There were some marquee players who went down this week including the #1 drafted WR. A lot of team roles have also changed thus creating new starting situations. Who should you pick up this week? Read along.
If there’s one thing that week 4 established it’s Tight End consistency. After the #1 drafted TE went down a few weeks ago many teams have been scampering to find new guys. After their week 4 performances it’s clear to me just how many TE’s are now safe bets. With that being said he is a look at all the hot pickups for Week 5 of the regular season.
Mark Sanchez (NYJ QB)– If anyone cuts him after last night’s beat down, then claim him. Don’t forget he put up huge fantasy numbers the first 3 weeks. You can’t fault the guy for putting up negative points against that defense. He will bounce back. The Jets are a good team.
Colt McCoy (CLE QB)– Looking more and more polished each week. 350 yards and a TD this past week. Pick him up to come off your bench.
Danario Alexander (STL WR)- I’ve mentioned him a lot. He’s huge and he gets a lot of targets. He’s getting ready to start putting up big numbers. He’s a safe #3 WR right now and could move as high as a #1 if healthy.
Michael Crabtree (SF QB)- Last week i said I saw big things coming for Crabtree. He caught 5 passes for 68 yards, and led his team. That’s a good sign. He is finally healthy and has huge upside. He has huge breakout star upside. Get him right now if someone cut him. If someone owns him then try to buy him low before the window closes.
Antonio Brown (PIT WR)- I’m getting redundant on this guy. I’ve said since before the season started that you needed to get this guy. He has passed Hines Ward and Emmanuel Sanders on the depth chart. This past week he caught more passes than anyone on his team, and combined for 85 yards. It’s about time he starts putting TD’s with all those yards.
Victor Cruz (NYG WR)- He’s put up the #s two straight weeks so take a chance on him.
Jacoby Jones/Kevin Walter (HOU WR)- If Andre Johnson has to miss any significant time then someone has to catch the ball in Houston’s high powered offense.
Darren Sproles (NO RB)- I’m on board with this guy now. He contributes every single week in some sort of fashion. Whether it’s return TD’s, combined yards, or rushing TD’s he does the job. He’s looking like the best option of all the RB’s the Saints have.
Stevan Ridley (NE RB)- The rookie is better than the other RB’s on his team. He hit 100 combined yards last week and scored a TD. It’s still a messy situation with Green-Ellis and Woodhead, but Ridley has the most talent and upside. Plus it’s a long season.
Jonathan Stewart (CAR RB)- I said last week that he was still relevant. And then last week he puts up 85 combined yards. Expect combined yards each week. It won’t take long for him to take over for DeAngelo, who he is better than.
Willis McGahee (DEN RB)- For some reason he’s getting all the carries over Moreno. I know that will change as the season goes on, but for now he’s an emergency option. He’s old though.
Bernard Scott (CIN RB)- The suspension for Cedric Benson could come as early as this week. At least he will actually start for a few games.
Ryan Torain (WAS RB)- If your picking him up then only use him as depth. The Redskins running game is officially tricky with Torain, Hightower, and Helu. It’s now impossible to tell which guy Shanahan will use on which day. We’ve seen him use the rookie in the 4th quarter in a close game, and now we’ve seen him completely use a guy who didn’t tough the ball the first 3 weeks. Good luck with any of them. Typical Shanahan RB situation. I remember years ago picking up and dropping Olandis Gary and Clinton Portis before the season started trying to figure out which one would start for Shanahan. Luckily I went with the rookie Portis as he carried me to yet another championship. Which guy do I recommend here? Hightower.
Brandon Pettigrew (DET TE)- I really think he will put up nice yardage every single week. Detroit throws a ton and Stafford has been connecting with him a lot over the last few weeks. He’s a starter right now on your team.
Greg Olsen (CAR TE)- He wanted redemption against his former team last week, and got it. His value doesn’t stop there. With Newton some how being able to throw for a lot of yards each week and keep everyone involved, he will get plenty of chances. He’s always been somewhat of an underrated TE. If you had Gates, or are hurting for a TE then Olsen is a guy you should be able to rely on each week.
Jared Cook (TEN TE)- We’ve all been waiting for him to break out. Or at least I was. Cook was a big sleeper heading into this season with a lot of upside. Now that he had his first big day there’s a chance his role increases week by week. By the end of the season he could be a #1 TE for your team. I’m not guaranteeing it, but there is upside there, and he showed flashes of that brilliance last week. Kenny Britt being out may have been what he needed.
Benjamin Watson (CLE TE)- It looks like he’s going to get you at least 50 yards each week. Thats 5 points in a non PPR. Not bad out of a TE. At least he’s consistent. And any TD’s that he catches will be a bonus.
Jermaine Gresham (CIN TE)- Starting to be more and more productive. The only thing that scares me about him is all the weapons that his team has. They have to spread the ball around, but they don’t have a QB capable of doing that.
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