It’s Week 5 and bye weeks are in full effect this week with four teams getting Sunday off. In a 12-team league, fantasy quarterbacks are getting scarce. In a PPR format league, Danny Woodhead might be your best pick-up this week for filling in for an Adrian Peterson or Doug Martin on bye. Injuries to starting players such as Christian Ponder, Jake Locker and Terrelle Pryor (all members of the 2011 NFL Draft class), will give certain receivers either a drop or boost in fantasy stock. In previous weeks, playing the waiver wire has proven to bring out tight end stars in Julius Thomas and Jordan Cameron.
Brian Hoyer, Cleveland Browns
Despite Brandon Weeden getting clearance to play this week, the Browns have gone 2-0 under Hoyer and maybe more notably, without Trent Richardson. The Browns will play the 2-2 Buffalo Bills and have no plans to move Hoyer out of the starting position. Wide Receiver Josh Gordon is reportedly being shopped by the Browns, and a little resume boost wouldn’t hurt and may be in the works on Sunday. If not Gordon, the reliable Jordan Cameron (5 TD’s) will be getting consistent targets and may make Hoyer’s fantasy day for the third straight week. Can the Browns stay in first place in their division?!
Rashad Jennings, Oakland Raiders
Darren McFadden suffered a hamstring injury and even though it seems to be a less serious one, let this serve as your yearly warning on Run DMC. Since his emergence into the league in 2008, McFadden has failed to play a full season healthy. Grabbing his backup wouldn’t be the worst idea, especially when Terrelle Pryor is still questionable with concussion concerns.
Having Alex Smith as your quarterback may not be attractive in the fantasy world, and you can ask any Dwayne Bowe owner if you doubt it. However, a week 5 match-up with the Jake-Locker-less-Titans may be in the undefeated Chief’s favor. Sure, the game will feature running backs Jamaal Charles and Chris Johnson but someone will have to catch the ball. Avery is appealing this week because of his number of targets (26) and yards (213) that lead his team and may continue to increase. Bowe owners may want insurance here or maybe even a look at RB/WR Dexter McCluster.
The Indianapolis Colts beat the Jacksonville Jaguars just like any other team in the league would. Andrew Luck has been spreading the ball around and is capable of scoring on the run as well. The Houston Texans exposed the Seattle Seahawks on the road last week and the Hawks will be visitors in Indianapolis this weekend. The Colts Defense also looked good so this game could come down to Luck connecting with his former Stanford teammate. Consider dropping any bye week tight end for Fleener if he does perform.