Dorian ”The Trashman” Colbert, Rosterwatch.com
It’s week 4, and bye weeks are on the horizon. Stash these guys before the masses catch on and steal your thunder.
Ed Dickson TE Baltimore Ravens: Only WR Anquan Boldin has more targets for the Ravens than the second year tight end out of Oregon, who QB Joe Flacco gets more comfortable with every week. Look for him to keep up the good work against stifling Jets secondary that might make him the best option on many downs. He’s owned in only 17% of leagues.
Brian Hartline WR Miami Dolphins: A lot of people are hot on WR Davone Bess of the Dolphins, and they have good reason to be. He’s been a target hog for Miami. Bess is owned in many leagues though. Hartline is not. In fact he’s owned in only 5% leagues. The fact is that he has only 15 fewer yards than Bess and one more touchdown. He’s also averaging seventeen yards a catch, so even though he may not get Brandon Marshall like targets, he gets great production out of the catches he makes. You could do worse in a pinch.
Montario Hardesty RB Cleveland Browns: 80% of fantasy football players must not be paying attention, because Hardesty is only owned in about 20% of leagues. He gained the confidence of his coaches last week in an 86 yd effort while Peyton Hillis was sidelined with sickness, and has earned more time going forward. Don’t look now, but he could be headed for a consistent timeshare in the Browns’ running game, as the team doesn’t want to run Hillis into the ground as has been evidenced by his decreasing avg. yards per carry.
Patrick Crayton WR San Diego Chargers: TE Antonio Gates is probably not going to play this week, and Malcolm Floyd is limited with a groin injury. Even if Floyd does play, I expect him to be outperformed by a healthy Crayton who is coming off of a 5 catch 47 yard game last week. He won’t always be a viable option, but i think he’s usable this week against the Dolphins who give up tons of yardage to slot recelvers.
Kendall Hunter RB San Francisco 49ers: He’s owned in only 18% of leagues. He also might be the starting running back for SF against the 30th ranked run defense this week. Frank Gore is unsure of his availability this Sunday, and in case he doesn’t go, you should have Hunter stashed. You should have him stashed anyways, actually. He’s shown good power and vision in limited action thus far.
James Casey RB/TE Houston Texans: That’s right, he’s a RB/TE. He also picked up 137 yards and a touchdown last week for the Texans. The versatility of being able to play him at either of those positions alone is worth a flier in deep leagues. Who knows? You might end up holding on to him. He’s available in 15% of leagues currently.
Matt Hasselbeck QB Tennessee Titans: Hasselbeck would be a must own player if Britt was still playing. Now that he’s out for the season, he brings Hasselbeck down to a quality QB who you can confidently start in the right situations. He is getting great protection in the pocket, which can be magical for a quarterback with his limited mobility but still very capable throwing abilities. He has enough serviceable receivers , including a rising star in TE Jared Cook, to compete weekly in any contest.