Week 10: Start 'Em
Trent Richardson has been another one of the bigger busts this season and it's hard to figure out why. He started the season in Cleveland and did nothing over the first two games, then was traded to the Colts where some people expected him to blow up and be a fantasy stud. So far that hasn't happened -- he has yet to surpass 60 yards rushing in any game for the Colts. That will change this week and Richardson will have his best game as a Colt when Indianapolis faces the St Louis Rams -- who are giving up the fifth most rushing yards per game this season, at a rate of 125 per game. Watch Richardson gain at least 80 total yards and score at least one touchdown. If you need a RB or flex now might be time to give Richardson a look again.
Over the last four weeks, Pierre Thomas has been putting up consistent enough fantasy numbers so as to warrant starts as a flex -- and this week even as RB2. Over the last four weeks Thomas has a combined for 355 total yards, with 20 receptions and two touchdowns. This week, PT3 faces the worst defense in the NFL in terms of yards given up, the Dallas Cowboys -- who are tied with the Eagles, giving up a league worst 419 yard total yards of offense. On top of that, Darren Sproles left last week's game early on with a concussion, so it's quite possible he will sit out this week's game. If you need a flex or RB2 start this week, look no further than PT3.
Since week 2 of the season and before this last game, Kendall Wright has been a very consistent performer in point per receptions leagues, not catching less than five passes or less than 54 yards in those six weeks. In those six weeks Wright was averaging 6.3 receptions per game and 70.3 yards per game. While those are not numbers that jump out at you, they are solid production from a flex starter. With many fantasy receivers injured and on bye this week, Wright makes for a solid start as a flex or WR3.
The Cards haven't played in two weeks as they were on bye last week, so fantasy owners might forget that Andre Ellington is coming off a career day -- rushed for 154 yards and a touchdown. While he did do that with Rashard Mendenhall out with an injury, I think Ellington has proven what can happen when the ball is in his hands. Regardless of the fact that the coaches say Mendenhall will once again be the starter, it seems very obvious that the Cards offense moves better with Ellington involved. One place Ellington has a leg up on Mendenhall is in the passing game, as he already has 22 receptions for 198 yards and one touchdown. Ellington makes for a more valuable start in point per reception leagues, but is worthy of a start in all leagues.
After Riley Cooper's less than stellar off season, no one would have predicted how things have gone. While he isn't breaking the bank, he has already set career highs in all receiving categories after only nine games. So far this season, Cooper has 25 receptions for 453 yards and five touchdowns. The bulk of these stats have come in three of the last four games, all games that Nick Foles was the quarterback for most of the games. In those games Cooper has totaled 347 yards on 15 receptions and four touchdowns and capped off this past week when he blew up for five receptions for 139 yards and three touchdowns as part of Foles NFL record day passing for seven touchdowns. Foles will be starting again this week and that makes Cooper worth another start at either WR3 or flex.