The sneaky pickups heading into Week 1

Updated: September 9, 2011, 3:33 PM ET
By Eric Karabell
I'm a planner. Ask the people that know me, from family to friends to co-workers. Not only do I have a pretty good idea what I'm going to do today, but also tomorrow, next week and perhaps even Oct. 17. And that's the way a good fantasy owner -- no matter the sport -- should be. Of course, you're caught up in who to choose in your flex position this first week -- I can help with that! -- and possibly a free-agent defense to replace your current option … but have you started thinking about Week 2? What about Week 10?

Nope, this isn't another Peyton Manning blog entry! But by Friday, my preliminary fantasy lineups are set -- ya know, in case we lose power again for a day or two -- and it's a good time to look ahead to future weeks. There are free agents out there who could be very relevant, not necessarily Michael Vick/Peyton Hillis critical, like last season, but perhaps to the level of Buffalo Bills wide receiver Steve Johnson and Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back LeGarrette Blount. The purpose of this weekly Friday blog entry isn't to stuff more information about the coming weekend in your head; it's to find the potential Blount types who can help you later. In fact, last season before Week 5, Blount was my choice for sneaky pickup, and that worked out well. After all, he had six carries for 27 yards at the time. From Weeks 7-17, he racked up 191 carries for 977 yards.

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