Free agent pickups for Week 9
WITH LADD BIRO October 31, 2011 8:16PM
LeSean McCoy, Philadelphia Eagles
Updated: December 2, 2011 8:21AM
So, how perfect was your draft? One consolation: If recent history holds, roughly half of these players will not be on our final Perfect Draft roster at season’s end. Hope abounds!
To win a fantasy championship, it helps to start with a great draft. But filling in your roster throughout the season with the right free agents also is important. Here’s a look at players worth considering, and others who would look better in someone else’s lineup.
Catch ’em while you can
◆ Javon Ringer, RB, Titans: If you had never played fantasy football before 2011, you’d have already dropped Chris Johnson in favor of his backup. Ringer is not just a promising handcuff; he could actually supplant the incredible, shrinking Johnson as the starter if he continues to outperform him.
◆ Antonio Brown, WR, Steelers. Available in more than half of all leagues, the second-year wideout was targeted a whopping 15 times Sunday. Brown also scored his first career touchdown. His stock should continue to rise even when the aging Hines Ward returns from his ankle injury.
◆ Brent Celek, TE, Eagles: After getting off to an uncharacteristically slow start, Celek has scored in back-to-back games. He can help teams with bye-week and injury issues at the tight-end position.
Don’t be fooled
◆ Kevin Faulk, RB, Patriots: As much as the Patriots struggled to move the ball Sunday, it’s hard to say whether Faulk’s prominent role in the offense simply was game-plan driven or a sign of things to come. But, seriously, the guy is in his 13th season. How much tread could he possibly have left?
◆ Doug Baldwin, WR, Seahawks: Being the second-best wideout on the Seahawks is kind of like being the second-best singer in the Jackson 5. Who cares? Predicting when Baldwin — or any Seattle receiver, for that matter — will show up is a fool’s game. Don’t waste your time playing.