Desperate times call for desperate measures. Week 9, indisputably the toughest week on the fantasy calendar with numerous marquee names on siesta, has many owners on the brink of madness. To help control the chaos, here are three under-started players destined to get you a W come Monday:
Josh McCown, Chi, QB – Some so-called pundits, including a certain obnoxious writer with thinning hair, once nicknamed the well-traveled QB ‘McClown.’ However, given the Bears’ insufficiencies on defense and Green Bay’s explosive offense, it’s very likely the elevated backup will be thrust into a high-volume situation. Against a secondary that’s surrendered 7.6 yards per attempt, 266.5 yards per game and 13 TDs to QBs in seven contests, McCown reaches the 300-yard mark with 2-3 touchdowns.
Zac Stacy, StL, RB – The rolling beer keg continues to steamroll over opponents. Off his finest performance of the season, racking 134 yards against Seattle, he is bound to break the century mark yet again. Tennessee has allowed the seventh-most fantasy points to RBs on the season. And don’t worry about his tender ankle. The rookie practiced in full on Thursday and is slated to start.
Doug Baldwin, Sea, WR – The light has finally turned on for Greg Schiano. For the first time this season, the ‘genius’ head coach plans to utilize Darrelle Revis in man-only coverage. That’s bad news for Golden Tate owners. Great news for those willing to take a chance on Baldwin. Tampa’s other corners, Jonathan Banks and Leonard Johnson, have yielded a combined 68.7 catch percentage to their assignments. With that in mind, it would be no surprise if Baldwin is Russell Wilson’s flavor this week. Bank on at least 80 yards and a possible TD.