A.J. Green’s monster touchdown streak came to an end last week. He had scored in nine straight games and proved himself to be the best WR this side of Calvin Johnson.
The player that benefited the most from the extra attention thrown Green’s way, especially in the red zone? Rookie Mohamed Sanu, who has really come alive in recent weeks and Andy Dalton seems to have tunnel vision towards the former Rutgers star inside the 20. His current value is skewed toward whether or not he finds the end zone, something he has done four times in the past three weeks, with his scores coming from 10, 14, two and five-yards out.
If you need a strong wideout, or you’re a James Jones owner who is frustrated with Sunday’s zero target performance (and the return of Greg Jennings), go ahead and nab Sanu. Sure, he may score six to eight points, but that’s still a whole lot better than zero.
Here’s three other players who can provide relief to those in need as the fantasy playoff picture starts to take shape.
Knowshon Moreno, RB, DEN. Last week I recommended Ronnie Hillman, but I said to really monitor this Denver situation as nothing was set in stone. It was as though John Fox was reading this very column and decided to give a surprise start to Moreno, who hadn’t been active since week two, where he rushed three times for two yards. Well, it turns out that’s why Fox is coaching the Broncos and why I’m writing about it, because Moreno responded with a strong 85-yard rushing day to go with four catches (on four targets) for another 26 yards. Moreno has mostly been considered a bust in his brief NFL career, but now he has a chance to prove the doubters wrong as the defacto lead back in Denver, with Hillman being relegated to third down duty.
David Wilson, RB, NYG. Andre Brown’s broken leg and Ahmad Bradshaw’s consistent owies leave the door wide open for Wilson to have a chance to showcase his gamebreaking speed. Wilson was a trendy pick up earlier in the year, and now the outspoken tailback will likely see significant carries. Remember, though Bradshaw can carry it 30 times a game, Tom Coughlin would prefer a timeshare with his backs. If Bradshaw can’t go in any game, suddenly Wilson will start in one of the plushiest positions for a back in the league, considering that defenses must respect Eli Manning, Victor Cruz and Hakeem Nicks. Make the add now to avoid missing out later.
Dallas Clark, TE, TB. Now here’s a blast from the past. Clark has seen a dramatic uptick in both production and targets in recent weeks, as Josh Freeman seems to have developed a strong connection with the former Colt. Clark was a dud earlier in the year, and many owners who hoped to get a steal at the positions were snakebitten, as Clark only had one single double digit fantasy game until two weeks ago. With the heavy dose of targets (11 in the past two weeks) and the Bucs making a concerted effort to pass the ball, Clark seems positioned to be a top-10 TE the rest of the way.
Scott Rodgers is a graduate of Alvernia University and a staff writer at the Aiken Standard.