With Cedric Benson out for at least 8 weeks, Alex Green should have some nice fantasy value going forward
Christian Ponder MIN QB
The young Vikings QB has been very impressive this season. Sure, he still comes off as a game manager, but that perception is starting to change. In standard leagues, he has scored 18 points or more in 3 of the last 5 games and he is on pace to nearly double last years numbers. In most leagues he still makes more sense as a backup QB since the position is so deep, but with bye weeks in full swing, he is worth a look as a fill in. Week 6 provides a perfect matchup against the Redskins 28th ranked pass defense.
Alex Green GB RB
Admittedly, taking Alex Green is a gamble for all the usual reasons. The Packers aren’t a running team. They don’t do it a ton and they haven’t done the greatest job opening running lanes. With Cedric Benson out for a minimum of 8 weeks, someone needs to step in and the likely candidates are James Starks and Green. Starks is said to be healthy, but was scratched from the lineup each of the last two weeks. At least Green got into the game after Benson went down. If you’re suffering at RB, then Green offers you an opportunity if he pans out.
William Powell ARI RB
The Cardinals backfield is beat up, losing Ryan Williams for 3 months to recover from shoulder surgery. So Arizona has no choice but to turn to look further down the depth chart. That means guys like LaRod Stephens-Howling and Alfonso Smith are going to get some touches, but neither one gives us any confidence that they can lock up the job. Expect Powell to be in the mix and to potentially win the job. If you’re hurting at RB or in a deeper league, he is worth a flier.
Andrew Hawkins CIN WR
His numbers have been down the last two week after the Bengals faced off against some tougher pass defenses, but the schedule is about to open up again. First up are the Browns who can’t stop anybody, currently ranked 31st against WR. After that, they don’t face another pass defense ranked in the top 3rd of defenses until week 14. During that stretch he can produce out of the bottom of your receiving corps.
Kendall Wright TEN WR
In case you didn’t notice, the Titans rookie has more catches this season than the next two guys (Nate Washington and Damian Williams) combined. He has had 20 of his 27 catches in the last 3 weeks alone as he continues to grow into the offense. Right now he has more value in PPR formats, but the upcoming schedule is favorable to receivers and he still has room to improve.
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