With only a few more weeks until the playoff fields are set, it's make or break time for the bubble teams. Keep a good eye out to match-ups, bye weeks and injuries to get a leg up on the competition. Remember, grabbing the right guy can not only improve your team, it can keep your opponent from getting better as well.
Carson Palmer, Oakland Raiders: 38 of 59 409 yards 4 TDs 2 int (38 points)
Carson Palmer used to be one of the elite quarterbacks in the NFL before injuries and age began to wear down his value. As a fantasy option, he remains a feats and famine type player as any touchdowns are offset by interceptions, leaving owners shaking their heads in frustration. Once in a while he will deliver a fantasy day worthy of his prime and this past Sunday was one of those as he tallied up 38 points.
Doug Martin, Tampa Bay Buccaneers: 22 rushes 265 yards 4 TDs. 4 rec. 21 yds (52 points)
Ok, for those of you who thought that Martin had his breakout game last week…um, you might want to go play the lottery. With 471 yards and seven touchdowns in his last three games, Martin has proved himself to be a must start in all formats, especially against the Chargers next week.
Brandon Marshall, Chicago Bears: 9 rec, 122 yards, 3 TDs. (30 points)
The revitalized Bears brutalized the Tennessee Titans to the tune of 51-20. Quarterback Jay Cutler had his way all day and he made sure to put plenty of work to the way of his favorite receiver, Brandon Marshall. With 3 TDs today, Marshall now has six in his last five games and is as dependable as you can get as the season goes on.
Owen Daniels, Houston Texans: 4 rec 62 yards 1 TD (12 points)
The Houston passing game seems to have cooled off as of late but that hasn't stopped Owen Daniels from making the most of his opportunities. In the past six games, Daniels has scored five times and remains an elite fantasy option at the position.
Phil Dawson, Cleveland Browns: 5 for 5 (15 points)
When you are the Cleveland Browns and are having issues punching the ball in the endzone, you need a good kicking game. Luckily for them, they have one with Phil Dawson, who consistently is one of the best in the business. Unfortunately, he doesn't always get the number of chances owners would like so he remains a low-end starter.
Andrew Luck, Indianapolis Colts: 30 of 48 433 yards 2 TDs (29 points)
With his 433 yard performance Sunday, Andrew Luck broke the rookie passing yards record in a single game. While RGIII may earn the headlines with his rushing, Luck steadily continues to show why he is going to be an elite force for years to come in the fantasy world as well as the real.
Free Agent Pick Up
Joqui Bell, RB, Detroit Lions: 13 rushes 73 yards 1 TD. 3 rec. 36 yds (16 points)
Bell may not currently be the Lions first choice to run the ball but he continues to make the most of his touches. While he may be viewed as nothing more than a bye week start, owners looking for rushers should grab him if available, as you never know when he could jump back into the starting role.
Brandon Myers, TE, Oakland Raiders: 8 rec 59 yards 2 TDs (17 points)
If you are in need of a bye week or injury replacement at the tight end position, then you could do worse than Brandon Myers. Myers has become one of Carson Palmer's favorite targets and while he hasn't had many red zone opportunities, he remains a consistent play for yardage.
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