Wide receivers are going to be popular on the waiver wire this week, and for good reason. After some of the performances we saw in Week 5, there should be some great options available.
But remember, a big game one week can be a disappearing act the next. Just ask Mohamed Massaquoi, who followed up his eight catch, 148-yard outing against Cincinnati with one catch for 16 yards against Buffalo. Still, when you see a big stat line it's not a bad idea to add a player if you have the roster space in case it's a sign of things to come.
In order, here's how you should prioritize wide receiver pickups this week: Eddie Royal, Donnie Avery, Miles Austin, Austin Collie, Jeremy Maclin, Hakeem Nicks, Josh Morgan, Chris Henry, Michael Crabtree, Andre Caldwell and Mike Wallace.
Eddie Royal, Broncos
Owned: 59 percent of leagues
Week 5: Caught 10 passes for 90 yards vs. New England.
Analysis: Royal has been terrible all season, but he finally had the type of game everyone hoped for based on how he played as a rookie. Prior to the Patriots game, Kyle Orton talked about Royal staying positive and trying to get him more involved. It showed as he was targeted 15 times, and hopefully this is the beginning of a good stretch. Since Royal is proven and the Broncos are playing well, he's the best option available. Remember, it took Brandon Marshall some time to come around, and now this could be Royal's turn. It's about time Orton started to focus on getting him the ball.
Donnie Avery, Rams
Owned: 34 percent of leagues
Week 5: Caught five passes for 87 yards and a touchdown vs. Minnesota.
Analysis: If you need a receiver for one week, Avery is your man. The Rams are playing at Jacksonville, and every team seems to have success passing against the Jaguars, who just got destroyed by Seattle in Week 5. So if you have a wide receiver on a bye (Reggie Wayne) or dealing with an injury (Calvin Johnson or Jerricho Cotchery), this is a good week to rely on Avery if he's available. He also gets Marc Bulger back from his shoulder injury, and the Rams will likely find themselves having to throw in this game as they do each week while playing from behind.
Miles Austin, Cowboys
Owned: 21 percent of leagues
Week 5: Caught 10 passes for 250 yards and two touchdowns at Kansas City.
Analysis: You're probably wondering why Austin wasn't first on this list based on his performance against the Chiefs. And he might have been if the Cowboys weren't on a bye this week. Also, with Roy E. Williams (ribs) expected to play in Week 7 against Atlanta, Austin could go back to a secondary role even though Austin looked better than Williams has at any point since coming to Dallas. Austin is definitely worth adding, but his performance against the Chiefs was likely the result of good timing and a great matchup. It's unlikely he will post big stats like that again, but he could be a good source of touchdowns if the Cowboys use him in the right way and Tony Romo continues to look for him like he did this past week, when he was targeted 15 times.
Austin Collie, Colts
Owned: 16 percent of leagues
Week 5: Caught eight passes for 97 yards and two touchdowns at Tennessee.
Analysis: Collie would be the No. 1 receiver to add this week if we knew Anthony Gonzalez (knee) would remain out for a few more games. But Gonzalez is expected to return following the bye in Week 6, which means Collie and Pierre Garcon should return to secondary roles. Collie is intriguing because he can play in the slot, and that could allow him to stay on the field quite a bit. Going forward, you would rather have Collie over Garcon based where Garcon lines up. But it's also a risk to add Collie in standard leagues since we don't know how the Colts will use all three receivers when everyone is healthy.
Jeremy Maclin, Eagles
Owned: 21 percent of leagues
Week 5: Caught six passes for 142 yards and two touchdowns vs. Tampa Bay.
Analysis: Welcome to the NFL young man. Now, do that again. Maclin looked great against the Bucs, who decided to take DeSean Jackson out of the game with extra coverage, which gave Maclin some open looks. We'll see what he can do for an encore in Week 6 at Oakland, and hopefully Kevin Curtis (knee) will remain out. But Maclin is still the No. 4 target at best behind Brent Celek, Brian Westbrook and Jackson, and Donovan McNabb has to get Jackson more involved. We also know rookie wide receivers tend to struggle, so don't be overexcited with Maclin's performance.
