Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 10/30/12
Pickups of the WeekDanny Amendola, WR, Rams (42.8 percent owned in ESPN standard 10-man leagues)Week 1-4 stats: 7.75 rec/game, 87.75 yards/game, .5 TDs/gameAmendola is expected to return in Week 10, which means if he is in your league you pick him up right now.He is a legitimate No.2 WR in standard leagues and a legitimate No.1 in PPR.Cecil Shorts, WR, Jaguars (3.4 percent)Week 7 stats: 4 rec, 79 yards, 1 TD, 10 TargetsWeek 8 stats: 8 rec, 116 yards, 12 TargetsThat's the second straight game for Shorts with at least 10 targets. If the last two games are any indication, the second-year WR has gained the trust of Blaine Gabbert and should continue to see an increase in targets.Titus Young, WR, Lions (49.7 percent)Week 8 stats: 6 rec, 81 yards, 8 TargetsWeek 9 stats: 9 rec, 100 yards, 2 TDs, 9 TargetsHas he finally turned around his life? Doubt it. But what I don't doubt is Young's fantasy potential. 17 targets over the last two games says he is something.Brandon Lafell, WR, Panthers (18 percent)Week 8 stats: 3 rec, 88 yards, 4 Targets            The Panthers face Washington and their 31st most forgiving to opposing WRs pass defense.Miami D/ST (15.7 percent)While their Week 9 match up with Indianapolis is average at best, you pick up Miami for their 10-12 schedule which consists of Tennessee (23rd), Buffalo (17th) and Seattle (22nd).For the record, now is the time to start planning ahead and identifying horrid offenses to play against while trying to flip a high performing D/ST for skill players. Now is the time in the season to flip your defense for a skill player and plan out your weekly defenses. Defenses playing KC, ARI, SEA, JAC, and MIA all have a great shot of putting up quality defense stats.Team Week 9Week 10Week 11Kansas CitySDPITCINArizona@GBbyeATLSeattle MINNYJBYEJacksonvilleDETINDHOUMiami@INDTENBUFBolded indicates Connor Barth, K, Buccaneers (9.8 percent)The last four kickers to go up against Oakland all have at least 3 FGM. How Are They Still Available?Rashad Jennings, RB, Jaguars (63.9 percent owned in standard ESPN 10-man leagues)Week 7 stats: 21 carries, 44 yards, 1 TD, 7 rec, 58 yardsWeek 8 stats: 17 carries, 59 yards, 6 rec, 56 yardsJennings appears to be a slightly less-efficient version of Maurice Jones-Drew. He will continue to see high amounts of receptions and receiving yards. His upcoming Green Bay (18th in rushing yards allowed per game), Detroit (17th), Indianapolis (26th), Houston (5th), Tennessee (25th) and Buffalo (32nd).LaRod Stephens-Howling, RB, Cardinals (33.4 percent)Week 7 stats: 20 carries, 104 yards, 1 TD, 4 rec, 45 yardsWeek 8 stats:  8 carries, 6 yards, 3 rec, 32 yardsIt was the Cardinals and their awful offensive line vs. the 49ers and their defensive line. So it's no surprise that Stephens-Howling day was insignificant. Wiliam Powell received zero carries. Josh Freeman, QB, Buccaneers (71.7 percent)Week 6 stats: 15-26, 328 yards, 3 TDs, 1 intWeek 7 stats: 24-42, 420 yards, 3 TDsWeek 8 stats: 19-36, 262 yards, 3 TDsThat's three weeks in a row with three touchdowns for Freeman and his upcoming schedule is easy too. Oakland, San Diego and Carolina are all favorable opponents whom Freeman should keep up his multi-touchdown pace. PPRKendall Wright, WR, Titans (16.4 percent)Week 5 stats: 9 rec, 66 yards, 11 TargetsWeek 6 stats: 6 rec, 71 yards, 8 TargetsWeek 7 stats: 3 rec, 19 yards, 3 TargetsWeek 8 stats: 4 rec, 47 yards, 1 TD, 5 TargetsMatt Hasselbeck continues to look his way.Alex Green, RB, Packers (74.6 percent)Week 6 stats: 22 carries, 65 yards, 1 rec, 8 yardsWeek 7 stats: 20 carries, 35 yards, 4 rec, 29 yardsWeek 8 stats: 22 carries, 54 yards, 4 rec, 28 yardsGreen is horrible as evidenced by three full games with at least 20 carries. That being said he does catch enough passes to warrant a roster spot in PPR leagues.Feel Free to Drop These Players(This is of course assuming guys like Rashad Jennings and Freeman are still available. While dropping Britt and  Moss be your 1st options, they very well could be worth the drop in smaller leagues.)Kenny Britt, Santana Moss, Antonio Gates, Greg Jennings, DeAngelo Williams
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