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October 9, 2013

FANTASY GRIND: Julio Jones hurt, Zachariason on streams

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Niagara Gazette — WR: Austin Pettis, St. Louis. There are many reasonable wide receivers to pick up this week, including Douglas, Williams or Allen. Pettis has put up similar numbers to teammates Chris Givens and Tavon Austin, but with four touchdowns. It's usually inadvisable to chase touchdowns, but Pettis is second on the team in targets and could directly benefit from quarterback Sam Bradford turning around a couple bad games.

TE: Garrett Graham, Houston. It's all about opportunity, and Owen Daniels may miss some time with a leg injury, according to a report on the Houston Texans team website (http://bit.ly/1bDbMcj ). Graham was already drawing notice from fantasy owners as Houston's second tight end, mostly because of his three touchdowns. If Daniels is ruled out, Graham would likely pick up at least some of his targets; Daniels has had 40 so far this year compared with 21 for Graham.

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RINGER TIME: JJ ZACHARIASON

Draft your quarterback late this year? The editor-in-chief of numberFire thinks you can expand that philosophy to other positions, namely defenses and tight ends. Maybe even kickers, just any position where you start only one player.

"We've dubbed them the onesie positions," says J.J. Zachariason, who published "The Late Round Quarterback" as an e-book the summer before the 2012 season, when four quarterbacks went on average in the first round of fantasy drafts.

Zachariason said if there's one thing fantasy owners could grasp to improve their play, it's understanding that fantasy football is a weekly game — meaning it's not necessarily about how players perform over an entire season if you figure out how to single out players who can perform well just for one day.

Doing that means the free agent pool can act as your extended bench, he said.

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