Hakeem Nicks, Giants
Owned: 28 percent of leagues
Week 5: Caught four passes for 49 yards and a touchdown vs. Oakland.
Analysis: Nicks has played well since returning from a foot injury, and he now has two touchdowns in the past two games. Eli Manning is spreading the ball around to Steve Smith, Mario Manningham and now Nicks, and he could remain a big part of the passing game with Kevin Boss (ankle) injured. But keep in mind Nicks only has five catches the past two weeks, and the Giants will eventually start to get more conservative as the weather gets colder and rely more on their running game. Nicks is a solid reserve, but don't overspend for him.
|Top Flex Players for Week 6|
|1. Maurice Jones-Drew, RB, JAC||vs STL||22|
|2. Steven Jackson, RB, STL||at JAC||17|
|3. Cedric Benson, RB, CIN||vs HOU||17|
|4. DeAngelo Williams, RB, CAR||at TB||16|
|5. Randy Moss, WR, NE||vs TEN||15|
|6. Adrian Peterson, RB, MIN||vs BAL||15|
|7. Ryan Grant, RB, GB||vs DET||15|
|8. Larry Fitzgerald, WR, ARI||at SEA||15|
|9. Sammy Morris, RB, NE||vs TEN||14|
|10. Roddy White, WR, ATL||vs CHI||14|
|11. Nate Burleson, WR, SEA||vs ARI||14|
|12. Andre Johnson, WR, HOU||at CIN||14|
|13. Greg Jennings, WR, GB||vs DET||14|
|14. Antonio Gates, TE, SD||vs DEN||14|
|15. Anquan Boldin, WR, ARI||at SEA||14|
|16. Steve Slaton, RB, HOU||at CIN||14|
|17. Wes Welker, WR, NE||vs TEN||14|
|18. Chad Ochocinco, WR, CIN||vs HOU||14|
|19. Clinton Portis, RB, WAS||vs KC||14|
|20. Brian Westbrook, RB, PHI||at OAK||14|
|21. Brandon Marshall, WR, DEN||at SD||14|
|22. Michael Turner, RB, ATL||vs CHI||14|
|23. T.J. Houshmandzadeh, WR, SEA||vs ARI||14|
|24. Kellen Winslow, TE, TB||vs CAR||13|
|25. Tony Gonzalez, TE, ATL||vs CHI||13|
|26. Vincent Jackson, WR, SD||vs DEN||13|
|27. Santana Moss, WR, WAS||vs KC||13|
|28. Steve Smith, WR, NYG||at NO||13|
|29. Cadillac Williams, RB, TB||vs CAR||13|
|30. Rashard Mendenhall, RB, PIT||vs CLE||13|
|31. Pierre Thomas, RB, NO||vs NYG||13|
|32. Hines Ward, WR, PIT||vs CLE||13|
|33. Braylon Edwards, WR, NYJ||vs BUF||13|
|34. Steve Breaston, WR, ARI||at SEA||13|
|35. Steve Smith, WR, CAR||at TB||13|
|36. Knowshon Moreno, RB, DEN||at SD||12|
|37. Willie Parker, RB, PIT||vs CLE||12|
|38. Brent Celek, TE, PHI||at OAK||12|
|39. Dennis Northcutt, WR, DET||at GB||12|
|40. Reggie Bush, RB, NO||vs NYG||12|
|41. Thomas Jones, RB, NYJ||vs BUF||12|
|42. Devin Hester, WR, CHI||at ATL||12|
|43. Leon Washington, RB, NYJ||vs BUF||12|
|44. Dwayne Bowe, WR, KC||at WAS||12|
|45. LaDainian Tomlinson, RB, SD||vs DEN||12|
|46. DeSean Jackson, WR, PHI||at OAK||12|
|47. Johnny Knox, WR, CHI||at ATL||11|
|48. Tim Hightower, RB, ARI||at SEA||11|
|49. Michael Bush, RB, OAK||vs PHI||11|
|50. Sidney Rice, WR, MIN||vs BAL||11|
|51. Kevin Walter, WR, HOU||at CIN||11|
|52. Jermichael Finley, TE, GB||vs DET||11|
|53. Ray Rice, RB, BAL||at MIN||10|
