The name LeSean McCoy hasn’t struck fear into the heart of opposing defenses in the past, but now it sure as heck does after combining for 311 rushing yards and three touchdowns during the past two weeks. The Eagles offense looks to finally be in sync after a dominating victory against the so-called “America’s Team” (come on, even Cowboys fans hate their team). McCoy, Brent Celek and Michael Vick combined for 70 fantasy points last week, making them the fantasy beasts of this offense. That’s enough about the “Dream Team” (that's another one that annoys me), on to this week’s picks:
↑ Javon Ringer, RB, Tennessee Titans
As people wonder and worry about Chris Johnson’s lack of productivity, Javon Ringer has quietly begun to eat into CJ2K’s carries. In Week 7, Ringer was given just three carries but went 31 yards on them, out-rushing Johnson by 13 yards when Johnson was given 10 carries in the game. This week, Ringer has burst onto the seen carrying the ball 14 times, an exact split with Johnson. The difference? Twenty-six more yards for Ringer, including a 4.3-yard per carry average (3.5 on the season) compared to Johnson’s 2.4-yard per carry average (2.8 on the season, compared to his career mark of 4.7). Barring an injury to Johnson, Ringer most likely won’t overtake him as the starter, but the former Spartan is eating into the workload and has a few favorable match-ups on the horizon. If you are either in need of running back help or a Chris Johnson owner yourself, Ringer is not a bad pickup and may make a good bye-week filler.
↑ Mario Manningham, WR, New York Giants
There it is. Manningham finally scored a touchdown this season against Miami last week, along with six catches for 63 yards in the Giants'victory. Manningham tied Victor Cruz for the team-high in targets last week with nine and is finally getting some of Eli Manning’s attention. The Giants' No. 1 wideout, Hakeem Nicks, suffered a hamstring injury as well against Miami, and he may miss a game due to the injury, which translates into more work for Manningham. Even if Nicks does play he will likely see a limited snap count, so either way Manningham will likely see more targets during the next few weeks. This may not last, but ride this hot streak until it fizzles out.
↑ Fred Davis, TE, Washington Redskins
This season, Davis has quietly become a top 10 tight end, with the veteran Chris Cooley being placed on the injured reserve. Davis has been a career second stringer and is often the forgotten man in Washington’s pecking order, despite being fairly productive each of the past three years. Davis combined for 24 points during the first two weeks of the season before going on a short cold streak. Since Week 6, Davis caught 20 passes for 269 yards (including two 90-plus yard performances) and a touchdown while still flying under the radar and becoming John Beck’s favorite target. With the starting job being his for good, I don’t think we will be seeing him slow down anytime soon. If you need a tight end, he is still available in some leagues. To end, I’ll throw out a few names of guys that he has outperformed at his position thus far in terms of fantasy points: Vernon Davis, Owen Daniels, Greg Olsen, Dustin Keller and Dallas Clark. Not too shabby.