Grab Bag: Week 5

Things have been mighty busy around these parts lately and we have neglected the waiver wire for too long.

But it is not too late for fantasy owners to turn things around via the waiver wire, and here are some guys that could help down the stretch.

Quarterbacks

  • Daunte Culpepper, Oakland: OK, he was 5-of-12 passing. But he ran for three touchdowns and threw two scores. He is at least worth a look in fantasy leagues, especially if you are desperate for a quarterback.
  • Joey Harrington, Atlanta: Harrington is ever-so-quietly putting up good numbers in Atlanta. Maybe it is the system. If Joey is buying into it, it might be time for you to do so as well.

Runningbacks

  • Michael Pittman/Earnest Graham, Tampa Bay: Chances are both these guys already are gone. But if not, grab at least one of them. Pittman (15 carries for 90 yards) looked good in relief of the now-injured Caddilac Williams, while Graham came in and got the touchdown in relief. Expect more of the same, but I think Pittman emerges as the better option.

Wide Receivers

  • Patrick Crayton, Dallas: Many a fantasy owner dropped Crayton after his early season ineptitude. Well, he blew up this weekend. I doubt he puts up anymore weeks like that, but he could be in for half that production here and there. Get him if you can.
  • Roddy White/Michael Jenkins, Atlanta: Finally, these guys are catching the ball. They both are worth a look if you have a need for a wide receiver with some nice upside.

Tight Ends

  • Donald Lee, Green Bay: Lee has emerged as Brett Favre’s favorite tight end, and in the past this has been a position of great production in Green Bay (see Mark Chmura and Bubba Franks).
  • Owen Daniels, Houston: He still is out there in some leagues. If you have a spot for him, grab him as he is Houston’s No. 1 receiving option right now. He might not post the yards and touchdowns of some of the receivers in Houston, but he will be a consistent threat.

Defenses

  • Kansas City: This unit has been solid, and did a great job of shutting down the once-potent offense of the San Diego Chargers last weekend.
  • New York Giants: OK, it was a good one week. But it was a good one week against a team that had just scored 56 points. I doubt the G-men can ring up 12 sacks again, but pressure on the quarterback is key in this league for scoring turnovers.
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9 Responses

  1. dont expect culpepper to replicate those numbers, afterall he did have a little extra motivation playing against miami, in miami

  2. who should I start for week 5, Plaxico Burress or Laverneus Coles? The Jets are playing the Giants, I feel like its a true toss up either way. Burress is so unpredicable but is Cole reliable for a good game? What do you think?

  3. Matt: Burress is so hot right now, and I know there are concerns with his injury but I think you have to start him.

  4. how do you see dominic rhodes performing for the raiders after the bye?

  5. Rhodes is worth owning in a 12-team league. I am not sold on him but if Jordan is going to miss some time, Rhodes should factor into the mix at RB. Fargas’ performance against Miami makes me hesitant about Rhodes, though, because that means Rhodes and Fargas could split time if Jordan misses.

  6. haz-
    are you going to have a column for Sit/Start. If so, i would wait till then to post my question
    thanks

  7. Yep, working on it as we speak, should be up tomorrow or Friday.

  8. I have to drop either Darrell Jackson or Santana Moss, who do you think will get me the most points as a WR3 in the long run? Because of Bulger I’m having to pick up a new QB, but mainly as a bye week replacement. I’m thinking against Detroit’s defense, Jason Campbell is gonna have a good week. You mentioned Culpepper and Harrington, but do you think they’ll have a better week than Campbell? Thanks!

  9. I like Santana Moss’ prospects for the rest of the season, but the lingering groin issue does bother me a little. If you are just stashing him on the bench and not using him, I would hold onto Santana Moss for now.

    Jason Campbell is a great spot starter this weekend.

    Good luck!

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