November time to make some fantasy moves

Happy November, everyone. I hope you all had a fun, safe Halloween and none of you started Andy Dalton at QB this week. Unfortunately, Dalton, who was the hottest quarterback in fantasy football over the past three weeks, decided to be Matt Schaub for All Hallows’ Eve and celebrate by tricking — not treating — his fantasy owners.

But even if you did decide to ride the hot hand of the Bengals ginger field general, all is not lost and there’s no need to despair. You just have to maximize your opportunities and squeeze the most out of your remaining lineup opportunities. The way this season is going, your opponent will almost certainly be let down by at least one of his starters, too.

As I touched on Monday, this is another challenging bye week. But there’s no need to rehash that now. I just hope you were able to do your waiver wire business and have plugged your roster holes sufficiently.

If not, I may yet throw a couple of names in your direction who could be beneficial to your Week 9 fantasy fortunes. Just bear with me and keep reading:

* Josh McCown – Clearly, Jake Locker and Terrelle Pryor are set up for better starts this week. But we’ve discussed them already and the chances are that every Peyton Manning and Matthew Stafford — not to mention Tom Brady — owner on Earth was falling all over themselves to add one of the two. Maybe you’re a Colin Kaepernick owner and you weren’t lucky enough to land either Locker or Pryor. That’s where McCown comes in. He faces a Packers defense that will be looking to take Matt Forte out the game and force McCown to beat them by going to his receiving weapons. Green Bay is an elite run D, but they allow over 30 fantasy points per game to opposing pass catchers. Da Bears likely won’t win this game, but McCown should be good for 250 yards and two touchdowns.

* Ryan Mathews – I’m buying on Mathews once again. Consecutive games of over 20 carries and 100 yards rushing have me sold. Not to mention a delicious matchup against a Redskins defense that has been shredded for a league-worst 23.3 points per game against opposition running backs. Look for Mathews to become the first back in the NFL this season to surpass the century mark in rushing yards in three straight contests. Other frustrating backs that I’m buying this week are Ray Rice, DeMarco Murray, Chris Johnson, Stevan Ridley and — in a roll of the dice — Chris Ivory.

* Dwayne Bowe – I’ll understand if you think I’m trolling you at this point. Career backup Josh McCown? Perennial disappointment Ryan Mathews? Now I’m saying to trust arguably the least trustworthy WR in fantasy football this season? Well, I’m being totally serious. Bowe has the matchup to beat all matchups against the Bills in Week 9 and he could very likely be floating around out there in yout league’s free agent pool as you read this. With as many as ten of the regular Top 30 receivers on bye this week, Bowe is an upside risk worth taking for me. If you don’t trust him, maybe you feel better about Denarius Moore, Kendall Wright, Lance Moore, Brandon LaFell or  DeAndre Hopkins? Conspicuously absent from mention this week are personal favorites Keenan Allen, Terrance Williams and Jarrett Boykin because they all should be slam dunk starters this weekend.

* Martellus Bennett – The Black Unicorn rounds things out because he has a very nice matchup at Green Bay and because I expect the aforemntioned Josh McCown to work inside out to establish the Chicago passing game on Monday Night Football. Bennett should get some early looks down the middle of the field to help open things up for wide threats Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery. Bennett is also a good bet for a red zone TD this week. Some deeper options at the tight end position are usual suspects Kyle Rudolph and Tim Wright with Zach Miller of the Seahawks as a deeper sleeper.

You can follow me on Twitter (@FantasyBuddha) if need any additional questions answered prior to kickoff on Sunday.

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