We’re almost a third of the way through the season and it’s time to take a nice long look at your roster and see what you need to adjust before it’s too late. It might be time to evaluate some trades to fill any holes, but in the meantime take a look at this week’s waiver wire advice to help tweak your team for Week 6.
Grab ‘em while ya can:
Justin Blackmon (Jacksonville-WR): I contemplated leaving Blackmon off this list because most savvy managers either drafted him late or stashed him on their bench weeks ago but, if he is still available in your league, grab him while you can! Blackmon entered 2013 with a bang. After a four-game suspension he made his first catch of the year and took it to the house for a 67-yard touchdown. With Chad Henne set to start the next few games, be ready for Blackmon to get plenty of opportunities to replicate this past Sunday’s five-catch, 136-yard, one-touchdown performance.
Zac Stacy (St. Louis-RB): This fifth-round pick has been buried on the Rams’ depth chart all season. He has watched Daryl Richardson and Isaiah Pead muddle their way to pedestrian numbers through the first month of the season. After his first career start, Stacy owns the best game any Rams’ running back has had all season. He didn’t find pay dirt, but he did manage over 5.5 yards per carry. Head coach Jeff Fisher has committed to starting Stacy again in Week 6, and also stated that he would like to see their new starting running back get even more carries. He is relatively unknown and played against the Jaguars’ subpar run defense, but he’s surely worth a shot as your flex position moving forward.
Keenan Allen (San Diego-WR): Allen saw 10 targets this past week while benefiting from the multitude of injuries that have ravaged the Chargers’ receiving core. He might not have breakaway speed, but he runs crisp routes and has no problem creating separation. He has accumulated two consecutive games of over 80 yards and is emerging as a legitimate redzone threat for the Chargers. Consider Allen a WR3/flex play moving forward.
Leave ‘em go:
Terrance Williams (Dallas-WR): Cowboys rookie Terrance Williams has been added by over 10,000 teams within 24 hours of his four-catch, 151-yard, one-touchdown performance this past Sunday. It was an outstanding performance but it’s worth noting that Tony Romo threw for over a nautical mile and he only targeted Williams four times. He will continue to see playing time while Miles Austin is nursing a bum hamstring, which seems like a recurring trend over the past three seasons. Once Austin returns, Williams will be buried behind Dez Bryant, Jason Witten, Miles Austin, and DeMarco Murray in the Cowboys’ passing game.
LeGarrette Blount (New England-RB): Blount lit up the waiver wire after rumor of him taking over the number one position in the Patriots’ backfield. Everyone couldn’t help but think of his dominant season in Tampa just a few years ago. The problem is that Blount continues to be one of the most mistake-prone runners in the league. Pair that with a head coach who refuses to tolerate mental errors or turnovers and you have a recipe for underwhelming fantasy box scores. Blount lost another fumble this past week and barely saw any action afterwards. We can expect Stevan Ridley back soon, and Blount will be banished back to third-string duties, where he belongs.
Daryl Richardson (St. Louis-RB): Many mangers had high hopes for Richardson this season. Steven Jackson departed for Atlanta and Richardson seemed poised to be his successor. Unfortunately for everyone who wasted a draft pick on him, things have just not panned out. After a month of owning the feature back duties he has been relegated to second string while rookie Zac Stacy has emerged as the Rams’ new primary option out of the backfield. Barring an injury, don’t expect to see much from Richardson in the coming weeks.
Hot start of the week: I’m doubling down this week. If you currently own Justin Blackmon or Cecil Shorts feel free to start them with confidence. The Jaguars opened up as historic underdogs this week. The Denver Broncos are a 28-point favorite at home against Jacksonville. Denver will surely jump out to a big lead early, leaving Chad Henne to start heaving the football all game long. Jacksonville will surely get demolished, but its receivers shouldn’t have a problem putting up video game numbers while trailing all game.
Bust of the week: All season long I’ve been high on Buffalo wide receivers Stevie Johnson and Robert Woods. I still think they hold fantasy relevance, but I would hesitate to start either one while Thad Lewis is under center for the Bills. Lewis is a fringe player at best and will probably spend his day checking down receivers and handing the ball off to C.J. Spiller and Fred Jackson. Don’t hesitate to bench either Buffalo wide receiver this week.
* Due to limited editorial space, this week’s column forgoes the Top Tiers. Check back next week for their return!
-Ted is a Miami fan through and through and has been fumbling and stumbling his way through fantasy leagues for 9 years now. If you have questions or suggestions, shoot Ted a message at [email protected]