Jamaal Charles' heartbreaking injury opens the door for another running back, but is the choice very obvious?
Week 5 brought some greta misfortune for fantasy owners, and the NFL as a whole losing Jamaal Charles. This will open the door for a new running back to fly off the waiver wires this week as well, but the situation in KC may not be as optimal as it seems at first.
The other thing that will need to be considered is Charles owners may not be the only ones looking for a running back this week. Owners of other dissapointing backs in Dallas, Denver or Cleveland may also be in the market for a new RB. By default Charcandrick West will be the top waiver add in Week 6 and you will need to pay a hefty price for him. Just be sure to know this is not a guarantee add, but one that may be essential.
Good luck this week everyone. If you are having issues with who to drop, or hold from your fantasy teams, be sure to check out my latest series called Patience or Panic where I analyze players who are under-performing and whether you need to cut bait or hold.
I will be here to guide you each and every week with some players who are owned less than 40 percent in ESPN.com leagues and could have an impact on your squad for this particular week or the rest of the season.
1. Charcandrick West, RB, Kansas City Chiefs (0.3 percent owned in ESPN.com leagues)
West was plugged in shortly after Jamaal Charles' tragic ACL injury Sunday. Knile Davis was the hand-cuff last season and in drafts this year but West has a similair skill set to Charles, which may have allowed him to leap frog Davis on the depth chart. For now it looks to be a time share, but if last weekend was any indication West was given seven carries to Davis’ two after Charles went down.
De’Anthony Thomas also may have hurdled Davis, as he had been seeing targets as a receiver prior to the injury. For now, West should be heavily targetted this week, especially by Charles owners. If you want him, pay for him but know there is risk.
2. Gary Barnidge, TE, Cleveland Browns (37.5 percent owned)
This train may have likely left already, but he was still less than 40 percent owned as of Week 5. His performance over the past three weeks alone has solidified him as a top-3 tight end and he is clearly one of Josh McCown’s favorite targets. If you happened to read my latest Patience or Panic post and own Jimmy Graham you can see where I am going with this. Barnidge is a perfect choice to bench Graham for.
He isn’t going anywhere and without too many dominant receiving options, Barndige is clearly a top target in Cleveland at this point. Scoop him up with confidence. He faces a tough Denver defense in Week 6, but after that should remain useful.
3. Willie Snead, WR, New Orleans Saints (29 percent owned)
Snead has quietly and oddly become one of Brees’ favorite targets this season. He has been playing plenty as well leaving most of us thinking he is going to stick around, and should continue to see work this season. Brandin Cooks also appears to have finally broken out of his shell, but you should know by now Brees can have more than one favorite receiver. Snead being owned this low is rather shocking to me, and with more byes coming he won’t be available for long, if at all.
4. Blake Bortles, QB, Jacksonville Jaguars (27.5 percent owned)
Bortles puts up fantasy numbers consistently in 2015, but he does it in ugly fashion. He completes less than 55 percent of his passes, but he also throws it nearly 40 times or more a game, He also has used his feet to get rushing yards. Think of how much people used Tim Tebow back in the day. It may be ugly, but in fantasy that doesn’t matter. Points do and in Week 5 Bortles had 33.1 with four touchdowns. That makes for a cheap, and overlooked bye-week option, although he is dealing with sprained shoulder, so keep an eye on his practice participation and the injury reports.
DST Streamer(s) of the Week
I am a part of the streaming DST movement. I don’t typically waste a draft pick, unless I need to, in my drafts and instead cut someone and add a DST. Clearly the top defenses will be owned and not available, but streaming is always an option when it comes to DSTs. So each week I will be providing a DST that is owned in less than 30 percent of ESPN.com leagues and can be useful.
Detroit Lions vs. Chicago Bears (32.2 percent owned in ESPN.com leagues)
The Lions have an opportunistic defense and because of this have had some very good fantasy performances. This week they will get the Bears and quarterback Jay Cutler, who is known for his turnovers. Cutler also may be without some receiving weapons in Week 6, which could add to the Lions DST's fantasy appeal.
— Written by Chris Meyers, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network and a member of the FSWA. Meyers' work appears on many other sites, including socalledfantasyexperts.com. Follow him on Twitter @FantsyChillpony.
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