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Everyman's Fantasy

Oct. 07, 2013
Oct. 07, 2013

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Turning last week's box scores into this week's waiver-wire magic

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This is an article from the Oct. 7, 2013 issue

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In his NFL debut Le'Veon Bell shines—or shines as much as any Steeler in the team's fourth straight loss—scoring two TDs against the Vikings.

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Bell had 16 carries; Pittsburgh's three other RBs totaled five. There's no more guessing who's the boss in this backfield.

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Philip Rivers eclipses 400 yards for the second time this season and throws three TDs in the Chargers' win over the Cowboys.

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You can't yet throw him in regardless of matchup, but Rivers is regaining his QB1 status—he can be a star against the right foe.

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Reggie Bush runs all over the Bears: 173 yards from scrimmage and a TD in his first game back from a knee injury.

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Meanwhile, Joique Bell touched the ball just 11 times. As long as Bush is healthy, you can't count on Bell as a fantasy contributor.

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Matt Cassel throws for 248 yards and two TDs in his maiden Vikings voyage; Minnesota gains 393 total yards for its first win.

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If Cassel keeps the job, he's a fringe option in two-QB leagues. The real winners here are WRs Greg Jennings and Jerome Simpson.

RISERS

FRED JACKSON RB, BILLS

That's now three of four games in which Jackson (who has two TDs so far) has outrushed C.J. Spiller (zero TDs). He has to be a flex play most weeks.

NATE WASHINGTON WR, TITANS

The wily vet caught one TD from Jake Locker and one from Ryan Fitzpatrick. He looks like a threat no matter the QB.

ANTONIO BROWN WR, STEELERS

After lighting up the Bears, he caught 12 passes for 88 yards against the Vikes, cementing his status as Big Ben's No. 1 target.

FALLERS

DOUG MARTIN RB, BUCCANEERS

Through no fault of his own, he finds himself in a terrible environment in Tampa. A receding tide lowers all ships.

ROBERT GRIFFIN III QB, REDSKINS

You knew what you were getting into. Until he's back to full health, he can't be counted on as a no-doubt starter.

HAKEEM NICKS WR, GIANTS

Do you really want to deal with disgruntled? He was a no-show again on Sunday and has just 12 catches, 230 yards in 2013.

PHOTOMARK ZALESKI/AP (WASHINGTON)PHOTOTERRY SCHMITT/UPI/LANDOV (GRIFFIN)PHOTOEDDIE KEOGH/REUTERS (JENNINGS)PHOTOGREGORY SHAMUS/GETTY IMAGES (BUSH)PHOTOJOHN W. MCDONOUGH/SPORTS ILLUSTRATED (RIVERS)PHOTOROB CARR/GETTY IMAGES (BELL)PHOTONUCCIO DINUZZO/CHICAGO TRIBUNE/MCT/LANDOV (JEFFERY)

THE SLEEPER

Alshon Jeffery

When the Bears' coaching staff spoke in the off-season about developing a second receiving option alongside Brandon Marshall, it sure seemed as if a dose of middle-of-the-field throws to new tight end Martellus Bennett (as well as swing passes and screens to RB Matt Forte) would do the job for a team that boasted a shutdown defense. Through four weeks, however, expectations have changed: Chicago will need a lot more offense to offset a D that ranks 26th in scoring (28.5 points per game). Over the last two Sundays, when the Bears have allowed 63 total points, Jeffery has become a huge part of the attack, first catching seven of the eight balls thrown his way against the Steelers, then exploding for five receptions, 107 yards and a TD as Jay Cutler targeted him 11 times in Detroit. The wideout has emerged as a real threat just when fantasy owners are scrounging for that second batch of WR breakouts, and he could be among the top 25 at the position for the rest of the season.