By Mike Cannici
Chad Henne (MIA)- Three straight games of over 19 fantasy points for Henne and although he has the Steelers coming up this week, they can be thrown. The Dolphins also will play at home and have some pretty good matchups coming up. He’s not the best “NFL” QB but he is proving to be a solid fantasy QB. Grab him in all 12 team leagues and if you’re hurting in a 10 teamer, take a shot on him.
Matt Hasselback (SEA) – Hasselback has had only one stinker this season so far. I know he’s not the coolest QB to own in the world, but that’s not what matters, points do and right now he’s posting up some pretty good ones averaging 16.4 points per week right now.
Josh Freeman (TB) – Here’s another guy who has been making some noise, a little bit more than even Hasselback averaging 16.9 points per game through five weeks. He’s got a big arm, a rookie in Mike Williams that he will continue to grow with and a solid TE in Kellen Winslow. He’s going to still have some growing pains, but besides the Steelers game back in week three; he hasn’t scored less than 15 points in any week. I like him a lot in deeper leagues and as a speculative add in shallower leagues.
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Colt McCoy (CLE)- threw for 281 yards with one TD and 2 INT in what most thought would be a massacre against the Steelers. Keep your eye on him, he played with confidence yesterday against the league’s best Defense.
Danny Woodhead (NE) – Woodhead has filled in admirably for Kevin Faulk and is not just part of the passing game, he’s getting carries. He’s had 22 carries thus far and 7 receptions. In PPR leagues he’s averaging 12 fantasy points per game in the past three, which is very solid for a flex spot. Grab him now.
Keiland Williams (WAS) – Don’t look now folks but I did mention him a while back and said he would be the “guy” in Washington by season’s end. He hasn’t quite accomplished that as of yet with the emergence of Ryan Torain, but Torain was seen with his knee heavily wrapped and his status is not yet known. This would partially explain why we saw so much Williams during the 4th quarter Sunday night besides the fact that Torain isn’t much of a pass catcher or blocker. Torain has been injury prone and although he insists he’s just fine, the outcome remains to be seen. Williams is still worth an add, especially in PPR leagues.
Chris Ivory (NO) – A guy I just dropped last Friday in order to acquire a TE since I lost Finley, finally goes off for 158 yards. It’s just my luck, but Ivory has a lot of talent and with Pierre Thomas’ status going forward up in the air, Ivory could step right in and take over admirably. The Saints get Cleveland, Pittsburgh and Carolina the next three weeks, two of those being great matchups for him. Thomas owners, as I am go out and grab him immediately (or reacquire him in my case) as he could be potential waiver gold.
Donald Brown/Mike Hart (IND)- Joseph Addai had his best running game in god knows how long Sunday night, but reinjured himself late in the game. While the severity of injury is not yet known, these two guys, Brown and Hart would be the main recipient’s of carries. Brown however, is still hampered by a hamstring injury so his return to the field is not yet known while Hart is healthy and could have some big games if these two stay out. Week 7 is the Colts bye, so this point may be moot by next week, but these guys are solid RB depth especially for Addai owner’s who have now watched him depart from games with similar injuries.
James Starks (GB) – The rookie out of Buffalo is a guy who just came off the PUP list after suffering a hamstring injury during training camp. The Packers are very high on this kid, who missed all of his junior season at Buffalo University with a torn labrum. Yes, Starks has had some big injuries over his career, but he has the talent to become a top back in the league. He’s a guy you want to stash in deeper leagues just in case he stays healthy. He is the most talented back on Green Bay’s roster and could steal the starting job within the next few weeks. I just added him in a two of my leagues, so if you’re looking to take a chance, Starks is your guy.
Mike Williams (SEA) – This guy absolutely went off Sunday in Chicago grabbing 10 for 123 yards on 15 targets. Hasselback seems to have developed some type of chemistry with him this week and if Williams can just stay healthy and keep his head on straight could have a huge season. Those two things obviously are big ifs but he has all the potential in the world, he’s got the size, the speed, and the hands to be a superstar. He should be owned in all leagues, and if he’s not in yours, make him that way.
Deion Branch (NE)- Branch had a breakout game in his return to New England with a 9 catch, 98 yard performance plus a TD catch. Tom Brady was looking for Branch often throughout the game, and contrary to many beliefs, including my own; he may have already supplanted Brandon Tate as the #2 WR. Grab this guy immediately, however, as with Mike Williams, he is injury prone so don’t go crazy, but he could pay huge dividends if his health holds up.
Buster Davis/Patrick Crayton (SD)- Both of these guys had big games in Legedu Naanee’s absence Sunday and at least until Vincent Jackson returns, could be solid flex plays going forward, Crayton especially in PPR leagues. Davis, a player the Chargers drafted a few years back to be their future number one receiver has been plagued by injuries but has been healthy thus far. Crayton was a lost cause in Dallas with the additions of Roy Williams two years ago and the Dez Bryant pick in this past April’s draft. Crayton has a lot of talent as well and Legedu Naanee sadly seems to be just an afterthought in San Diego. Both these guys are worth adding in 12 team and deeper leagues immediately and should be watched closely in shallower leagues.
Michael Jenkins (ATL) – Harry Douglas I wrote about last week, and didn’t expect Jenkins to come back and perform so quickly, but Jenkins had five catches for 99 yards on 12 targets. Part of his big game had to do with Roddy White being double teamed, but Jenkins has a lot of talent, but has yet to be consistent with it. He’s worth a look in 12 team leagues based purely on his potential.
Danario Alexander (STL) – Alexander is an undrafted rookie out of Missouri who injured his knee during last year’s Senior Bowl. That caused his draft stock to slip but he has great size, (6’4 216lbs) that of the prototypical big time receiver and the door is now open with Donnie Avery and Mark Clayton out for the season and Laurent Robinson unable to stay healthy for long periods of time. Dynasty and Keeper leaguers grab him ASAP and redraft leagues need to keep an eye on him. He’s worth a shot in 12 team or receiver starved teams immediately. Shallow leaguers need to see how he holds up over the next two games before jumping the gun, but this kid has a ton of potential.