The unusual amount of injuries and surprising disappointments of this season has sparked some interesting trades that are making waves in the fantasy world.The faces in new places to watch are Michael Bennett in Tampa Bay, formerly of Kansas City and Chris Chambers in San Diego, formerly of Miami. One would think Chambers’ value would skyrocket now that he has a legitimate quarterback and high-powered offense to fit into, but be wary. He won’t see near the number of targets he did when he was the only option down in Florida.
Bennett will get a chance to start for the Buccaneers, an opportunity he hasn’t had since he first came into the league, but he will have to show that he has more than just track-star speed and that he hasn’t lost his 1,000-yard-plus touch.
But before we get into this week’s stuff, here are my thoughts for the week:
1. I haven’t had many questions about the play-calling in the first five Cowboys games this year, but why not go for it on fourth and goal from the 5-yard line when a field goal still leaves you two scores behind? Why bet on a defense that hadn’t stopped much in the second half?
2. I have a huge problem with the New York Giants/Miami Dolphins matchup next week. I have a problem because this game will be held in London, about 4,000 miles from South Beach. I understand that Roger Goodell wants to market his product worldwide, but subtracting a home game from one team and making both squads travel 10 hours to get to the regular season game is unintelligent. Don’t send a regular season game overseas and don’t send the Super Bowl overseas. The NFL already makes it difficult for its homegrown fans to see their teams in person, so why add another hurdle?
And now the main event: this week’s top three waiver wire adds and the matchups to keep an eye on.
Waiver Wire Adds:
Michael Bennett (RB-TB): Earnest Graham had his opportunity to cement himself as the starter in Tampa Bay last weekend and turned in a disappointing 29 yards on 13 carries. This was probably the impetus for the Buccaneers to trade for Larry Johnson’s backup. Bennett will have his chance in the next few weeks and if he takes advantage of it, he could be a good flex starter for you down the stretch.
Ted Ginn Jr. (WR-MIA): The ninth pick of this year’s draft becomes relevant with the departure of Chambers. The quarterback carousel in Miami will continue to go round and round, but Ginn should be able to break free for some long scores and should be the leading wide out on the roster.
Brian Griese (QB-CHI): Adding a Bears quarterback may sound like a slow, painful death, but when you strictly look at the numbers, this move is for the stretch run as Chicago pushes for a playoff berth. Griese has thrown for multiple touchdowns and about 300 yards in each of the three games he has started this year.
Week 6 Matchups:
Minnesota at Dallas: Tony Romo and the rest of the Cowboys’ aerial squad will continue to put up points, while the running game will continue to be handled with ease by Marion Barber III. Dallas’ defense will look to get back on track against a weak quarterback and wide receiving core. Don’t count on Adrian Peterson to continue his dominance this week against a much stronger Dallas rush defense, but his numbers will still be very respectable.
Indianapolis at Jacksonville: This will be a great matchup of AFC titans Monday night. Peyton Manning will continue his assault on defensive backs with the help of Marvin Harrison, Reggie Wayne and Dallas Clark. Joseph Addai will have a bit more difficult task trying to get back into rhythm against a stout Jacksonville rush defense. The Jaguars’ offense will be able to run on Indianapolis’ smaller front seven on defense, but David Garrard will struggle to find receivers.
Atlanta at New Orleans: After surprising Seattle last week, the “‘Aints” look primed for a comeback. The Falcons stuck around for a little while against the Giants, but don’t expect for that much with Byron Leftwich at quarterback. Jerious Norwood is a good bet to break out a couple times against a still very soft Saints defense. With that being said, most of the fantasy points in this game will come from the Saints’ offense.
Tennessee at Houston: It looks like this year’s “Madden Curse” has begun to show itself in the form of Vince Young’s quadriceps strain. He is day-to-day right now, but even if he is able to go this Sunday, he won’t be full strength. Ahman Green is a must-start, but everyone else on Houston’s squad is suspect until Andre Johnson comes back, which I hope will be next week.