Roundtable: Which little-known player is poised to break out?
There are several teams on byes this week, and thanks to injuries, many people are scraping the bottom of the waiver-wire barrel for players. Which under-the-radar player do you think will break out this week?
Michael Beller -- Bishop Sankey, RB, Tennessee Titans: Now, Ken Whisenhunt has not indicated a change is coming in the backfield. In fact, he doubled down on Sankey as the backup, saying there are still some footwork issues he needs to correct to get more touches. I say Whisenhunt gets sick of losing games and finally admits Sankey is the best back on his roster, regardless of footwork. He had 61 yards on 10 carries last week while Greene was largely ineffective. Expect him to get a larger share of the workload, and possibly find the end zone, against the Colts.
Ben Eagle -- Allen Robinson, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars: The Jaguars offense isn't as bad as Chad Henne made it look. Blake Bortles is now under center, and the biggest beneficiary will be Robinson, given his physical style and steady hands. The rookie from Penn State has seen his targets increase each week (from three in Week 1 to 10 in Week 3) and will quickly develop into Bortles' favorite weapon.
David Gonos -- Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Minnesota Vikings: While Teddy Bridgewater is starting his first NFL game this weekend, I like his chances against the Falcons. Atlanta's defense is by not as good as it looked against a terrible Buccaneers offense. Bridgewater will pick up 30 or 40 yards with his feet, and I expect both Greg Jennings and Cordarrelle Patterson to score this week. Bridgewater's first start comes at home, too.
Alex Hampl -- Donald Brown, RB, San Diego Chargers: If he hasn't been picked up in your league, go get Donald Brown. With Ryan Mathews and Danny Woodhead out, Brown got a whopping 36 touches last week. That's not going to change Sunday, and he gets to face the hapless Jaguars at home. Jacksonville's allowed 160 yards on the ground this year -- worst in the league -- and that's included games against a Philadelphia team with its offensive line in shambles and a game against noted fantasy standout Trent Richardson.
Bette Marston -- Lorenzo Taliaferro, RB, Baltimore Ravens: Even though Bernard Pierce should be in the game on Sunday, Taliaferro's 91 rushing yards and a touchdown proved that he can fill a fairly significant hole at that position in the Ravens' offense. He seamlessly fits into Gary Kubiak's power running attack, which Baltimore will depend even more on with TE Dennis Pitts, one of Joe Flacco's favorite targets, out for the season. In addition, the Ravens are playing the Panthers this week, which gave up 264 rushing yards to the Steelers in Week 3. If the Ravens liked what they saw last week, expect another big game out of this rookie from Coastal Carolina.
Eric Single -- Andre Holmes, WR, Oakland Raiders: With Rod Streater out for the next month recovering from foot surgery, Holmes becomes the second option after James Jones in the Raiders’ nominal passing attack. Miami’s defense is in a bad way after yielding three touchdown passes in a blowout loss to the Chiefs, and a cordial crowd in London should be the ideal venue for the Raiders to take the training wheels off rookie starter Derek Carr in pursuit of their first win. Holmes’ lone catch of Week 3 – a leaping 29-yard grab on third down – is a sign of things to come.