I own him in two leagues and have struggled to find takers so far.
But Kenjon Barner is back this week and Jonathan Stewart is returning soon, so with Mike Tolbert and Cam Newton already sapping his ability to score TDs, Williams is really going to struggle to find fantasy value the second half of the season.
I think anyone can be traded, though I don't think you HAVE to trade him based on Hoyer. Cameron had 9-108-1 in the opener with Weeden under center, and he's still a big red zone target. Cameron was a popular sleeper coming into this season under the assumption that Weeden was the starter, so the fact that Weeden is back as the starter isn't reason to go cold on him.
I'm all for acting on instinct if you have a strong feeling about a guy, regardless of what I or anyone else says. But I have a hard time imagining Ridley just going away entirely (he's still got double-digit carries every game) and you've still got Bolden and Vereen to contend with later in the season. Sure, Blount could get consistent 3rd down usage, but that gets him, what, 6-8 touches per game? It's hard to bank on that in a starting lineup.
That's not to say it's impossible that Blount has consistent fantasy value the rest of the season -- it's New England, anything can happen -- there just is a lot that would have to go right for him and for me personally, that's too many dots to connect right now to recommend him as a long-term fantasy helper.
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A couple other injury notes, Santonio Holmes and Stephen Hill both sound like they won't be playing, so you'll have to find your Jets receiving help elsewhere
And I love Holmes' quote in regards to being a bigger part of the Jets offense: "I can't throw it to myself"
It's a good problem to have, certainly. I wrestled with that one a bit and actually originally had Gates higher then moved him down a spot when I actually posted the rankings. Though I also had Gates ahead of Cameron and that worked out, so I'm feeling emboldened enough to move Gates into that original No. 2 spot. I think your gut is right, I'd start Gates.
Terrence Williams is a good one, Justin Hunter could continue to be a bigger part of the offense in Tennessee. And if Justin Blackmon happens to be on waivers still, I'd go get him.
Kris Durham in Detroit is another, though they still want Ryan Broyles more involved, and Patrick Edwards is back this week I believe.
Andre Johnson, hands down. Even if Amendola plays there's no telling how effective he'll be or how many snaps he'll get. Johnson's a bit banged up as well, but is far less of a risk.
Well, you've got to cut White a little slack due to that high ankle sprain. I thought he looked better last week and he's getting the snaps and the targets now, so I think it's a matter of time. If you want to roll the dice on White I think this is a week you could legitimately take a chance on his breakout. Though if I was faced with that decision I'd err on the side of caution with White and wait until after their Week 6 bye to play him.
I have White ranked higher, but that is based on the assumption he will take that next step, which certainly is no lock. And it's also being conservative with Blackmon based on the fact he hasn't played yet. So both have a lot of risk, it's just a matter of who's risk you're more comfortable with.
Ha! yeah, I feel bad when my advice doesn't work out, but especially bad when it doesn't work out for someone's wife. Although I have to say, I've been doing fantasy football writing/advising for awhile now, and I've never felt more pressure than this year--which happens to be the first year my wife is playing. As for your question...
...the PPR angle definitely makes me lean towards Shorts because of all the targets he gets. However, if his injury takes a turn for the worse, I'd go with Kerley (again, due to the PPR factor and Holmes/Hill not playing)
dice roll is a good way to put it, but Kerley has been a better PPR receiver than standard league play, and the Falcons are giving up a bunch of receptions. Geno Smith and his accuracy is the big wild card, as his play could derail it all, but the Jets prefer to pass (that's an offensive coordinator problem) so I think the opportunities will be there.
Got 13 minutes left to chat. Keep those questions coming!
A sneak peak at my ballsy picks for the week in case you're looking for a waiver wire pickup:
QB: Terrelle Pryor vs. San Diego
RB: Jason Snelling vs. NY Jets
RB: Andre Ellington vs. Carolina
WR: Nate Washington vs. Tennessee
WR: Jeremy Kerley at Atlanta
TE: Brent Celek at NY Giants
FLEX: Marlon Brown at Miami
K: Alex Henery at NY Giants
DEF: Tennessee vs. Tampa Bay
Though I have to move Marlon Brown out of there because he probably won't play.
The Ballsy picks segment on the show is me picking guys available in AT LEAST 50% of Yahoo leagues.
Mostly things that are inappropriate to say in a chat room, but...
If I had Daryl Richardson, I'd hang onto him to see how it goes. If I had to add one available STL RB, it'd be Zac Stacy. If I could add two, it'd be Stacy and Benny Cunningham.
I leave out Pead because he's had an opportunity and not done much with it, which leads me to believe the other guys will get a longer look since Richardson also hasn't run away with anything. But Richardson is the better pass catcher, and that's really where STL RBs will do damage because they really don't have much of a running game.
I'm hoping you mean Kenny Britt, because Kenny Stills' QB is Drew Brees, and he's pretty good.
I'd grab the Titans D this week if they are available.
Colts and Rams are two other possibly available waiver wire defenses.
That completely depends on the rest of your roster construction and your waiver wire. Both are longer-term plays where you hope something develops in their favor. There's certainly that potential for both of them, but you can't be costing your starting lineup points in the meantime in the hopes that something pans out.
I have him ranked 17th, so he's in the conversation in 14-team and 16-team leagues based on TEs on bye.
I'd absolutely start the Rams this week. The Patriots are about to find out how life without Vince Wilfork will be. I originally ranked the Pats D 9th this week based mostly on not a lot of other good options out there, but I'm going to be dropping them at least a couple spots.
Well, that's actually not true. I'll probably leave them where they are at. But that doesn't mean I love them this week.
Celek's got the best matchup there, but if it's a PPR league I'd actually go with Dallas Clark. I think Celek's got a decent shot at the end zone, but his upside is probably 4 catches. Clark could double that.
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