As I write this, Hurricane Sandy is swirling around my apartment here in Philadelphia, not to mention most of the rest of the Northeast. Stay safe, neighbors.
This is a light week for pickups – not too much in the way of guys emerging or key injuries. You don't need to go nuts for any of these guys, in my opinion.
Nick Foles, PHI – Rumor has it there's a chance the Eagles could go with Foles this week against New Orleans, a move that fantasy owners should look at with some interest. A big guy at 6-6, 243, Foles has been compared to another big quarterback, Ben Roethlisberger. The rookie third-round pick out of Arizona went 40-for-63 for six touchdowns, two interceptions and a 110.1 QB rating in the preseason, and with Michael Vick struggling and the team looking for answers, it could be the Eagles will give Foles a shot.
Matt Moore, MIA – For those in very deep or two-QB leagues, Moore could potentially start for Ryan Tannehill (knee) this week, and if he does, he draws a friendly matchup in the Colts. You could do worse for a bye-week filler.
Dexter McCluster, KC – McCluster qualifies at both RB and WR on Yahoo, but he's generally been a receiver for the Chiefs this year, and he's caught six passes each of the last two weeks. Kansas City definitely has quarterback issues, which is never ideal for your RB/WR combo player, but they're also going to be playing from behind plenty, which means McCluster is going to get his share of chances to make plays. Plus there's just not much out there this week.
Ronnie Hillman, DEN – Denver draws the Bengals this week, and Cincy's defense is nearly as bad as the Saints', which means that Hillman could again see a hearty share of garbage-time carries. He toted 14 times for 86 yards against New Orleans, a useful flex fill-in line for those hurting with Michael Turner, Stevan Ridley, Shonn Greene and Frank Gore on bye.
Joique Bell, DET – Mikel Leshoure appeared to tweak his leg Sunday against Seattle, and he ended up being benched for much of the second half in favor of Bell and Kevin Smith. Bell ended up compiling a very nice 58 yards (25 rushing, 33 receiving) on just 11 touches, while Smith touched the ball just twice. At the very least, he could potentially work himself into a bigger role for the Lions, which is great with a shiny matchup at Jacksonville on tap.
Titus Young, DET – Young finally came through last week, improbably doing so against a tough Seattle defense. He racked up nine catches for 100 yards and two touchdowns, the kind of line we thought we'd see more of with Calvin Johnson distracting opposing defenses. There's certainly going to be reason for Matt Stafford to throw the ball plenty with Detroit's upcoming schedule, and with Nate Burleson done for the year, Young (along with last week's recommendation Ryan Broyles) is going to see more looks.
Cecil Shorts, JAC – Very quickly, Shorts has become a big-time target for Blaine Gabbert – he's flat-out the Jags' de facto No. 1 receiver. And he's earned it, catching four balls for 79 yards and a score two weeks ago, then a career-high eight for 116 yards against Green Bay last week. The Jags certainly play from behind often enough, so Shorts' deep-ball playing style makes