News broke on Tuesday that Falcons WR Julio Jones would likely miss the season with a foot injury that would later be diagnosed as him breaking the screw that was implanted in 2011. Jones is getting a second opinion, but the reality is that it will only confirm what is already suspected, that he will miss the rest of the NFL season. In fantasy terms this obviously makes him an immediate cut in all but dynasty leagues. Harry Douglas will step into the starting WR role, but is only a desperation play unless he somehow gets light years better over the teams bye in week 6. Matt Ryan’s value takes a massive hit, and he now becomes a risky QB1 play depending on the match-up. Roddy White is already frustrating owners around the fantasy world, and this injury certainly isn’t going to make things any better for them.
Michael Vick pulled his hamstring in week 5, and word is that he will likely be out until week 8. Nick Foles takes over the QB reins and is only really an option as a bye week fill-in in deeper leagues. The Eagles only really have DeSean Jackson to throw the ball to, and Vick was able to make plays in spite of that. Foles isn’t going to have the same success as he only averaged 242.7 passing YPG, and threw 6 TDs and 5 INTs.
Owen Daniels of the Texans is going to miss 4-6 weeks with a non-displaced fibula fracture. That means Garrett Graham steps into the starting TE role in an offense that is struggling to move the ball in the air with current QB Matt Schaub. Graham has only played in two TE sets this season, but has still managed to pile up 141 receiving yards and 3 TDs this season. He is more in the TE2 range against a Bills defense that has only allowed 5.2 fantasy PPG to TEs this season, 5th lowest in the NFL.
A waiver wire QB that you may want to consider this week is Chad Henne of the Jaguars. The Jaguars take on the Broncos in Denver and they have a zero-percent chance of winning this game. However, Henne will be a prime candidate to rack up plenty of garbage-time stats after the Broncos are so far ahead that they are playing back-ups in a prevent defense. Believe it or not, I would consider playing Henne if you have Eli Manning, Matt Ryan, Tom Brady or even Colin Kaepernick. I said it first; Henne will flirt with, or get, QB1 stats in week 6.
Zac Stacy has been added 24,529 times in the past 48 hours on NFL.com after he was named the starting RB going forward for the Rams. He finished week 5 with 78 yards on 14 carries (5.57 YPC) and can be picked up right now in all formats. He’s nothing more than a weak flex play against the Texans in week 6, but he gets the Panthers and Titans in weeks 7 and 9. His fantasy playoff schedule is horrible though as the Rams take on the Cardinals in week 14 (#2 in RB points allowed at 12.7 PPG), the Saints in week 15 (12th at 15.7 PPG), and the Buccaneers in week 16 (3rd with 12.8 PPG). If you do grab Stacy, try and flip him before your trade deadline.
Cardinals RB Andre Ellington is gaining notoriety in the fantasy world as he is seeing his role increase more and more each week thanks to the poor play of starting RB, Rashard Mendenhall (3.2 YPC this season). Ellington is actually ranked #33 for RBs in NFL.com standard scoring formats and gets a 49ers defense that has given up 491 rushing yards to RBs (8th worst in the NFL), 5 rushing TDs (tied for 2nd worst), and is allowing 19.6 fantasy PPG this season (12th worst). He is owned in just 3.6 percent of NFL.com leagues, but that number is rising each day.
For those looking for a WR there is no clear cut stud out there to go grab right this second. Terrance Williams is sure to be the hot pick after he put up 151 receiving yards and a touchdown on Sunday. That type of success isn’t likely to be repeated since Tony Romo won’t throw for 500 yards again in his career; pick him up with caution if he is still available.
The truth is most leagues will feature a hodge-podge of iffy fantasy players such as Douglas, Keenan Allen, Rueben Randle, or Kendall Wright. At best they are all flex options depending on the match-up, but not someone I would key in on grabbing off the waiver wire unless you are extremely thin at WR.
For those looking for a waiver wire defense this week, give the Lions defense a look. They’re owned in just 8.6 percent of NFL.com leagues, but project out as a Def1 this week against the Browns.
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