First, nobody has any idea which backup RBs to stash.
Entering the season, Christine Michael and were extremely trendy players to stash. Now? Not so much.
In fact, Michael was a healthy scratch last week and it appears he’ll be worthless this season unless Marshawn Lynch suffers a long-term injury. Freeman has received only 19 carries through five games and he’s, literally, not even the Falcons’ most productive RB… from Florida State.
Knile Davis, who I frequently called the league’s “most important handcuff,” has proved that he’s a must-own player for Jamaal Charles owners. However, with only six yards on two carries in Week 5, he has also proven to be extremely unreliable flex option when Charles is healthy.
Branden Oliver was virtually unheard of a few weeks ago, but he should be starting in the majority of Fantasy leagues this week. I discussed Oliver on Pat Mayo’s podcast last week and it appears, “looking good on tape” can easily translate to Fantasy production if an opportunity arises.
Back in August, you would have been laughed at if you told someone that Oliver would have significantly more Fantasy value than Freeman by Week 6. It’s further proof that monitoring RB depth charts is vital for Fantasy owners. The bottom line is simple: owners never know when a backup will get an extended chance for playing time.
All of the sudden, Andre Williams and Ronnie Hillman are being treated like Fantasy stars after being afterthoughts less than a week ago. Injuries have created opportunities for both of them and it’s bound to happen to more backups around the league. We just don’t know which ones. Carlos Hyde can be a borderline RB1 if Frank Gore goes down, but should you prefer Williams over Hyde right now? Of course… owners should want whoever is going to touch the football.
The next batch of backup running backs that could easily become trendy waiver-wire pickups includes Storm Johnson, Joseph Randle and Ka’Deem Carey. It’s better to have one of these types of players stashed on your bench, and hope for an opportunity, than to wait and blows your FAAB once something arises.
- I expect A.J. Green’s toe injury to linger and become a major annoyance for the foreseeable future.
- Alex Smith’s 17-yard passing TD to rookie De’Anthony Thomas in Week 5 has been changed to a rushing TD for Thomas. Fantasy sites will retroactively change this and it could impact standings in certain formats. Check your league!
- 3. Davante Adams has played 74 percent of the Packers’ offensive snaps the last two weeks. He’s extremely talented and in the right system to emerge as a Fantasy monster at some point.
- Justin Forsett continues to be Fantasy relevant, despite being older and arguably less talented than Bernard Pierce and Lorenzo Taliaferro. Last week Forsett received six carries, while Taliaferro saw five and Pierce only logged four rushing attempts. The Ravens didn’t run much, but Forsett’s biggest Fantasy asset is his clear advantage in the passing game. Forsett caught seven balls on eight targets against the Colts and the other RBs didn’t combine for a single reception. Forsett’s league-leading 5.9 yards per carry could be a little fluky, but his passing-game skills are legit.
- I warned you back in Week 1, but the window on adding Tim Wright off waivers will probably be closed after this week. His role in the Patriots offense will continue to grow and he could be a legitimate TE1 for Fantasy purposes in the second half of the season.
- Matt Prater isn’t going to save your season now that he landed in Detroit. John Elway passed on Prater’s services and then he was only able to finagle a one-year deal. I’m sure he’ll be fine, but Elway is smarter than us, so it’s a minor red flag.
- DeMarco Murray has 145 touches through five games. The next closest player is Matt Forte with 118. Le’Veon Bell, LeSean McCoy and Rashad Jennings round out the Top 5 and nobody else is in triple digits. Monitor those RB depth charts, people…
- C.J. Spiller is awful but continues to generate a ton of questions each week on Twitter. He’s been stuffed for less than two yards on 34 different carries this season and shouldn’t be starting for title-contending Fantasy squads.
- Buy low on Jimmy Graham if you can. He should be ok for Week 7 and his owners are probably frustrated while dealing with a bye-week injury.
- My weekly love affair with the upside of Sammy Watkins is in full swing. However, I don’t expect as much as usual in Week 6 with Darrelle Revis expected to shadow him.
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