Texans fans, in happier times (USAT Sports Images)
OK, this week's fliers are definitely not for the shallow leaguers among you. Perhaps your fantasy roster is so loaded that you can simply ignore all Texans and Jags, but not everyone is in such a favorable situation.
With the opening week of the fantasy playoffs at last upon us (in many leagues), I'm rolling with both of these guys, somewhere...
TE Garrett Graham, Hou (36 percent owned)
Sure, there are better Grahams to start at tight end, but at least Garrett has a friendly matchup. Jacksonville's defense has allowed the second-most fantasy points to the tight end position this season, yielding 69 catches for 773 yards and eight spikes. The Jags have given up useful fantasy lines to such luminaries as Zach Miller (2 TDs), Coby Fleener (77 yards, TD), Delanie Walker (62 yards, TD) and Rob Housler (70 yards). Graham has seen 33 targets over his last three games, so you can't argue that he's lacked opportunities. During that three-game stretch, he's hauled in 15 balls for 204 yards and one score. Owen Daniels isn't quite ready to return for Houston, so Graham's workload should be safe for another week.
WR Ace Sanders, Jac (2 percent owned)
Sanders is really only for the PPR crowd, but he's been quietly helpful in that format over the past three weeks. He's emerged as a volume receiver, and a chain-mover. The rookie was targeted 26 times in Weeks 11-13, catching 20 balls for 189 yards. Sanders is on the small side (5-foot-7), so we're not talking about the ideal red-zone weapon. But Jacksonville has deployed him out of the backfield, forcing matchup problems. His teammates seem happy enough with him...
“He’s definitely a mismatch,” Jaguars quarterback Chad Henne said. “If we can do that and put a linebacker or nickel on him, we feel we can do some things and win in man coverage.”
“We’re letting him do what he’s good at,” [Cecil] Shorts said. “He’s so quick, fast and sudden. He can work any defensive back.”
Sanders had a nice preseason (7-82), and he put some impressive plays on tape early in the year. He's a decent bet for 6-8 catches against the Texans; I'll make no promises about yardage or touchdowns.
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