|54. Kevin Smith, RB, DET||at GB||10|
|55. Jonathan Stewart, RB, CAR||at TB||10|
|56. Heath Miller, TE, PIT||vs CLE||10|
|57. Hakeem Nicks, WR, NYG||at NO||10|
|58. Torry Holt, WR, JAC||vs STL||10|
|59. Nate Washington, WR, TEN||at NE||10|
|60. Chris Johnson, RB, TEN||at NE||9|
|61. Marshawn Lynch, RB, BUF||at NYJ||9|
|62. Willis McGahee, RB, BAL||at MIN||9|
|63. Fred Jackson, RB, BUF||at NYJ||9|
|64. Randy McMichael, TE, STL||at JAC||9|
|65. Andre Caldwell, WR, CIN||vs HOU||9|
|66. Todd Heap, TE, BAL||at MIN||9|
|67. Matt Forte, RB, CHI||at ATL||8|
|68. Robert Meachem, WR, NO||vs NYG||8|
|69. Marques Colston, WR, NO||vs NYG||8|
|70. Marcedes Lewis, TE, JAC||vs STL||8|
|71. Chris Cooley, TE, WAS||vs KC||8|
|72. Mike Sims-Walker, WR, JAC||vs STL||8|
|73. Darren Sproles, RB, SD||vs DEN||7|
|74. Donnie Avery, WR, STL||at JAC||7|
|75. David Clowney, WR, NYJ||vs BUF||7|
|76. John Carlson, TE, SEA||vs ARI||7|
|77. LeSean McCoy, RB, PHI||at OAK||7|
|78. Ahmad Bradshaw, RB, NYG||at NO||7|
|79. Brandon Jacobs, RB, NYG||at NO||6|
|80. Owen Daniels, TE, HOU||at CIN||6|
|81. Zach Miller, TE, OAK||vs PHI||6|
|82. Percy Harvin, WR, MIN||vs BAL||6|
|83. Greg Olsen, TE, CHI||at ATL||6|
|84. Muhsin Muhammad, WR, CAR||at TB||6|
|85. Derrick Ward, RB, TB||vs CAR||6|
|86. Eddie Royal, WR, DEN||at SD||6|
|87. Santonio Holmes, WR, PIT||vs CLE||6|
|88. Donald Driver, WR, GB||vs DET||6|
|89. Kenny Britt, WR, TEN||at NE||6|
|90. Mario Manningham, WR, NYG||at NO||6|
|91. Visanthe Shiancoe, TE, MIN||vs BAL||5|
|92. Terrell Owens, WR, BUF||at NYJ||5|
|93. Bernard Berrian, WR, MIN||vs BAL||5|
|94. Derrick Mason, WR, BAL||at MIN||5|
|95. Correll Buckhalter, RB, DEN||at SD||5|
|96. Julius Jones, RB, SEA||vs ARI||5|
|97. Jeremy Shockey, TE, NO||vs NYG||5|
|98. Mark Bradley, WR, KC||at WAS||5|
|99. Jeremy Maclin, WR, PHI||at OAK||5|
|100. Devery Henderson, WR, NO||vs NYG||5|
|101. Mark Clayton, WR, BAL||at MIN||5|
|102. Mike Wallace, WR, PIT||vs CLE||4|
|103. Jamaal Charles, RB, KC||at WAS||4|
|104. Mohamed Massaquoi, WR, CLE||at PIT||4|
|105. Jamal Lewis, RB, CLE||at PIT||4|
|106. Michael Jenkins, WR, ATL||vs CHI||4|
|107. Jerome Harrison, RB, CLE||at PIT||4|
|108. Larry Johnson, RB, KC||at WAS||4|
|109. Bo Scaife, TE, TEN||at NE||4|
|110. Chris Henry, WR, CIN||vs HOU||4|
|111. Lee Evans, WR, BUF||at NYJ||4|
|112. Earl Bennett, WR, CHI||at ATL||4|
|113. Justin Fargas, RB, OAK||vs PHI||3|
|114. Chris Chambers, WR, SD||vs DEN||3|
|115. Will Heller, TE, DET||at GB||3|
|116. Mewelde Moore, RB, PIT||vs CLE||3|
|117. Jason Avant, WR, PHI||at OAK||3|
|118. Brandon Pettigrew, TE, DET||at GB||3|
|119. Beanie Wells, RB, ARI||at SEA||3|
|120. Sammie Stroughter, WR, TB||vs CAR||3|
|121. Dustin Keller, TE, NYJ||vs BUF||3|
|122. Shonn Greene, RB, NYJ||vs BUF||3|
|123. Rashad Jennings, RB, JAC||vs STL||3|
|124. Benjamin Watson, TE, NE||vs TEN||3|
|125. Jabar Gaffney, WR, DEN||at SD||3|
