early on in the season was that he was not getting enough opportunities for this. That has changed and his value has skyrocketed.

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Kelvin Benjamin

Kelvin Benjamin is making a strong case for the Rookie of the Year award. However, this is one week where you do not want him in your fantasy lineup. The Panthers are taking on the Seattle Seahawks. The Legion of Boom is going to have their focus set squarely on stopping Benjamin because the Panthers do not have any other dangerous weapons on their offense.

What has happened to McCoy's fantasy value?

What has happened to McCoy’s fantasy value?

LeSean McCoy

We never thought we would see a game this season where last year’s leading rusher would be on a Sit ‘Em list. However, the time has come. Obviously, McCoy has not been as dominant as he was last season. That may be because his offensive line has been terrible. Unfortunately, that excuse does not help any fantasy owners out. The Eagles are playing the Arizona Cardinals this weekend. The Cards have been masterful at shutting down the opposing offense’s run game.

Steven Jackson

For those of you who expected Steven Jackson to bounce back this season, you have been disappointed. Jackson has not had a single game where he posted even 60 rushing yards. The number of carries he is taking is diminishing each week. He is working in a running back committee with Antone Smith and Jacquizz Rodgers. If something does not change soon, Jackson may be on the cutting block for many fantasy owners. He makes this list because he does have an appealing matchup this weekend against the Detriot Lions. This may sway some owners to consider starting Jackson. Do not do it. You will regret it.


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