Julian Edelman (NE)- You saw Edelman here last week, and I wouldn’t run him again, except with Rob Gronkowsi going down for the year, he is even more of a must-have now. He has averaged about 16 points over the last three weeks and will be targeted even more as the Patriots fight for home-field advantage. He is available in about 65 percent of leagues.
Michael Crabtree (SF)- So, Crabtree is back and getting into shape. He isn’t quite a safe play yet, but I would be targeting him to play in week 16 against a mediocre Atlanta secondary. He is available in about 75 percent of leagues.
Cordarrelle Patterson (MIN)- I almost didn’t run his name because it is almost too long to fit on the page, but he is a guy to look at for sure. He scored 20 points this past week and is getting more and more snaps and touches. On top of that, he is matched up against the league-worst Eagles secondary this week, and if your league plays a two week final into Week 17, the 28th worst Lions are his opponent. He is available in almost all leagues.
Ladarius Green (SD)- Green is an up-and-coming player who has had some big weeks recently and is seeing a lot more snaps. He is 6-6 and runs a 4.4 40, and is playing a Denver team that is 31st vs tight ends. If you have no other options he could be an intriguing play. If you are in a dynasty league, he is a must-have.
Thursday Night Start ‘em Sit ‘em:
This is a team that will have to score early and often to try and match Denver, and I believe they will. Philip Rivers is a must play this week and I could see Keenan Allen as a top 10 wide receiver as well. Danny Woodhead and Ryan Matthews are both pretty decent options, but if they get behind early and have to throw I like Woodhead a lot more, especially in PPR leagues. Antonio Gates and Tyrone Green are both intriguing plays (see above), and Gates is safer while Green has more upside. If you usually play Nick Novak he should have a good night as well.