|126. Keenan Burton, WR, STL||at JAC||3|
|127. Malcom Floyd, WR, SD||vs DEN||3|
|128. Louis Murphy, WR, OAK||vs PHI||3|
|129. Jordy Nelson, WR, GB||vs DET||3|
|130. Devin Thomas, WR, WAS||vs KC||3|
|131. Chester Taylor, RB, MIN||vs BAL||3|
|132. Deion Branch, WR, SEA||vs ARI||3|
|133. LenDale White, RB, TEN||at NE||2|
|134. Michael Clayton, WR, TB||vs CAR||2|
|135. Kevin Boss, TE, NYG||at NO||2|
|136. Kevin Faulk, RB, NE||vs TEN||2|
|137. Sean Ryan, TE, KC||at WAS||2|
|138. Alge Crumpler, TE, TEN||at NE||2|
|139. David Anderson, WR, HOU||at CIN||2|
|140. Brian Leonard, RB, CIN||vs HOU||2|
|141. Dante Rosario, TE, CAR||at TB||2|
|142. Antonio Bryant, WR, TB||vs CAR||2|
|143. Jacoby Jones, WR, HOU||at CIN||2|
|144. Antwaan Randle El, WR, WAS||vs KC||2|
|145. Donald Lee, TE, GB||vs DET||2|
|146. Bobby Wade, WR, KC||at WAS||2|
|147. Derrick Williams, WR, DET||at GB||2|
|148. Mike Furrey, WR, CLE||at PIT||2|
|149. Legedu Naanee, WR, SD||vs DEN||2|
|150. Jerheme Urban, WR, ARI||at SEA||2|
|151. Kelley Washington, WR, BAL||at MIN||2|
|152. Daniel Graham, TE, DEN||at SD||2|
|153. Julian Edelman, WR, NE||vs TEN||2|
|154. Jerious Norwood, RB, ATL||vs CHI||2|
|155. Bryant Johnson, WR, DET||at GB||2|
|156. Chris Brown, RB, HOU||at CIN||1|
|157. Bernard Scott, RB, CIN||vs HOU||1|
|158. Tony Scheffler, TE, DEN||at SD||1|
|159. Dantrell Savage, RB, KC||at WAS||1|
|160. Todd Watkins, WR, OAK||vs PHI||1|
|161. Malcolm Kelly, WR, WAS||vs KC||1|
|162. Chris Baker, TE, NE||vs TEN||1|
|163. Derek Fine, TE, BUF||at NYJ||1|
|164. Chansi Stuckey, WR, CLE||at PIT||1|
|165. Maurice Morris, RB, DET||at GB||1|
|166. Darrius Heyward-Bey, WR, OAK||vs PHI||1|
|167. Mike Thomas, WR, JAC||vs STL||1|
|168. Marty Booker, WR, ATL||vs CHI||1|
|169. Shawn Nelson, TE, BUF||at NYJ||1|
|170. Jared Cook, TE, TEN||at NE||1|
|171. Jeff King, TE, CAR||at TB||1|
|172. Josh Cribbs, WR, CLE||at PIT||1|
|173. Laurence Maroney, RB, NE||vs TEN||1|
|174. Lance Moore, WR, NO||vs NYG||1|
|175. Edgerrin James, RB, SEA||vs ARI||1|
|176. Ladell Betts, RB, WAS||vs KC||1|
|177. Dwayne Jarrett, WR, CAR||at TB||1|
|178. Kellen Davis, TE, CHI||at ATL||1|
|179. James Jones, WR, GB||vs DET||1|
|180. Steve Heiden, TE, CLE||at PIT||1|
|181. Daniel Coats, TE, CIN||vs HOU||1|
|182. Laveranues Coles, WR, CIN||vs HOU||1|
|183. Deon Butler, WR, SEA||vs ARI||1|
|184. Josh Reed, WR, BUF||at NYJ||1|
|185. Justin Gage, WR, TEN||at NE||1|
|186. Ryan Moats, RB, HOU||at CIN||0|
|187. Chris Jennings, RB, CLE||at PIT||0|
|188. DeShawn Wynn, RB, GB||vs DET||0|
|189. Aaron Brown, RB, DET||at GB||0|
|190. Nate Hughes, WR, JAC||vs STL||0|
|191. Roscoe Parrish, WR, BUF||at NYJ||0|
|192. Jimmy Kleinsasser, TE, MIN||vs BAL||0|
|193. Courtney Roby, WR, NO||vs NYG||0|
|194. Jehuu Caulcrick, RB, NYJ||vs BUF||0|
|195. Vinny Perretta, WR, MIN||vs BAL||0|
|196. Sinorice Moss, WR, NYG||at NO||0|
