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Tuesday, October 02, 2012


Quarterbacks

Ryan Fitzpatrick, Bills - Still unowned in more than half of Yahoo leagues, Fitzpatrick leads the NFL in touchdown passes and is fifth in fantasy points at the quarter-season mark. He’s on pace for 48 touchdowns, 28 interceptions and just over 3,700 passing yards. Just beware that the annual late-season swoon could arrive early with daunting matchups versus the 49ers, Cardinals and Texans in three of the next four games.

Recommendation: Should be owned in all leagues.

Matt Hasselbeck, Titans - Jake Locker won’t play this week and could miss several games with a twice-dislocated left shoulder. Hasselbeck has severe arm strength limitations at this point in his career, precluding QB1 consideration even with the Titans added weaponry this season. He’s only an option in deeper leagues heading into a Week 5 matchup versus an improved Vikings defense.

Recommendation: Worth a look in deeper leagues.

Ryan Tannehill, Dolphins - How about that Tannehill-to-Hartline connection? Willing to throw Hartline open, Tannehill shattered Dan Marino’s single-game passing yardage by a rookie. Tannehill can make all throws, moves well in the pocket, and is willing to take shots down the field. Although he tossed a pair of sloppy interceptions, it’s impressive that Tannehill moved the offense up and down the field against one of the NFL’s top defenses. As with all rookie quarterbacks, inconsistency should be expected.

Recommendation: Worth a look in deeper leagues.

Kevin Kolb, Cardinals - Coming off his second 300-yard game and first three-touchdown effort with the Cardinals, Kolb is 11th among quarterbacks in fantasy points over the past three weeks. The offensive line remains a red flag, but Kolb has the receivers to maintain value in deeper leagues. As long as he keeps churning out wins versus the Rams, Bills, and Vikings, his job is secure.

Recommendation: Worth a look in deeper leagues.

Brandon Weeden, Browns - The rookie’s arm is legit, but his two 300-yard outings in four weeks are a bit misleading. He still struggles mightily versus the pressure, and neither the Bengals nor the Ravens were able to get in his face. Weeden’s numbers have been padded in comeback mode. He can be picked up in deeper leagues, but know that he’s a faceplant waiting to happen most weeks.

Recommendation: Worth a look in deeper leagues.

Cut Bait: Russell Wilson, Mark Sanchez

Wilson’s preseason success hasn’t carried over. He’s essentially been Tebow West through four games. … What was the preseason over/under on Tebow replacing Sanchez? The Jets offense is a dumpster fire, as expected. Sanchez can’t be trusted with Santonio Holmes out of the lineup.


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Chris Wesseling is a senior football editor and Dynasty league analyst for Rotoworld.com. The 2011 NFL season marks his fifth year with Rotoworld and his third year contributing to NBCSports.com. He can be found on Twitter @ChrisWesseling.
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