Seriously? We are already approaching the sixth week of the season?
Please, just slow down. I can’t deal with fantasy basketball…
Alas, we are five weeks through the season already, but boy has it been a good one? However, Week 5 was a rather slow fantasy week for a lot of big name players, which allowed some other guys to step in and produce. Having said that, there is another handful of under the radar players that warrant fantasy attention from those hitting the waiver wire. Remember, being an active shopper on the wire is one of the clearest paths to fantasy success.
Don’t think your team never needs more depth.
Note: Ownership percentages are based off Yahoo! leagues.
Justin Blackmon, Jacksonville Jaguars (60%): If someone dropped Blackmon in your league, run, don’t walk, to your waiver wire and scoop him up. Yes, I know Blaine Gabbert is about as accurate as Eddie Martel from The Replacements, but you can’t deny the vast amount of talent surrounding Blackmon. In his first game back from suspension, Blackmon wasted no time reminding people he is still relevant, hauling in five balls on nine targets for 136 yards and a score. His physicality is very tough to defend, and as long as one of those two awful quarterbacks can get him the football, he’ll put up viable fantasy numbers. Meanwhile, Gabbert exited this game early with an injury, so if Chad Henne is under center for the foreseeable future, it may actually boost Blackmon’s value, believe it or not. When the two were paired together last season, Blackmon caught four of his five total touchdowns when Henne was under center. To put it simply, Henne is just eons more accurate than Gabbert, which isn’t really saying much. Still, when a guy with the talent and upside of Blackmon is a free agent, he needs to be scooped up.
Zac Stacy, St. Louis Rams (17%): It’s almost ludicrous to put any stock in the Rams backfield, but as a depth stash, Stacy is most certainly worth a look. During his debut as the team’s starting back, Stacy carried the ball 14 times for 78 yards, a 5.6 yards per carry. Prior to this contest, the Rams best rushing performance had been 69 yards. Stacy did leave the game early with a rib injury, but stated that he just had the wind knocked out of him. Also, ESPN Rams blogger Nick Wagoner stated that he believes Stacy will continue to be the Rams starter moving forward. Any starting running back on an NFL team is a must-add at this point, considering the current state of the running back position. Stacy ran well on Sunday, making defenders miss and powering for the extra yards.
Austin Pettis, St. Louis Rams (10%): How many Givens/Cook/Austin owners are getting sick and tired of seeing Pettis walk across the goal line? Pettis continues to get the looks from quarterback Sam Bradford, as he caught four passes for 49 yards and two touchdowns on Sunday afternoon. That’s now four touchdowns on a solid 36 targets for Pettis on the season, and if you are in dire need of a wide receiver, he is clearly out there. Meanwhile, the Rams are still sold on airing the ball out, as Bradford quietly leads the league in passing attempts (220). The volume will be there for Pettis, and while it may not be wise to chase points, you can’t argue with his production through the first five weeks of the season.
Nick Foles, Philadelphia Eagles (2%): Foles is on the list, which can only mean one thing. That’s right, Michael Vick has been injured (shocking, isn’t it?). Vick was off to a strong start on Sunday, but after taking off for a first down run, Vick reached back and grabbed his hamstring. He stayed in the game for a few plays, but realize he couldn’t move as well as usual, so was taken out. Enter Foles, who was close to being the starter to open the season, but Vick beat him out for the job. Foles filled in admirably for Vick, throwing for 197 yards and two scores. Of course, it was against the Giants secondary, but Foles made some very accurate throws, and simply looked good in the pocket. There has been a report that Vick will be sidelined for the next 1-2 weeks, which means Foles will be fantasy relevant for the short-term. Vick owners may want to add this guy, but even if he only starts these next two games, Vick could very well get hurt again, so why not plan ahead?
Adam Pfeifer is a featured fantasy sports columnist for Rant Sports.
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