|197. Leonard Pope, TE, KC||at WAS||0|
|198. Jason Davis, RB, NYJ||vs BUF||0|
|199. Dan Gronkowski, TE, DET||at GB||0|
|200. Bruce Hall, RB, BUF||at NYJ||0|
Josh Morgan, 49ers
Owned: 28 percent of leagues
Week 5: Caught four passes for 78 yards vs. Atlanta.
Analysis: The 49ers don't want to start throwing the ball all over the place like they did against the Falcons. But if they do, Morgan can be a good Fantasy option. He will lose some value with the addition of Michael Crabtree, but Morgan played well last year and has started to come around. He scored a touchdown in Week 4 against St. Louis and was targeted nine times against Atlanta. Morgan is not going to help you this week with the 49ers on a bye, and we'll see what happens with Crabtree, but he could be a good long-term addition if he comes on at the end of the season like he did as a rookie in 2008.
Chris Henry, Bengals
Owned: 33 percent of leagues
Week 5: Caught three passes for 92 yards at Baltimore.
Analysis: Henry might have scored a touchdown on his 73-yard reception if he kept running instead of looking back at the defense. Still, this is a good sign that the Bengals are ready to use him again after he's been non-existent all year. Henry has big-play ability and displayed his talents during the preseason, but he has yet to do anything this season with Cedric Benson carrying the offense. If he can get going, then Henry has the ability to be a starting Fantasy option. Like Morgan, if you're looking for a long-term investment, Henry could be worth stashing on your roster.
Michael Crabtree, 49ers
Owned: 59 percent of leagues
Week 5: Did not play vs. Atlanta.
Analysis: It's hard to imagine Crabtree starting his season in Week 7 against Houston and playing well after missing all of training camp and the first five games due to a holdout. But if talent wins out, then Crabtree has the chance to be a star. And you'll want that potential on your roster. Again, the 49ers are a running team, so he's not going to be the recipient of many big outings. But San Francisco also lacks a No. 1 wide receiver even with Isaac Bruce and Morgan. In standard leagues, Crabtree can be added if you have the roster space to wait on him to prove he was worth the wait.
Andre Caldwell, Bengals
Owned: 11 percent of leagues
Week 5: Caught two passes for 52 yards and a touchdown at Baltimore.
Analysis: Caldwell has been better than Laveranues Coles this season, and he has two touchdowns in his past three games. The problem is he has two games with six catches and three with only two. The Bengals also are spreading the ball around behind Chad Ochocinco. Still, in deep leagues, Caldwell is worth picking up. It's evident Palmer trusts him in big spots, and with Ochocinco drawing coverage and Henry running down the field, Caldwell could step up with those underneath routes and continue to make plays.
