Fantasy football: Jonathan Dwyer a long-term option

Future is now: As NFL.com’s Marc Sessler points out, Pittsburgh Steelers running back Jonathan Dwyer isn’t going away. “This young back is exactly what the Pittsburgh Steelers are looking for: He runs with power and vision, bounces off tacklers and burns up the tough yardage. On top of that, Dwyer is healthy and less expensive than Rashard Mendenhall.” After putting together his second 100 yard effort, fantasy owners should be taking notice as well. He’s now posted two games of 11.50-plus points and could be the future at running back for the Steelers. As noted in the Week 9 waiver wire targets, he’s currently owned in only 15.5 percent of NFL.com leagues, so snatch him up immediately, especially for those in keeper and dynasty leagues.

Out of time: Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick could be on borrowed time. Speaking with reporters after a thrashing by the Atlanta Falcons, Vick stated “Obviously, (Andy Reid) is thinking about making a change at quarterback…If he makes that decision, I support it.” Not exactly a vote of confidence in himself or his prospects of keeping the job. For fantasy owners whom have gambled on Vick as their primary starter, the time is now to look for backup options. Rookie Nick Foles would be the expected starter if Vick is benched, but he will be far from a reliable option.

Falling stock: After yet another dismal performance, Kansas City Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles gave fantasy owners just one point in his matchup against the Oakland Raiders on Sunday. Even quarterback Matt Cassel has been at a loss; “I haven’t been part of a season … where this much has gone wrong,” Cassel told Dave Skretta of The Associated Press. Charles now has totaled just 5.70 points in his last two games. With defenses focused on the speedy back, it will be on Cassel to provide some sort of threat in the passing game before owners can trust starting the Texas product again. A matchup against the San Diego Chargers second-ranked rush defense in Week 9 doesn’t bode well for his prospects, so start looking for other options.

-Adrian Mojica
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