To help you decide who to start and who to sit.
Here we are — the halfway point of the NFL season and six weeks away from the start of the fantasy postseason for many. Injuries are making lineup decisions harder — sometimes easier in the committee world of some positions — and bye weeks leave us scrambling for the best start at some positions. Here are a few updates to hopefully help you make that push toward the fantasy postseason.
Rashard Mendenhall, Isaac Redman, Jonathan Dwyer, RBs, Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Washington Redskins
Rashard Mendenhall (Achilles) was ruled out of today's game vs. Washington on Friday. Backup Isaac Redman (ankle) practiced on a limited basis this week. And that leaves Jonathan Dwyer to once again carry the load. A week after rushing for 122 yards on 17 carries against Cincinnati, Dwyer gets a Washington run defense that has allowed six of the 19 running backs they have faced to score double-digit days in PPR, but only Adrian Peterson has sniffed 20 points (19.9). It is unlikely you were counting on a Steelers RB to be an RB1 or 2 this season, and they have only been good plays in any roster slot on four occasions thus far. This should be one of those days for Dwyer.
Titus Young, WR, Detroit Lions vs. Seattle Seahawks
The pride was thinned out a bit when Nate Burleson went on IR with a broken leg. That leaves the door open for either Titus Young, Brandon Pettigrew or rookie Ryan Broyles to step right in. But for years now, like in Houston, it has been hard, week in and week out, to trust any receiver not listed as the team's top receiver. In the Lions' case that is Calvin Johnson, and he is not living up to fantasy expectations this season. However, Burleson had flashed on multiple occasions this year, scoring double-digit days in PPR formats on four of six outings. Young, who is battling a knee injury and is listed as questionable, has two double-digit days — thanks to a Hail Mary TD to force OT against Tennessee in Week 3 and a 6-for-81 day last week at Chicago. Young has a chance to shine the rest of the season; unfortunately against Seattle might not be where he builds on last week's efforts. The Seahawks have faced 26 receivers and allowed seven double-digit days in PPR scoring. Young could be an OK flex option against a defense the Lions might have trouble running on — especially after the way Frank Gore embarrassed Seattle last week.
Brandon Myers, TE, Oakland Raiders vs. Kansas City Chiefs
You know we're knee-deep in bye weeks and the tight end landscape is not as rosy as once predicted when you are reading about Brandon Myers. But with Aaron Hernandez out, Jimmy Graham a game-time decision and four teams with serviceable tight ends (Buffalo, Cincinnati, Baltimore and Houston) on byes, it is time to talk Myers. He is listed as probable (knee) this week but should be good to go against the Chiefs. Myers has just one dud in terms of what to expect from fringe tight ends these days. He has caught at least four balls four at least 44 yards in all but one game. He doesn't produced TDs (just one so far) but he receives targets and catches. In the last two weeks, Myers has 17 targets, turning them into 12 catches for 106 yards. Kansas City has not been very forgiving to tight ends as of late. The first three weeks, the position caught 11 balls for 122 yards and three scores. The last three weeks, it has been seven catches for 92 yards and no scores. Perhaps that is because the Chiefs have been bottom eight against fantasy running backs and quarterbacks. Maybe this is the week Darren McFadden finally busts out, but Myers is a decent TE option in a week where the position is weak.
— By Corby A. Yarbrough @Corby_Yarbrough on Twitter