Mike Wallace, Steelers
Owned: 16 percent of leagues
Week 5: Caught two passes for 52 yards and a touchdown at Detroit.
Analysis: Wallace has at least 45 receiving yards the past three games and is looking like a solid replacement for Nate Washington. He has kept Limas Sweed on the bench and is playing better than Santonio Holmes the past three weeks. Wallace isn't the primary target for Ben Roethlisberger with Hines Ward, Holmes and Heath Miller ahead of him, but Wallace is proving that he can make plays. Like Caldwell, Wallace is worth adding in deeper formats with the hope he can be more consistent.
In case you haven't noticed ... It's time to add Kyle Orton. He has become a No. 1 Fantasy quarterback. We liked Orton when he was traded to Denver because of his receiving corps and the division he plays in. But then Brandon Marshall got hurt and threw a temper tantrum and Orton hurt his finger as part of a brutal preseason. It appeared like Orton was headed for a rough year. Instead, Orton has become a star. He has two touchdowns in each of his past two games and seven on the season with one interception. And with Marshall now back to form and Eddie Royal possibly following suit, Orton should continue to play well. He's owned in 68 percent of leagues on CBSSports.com, but if he's out there and you need a bye-week replacement or even a starter, add Orton now.
Each Tuesday we will highlight players who might be available in your league and whether you should consider picking them up off waivers based on their recent performances. The players chosen are based on the percentage of ownership in CBSSports.com leagues.
Michael Bush, RB, Oakland
Owned: 47 percent of leagues
Week 5: Had 12 carries for 37 yards and a touchdown and one catch for 6 yards at the Giants.
Analysis: It's hard to count on the Raiders for anything positive with how they've played so far this season, but Bush is starting with Darren McFadden (knee) out and has the ability to be a flex option in deeper leagues during the bye weeks. If the Raiders can manage to get near the end zone, then Bush will be the one attempting to score. He will share carries with Justin Fargas, but Bush is the better option of the two. Don't run out to add him, but Bush is someone to pick up if you have an empty roster spot since he is a starter heading into Week 6 against the Eagles.
Jermichael Finley, TE, Green Bay
Owned: 32 percent of leagues
Week 5: Off
Analysis: Finley has the dream matchup this week against the Lions, who lead the NFL with six touchdowns allowed to tight ends. Finley is also coming off a great game against the Vikings in Week 4 when he caught six passes for 128 yards and a touchdown. Finley has some favorable matchups ahead with Cleveland and the Vikings again, so this could be a great stretch for him. He has the ability to be a No. 1 Fantasy tight end, which is why we listed him as a sleeper prior to this season. Aaron Rodgers should continue to look in his direction, and the Packers love to involve their tight ends.
Jamal Lewis, RB, Cleveland
Owned: 61 percent of leagues
Week 5: Had 31 carries for 117 yards at Buffalo.
Analysis: Like Bush, this is another reluctant add for this week, but you can't ignore 31 carries, which shows the Browns will continue to give Lewis the ball despite Jerome Harrison having more upside. We expected more of a split with Lewis and Harrison against the Bills, but Harrison only had eight carries for 21 yards. It's safe to hold onto Harrison in deeper leagues since Lewis is 30 and injury prone, but in standard leagues Lewis is probably the better option even though you'll likely avoid starting him in most leagues the rest of this year. But again, starting running backs are hard to come by, so Lewis does have value in that regard.
Sammy Morris, RB, New England
Owned: 52 percent of leagues
Week 5: Had 17 carries for 68 yards and caught two passes for 39 yards at Denver.
Analysis: We said to add Morris before the news of Fred Taylor (ankle) being out, and Morris had another solid game against the Broncos. He has at least 50 total yards in each of the past two games and should be the Patriots best running back for the next few weeks. He is a good receiver out of the backfield, and the Patriots are trying to become more balanced on offense by running the ball a few more times. Morris is a good running back in leagues where receptions count, and he could be a decent flex option depending on the matchup.
