Fantasy Football: Week 5 Pickups
Danny Woodhead, RB (SD)--As mentioned a few weeks ago, Woodhead continues to find his way onto the field, despite being the "No. 2" running back out of the Chargers backfield. However, after finding the endzone twice on five catches for 54 yards in Week 4, he appears to have earned the respect of both Philip Rivers and Ken Whisenhunt in the Chargers passing game. Similar to what we see from Darren Sproles on a weekly basis, Woodhead offers great pass-catching ability, which makes up for his lack of rushing as an every down back. Since Week 2, Woodhead has been targeted 24 times in the Chargers passing game, hauling in 20 catches, and if he continues to convert at that rate, there is no way that the Chargers could take his role out of the offense. Currently, Woodhead is owned in less than 50 percent between both ESPN and Yahoo fantasy football leagues, but is now a must-own players based on the last few weeks, especially for those in PPR-leagues.
Rashad Jennings, RB (OAK)--After losing Darren McFadden to a hamstring injury on Sunday, Jennings filled in nicely in the Raiders backfield, similar to the way he filled in for Maurice Jones-Drew in his days with the Jaguars. Jennings finished the game with 15 carries for 45 rushing yards to go along with eight receptions for 71 yards, proving he can be a very dynamic player when given the opportunity. Although McFadden's injury is not considered serious, there is a good chance he will not be ready to suit up for Week 5, along with fellow running back Marcel Reece, who suffered a knee injury. If that is the case, Jennings will be on the field the majority of the game, in both the run and pass plays. Considering how fragile McFadden can be at times, Jennings is worth stashing away, even if his fantasy value only lasts for a week or two. It is only a matter of time before he rises back to the top when another injury occurs, and there is a very good chance of that happening.
Alshon Jeffery, WR (CHI)--After being a major disappointment through the first three weeks of the season, Jeffery dropped to less than 50 percent owned in most fantasy leagues throughout the top providers. Well, his former owners will wish they could have use a mulligan on that one, after Jeffery's breakout performance on Sunday. Jeffery finished Week 4 with five catches for 107 yards and a touchdowns on 11 targets in what was his best game of his young career. His 11 targets were the third most on the team, but he was the most productive with his receptions, with Brandon Marshall being blanketed the entire game. While I don't expect Jeffery to see double-digit targets every week, the fact he converted big plays down field should give Jay Cutler more confidence in him and start to give him some of Marshall's targets moving forward. Looking ahead, the Bears are playing the Saints, Giants and Redskins the next three weeks, which should result in a lot of passing from the Bears and solid fantasy production from Jeffery at least in the short-term.
Justin Blackmon, WR (JAC)--The Jaguars will be welcoming back their top wide receiver in Week 5, after missing the first four weeks due to a league suspension. In most leagues, Blackmon was a late-round pick but has found his way back to the waiver-wire after eating up a bench spot for struggling fantasy teams. In his rookie season, Blackmon finished with 64 catches for 865 yards, proving he can be a solid fantasy option, whether in a WR3 slot or in the FLEX, and there is no reason to think he can't build on last year's success. The Jaguars passing game is struggling immensely, but this should be the week that they start to show signs of promise, now with their top two pass catchers on the field, so make Blackmon a top priority on Waiver-Wire Wednesday.
Coby Fleener, TE (IND)--Through the first four weeks of the season, Fleener's production has either been all or nothing, which has been very frustrating for his owners. After a two catch performance in Week 3, Fleener was dropped in almost two-thirds of leagues throughout the top providers, but a solid outing Sunday made his stock go up once again, making him a top add prior to Week 5. Despite the Colts relying heavily on the running game thus far, there is great chemistry between Fleener and quarterback Andrew Luck that should be enough to make him worth owning. He has TE?1 upside ona weekly basis, so prospective fantasy owners will just have to put up with a goose egg every once and a while, to take full advantage of his upside.
Roy Helu, RB (WAS)--If it wasn't for the the Redskins upcoming bye-week, Helu would've been considered a must-add player for Week 5. Helu filled in nicely for the injured Alfred Morris on Sunday, finishing with 13 carries for 41 yards and a touchdown, while hauling in two passes for 43 yards. As we have seen in previous seasons, Unlike Morris, Helu has the ability to catch the ball out of the backfield, which makes him the more versatile of the two running backs, but Morris' ability to make plays in the zone blocking scheme keeps him No. 1 on the depth chart. It is unknown how long Morris will be out with a rib injury, so Helu's fantasy value really relies heavily on the updates we receive heading into Week 6. At the very least, Morris owners will want to pick up Helu in the event he is out past the bye-week, but others may want to stash him in the event the rib injury becomes reoccurring.
