C.J. Spiller, a top-10 pick in fantasy drafts, has the 33d-most running back points. He trails Danny Woodhead, Andre Ellington, and his Bills teammate and backup, Fred Jackson.
Philip Rivers, a late-round selection for some and projected as a fantasy backup, has the third-most quarterback points. He’s ahead of many more celebrated picks, including Matthew Stafford, Robert Griffin III, and Michael Vick.
Unless your team is stacked with Peyton Manning, Adrian Peterson, and Victor Cruz, you’ll need to adjust to unpredictable developments by playing the matchups and utilizing waivers to your advantage. Let’s get to work.
Maurice Jones-Drew, RB, Jacksonville: It’s difficult to consider Jones-Drew a lineup mainstay because he plays for one of the most unproductive offenses in recent memory. But Jacksonville’s opponent, St. Louis, has allowed the most fantasy points to running backs and the third-most rushing yards per game (133.5).
Atlanta defense: The Falcons have been below average at slowing down opponents but they should thrive against the Jets in the Georgia Dome. New York can run the ball, but Geno Smith is not ready to be an NFL quarterback and top wide receivers Santonio Holmes and Stephen Hill are unlikely to play.
Sean McGrath, TE, Kansas City: Injuries have propelled McGrath to the top of Kansas City’s depth chart. Tight end is not an easy position to replace during byes, and McGrath has seen increased attention from Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith during the last three games.
DeAngelo Williams, RB, Carolina: I’ll have Williams in my lineup because Washington’s Alfred Morris is on a bye, but I’d rather find a more encouraging replacement. Williams will attempt to become the first opponent of the Cardinals to eclipse 63 yards rushing.
Colin Kaepernick, QB, San Francisco: Kaepernick hasn’t broken out enough to be trusted as an every-week option. He hasn’t thrown for more than 200 yards since Week 1 and now he faces Houston, which has allowed the fewest average passing yards (141) in the NFL.
Rashad Jennings, RB, Oakland: Jennings was the most sought-after runner on waivers this week because he accumulated decent numbers after starter Darren McFadden left last Sunday’s game with an injury. Jennings is a decent receiver and will be involved in Oakland’s game plan against San Diego, but he’s nothing more than a backup who will be easy to contain with increased playing time.Ed Ryan can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @EdzoRyan