David Clowney, WR, New York Jets
Owned: 1 percent of leagues
Week 5: Caught four passes for 72 yards at Miami.
Analysis: Clowney had a solid game against the Dolphins on Monday night, but he's not going to become a featured part of the Jets passing game. Clowney filled in with Jerricho Cotchery dealing with a hamstring problem and Brad Smith (leg) getting hurt during the game. With the addition of Braylon Edwards, Clowney will continue in a secondary role with the chance for some spot playing time. The Jets passing game isn't good enough to use the No. 3 or 4 wide receiver on the depth chart. This was Clowney's first game with a catch this year.
Daunte Culpepper, QB, Detroit
Owned: 5 percent of leagues
Week 5: Completed 23 of 37 passes for 282 yards, one touchdown and one interception and had three carries for 44 yards against Pittsburgh.
Analysis: Culpepper might get another start in Week 6 at Green Bay if Matthew Stafford (knee) remains out, but Stafford will get his job back when healthy. And even though Culpepper played well against the Steelers, he's not someone you can count on in standard leagues. In deeper formats or leagues where you start two quarterbacks, Culpepper could be worth using during the bye weeks. But you have to expect some poor outings and turnovers, especially if he's asked to throw the ball 30-plus times. This isn't 2004 all over again.
Vince Young, QB, Tennessee
Owned: 3 percent of leagues
Week 5: Completed 0 of 3 passes and had one carry for 6 yards against Indianapolis.
Analysis: It's evident that the Titans will likely turn to Young at some point soon with the team struggling and Kerry Collins turning the ball over. But Young isn't the answer for your Fantasy team. He played well as a rookie in the second half of the season in 2006, but he struggled in 2007 before being replaced last year. There are better quarterbacks on the waiver wire to add even with Young's potential and winning record. Remember, we're talking about stats, and Young has 22 touchdowns and 32 interceptions in his career.
Chad Henne, QB, Miami
Owned: 12 percent of leagues
Week 5: Completed 20 of 26 passes for 241 yards and two touchdowns against the Jets.
Analysis: This is the third week in a row we have Henne in this category, and he would be an add if the Dolphins weren't on a bye in Week 6. But if you're looking for some matchups to use Henne, he gets the Jets in Week 8 again, Tampa Bay in Week 10, Buffalo in Week 12, Jacksonville in Week 14 and Tennessee in Week 15. Those are all favorable opponents, and Henne is playing with confidence based on his game against the Jets. He threw a nice deep ball to Ted Ginn, Jr. and spread the ball around to Greg Camarillo, Davone Bess, Anthony Fasano and the running backs. The Wildcat dominates the Dolphins offense, but Henne is showing he can be a decent Fantasy option if your starter is on a bye.
Jerious Norwood, RB, Atlanta
Owned: 35 percent of leagues
Week 5: Had 12 carries for 44 yards and one catch for minus-6 yards with a lost fumble at San Francisco.
Analysis: Norwood is worth keeping an eye on even if you don't own Michael Turner because the Falcons want to give him a chance to be a playmaker and a receiver out of the backfield. He's not someone you can start in any leagues as long as Turner is healthy, but he is one of those running backs with the chance to be the next Glen Coffee if something happens to Turner. At some point this season, Norwood could have plenty of Fantasy value. And every Turner owner should have Norwood stashed on the bench as a handcuff.
Bernard Scott, RB, Cincinnati
Owned: 7 percent of leagues
Week 5: Had one carry for 3 yards at Baltimore.
Analysis: It's time to keep an eye on the handcuff for Cedric Benson with how the Bengals are running the ball. If something happens to Benson, who has at least 20 carries in three games this season, Scott could become a hot commodity off the waiver wire. And if you own Benson already then consider putting Scott on your bench. The Bengals have become a great running team with what they've done against Pittsburgh and Baltimore, and Scott could have the potential to be a viable Fantasy option if Benson suffered a severe injury. He's already been banged up with a knee and a hip problem in recent weeks.
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