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Fantasy football: Quick solutions for PPR players

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L?ast season, Rams slot receiver Danny Amendola earned a reputation for catching plenty of passes but not going anywhere after he did.

In standard fantasy leagues, Amendola’s 85 receptions, 689 yards and three touchdowns didn’t carry much weight — he was the 46th-highest-scoring wide receiver. But in most point-per-reception leagues, Amendola was a more respectable 30th.

If you play in a PPR league, now — the time of the year when owners find themselves scrounging for bye-week and injury replacements — is a good time to remember that some players who may go overlooked in standard leagues might just be the medicine your team needs.

Here are four players who are unlikely to deliver huge numbers on a weekly basis but who could be productive enough in PPR leagues to fill a hole in your starting lineup.

Earnest Graham, RB, Tampa Bay
Inheriting the third-down role vacated when Cadillac Williams signed with St. Louis, Graham has caught 23 passes this season – fourth most among running backs. He’s currently a top-35 running back in PPR leagues and figures to be even better against New Orleans this week, when he’s expected to replace the injured LeGarrette Blount (knee) as Tampa Bay’s lead back.

Montario Hardesty, RB, Cleveland
In his past two games, Hardesty had eight catches and 157 yards — an average of 11.5 points in most PPR formats. Don’t be overly concerned about the presence of Peyton Hillis; Hardesty was actually a tad better in PPR leagues in Week 4, when Hillis was healthy, than he was a week earlier when Hillis was sidelined with strep throat. The Browns will use both backs.

Lance Moore, WR, New Orleans
Over the past three weeks, Moore has caught 17 passes for 168 yards and a touchdown, which ranks in the top 25 among wide receivers in PPR leagues during that span. To put his seemingly modest numbers into perspective, Moore outscored big-name receivers such as Vincent Jackson, Brandon Lloyd, Reggie Wayne and Santonio Holmes.

Kellen Winslow, TE, Tampa Bay
Winslow ranks just 21st in scoring among tight ends in standard leagues but is 16th in PPR formats. Why the discrepancy? He’s averaging just 9.9 yards per catch and has yet to find the end zone. And there’s reason to be believe Winslow could be more than a Band-Aid going forward – he’s finished as a top-seven tight end four of the past five seasons in both standard and PPR leagues.


Ryan Chatelain (ryan.chatelain@am-ny.com) is amNewYork’s fantasy football columnist.

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