So you lived to fight another day. Congrats. In your never-ending quest to earn bragging rights, here are three under-started options that could advance you to the money round:
Jay Cutler, Chi, QB – It’s crazy to think a player that ranks top-11 in per game average among QBs, blessed with Alshon Jeffery, Brandon Marshall and Matt Forte in a pass-happy system, is only owned in 40-percent of Yahoo leagues. Wake up and smell the stats, people. Cleared for takeoff, Cutler is a top-flight option against an overrated Cleveland secondary. The Browns have allowed eight-straight multi-TD passers. If you’re in a bind, start him with the utmost confidence. Roughly 260-280 yards with 2-3 TDs are possible.
Chris Ogbonnaya, Cle, RB – Same game, different name, the elevated backup should inflict heavy damage against an historically awful Bears run D. Chicago has allowed a 100-yard rusher in six straight games and 6.11 yards per carry to RBs in its past five. Down Willis McGahee, Ogbonnya is a strong bet for 15-18 touches, close to 100 total yards and a touchdown. FLEX him, at a minimum.
Brian Hartline, Mia, WR – Lost in Ryan Tannehill’s stellar play over the past three weeks, Hartline has tallied WR2-level production. During that span, he’s attracted 28 targets, catching 19 passes for 256 yards and two touchdowns. This week matched against a Patriots secondary that’s suspect outside Aqib Talib, he’s a viable WR3 in 12-team leagues, particularly those that score PPR.