Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Alert for Week 5

Rashard Mendenall, Ben Roethlisberger, Andre Johnson and more are the latest victims to this years string of injuries to key players.  I've often never been one to buy into the "fantasy football is luck" saying, but it will be near impossible for any team to go unscathed in the epic battle with injuries.  This can often times lead to rash decisions; Injured player leaves big hole in line up, you start to lose a couple of games, then you break the bank making a trade you think will save your season, but instead you just lose more games.  My message to you all is to stay the course and ride the injury out.  All of the Arian Foster owners were rewarded  for their faith this past week with 30 car., 155 yds., and 1 TD.  There is a lot of season left, no need to hit the panic button just yet...

  • RBs: S. Ridley (I had him in this spot last week as well, but after 97 yards and 1 TD on 10 carries, you should defintiely stash him as he will likely see more looks.) R. Torain (It was only a matter of time until Shanahan brought out his third act. Despite the bye week, you could do worse as Torain looked strong going for 135 yards and 1 TD on 19 carries.  That said, he is still sharing the load with Helu and Hightower.)   I. Redman (This will be a situation to watch if Mendehall is unable to go on Sunday.  While the Steelers offense is struggling, he should be in line for solid carries if you're desperate.)
  • WRs: P. Parker (It's worth noting he currently has one more catch and about 50 yards more than M. Williams.  Parker has had at least five catches in three of the first 4 games.) V. Cruz (I didn't have him here last week because I figured he would be a flash in the pan once Manningham came back.  With that situation still up in the air, Cruz had another solid week, so if he's still around he could be worth a grab.) J. Jones (Jones is in line to see the most action in the absence of Johnson.  Proceed with caution as I've been expecting big things from Jones for two years now and he's yet to show me something consistent.)
  • QBs: C. Painter (Yes he was an atrocius 13/30, but he still managed 284 yards and 2 TDs thanks to Pierre Garcon's speed.  Painter has upside because if he can just get the ball to the receivers, they can do the rest.  This one is a long shot, but worth watching.)
  • TEs:  J. Casey (Ok so I had him here last week and he barely got on the field this past week.  The injury to Johnson will be cause for the Texans to get creative and this should open up some looks for him.)
  • K: N/A
  • Def: N/A

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