Fantasy football

Fantasy football options: Chad Henne, Ronnie Hillman, Dolphins defense

I missed Justin Blackmon’s explosion by one month.

Prior to Week 7, I was desperate for wide receiver help because two of my starters weren’t available. Danny Amendola of the Rams was injured and Eric Decker of the Broncos was on a bye. Knowing Decker would be back the next week and that Amendola was due to return soon, I wanted to make a small deal that would simply help me survive the week.

One asset I had was Rashad Jennings, who at the time was Maurice Jones-Drew’s backup in Jacksonville. I reached out to Jones-Drew’s owner and the deal was easy: He’d take Jennings and give me Blackmon, who had surprisingly underachieved to that point.


I tossed Blackmon into my lineup, and his 7 receiving yards produced zero fantasy points.

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Naturally, Blackmon has been on my bench since, but after his career day against Houston (38 fantasy points on 236 receiving yards, including an 81-yard touchdown), I have a dilemma.

Decker, Amendola, and Miles Austin are my starting receivers. Who sits for Blackmon? Or does Blackmon remain on my bench?

It’s a question that likely won’t be resolved until Sunday around 12:50 p.m.

Three up:

Chad Henne, QB, Jacksonville: Blackmon’s big numbers seemed to be a result of Henne replacing Blaine Gabbert at quarterback. The Jaguars now square off against Tennessee, which has arguably the NFL’s worst defense.


Ronnie Hillman, RB, Denver: Willis McGahee’s knee injury creates an opportunity for Hillman, who could have an immediate impact. Adding to Hillman’s potential — as long as fellow backup Lance Ball doesn’t cut into Hillman’s touches — is Denver’s matchup with Kansas City.

Miami Dolphins defense: Seattle will visit Miami, and the Seahawks’ quarterback, Russell Wilson, has four touchdowns and 11 interceptions on the road.

Three down:

Bryce Brown, RB, Philadelphia: Now that LeSean McCoy has a concussion, it’s not a good idea to trust any skill position player on the bumbling Eagles.

Reggie Bush, RB, Miami: With 22 fantasy points in his last four games, you can no longer afford to leave Bush in your lineup.


C.J. Spiller, RB, Buffalo: Even with Fred Jackson sidelined, the Bills’ use of Spiller is maddening. His numbers are outstanding but he hasn’t had a breakout performance since Week 2 because the Bills are so intent on protecting him.

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