Fantasy Football: Week 5 Pickups Of The Week
Matt Hasselbeck, QB (TEN)--Despite losing out to Jake Locker in training camp, the Titans quarterback job is now Hasselbeck’s after Locker exited Week 4 with a shoulder injury. Locker is not expected to play against the Vikings on Sunday and will likely miss a few more weeks after that. Considering the Titans next three games, Hasselbeck has the chance to be a solid fill-in now that bye-weeks are in play. With Hasselbeck under center the Titans wide receivers could see an increase in production as well, with Kenny Britt and Kendall Wright being the main beneficiaries. So if you are a Matthew Stafford or Tony Romo owner you may want to consider Hasselbeck as a short term option for this upcoming week. Jackie Battle, RB (SD)--With the Chargers trying to teach Ryan Mathews a lesson it has opened the door for Battle to emerge as a solid fantasy option. In Week 4 Battle took full advantage of his opportunity finding the end zone twice once on the ground and once through the air. He finished the game with 81 total yards which is nothing special, considering he averaged just 2.6 yards per carry, but the fact that he was used in red zone situations makes him a solid pickup for this week. The running back position in San Diego will eventually be solely Ryan Mathews’, but for now Battle is someone you can likely used as a RB No. 2 or flex option until Mathews proves himself to the coaching staff. Brandon Bolden, RB (NE)--It is very rare that for the Patriots to have a running back rush for more than 100 yards in a game, but in Week 4 both Bolden and Stevan Ridley surpassed that threshold totaling 243 rushing yards and three touchdowns. Bolden led the way with 137 yards on 16 carries in what was his first career 100-yard game in just his fourth game in the NFL. Bolden went undrafted out of the University of Mississippi but flashed the ability to take his skills to the next level. It is tough to gauge just how much he will be used moving forward considering Ridley, Danny Woodhead and Shane Vereen are all in the backfield with him as well. He is definitely a player to stash at this point, but in terms of using him in a starting lineup, it is best to wait one more week to see if his role becomes consistent. Joique Bell, RB (DET)--The Lions have yet to show a consistent rushing attack this season, but through the air, Bell has stood out as a solid receiving running back the last few weeks. He has totaled 10 receptions for 116 yards over the last two weeks, despite being rather unproductive in the running game in limited duties. The Lions are a pass-heavy team, so what we have seen over the last few weeks from Bell could become consistent moving forward. If the Lions decide to use Bell like the Saints use Darren Sproles, he could become a solid flex option for the remainder of the season. If you pick him up and expect him to get a full workload out of the Lions backfield you will be sadly mistaken, since that appears to be Mikel LeShoure’s job to lose, but in a PPR league he could be someone that becomes a solid contributor here on out. Andre Roberts, WR (ARI)--The Cardinals entered the season with a lot of question marks, but after a 4-0 start there are proving the haters wrong. The passing game was one of those shady areas, but that has even shown promise, even outside of Larry Fitzgerald. Roberts had two touchdowns going into Week 4 and doubled his season total with two more in last Sunday’s win over the Dolphins on six catches for 118 yards. Sunday’s performance was just his second 100-yard receiving game in his career, but that could become more of the regular if Kevin Kolb continues to look his way when Fitzgerald is drawing extra attention. It also helps that the Cardinals don’t have much depth in their receiving core outside of Roberts and Fitzgerald, so there is a good chance he could become someone who could be a solid WR No. 3 or flex option moving forward. Domenik Hixon, WR (NYG)--After missing Week 3 against the Panthers with a concussion, which opened the door for Ramses Barden, but in Week 4 he returned to action and was heavily involved in the Giants’ offense. With Hakeem Nicks still struggling with a foot injury, it opens the door for Hixon to produce solid fantasy production. In Week 4 Hixon was targeted 11 times hauling in six catches for 114 yards leading the team in receiving yards. Hixon has failed to stay healthy over the last few seasons, but if he can stay off of the injury report he can become a solid starter as long as Nicks is out of the lineup. Barden will also be in the mix, but Hixon is the one that has the ability to be a game-changer given the opportunity. Jerome Simpson, WR (MIN)--Simpson was back from suspension in Week 4 and instantly was used in the Vikings offense finishing his season debut with four receptions for 50 yards leading the team in receiving. The Vikings aren’t deep at the receiver position, so Simpson will definitely help them out moving forward, but he will need to build chemistry with quarterback Christian Ponder and that appears to already be forming. Simpson has shown in the past that he can be a solid No. 2 or No. 3 receiver going back to his days with the Bengals totaling seven touchdowns over the last two seasons. While I don’t think he will be used as much in the Vikings offense as he was in the Bengals offense but if Ponder continues to improve week-by-week it will help out Simpson’s production in a big way. Scott Chandler, TE (BUF)--Although Chandler has just 12 receptions on the season he has found the end zone four times including two scores against the Patriots in Week 4. Through the first four weeks in 2011 Chandler had the same touchdown total, but finished the season with just six touchdowns failing to show consistency for a whole season making which led to him being skipped over on draft day. The Bills offense is based off of their passing game, especially in the red zone and at 6’7 Chandler stands as a big target against even the best of defenses. With the bye weeks upon us, Chandler is a solid pickup for the up-coming weeks with the potential of being an every week starter if he can start to produce on a consistent level. Greg Zuerlein, K (STL)--I am not one to talk about kickers in my articles, but Zuelein has caught my eye and should catch the eye of those in need of a kicker for this week and the weeks to come. Zuerlein has yet to miss a field goal this season and has made three field goals of 50 or more yards including a 60-yard field goal in Week 4 against the Seahawks. The Rams are having a hard time getting in the end zone once in field goal range, so Zuerlein has been given a lot of opportunities to score, which has led to him being one of the best kickers this season. So despite him being a rookie, he is worth picking up and starting from here on out. Matthew Beck is a Fantasy Sports Columnist for Rotoinfo.com. If you have any questions or comments feel free to e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org. Also follow him on Twitter @MatthewRBeck for up-to-date Q&A and fantasy information.
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@stmyers1 thanks for the follow!
@stmyers1 I would say so now that they have grilli and smith in setup roles...just dont know how many innings he will get now