Danny Amendola, WR, STL - Mark Clayton has said that he believes his injury is season-ending. Whether or not this is true, he will miss significant time and lose his rhythm in the offense and with Sam Bradford. Amendola hauled in 12 catches for 95 yards on 19 targets in week 5, combine that with amazing catches like the one below from Week 4 and you have Sam Bradford’s new favorite target.
Michael Crabtree, WR, SF - The new Offensive Coordinator of the 49ers has done a good job thus far getting the ball in the direction of Michael Crabtree. Last week was the best game of his young career, catching 9 balls for 105 yards and a score. If you own Crabtree you may want to wait a week before you start him… but if you have some bye-week concerns or injuries then go ahead and start him.
Roy Williams, WR, DAL – He isn’t getting his job back, but he does have Dez Bryant hovering just above my Dump List at the moment. His emergence has provided the balance in the passing game that we thought Bryant would. Opposing defenses can’t double cover both guys and still contain Felix Jones who had a big game in the Cowboys tough Week 5 loss.
Pierre Garcon, WR, IND – No one expected there to be only one TD in this game and that it would go to Mike Hart. Peyton Manning had a pretty bad game by his standards with below a 60% completion percentage, but Garcon was on the field for most of the 2 WR sets and led the team with 14 targets. The Colts are banged up and seeing Manning look to Garcon that much definitely means he deserves a spot on someone’s roster in every league.
Kenny Britt, WR, TEN – A general rule of thumb recently is “don’t start your Titans receivers” is still in effect… but the Cowboys don’t have a terrible secondary and Vince Young made them look pretty silly. Britt is a home-run threat and if you are in serious trouble at the WR position, he could have a couple of huge games in good match-ups this season.
Buccaneers, D/ST, TB – In week 8 they are at Arizona, at home against the Panthers in Week 10, and facing the Redskins, Lions and Seahawks in Weeks 14-16 for your playoffs. If you are struggling with your defense, snatch these guys up after their second 14 point game of the season. The Buccaneers are the real deal.
Ryan Fitzpatrick, QB, BUF – What is this? Consistent play from a QB in Buffalo? REALLY? Over 200 yards, 3 TDs and no INTs for Fitz this week make him a surprisingly valuable backup QB. I know had I went with him over Sam Bradford this past week, I would have won my match-up. I know it feels dirty to pickup a Bills QB… but as long as you don’t need one in Week 6 Fitz needs to be seriously considered.
Felix Jones, RB, DAL – When I was on @ThaSPORTSKRIB last Thursday, we all joked about how it is an annual tradition that the Cowboys “want to give Felix Jones more touches”. While I don’t blame us for taking it with a grain of salt… looking back we should have upgraded him a bit more than we did. It appears to finally be something they are going to DO rather than TALK ABOUT.
Marcedes Lewis, TE, JAC – It seems that every week a TE makes this list… and that speaks to the depth of the position that I have been talking about all season. If you need someone this week, look no further after the Titans allowed Jason Witten’s best game of the year.
Steve Johnson, WR, BUF – You will need to be in a deep format, or major injury/bye week concerns… but since that sure does happen Steve Johnson has 4 TDs in the past 3 games. Too bad he is on the Bye in week 6, but keep an eye on this surprisingly productive receiver from a bad offense.
Ladell Betts, RB, NO - Ivory and Betts split carries evenly this week, but Betts will lose almost ALL of his carries when Thomas returns. Ivory is a much better pass catcher and third down back that Ladell is despite catching 5 passes this past week. The fumble he had also makes it more likely that the Saints look to Thomas to handle the goal line duties as well.
Mark Clayton, WR, STL - Usually I don’t put injuries in this list… but not everyone closely watches the Rams and Lions so they may not be aware of his injury yet. Get rid of him.
Lance Moore, WR, NO – Given the recent struggles of the Saints offense, I am staying far away from everyone but Brees, Thomas and Colston. Moore did nothing in Week 5 and proves to be too inconsistent to ever be comfortable with him in your lineup.
Kevin Walter, WR, HOU – Andre Johnson WILL get his targets and catches. He is too difficult to cover anywhere on the field. Jacoby Jones was always the guy that soaked up too many targets for Walter to be valuable to fantasy owners. Jones was out this week and Walter did terribly. He wasn’t alone as a disappointment on the Texans, but I couldn’t start Walter if I owned him so why keep him?
Kenneth Darby, RB, STL - I still got some Darby questions this week. Steven Jackson is the reason that Steven Jackson is so productive. It has NOTHING to do with the offensive line, or the QB. He has the ability to overcome any obstacles his own team can throw at him. Darby is not that guy and even remotely considering him with a healthy Jackson is a terrible idea. He isn’t even a valuable handcuff… go get Javon Ringer or something.
Jason Snelling, RB, ATL – A terrible game against the Browns brings Snelling out of fantasy relevance almost as quickly as he emerged. The Falcons don’t use him unless they have to and unless you want him as a handcuff to Turner he needs to go!
Legedu Naanee, WR, SD – If you were wondering why you saw that much of Buster Davis… Naanee left early with a hamstring injury. He was on the bubble before this game and getting hurt pushes him to the Dump List. You can do better than him.
Cadillac Williams, RB, TB - The RB situation in TB is a mess. A successful mess. They will ride the hot hand until someone proves that they deserve feature carries. No need to own any TB RB so drop Blount if you picked him up last week too.