Every week counts in fantasy football

This is a good place for fantasy owners to keep rookie Patriots wide receiver Kenbrell Thompkins: on the bench.
This is a good place for fantasy owners to keep rookie Patriots wide receiver Kenbrell Thompkins: on the bench.

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell would be proud to helm both of my 12-team fantasy leagues. Each is overflowing with parity.

Neither has an undefeated team, and the majority of squads have 3-2 or 2-3 records. I can look at only one roster out of these combined 24 teams and think, “That’s a wrap. This person has no shot.”

Eight weeks remain before the fantasy playoffs begin, so it’s a good time to be reminded that every week counts. We also have to remember that not everything is under our control. For instance, in one of the NFL’s highest-scoring games ever, between Dallas and Denver last Sunday, Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo exploded for 50+ fantasy points while the Broncos’ No. 1 wide receiver, Demaryius Thomas, finished with only 5.


Those are cases of good luck and bad luck, but it’s not as if either player is going to be swapped from your lineup. We need to focus on the tweaks and adjustments that will keep us in the hunt.

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Three up:

Mohamed Sanu, WR, Cincinnati: The bad news: Sanu has no touchdowns and only 18 catches. The good news: Cincinnati faces Buffalo, which has allowed the second-most fantasy points to receivers. Sanu is a risk, but also a high-reward option if you need a bye-week or injury replacement.

Garrett Graham, TE, Houston: Graham becomes the starter following a leg injury to Owen Daniels, who is out at least two months. Even as a backup, Graham has been a known commodity in the Texans’ offense, producing three touchdowns and 141 yards in five games.

Le’Veon Bell, RB, Pittsburgh: Atlanta tried to run against the Jets — Pittsburgh’s opponent — but was embarrassed. Pittsburgh should have more success with Bell, particularly at the goal line.


Three down:

Harry Douglas, WR, Atlanta: Julio Jones is out and Roddy White is banged up, so Douglas will see more targets following Atlanta’s bye week, but stay away. Nothing is going right for the Falcons.

Chris Johnson, RB, Tennessee: You’re in trouble if Johnson is doing anything more than providing quality depth on your roster. His numbers are weak and so are his prospects in Seattle.

Kenbrell Thompkins, WR, New England: The collective nature of the Patriots’ offense is discouraging for fantasy owners, and Thompkins will see his targets decrease as others — Danny Amendola, Rob Gronkowski, Julian Edelman — become more involved.

Ed Ryan can be reached at Follow him on Twitter @EdzoRyan