The injuries are piling up, the bye weeks are in full effect and there are some names in the fantasy world you did not think you would have to rely on so early. Such is life as a fantasy owner as we reach Week 6 of the 2012 NFL season. Here’s a little info about those that are injured or those replacing the injured that can hopefully help lead you to a fantasy victory this week.
Adrian Peterson, RB, Minnesota Vikings vs. Washington Redskins
Whether he is in the clear after the knee surgery is not known, but five double-digit fantasy efforts is good enough for me. He is dealing with an ankle injury this week but was a full participant in practice on Thursday and Friday. Now he gets a Redskins team that is ranked 10th against fantasy running backs, mostly because they are ranked last against fantasy receivers and 30th against quarterbacks. Only three backs have had double-digit carries against Washington and two of them have had double-digit fantasy days. If Peterson is playing he is in your lineup.
Titus Young, WR, Detroit Lions vs. Philadelphia Eagles
Titus Young (knee) was limited in practice the last two days after missing Wednesday's practice. He is listed as probable and has a decent flex play matchup playing for a team that has attempted at least 42 passes in three of four games. The Eagles are ranked 14th against fantasy receivers, allowing No. 2 options to catch 21 balls for 347 yards (4.2 catches for 69 yards a game) to average 11.1 fantasy points in a PPR. Just because it's a relatively decent flex play doesn't mean Young should be in there. He has been stuck on three targets in three of the four games and caught one pass apiece in those games. His highlight of the year was the seven-target, six-catch, 75-yard, one-touchdown day against Tennessee - 46 yards and the score coming on a Hail Mary at the end of regulation.
Hakeem Nicks, WR, New York Giants vs. San Francisco 49ers
After missing the last three games (foot and knee), Hakeem Nicks made the trip to San Francisco and made it through two limited practices and Saturday's walkthrough. This one has all the makings of a one-play-and-injured again type of game. In addition to his durability is it being a late-afternoon start and the 49ers' fantasy defense against wide receivers. The team has allowed just one TD to receivers this season (Week 1). San Francisco faced Buffalo and the New York Jets the last two weeks - not a hot bed of reliable receivers - and played Minnesota, Detroit and Green Bay the first three weeks. Which group do you think had the better production? It was the first three, and that gives fantasy owners hopes against the 49ers. Percy Harvin had nine catches for 89 yards, Calvin Johnson had eight catches for 94 yards and the Packers' four-headed WR corps combined for 23 catches and 256 yards. It's a tough call with the health and the late start, but if you have Domenik Hixon or Ramses Barden, it might be worth the wait and plug in whoever goes.
— Corby A. Yarbrough @Corby_Yarbrough on Twitter