Robert Woods, WR (BUF)--As the season progresses, Woods continues to see his role expand in the Bills passing game, which has taken his fantasy game to the next level. While I am not fond on rostering wide receivers with rookie quarterbacks throwing them the football, it is hard to ignore what is going on in Buffalo. Woods has now been targeted 18 times the last two weeks, including four receptions for 8- yards and a touchdown in Sunday's win over the Ravens. What is even more impressive, Woods has now played in all but four snaps from the Bills over the last two weeks, which is actually more than top wideout Stevie Johnson. If this trend continues, Woods will solidify himself as a WR3 at the very least, especially in PPR-leagues.
Garrett Graham, TE (HOU)--Usually when you here the name Graham you automatically think "Jimmy Graham," but this time we are talking about the tight end for the Texans. Graham finished Week 4 with five receptions for 69 yards and a touchdown on six targets, as Matt Schaub continues to target him heavily in the red zone. His touchdown Sunday brings his season total to three, making him tied for fourth place among tight ends in that category. Considering he is the second option at tight end for the Texans, it is hard to make him a must-add player, but if he continues to earn the trust of Schaub, there is no reason to think he can't continue to be a solid option in deep fantasy formats.
LeGarrette Blount, RB (NE)--This is Blount's second time on the "Digging Deep" list, after just missing the cut to be a solid add heading into Week 5. In limited carries Sunday night against the Falcons, Blount made the best of his opportunity, finishing with nine carries for 64 yards and a touchdown. While the bulk of his yardage came on his 47-yard touchdown run, there is still something to be said about how the carries were split between Blount, Stevan Ridley (nine carries) and Brandon Bolden (six carries). This marked the second week in a row that all three backs were given similar amounts of carries, making all three worth owning, depending on your personal scoring formats. At worst, Blount is a solid add for those in TD-only leagues, considering he will likely get the bulk of the red zone carries considering his hard-nose running style.
Alex Smith, QB (KC)--He may not be a sexy pick, but Smith has put together a solid fantasy season thus far in the Chiefs 4-0 start, and with bye-weeks upon us, he may be serviceable. Smith finished fourth among quarterbacks in standard leagues in Week 4, after going 24-for-41 with 288 yards and three touchdowns, while adding 37 yards on the ground in a win over the Giants. The next two weeks the Chiefs will take on the Titans and the Raiders, both of which look like good matchups on paper for Smith and his receivers. While I don't condone starting him on a weekly basis, he can he a solid bye-week fill-in, especially for those who are missing Robert Griffin heading into Week 5, so keep him on your radar.
Terrance Williams, WR (DAL)--With Miles Austin out yet again with a hamstring injury, Williams lineup opposite of Dez Bryant in the Cowboys passing game and did an admirable job in Sunday's loss to the Chargers. Despite fumbling away a touchdown, Williams finished the game with seven receptions for 71 yards on eight targets, but it was the fumble on the goal line that kept him out of the top 20 in scoring in standard leagues. The fact that he converted seven-of-eight targets is what we want to take away from last week's game, considering that should only give Tony Romo more confidence in throwing to him moving forward. It is unknown if Austin will return for Week 5, but if he is out again, expect Williams to get a chance to build on his breakout performance.
Defensive Matchup Play of the Week
St. Louis Rams Defense/Special Teams--It may seem like I am picking on the Jaguars every week when selecting my defensive matchup of the week; that's because I am. Until they prove they can move the ball down the field with confidence, there is no reason to not start their opponent's defensive group. Coming into Week 5, the Jaguars rank 30th in passing offense (175.0 YPG) and 31st in rushing offense (49.0 YPG), giving them the worst total offense in the league. As mentioned earlier, they do welcome back Justin Blackmon this week, but he won't be enough of a game-changer to give the Jaguars the edge in this one. The Rams defense is owned in less than 50 percent of most fantasy leagues throughout the major providers, so if you need either a bye-week filler, or are riding matchups each week, this is the team to target on Waiver-Wire Wednesday.
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@Bighomie586 i would go with wayne now that it looks like aj green is going to play
@Sky_Razzball yea its goong to go right down to the end...best of luck the rest of the way